Orlando Arts and Culture

Of course you know Orlando’s theme parks, but did you know that they are only a part of what makes an Orlando vacation so magical and appealing? “The City Beautiful” is chock full of entertainment, and there truly is something for everyone here. Regardless of your vacation goals, age, or interests, Central Florida is a dazzling place where unparalleled memories and experiences are just waiting to be discovered. We’ve developed a series of sample itineraries, categorized by interests and travel motivators, to serve as an original guide to the Central Florida area. There will be no theme park recommendations in this series, because chances are that you already have these destinations in your sights. If you’re looking to change it up a bit and try something new, these suggestions will be a perfect fit. See our area from a unique perspective when you take some time to explore, and leave your social media audiences in envy of your shared vacation experiences. You’re already staying like a local in your Contempo vacation home. You may as well have fun like a local, too!

Home to countless performers, modern and traditional galleries, contemporary and classic theaters, lush gardens, and living history, the Orlando area is a haven for all branches of arts and culture – by day, and by night!

Dr Phillips Center

445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 839-0119

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center in Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. The venue features a 2,700-seat amplified hall (Walt Disney Theater) for Broadway theater-class play events and a 300-seat venue (Pugh Theater) for smaller shows and events. A third theater, a 1,700-seat acoustic hall (Steinmetz Hall) for ballet, operas and orchestral performances, will begin construction in 2016, with a completion date sometime in late 2018.

Orlando Ballet

415 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 426-1733

Orlando Ballet is Central Florida’s only resident professional ballet company providing an annual season of full length ballets, new works, and non-traditional programs, performing at the Dr. Phillips Center and in local venues. The company has been at the heart of Orlando’s artistic community since 1974.

Orlando Philharmonic

425 North Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 770-0071

The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. Whether you’re moved by the drama of opera, the colossal sound of a Romantic symphony, or the high energy of a rock & roll tribute, the Philharmonic has something for you. Join us for one of over 125 events this season, and discover the music that speaks to you.

Morse Museum

445 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 645-5311

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, decorative art.

Leu Gardens

1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 246-2620

Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The Leu House Museum located in the heart of the gardens reveals turn-of-the century living for the families who once called this home. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 896-4231

OMA presents a rotating series of temporary exhibitions originated by the Museum matched by travelling shows that are complemented by permanent collection exhibitions and continuous education programs for people of all ages. OMA hosts year-round workshops, art appreciation classes, lectures, seminars, films and guided tours for children and adults.

Mennello Museum

900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 246-4278

The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Museum also seeks to enrich the public through special exhibitions, publications, and programs that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-8500

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando, offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum also offers visiting exhibitions and a wide range of programs for families, children, and adults.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 646-2526

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the Winter Park campus of Rollins College and is the only teaching museum[2] in the greater Orlando area. The museum houses more than 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary eras, including rare old master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. The museum displays temporary exhibitions on a rotating basis along with the permanent collection.

B-52 Memorial Park

8100 Bear Rd, Orlando, FL 32827
(321) 287-6251

B-52 Memorial Park is located within the Orlando International Airport. It is a small, relatively hidden park under the control of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and features a retired B-52D Stratofortress, Air Force Serial Number 56-0687, from the Strategic Air Command. The aircraft was at one time assigned to the 306th Bomb Wing of the now defunct McCoy Air Force Base. The bomber was built in 1956 and retired 28 years later in 1984. Final flight was from its last unit of assignment, the 7th Bomb Wing at Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth Texas, to the former McCoy AFB, now Orlando International Airport, on February 20, 1984.

Pioneer Village

2491 Babb Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 396-8644

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once upon a time stood in different areas of Osceola County. They were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

SAK Comedy Lab

29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 648-0001

Nowhere else in Florida will you find a place like SAK Comedy Lab. Since 1991, our professional ensemble of improv actors has entertained audiences with our unique brand of live improvised comedy. We take your suggestions and make up characters, scenes and songs on the spot. Our comedy is fun and edgy for adults, but also widely enjoyed by our younger fans.

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House

20160 US-27, Lake Wales, FL 33853
(863) 679-4110

From the moment you walk through the door of the Grove House, you’ll feel right at home. Learn all about our humble beginnings and follow our rich history. And of course, no visit is complete without sampling one of the many varieties of Florida’s Natural® Brand Premium juices.

Downtown Orlando Historic Districts

Self-guided walking tour. Find your guide map here: http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2015/08/2015-WalkingTour_BrochureWEB-2.pdf

Explore the wonders of our historic Downtown buildings. The tour route is approximately 2.5 miles. Each number on the map corresponds to the properties described on the back.

Capone’s Dinner and Show

4740 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 397-2378

Dinner theater with a ’30s gangland Chicago-themed show plus an Italian-American buffet.

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
(863) 676-1408

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment.

Fantasy of Flight

1400 Broadway Blvd SE, Polk City, FL 33868
(863) 984-3500

Fantasy of Flight is an aviation-related attraction in Polk City that takes visitors back to the pioneering days of early flight, World War I, World War II and beyond. The attraction opened in November 1995, and houses the world’s largest private aircraft collection on display.

Polk Museum of Art

800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 688-7743

The Polk Museum of Art is a private, non-profit, and nationally accredited art museum in Lakeland. It is a member of the Florida Association of Museums, is ranked among the top art museums in the state of Florida, and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Admission to the museum is free to the general public.


7324 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-1166

Stroll through full-scale recreations of famous Titanic rooms, including her Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, and Promenade Deck, where you can walk out and feel the chill of the cold Atlantic air as you gaze at the stars. Exceptionally trained actors in period costume portray famous Titanic notables such as Capt. Smith and Margaret Brown, sharing stories of her passengers and crew during an hour-long guided journey on board the most famous Ship in history. The exhibit showcases well over 400 artifact and historical treasures, including the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered.

For information on these and other area attractions, or to purchase tickets, please contact our friends at Visit Central Florida or Kissimmee Guest Services!