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Hidden Orlando

As any local will tell you, if all you’ve seen of Orlando are its big-name attractions, you haven’t seen nearly enough. Surrounding the City Beautiful, you’ll find vibrant neighborhoods, worthwhile museums and upscale boutiques.

Begin your exploration a few miles northeast of Orlando in Winter Park. The most famous street in this ritzy enclave is brick-paved Park Avenue, along which you’ll find the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (445 N. Park Ave.; 407-645-5311;; adults, $6; children under 12, free). Here you can learn about renowned stained-glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and view the world’s most comprehensive collection of his work. It’s a short stroll from the museum to clothing boutique Tuni (301 Park Ave. S.; 407-628-1609; and to Prato (124 N. Park Ave.; 407-262-0050;; dinner for two, $60*), an Italian restaurant where you’ll find excellent cuisine and people-watching. While you’re in the neighborhood, hop on a pontoon for a Scenic Boat Tour (312 E. Morse Blvd.; 407-644-4056;; adults, $14; children 2–11, $7), which winds through 19th-century canals lined with banana trees.

About four miles south, Ivanhoe Village is an Orlando neighborhood set around Lake Ivanhoe’s eastern shores. Two former circus clowns display hand-painted pop art and vintage lunchboxes at Boom-Art (1821 N. Orange Ave.; 407-895-0280). Down the street, the Imperial (1800 N. Orange Ave.; 407-228-4992;; wine for two, $18) furniture store doubles as a wine bar and beer garden. Enjoy a glass of rosé then walk to dinner at Mesa21 (1414 N. Orange Ave.; 407-930-8000;; dinner for two, $40), a new lakeside restaurant popular for its roasted blooming cauliflower.

It’s two miles east to Audubon Park, where the 14,000-square-foot East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr.; 321-236-3316; looms large in the bones of a 1962 church. You can sip a cup of craft coffee from Lineage Coffee Roasting (3201 Corrine Dr.; 407-205-8096;; coffee for two, $7) and browse locally made menswear at Freehand Goods (3201 Corrine Dr.; 855-409-3441; Wrap up your day with a brew from nearby Redlight Redlight (2810 Corrine Dr.; 407-893-9832;; beer for two, $10), one of the top craft-beer bars in the region.


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