Orlando, Florida Skyline
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We all know about Universal, Disney and the other main attractions of Orlando. But, if the touristy stuff bores you, you could do Orlando like the locals do.

Here are 3 suggestions from visitorlando.com locals-

  1. Church Street– The ChurchStreet District,located in the heart of downtown Orlando, offers a view of the past with all the excitement of modern venues, trendy restaurants and nightclubs. Visitors can explore the district with a downtown Orlando walking tour or catch a game at the AmwayCenter, where the NBA Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears play. Soccer fans can enjoy an Orlando City Soccer game at the new OrlandoCity Stadium. This dynamic district offers numerous nightlife options and swanky restaurants,including Kres Chophouse.
  2. Thorton Park– One of downtown Orlando’s most charming neighborhoods is Thornton Park, the city’s center and home to new urbanism, unique eateries and the nearby Lake Eola Park.Restaurants in Thornton Park appease a multitude of cravings, with options  ranging from brunch to burgers and tacos. Soco RestaurantDexter’s and Relax Grill are just a few of the alfresco options available. Harp & Celt and Graffiti Junktion offer sports fans a fun atmosphere to watch a game. Thornton Park is also home to Eola Wine Company and World of Beer. Both have their obvious spirit specialties but also serve great food. Stay locally at the EO Inn & Spa, or get your authentic Orlando fix with a souvenir from Mother Falcon Clothing. Herman’s Loan Office, is a craft cocktail speakeasy previously located on in Church Street District, will be at its new location in Thornton Park.
  3. Milk District– An up-and-coming neighborhood just over a mile from Downtown Orlando, The Milk District is named for its location near T.G. Lee Dairy and is a thriving area known for its funky shops and weekly food truck gatherings. Local favorites include  Pom Pom’s Tea House and SandwicheriaBeefy KingSe7en BitesDrunken Monkey Coffee Bar and Bull & Bush. And every Tuesday evening, foodies can enjoy savory dishes during Tasty Tuesdays, featuring local food trucks – about 12 out of 30 on rotation each month – with everything from vegetarian plates to American gastropub favorites. Visitors and locals hunt for cool vintage finds at Etoile Boutique,and visit The Plaza Live for musical performances, comedy shows and cultural events

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