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Unique Things to Do This Spring in Orlando

Mount Dora light house photo by Mark Miller

As spring unfolds its vibrant hues and warm breezes in Orlando, the city awakens with a plethora of unique activities that promise unforgettable experiences beyond the well-trodden paths of theme parks. The Celeste Hotel, your sanctuary of comfort and elegance, is the perfect base from which to explore these less conventional attractions. Let’s embark on a journey through some of Orlando’s hidden gems and seasonal delights that make for a truly distinctive springtime adventure.

Unearth Hidden Treasures at The Mennello Museum of American Art

Begin your cultural exploration at The Mennello Museum of American Art, nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Formosa. This intimate museum, a short drive from the Celeste Hotel, offers a fascinating glimpse into American art, focusing on the works of Earl Cunningham and a variety of contemporary artists. Stroll through its tranquil sculpture garden, where the blooming spring flora complements the artistry on display.

Savor the Flavors of Local Vineyards and Breweries

Spring in Orlando is a delightful time to discover the local viticulture and craft beer scene. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, with its rolling hills and lush vineyards, offers a scenic backdrop for tasting award-winning wines. For those with a penchant for hops and malt, the vibrant Orlando brewing scene beckons with its innovative brews. Explore small, independent breweries where the art of beer-making comes to life, offering a taste of Orlando’s burgeoning craft beer culture.

Reconnect with Nature at Mead Botanical Garden

Escape to the serenity of Mead Botanical Garden, where the spring season brings an explosion of colors and fragrances. This green oasis, a short journey from the Celeste Hotel, is a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike. Wander along its winding paths, discover the butterfly garden, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of local wildlife amidst the blooming flora.

Embark on an Airboat Adventure

For an adrenaline-pumping experience, venture out to the headwaters of the Florida Everglades for an airboat tour. Feel the thrill as you glide across the water at high speeds, weaving through marshes and swamps, and encounter Florida’s wild side, from majestic birds to the iconic alligators basking in the sun.

Experience the Charm of Mount Dora

A visit to the quaint town of Mount Dora is a must-do for those seeking a slower-paced, charming small-town atmosphere. Renowned for its antique shops, local eateries, and picturesque lake views, Mount Dora is a delightful contrast to Orlando’s bustling city life. Springtime festivals and outdoor markets add to its allure, making it a perfect day trip destination.

Explore the Arts at Orlando Fringe

If your visit aligns with the Orlando Fringe Festival, you’re in for a cultural treat. As the longest-running fringe theatre festival in the United States, it showcases a diverse array of artists and performers in a celebratory, inclusive atmosphere. From avant-garde performances to comedy shows, the festival offers something intriguing for every taste.

Take a Leisurely Paddle on Wekiwa Springs

For a tranquil escape, paddle along the crystal-clear waters of Wekiwa Springs. Just a stone’s throw from Orlando, this natural spring offers kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in an idyllic setting. The lush, spring-fed waterways are a refreshing respite from the city’s hustle and bustle, allowing you to connect with Florida’s pristine natural beauty.