Free – Child (under 3)
$17.25 – Child (3-9)
$33.50 – Adult (10+)
Seating Times are 10.30am and 1.00pm. Advanced reservations recommended.
The Orlando Farmer’s Market is located downtown at Lake Eola Park. The market is open on Sundays from 10:00-4:00. There is a great vibe going on at the market. Walking around the market you will see people of all ages enjoying food, drinks and various goodies. There is weekly entertainment in the centre court in the Beer & Wine Garden – which is a lovely shaded spot providing respite from the sun and plenty of seating to enjoy the live music. Children get a chance to win a bag of candy floss (cotton candy) during the weekly game of musical chairs. For the adults there is local beer, wine and mimosas on offer.
The stall holders were really friendly and approachable, and we found a real array of delicious prepared and unprepared foods, creative art pieces on offer. As my hubby is a vegetarian we loved the fresh bread, homemade pastas, and all the fresh veggies! We tried local honey and homemade jams – hubby’s favourite was the Jalepenos honey jelly.
Lots of locals brought their dogs which made us a little bit homesick, but was lovely to see. We were so pleased that we had chosen to visit Lake Eola Park specifically when the Farmer’s Market was on – it’s the best we’ve been to and we would recommend it to anyone who wants a break from the theme parks and a touch of local flavour.
This market is definitely one of the best I’ve ever been to, and I loved Lake Eola Park too. If you want to sample some local culture, this is the place.
Visit http://www.orlandofarmersmarket.com/ for more information.
Recommended to us by a local, the Saturday Nite Cruise at Old Town, a free event which is suitable for all the family but especially for car enthusiasts.
Saturday night at Old Town is when all the pre-1975 hot rods, street rods, and antiques cruise. The cars start arriving at 1p.m, a live band takes the Main Stage starting at 7p.m and then the cars cruise down Old Town’s brick streets at 8:30p.m.
There are also shops, rides and places to grab a bite or drink so you can make a night of it. Visit http://myoldtownusa.com/car-cruises/saturday-nite-cruise/ for more info.
Recommended by Lonely Planet and by many reviewers on Trip Advisor – Fin Expeditions in Cocoa Beach is a fantastic way to experience Floridan mangroves and wildlife from a kayak on the Indian River Lagoon.
The expedition is in one of the few key Manatee habitats in North America. You may see Manatee, Dolphins, Osprey, Egret, Herons and I’m told even River Otters on rare occasions. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides is outstanding – they clearly love their jobs and also know the area thoroughly, making recommendations for other activities after the tour had ended.
I was pleased to hear that no previous experience is required. There are single and 2 person kayaks available. The equipment is great quality and clean, you are supplied with paddles, life vests, bottled water and water tight camera bags.
The tours last approx 2 hours for $30 (cash) per person. Reservations are required and I would advise making them a while in advance as the tour parties are not large.
We have visited the Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards located in Clermont, Florida. It sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside some 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. Lakeridge now ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery, reported as a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes.
Complimentary Winery tours and wine tasting are offered 7 days a week; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This June brings the 22nd Annual Harvest Festival and with it the opportunity to give some money to charity and do some grape stomping! The small entry donation of $2 will benefit Cornerstone Hospice of Lake & Sumter . As well as the grape stomping there are lots of other activities for all ages plus over 80 local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. There is also live music over the whole weekend and you can buy wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food.
Sounds like a great way to spend a half day for very little money and for a lovely break from the hectic theme parks.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
19239 U.S. 27 North
Clermont, Florida 34715
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter – a tailess dolphin – the star of the movie Dolphin Tale. The movie was filmed on location with Winter, Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
The true story tells how Winter’s tail was caught in a crab trap and she was so badly injured that her tail flukes died and fell off – but she survived (it’s a great film – I cried buckets!)
You can meet Winter every day of the week and even get in the water with her – the wade encounter costs $249 – so we haven’t done it – just visiting was special.
Many other interactions, tours, feeding encounters and opportunities are on offer. Visit http://www.seewinter.com/ to find out more.