Parents, teachers and best of all, kids, love Lego. Those brightly colored building toys set kids' imagination into action as they use the pieces to build...well, stuff. Budding architects will love this 4,000 sq. ft. center, where they'll find giant flying machines, dragons and spaceships constructed from Lego pieces. Popular sets allow children to build their own pirate ships, water worlds, medieval and modern cities and doll houses. Outside is a 3,000 sq. ft. play area, boasting a jungle gym, life-size space-alien family and countless Lego blocks with no restrictions on use or imagination.
Any shopping to be done? Just take a trip to The Mall at Millenia, which offers both local and international brands. Foreign visitors will be pleased to know that a bureau de change/Wechsel is at hand, so there's simply no stopping you from grabbing the designer apparel you've set your heart on! The multi-lingual staff will assist you in getting around, just in case language is a barrier. To pump up the energy during your shopping frenzy, visit restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and The Capital Grille.
At 50,000 sq. ft., this is the world's largest World of Disney store with the world's biggest collection (8,000 items) of Disney memorabilia, souvenirs, toys and gotta-have-its. To keep it all straight, departments feature a specific theme from favorite Disney movies, ranging from Sleeping Beauty to The Little Mermaid and 101 Dalmatians, among others. Going beyond toys, the store offers an enormous range of Disney-logo items from clothing to tableware and linens, jewelry and toys.
The most important thing to know about Downtown Disney Marketplace is that you don't have to be a park patron to shop here. An open-air shopping enclave, it is built at the edge of a lake and offers 26 stores, including the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Lego Imagination Center and, of course, the World of Disney, billed as the planet's largest Disney merchandise store. A number of restaurants are tucked in here, including Bongo's, Blues Cafe, Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Wolfgang Puck Express.
With more than 200 shopping-and-dining outlets, Florida Mall is the largest shopping spot in Central Florida. Visitors come from all over the state and the nation to browse through the racks of retail outlets such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's and JC Penney. You'll also find plenty of specialty stores here, including those offering adventure gear, books, electronics, toys, videos, leather and more. If you're hungry, dine in the mall's food court, or at restaurants such as La Casona or Versailles Latin Cuisine. If an afternoon expedition does not afford you enough time to buy all you want, check into the Adam's Mark Hotel on the premises.
Looking for a particular CD or that special paper back edition, head straight to the Park Ave CDs. This shop houses a neat and varied collection of MP3s, CDs and even books. It stocks almost every music album and cover for you, and the helpful staff is always there to help you find a particular title. For more details, check website.
Thornton Park is an upscale and sophisticated shopping district, teeming with boutiques, restaurants and bars within downtown Orlando. Nearby Lake Eola Park also offers a relaxing setting to unwind. Every second Thursday of the month, Thornton Park hosts a wine and art walk to celebrate the arts in the community.
At the end of vacation and business trips comes that inevitable moment when you have to figure out what to take to friends and associates back home. When that moment hits, stop at Art Angels for a look at an intriguing variety of dried floral arrangements, stationery, candy and gift baskets made to order. Focusing on an angel motif, as the name suggests, with lots of light and color washed walls, the store has a decidedly feminine air, but the staff is happy to see to the gifting needs of male shoppers as well.
Eola is known for its excellent wine tasting sessions. They have an impressive drink selection with more than 70 wines and 30 bottled beers. Tasty appetizers and comfortable seating area make it a good place to chill out. The outdoor area offers a more casual take on this 'beautiful people, great wine' atmosphere. Wines and cheeses clearly rule the roost, but there's more variety on weekends.
Hey, Floridians needs fur, too, so don't go snickering over the idea of a furrier here in the middle of one of the nation's warmest states. While there may not be much chance to wear them here, furs come in pretty handy in other parts of the world and Floridians do occasionally leave, despite the paradisaical aspects of the place. To warm up the locals who visit cold climes, this place has been fitting furs for 80 years. The La Belle Fur & Outerwear Co store claims that it's selling them at discount prices; you can be the judge. On sale here are fur, cashmere and leather, plus designs from noted American and European designers.
In operation since 1975, Soul Train Music claims to carry the area's largest selection of blues, reggae, gospel, rhythm and blues, dance music and videos. It draws a loyal local clientèle, as well as tourists who've heard of the store's reputation. Soul Train carries mostly CDs, but purists will also find a selection of vinyl records.
A lively local market, the Orlando Farmer's Market in the picturesque Lake Eola Park is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon. With plenty of lovely booths to explore from fresh produce, gourmet baked goodies, florists, hand-made jewellery, local arts and crafts and artisan products it's a good place to get a sense of local atmosphere. The garden is a great place to relax and have a drink, or spend a lovely day out enjoying pleasant weather by the lake. With local musicians and performers, it's an entertaining location for the kids as well. Walk around trying local food from stalls and vendors while checking out what's on offer. For details, visit the website.