Worth Doing: Hidden Gems in Orlando
There are many hidden gems all over the world; they can be right in your hometown, or in a place that you never knew existed. Here in Orlando, we know about Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Rainforest Café. However, there are several places that few know about, and those are the places that truly represent the best that Orlando Has to offer.
Voted Orlando’s best restaurant, Le Coq Au Vin offers a “fresh twist on legendary French foods by implementing new world flavors with classic French dishes.” Many of their products are indigenous to the state of Florida for their customers to enjoy. First opened in 1976 by owners Sandy and Reimund Pitz, they have traveled the world for over 20 years, and in that time have developed close friendships that have provided them with the knowledge and insight to create the best experience for their customers. Both chefs continue to research and develop to bring their guests their classic dishes that they are known for, but also to mix it up and introduce new and innovative creations that will keep their regulars coming, and also to draw new guests in.
With five different locations throughout Florida, Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ has been committed to providing the finest quality ingredients and preparations since 1986. Their menu offers a variety of items that are slow cooked over a hard wood fire, and includes their famous baby back ribs, chicken, beef, pork, and much more! If their mouth-watering menu isn’t enough, the numerous awards they have won may convince you. “To begin with, Zagat’s Restaurant Surveys named Bubbalou’s as one of America’s Best Cheap Eats. Then, periodicals such as Southern Living, USA Today, the New York Times, Fortune Magazine and Delta Sky Magazine have recognized Bubbalou’s as one of America’s Favorite BBQ Restaurants. The Food Network have picked Bubbalou’s as Central Florida’s #1 BBQ and catering company. The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magazine and Orlando Weekly have also come to the conclusion that there is no match for Bubbalou’s.”
We all know the tragic story of the hundreds of people that lost their lives on the ship the Titanic. Here in Orlando, you can get a first-hand experience of what those people went through with “Titanic: The Experience” attraction. “Become a passenger and travel back in time to 101 years ago, where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume” help relive the sights, sounds, and emotions of the most famous ship to ever set sail.
For those that like to live a little more on the edge, iFLY indoor skydiving is the place for you! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates the feeling of free-falling out of an airplane. The 1000 hp vertical wind tunnel creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air, on which you gently float. This facility welcomes people of all ages, shapes and sizes and absolutely no experience is required. The main event to this facility is the vertical wind tunnel, which have been used for years by the military and professional skydivers to train. The tunnel creates a “stable, safe, wall-to-wall airflow that makes it impossible to fall off the column of air.”
For the animal lovers in the family, Florida Ecosafaris at Forever Florida is your chance to experience “Your Wild Florida Adventure!” This 4,700 acres of wildlife conservation and eco-ranch land creates the most diverse and unique adventures for the whole family. This facility offers other activities such as a zipline safari, a cypress canopy cycle, a coach safari, a horseback safari and much more!