151 North Douglas Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714-3334
Phone: (407) 869-9000
Fax: (407) 788-6746
Over the last 21 years, this animal-rehabilitation center has treated and released more than 7,000 birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, vultures and owls. To learn more about these creatures, come by for a visit to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Twenty-two species are on view, including the famous bald eagles. The animals here cannot be returned to the wild, mostly because of health reasons. The center also hosts an adopt-a-wild-bird program.
A Victorian cottage style house, it is located in Longwood, Florida. It was originally built in Altamonte Springs and later shifted to Longwood. It was built circa 1885 as a residence for architect Nathaniel Jeramiah Bradlee and his family. It is one of the few surviving cottages in the region. It is built in Queen Anne style architecture, consisting of three stories, 13 rooms, an octagonal tower and white exteriors, which were all typical to the Victorian era.
This 52-acre preserve offers a meandering nature trail perfect for quiet hikes. Stroll through wetlands, taking in the educational displays that dot the path. You may encounter native Florida birds, such as herons and egrets, and, if you're lucky, a deer or two. Leashed pets are allowed. All in all, Howell Branch Nature Preserve is a nice spot for a relaxing getaway.
Feel like burning off a workweek's worth of stress? Consider a visit to this facility, which offers a variety of survival games in which opponents shoot at each other with paint pellets. A traditional game scenario includes two teams infiltrating each other's territory and attempting to capture the other team's flag. Visitors can play in indoor or outdoor arenas. Inside are game areas featuring two-story towers, forts, bunkers and medieval structures. Outside are four themed fields and a cluster of futuristic structures.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve, found 30 miles north of Orlando in Sorrento, provides visitors a chance to experience Central Florida in its native setting. This reserve encompasses over 10,000 acres of wetlands and dry areas, plus natural waterways in the form of springs and a river that nearly surround the boundary of the reserve. Visitors can choose from several outdoor activities, such as bicycling, hiking, horseback riding (rentals and tours) plus canoeing and wildlife viewing. The park highlights consist of 17 miles of multi-use trails spread throughout and overnight lodging including cabins, equestrian campsites or canoe campsites. Admission is USD3 per vehicle. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Northwest Community Church is not just any other religious sight. This church aims at healing people, spreading the message of oneness and help people reach Christ. The various weekend gatherings, conferences and classes help people value relationships and educates them about the diverse aspects of life. Here, everyday you can witness creativity galore as this place showcases theatre plays, dance shows, dance workshops and other cultural activities. Kids, too, are not left behind at this place, as the church conducts fun-filled summer programs and events for the young tots. So come along and celebrate life!
Scenic Boat Tour, located north of Orlando in the friendly old-style Florida town of Winter Park, provides guests a chance to discover and witness firsthand the fascinating history of the region aboard an excursion boat. Travel through 12 miles of the area's canals and lakes that pass by grand mansions, Rollins College, Isle of Sicily, Kraft Azalea Gardens and more. The tours are narrated, last for an hour and provide amazing glimpses of the natural flora and fauna of the Sunshine State. Scenic Boat Tour has been offering the visiting adventurers, historians and naturalists an alternate Orlando attraction. These world-famous tours have been running for half a century. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Located in the center of Orlando, Calvary is a multi-ministry church. Calvary Assembly Of God believes in the divine grace of Jesus and serves everybody, from the newly born to the elderly. Offering a whole range of community programs for all sections of society, including a nursery and classes for school children, a gym and a family life center, this church is an active one. Calvary Assembly also rents out place to businesses. You can log on to the website for more information.
Loch Haven Park sits on 45 acres (18.2 hectares) north of downtown Orlando and provides visitors a chance to experience Mother Nature and numerous enlightening activities. Encompassed by three lakes and filled with massive oak trees, this park is the site of some of Orlando's top attractions. Spend time enjoying the natural Florida surroundings or visit one of the numerous nearby cultural attractions including the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Fire Museum and Orlando Garden Club. Throughout the year, several of the city's festivals, fairs and special events are held on the grounds of the Loch Haven Park. The park is open from 5a. until sunset.
According to Newsweek, this piece of 1950s architecture serves as one of the best art museums in the South. Founded in 1924, the museum now consists of three permanent exhibits - the American Collection, housing nearly 900 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 19th century onward; the Art of Ancient Americans Collection, boasting 500 artifacts of jade, gold and clay from Mexican, Costa Rican and Peruvian cultures; and an African collection of more than 70 artifacts, including masks, from various West African countries. OMA also hosts rotating exhibits. Residents of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties receive free admission.
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden situated on Lake Rowena offers visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphors, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is 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.
Local amateur horse shows held at this 40-acre public equestrian park (usually on weekends) spotlight best-of-breed competitions, the dressage skills of young and amateur riders, jumping prowess and racing aptitude. The park also houses the Mid-Florida Midget Race Track and Association. A 'midget car' is a special vehicle designed for children ages 6 to 16. Junior Mario Andrettis regularly show off their racing skills on this track.