Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Florida Mall
8700 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
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Arts & Museums
Located in the bustling Church Street Exchange at popular Church Street Station in downtown Orlando, this gallery is a feast for the eyes. World-renowned as the, 'painter of light', Kinkade shows his true colors in Central Florida's largest selection of Thomas Kinkade limited edition artwork. Seeming to leap off the page, Kinkade's paintings are a treasure, and should you choose to purchase a painting, the gallery ships anywhere.
With numerous events and exhibitions across the year, the Met at Orlando has many people flocking in. Prominent amongst those events are the Friday Jazz shows. Ongoing workshops and live commentaries from experts helps not only educate but also tap the art bone amongst amateurs and art enthusiast alike. A separate children's section houses works of budding artists sure to have coveted works in years to come. Call for museum and event hours before planning a visit.
Any car-enthusiast interested in the best and most exclusive automobiles ever created should plan a trip to the Exotic Car Gallery soon. Find it within the Mall of Millenia in Orlando and get ready to be impressed. This exotic car museum displays various rotating vehicles including such beauties as Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bugattis, Mercedes and several others. Car fanatics will enjoy getting a close up of some of the most expensive cars in the world. The Exotic Car Gallery features an entertaining racing simulator and a gift shop filled with unusual items from the most prestigious car manufacturers known around the globe. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
WonderWorks bills itself as a museum “where science has gone crazy.” This attraction will amuse both children and adults and they can pick up some quirky scientific information along the way. This bright, upside-down establishment offers more than 100 hands-on exhibits, including the Bridge of Fire walk-through (which simulates the power of 250,000 watts of electricity), a Mystery Lab and the Earthquake Experience simulation room. Visit for a quirky and educational experience.
Ripley's operates 35 oddity museums worldwide, and the experience of visiting one is a bit like devouring a pint of ice cream; you know it's not really good for you, but boy is it fun! The Orlando collection is housed in a Bavarian-style building, deliberately dis-proportioned to look like part of it has disappeared into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes. Inside, you'll find such oddities as a statue of a 1,069-pound man, torture devices from the Spanish Inquisition and a replica of a 1907 Rolls Royce built from more than a million matchsticks. Check website for further details.
Titanic The Experience is located in the heart of the city on International Drive and offers its visitors a look back at the famous doomed ship. It has the only “full-scale” Titanic room recreations found anywhere, including the Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers and Promenade Deck, offering visitors the same cold temperatures felt so many years ago that fateful evening. Titanic The Experience also features more than 200 artifacts, an underwater display, and significant items from both the ship as well as the epic movie about it. You can explore the exhibit thoroughly on an hour-long tour that is available every hour that includes period costumed performers, who represent the well-known passengers.
Holy Land Experience is not your typical Orlando theme park. The park provides guests of all ages with affordable and educational fun, where the whole family is included in interactive story-telling. Located southwest of the downtown area, the park was designed to show visitors how Jesus' life was lived out so many centuries ago. Step back in time to the Holy Land where you can witness a variety of stories taken directly from the Bible (and acted out before you), and discover interesting artifacts that are on display in numerous exhibits.
The World of Chocolate Museum & Cafe is a one of a kind experience, where guests can learn all about the beloved sweet treat. Take a tour and chocolate-making machinery, admire sculptures carved from chocolate, or just stop by the cafe for an especially sweet mocha or hot chocolate. The World of Chocolate Museum & Cafe also features a gift shop that carries a number of chocolate-themed gifts, souvenirs, and novelty items.
A culturally rich museum located in the historic Wells'Built Hotel, the emphasis here is on the local African American culture and history. Built by Dr. Wells, an African American doctor, this hotel was created during segregation and was made to house African American musicians. The hotel guestrooms feature classic furniture from the 1930s. Other exhibits are on display at the South Street Casino.
The CityArts Factory is situated in the Downtown Arts District and displays one of the largest art collections in Orlando. This is not your typical art gallery, since there are astounding presentations of visual and performing arts. The CityArts Factory building contains six independent art galleries on the first level, with the SAK Comedy Lab located on the second level. Special events are held every third Thursday of each month.
Zulu Exclusive Gallery is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of African art. Located within the CityArts building, the place offers an insightful peek into the works of renowned African artists. The gallery purchases the artwork directly from the artists, ensuring the quality of the pieces. The exhibits on display provide a historical overview of African art forms spanning ten decades.
Showcasing some of the best art downtown, the CityArts Factory is a gallery with a unique concept. It is actually a conglomeration of a number of galleries displaying various forms of art by local as well as international artists. With exhibits that change monthly, the CityArts Factory keeps its collection on the cutting edge of the art world, so you'll always be able to discover something new. Established with the mission to bring as much art to the public as possible, CityArts Factory provides locals and tourists alike with an educational, inspiring experience.