When people think of the Central Florida area, they normally associate it with world famous theme parks. It’s true that here in Orlando, our theme parks are second to none and if you follow me on instagram or twitter, you know that I am a fan of theme parks. In fact, I even write about them on this blog. However, the Orlando area has so much more to offer that many tourists and locals alike seem to miss out on. Once a month I am going to share some of my favorite local places with you and I hope you will check them out the next time you find yourself in the city beautiful.
Orlando’s longest running company that does short-form improv, also happens to be my favorite place to be on both a weeknight and a weekend. Sak offers a variety of improv shows and it is impossible not to laugh out loud at every single one of them. This is the venue that John and I take both visitors and local friends to every chance we get. Everyone we have taken to the show has said that it is one of their favorite things to do in Orlando.
Those who know me well know that while I love tea, I am not a fan of coffee. This may change thanks to Propagation, the new coffee shop/mid century modern furniture store on Mills Ave. Propagation’s signature drink is a mazagran and it can make a coffee lover out of anyone. While you are sipping on your beverage of choice, be sure to enjoy all the amazing mid century décor which is also for sale. Unlike most coffee shops, Propagation is not a chain and the details around the shop make that very clear. In fact, you can even talk to the owners, Travis and Brittany, because they are there every day.
One trip to Border Grill will ruin all other Mexican food for you forever. The horchata alone is enough to get someone addicted to this small Mexican restaurant adjacent to Universal Orlando. Owned and operated by a local family, this establishment serves up the best Mexican food in Orlando and is open until way after the theme parks have all closed. You will be pleased with whatever you order, but do yourself a favor and be sure to have the white cheese while you are there. It is second to none.
Some people love to shop at small businesses and boutiques but they are not in love with the price tag that often comes with items that are quality made and not mass-produced. Enter Dear Prudence. The quality of the products in this local boutique is high but the prices are low. The whole store is full of fun and unique finds that the owner, Liz, is constantly updating.
Orlando Helicopter Tours on I-Drive
The Central Florida area offers a number of helicopter experiences and you should try them all. There is nothing quite like the quick rise to the sky that you experience in a helicopter followed by amazing sweeping views of the city. I’m terrified on roller coasters and paranoid on planes but there is something about being up in a helicopter that is both thrilling and calming. The view from the top is a reminder than whether you are visiting or here full time, you are lucky to be in Orlando.