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Orlando Downtown Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Orlando

In recent years Downtown Orlando, the city's cultural, historic and commercial center, has seen much renovation done in a bid to stimulate tourism. This tour takes you to some of the city's most prominent museums, historic sites, and other places of interest, including Lake Eola Park, a firm favorite among the locals recreation spot. Take your time to explore Downtown Orlando and enjoy yourself in this beautiful city.
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Orlando Downtown Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Orlando Downtown Introduction Walk
Guide Location: USA » Orlando (See other walking tours in Orlando)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: brian
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lynx Central Station
  • Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
  • Bank of America
  • Cathedral of St. Luke
  • Lake Eola Park
  • St George Orthodox Church
  • Orange County Regional History Center
  • SunTrust Center
  • Grand Bohemian Gallery
  • City Hall
  • Terrace Gallery
  • Thornton Park
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Lynx Central Station

1) Lynx Central Station

Located near the intersection of Amelia Street and Garland Avenue, in Downtown Orlando, the Lynx Central Station is no ordinary terminal. This beautifully designed station puts most to shame. If you need to quickly make your way around the city, this transport system provides quick and easy access to the city’s bus system. The 18,000 square foot terminal features stunning design, an air-conditioned waiting area, and serves millions of passengers in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Polk, and Volusia counties. More than 85,000 rides are provided each weekday. A total of 28,023,186 passengers used the system in 2011.

The station is the central hub of the massive Lynx Network. It provides access to the zero-fare LYMMO Bus and services 30 bus routes. In the future, its proximity to the proposed commuter rail line will also provide access for Sun Rail commuters to the Lynx Bus Routes. The Amway Arena, the FAMU College of Law, and many major businesses, recreational, and entertainment venues are located within a short distance from the station.
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Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

2) Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Located on Livingston Street, the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center is a 2,500 seat performance arts venue that features ballets, theater and musical performances from popular artists. Originally known as the Municipal Auditorium, the building was named after former mayor Bob Carr in 1978 after an extensive renovation. The building has been the location of many performances since its opening in 1927. It is one of the oldest performance venues in the city and a part of the Orlando Centroplex.

The center is home to some of the biggest and best theatrical performances in Florida. The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Cats are but a few of the events the venue has hosted. In addition, the Orlando Opera, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival of Orchestras, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other shows and exhibits, call the center home. The building has frequently been updated to stay abreast of new technology. It has continental-style seating and is handicapped and hearing impaired accessible. It is available for business conferences or seminar use. The building will be replaced with the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center in 2014.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m; Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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Bank of America

3) Bank of America

Bank of America at duPont Centre is a skyscraper that stands 404 feet tall. This tower was once a condo that eventually evolved into a skyscraper. Making this structure unique are 3 setbacks, which are on the same side of the building and positioned in such a way that it resembles a huge right triangle. The 28-story building combines both classical and contemporary styles.
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Cathedral of St. Luke

4) Cathedral of St. Luke

Located on Magnolia Avenue, the Cathedral of St. Luke holds the designation as Florida’s first Episcopal cathedral. The place of worship was established in 1892 and features stunning stained glass windows. In 1922, the old church was moved to the south side of the plot to make space for a new cathedral that was completed in 1925. Boston architects Frohman, Robb, and Little designed the current building.

More than just a place of worship, the cathedral offers free musical concerts that range from classical to jazz to opera and has a bookstore and library. The church is also home to the renowned Orlando Deanery Boychoir.

The bookstore contains a vast selection of cards, crosses, religious literature, ornaments, and other items.

The library includes one of the most complete liturgical collections in the southeast as well as a children’s section. Over 5,000 volumes of collected works are available for viewing.
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Lake Eola Park

5) Lake Eola Park (must see)

Located on Rosalind Avenue in Orlando, Florida, the Lake Eola Park is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. The attractive and picturesque recreational area is famous for the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, located in the nearby Eola Lake, which changes colors at night. Park visitors will enjoy the 43 acres of sidewalks that allow one to jog or walk while enjoying the scenic views. In addition, there are gondolas and swan-shaped boats available for rental that glide up and down the lake.

There is something for everyone at Eola Lake. A playground for children, a small outdoor terrace café when you need a bite to eat, and the nearby Walt Disney Amphitheatre are some of the treats you will enjoy when you visit. There is also a Chinese pagoda on the grounds.

Many popular events take place in the park. The Spin City Classic features professional and amateur bicycle races every March. Each July, a fireworks exhibit celebrates the Fourth of July, and Fiesta in the Park features arts and crafts, as well as entertainment.

Tip:
Sundays, with nice weather, are a particularly good time, as there is a farmers' market (10am-4pm), along with food & beer vendors.
There are two quarter feeders if you'd like to feed the swans the bird feed – one next to the pagoda and the other by the playground.
Speaking of which, here you will find one of Orlando's better playgrounds for children. It has slides, juggle gyms, merry-go-rounds and more.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-12am
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St George Orthodox Church

6) St George Orthodox Church

St George Orthodox Church lies in the heart of downtown Orlando. With its impressive design and classic columns, the church has become an icon of the downtown area. The incredible Eastern Altar is used for weekly Vespers and Orthros Services. The church welcomes members of all Orthodox Christian backgrounds.
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Orange County Regional History Center

7) Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center is known as one of Central Florida’s best museums. Located on Central Boulevard, the center features thousands of unique items that tell the history of Central Florida’s history. The exhibition hall was established in 1927.

The museum contains a wide range of objects. Furniture, toys, dolls, artwork, business items, quilts, hats, military items, and technology are some of the many items you will see. Of most interest are the 16,000 postcards and photographs that date back to the 1870s. The postcards and photographs offer an intimate glimpse into the past.

The center has several programs that are geared towards the needs of patrons. The Passport History Summer Camp, History Holiday Camp, and Spring Break Camp allow children to pursue their interests in history. Exhibits on current events and lectures from university professors occur frequently and programs for schools and organizations offer a unique glimpse into the museum’s collections. Dinners that feature respected speakers and game nights allow adults to participate in the fun.

Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The Docent Program hosts museum expeditions and gives volunteers of the museum’s history center.
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SunTrust Center

8) SunTrust Center

Located in Central Business District, in Downtown Orlando, the SunTrust Center is a three-building complex. At 441 feet, it is the tallest skyscraper in the city. Construction was completed on the building in 1988. It was originally built to house the offices of the SunTrust Bank. The latter, however, left the building in 2009 as part of a downsizing measure.

Originally named the Sun Bank Center, this 640,000 square foot postmodern-style building has 35 stories, 30 floors, a six-level parking garage, a restaurant, and an eight-story atrium. Other amenities include an on-site sundry shop, shoe shine service, and a jewelry store. It is home to the consulates of Argentina and Great Britain and houses the trade offices of Qingado, China.

Other major tenants include Holland and Knight Law and Baker and Hostetler Law. The top five floors allow a stunning panoramic view of downtown Orlando. Unfortunately, the top five floors are not accessible to the public. The building is conveniently located near the LYMMO route.

Each year the American Lung Association’s Annual “Fight for Air Climb-Orlando Event” takes place at the complex. Contestants are timed as they run up 25 stories of stairs. The event has raised over US$100,000 for charity.
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Grand Bohemian Gallery

9) Grand Bohemian Gallery

The Grand Bohemian Gallery, housed within a luxury hotel, is considered to be one of the finest in Orlando. It displays works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also features collections of glass art, artistic jewelry, sculptures, and specialty gift items.
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City Hall

10) City Hall

Orlando's City Hall is a government building located in the downtown district. This concrete and granite structure was designed using a typical Southern United States style of architecture, which features beige buildings with green roofs. City Hall is crowned by a beautiful 12-foot copper dome and contains 10 stories, 2 grand staircases, and two galleries.
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Terrace Gallery

11) Terrace Gallery

The Terrace Gallery was established in 1992 and displays works by national and international artists. The goal of the Terrace Gallery is to reflect Orlando's dedication to and appreciation of the arts.
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Thornton Park

12) Thornton Park

Thornton Park is a neighborhood in Orlando's downtown. It is the city’s most stylish district. The district is characterized by a typical European atmosphere with an amazing diversity of restaurants and shops, located all around the centerpiece fountain. Thornton Park features brick walkways shaded by spectacular trees and flower gardens, and a wide range of great restaurants and chic boutiques.

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