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Best Hidden Gems in Orlando

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Lake Eola Park

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal escape without having to leave the city. The lake is a part of a park complex that includes a lovely walkway, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres (17.48 hectares), which makes it easy to feel like you really have left the city. Visitors can use the picnic facilities located throughout the park, or rent a boat to take out onto the lake.

Orlando, FL, United States
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Harry P. Leu Gardens

This lovely 50-acre botanical garden is situated on Lake Rowena and promises to offer visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphor, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is one of the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built-in 1888, it now serves as a decorative arts museum.

Orlando, FL, United States
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Holy Land Experience

Holy Land Experience is not your typical Orlando theme park. This biblical-themed park provides fun for the whole family with interactive story-telling. Located southwest of the downtown area, this theme 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.

Orlando, FL, United States
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Odditorium

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.

Orlando, FL, United States
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The Ritz-Carlton Spa

A big name, 40,000 square feet of tranquility, 40 treatment rooms, a heated lap pool, a Carita salon, boutique and a wellness center—sounds like the spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort. With the extensive range of treatments and services for both men and women at hand, you will emerge a new person. The Beauty Queen and Diva Packages live up to their names, while the toning massages liven up those tired limbs. Choose from a plethora of indulgences at the spa or the wellness center, enjoy the attentive efficient service and watch the ol' bod get energized.

Orlando, FL, United States
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Wekiwa Springs State Park

This unique Floridian attraction holds over 42 million gallons of fresh water at a tepid 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). The Wekiwa Springs State Park crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming in year around and the trails will lead you deep into a lush landscape. Canoe through the calm waters, camp for a few nights to get away from it all and maybe spot some native fauna. This park is a true Florida gem and worth the visit.

Apopka, FL, United States
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