Student artwork to be displayed at Gateway Gallery and Emporium

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The Gateway Gallery and Emporium will present the artwork of students from the Red Apple Adult Training Center during July. An opening reception will be at 6 p.m. June 30 at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. More than 30 pieces will be on exhibit and for sale. Proceeds will help pay for activities, supplies and services for adults … Read More…

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3 new restaurants open: Deccan Spice Indian food, Farmacy Vegan Kitchen, the Cake Shop

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DECCAN SPICE

Deccan Spice has opened at 2325 Ulmerton Road, in what used to be the elegant and vast Grand Siam space in Feather Sound. It’s getting high marks so far for its traditional Indian lunch buffet, and offers a range of southern Indian dishes (vadas and dosas and idlis, oh my) seldom seen in this area. (727) … Read More…

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Drink up this weekend: Tampa Theatre Barley's Angels festival, Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

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Thirst quench: Barley’s Angels

Saturday night marks this year’s beer-oriented major fundraiser for the historic Tampa Theatre. It’s usually a good excuse to dress funny and drink overmuch, and this year is no exception. The theme is Barley’s Angels, so get your Drew Barrymore or Lucy Liu on. Or, if you’re old school like … Read More…

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Enjoy Long Summer Day Activities in Orlando

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There’s no greater feeling than basking in the warm sunshine. And with long summer days ahead, we’ve highlighted a few ways you can enjoy the extra hours of sunlight in Orlando this summer.

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Explore the Outdoors

Long summer days, equals more fun in the sun. You’ll be lucky you came in summer to enjoy some of Central Florida’s most popular outdoor activities!

  • Continue
    the day at West Orange Trail and take a scenic bicycle ride to Winter Garden’s historic downtown.
  • Stop
    in for delicious culinary eats at Plant Street Market, a Winter Garden food hub
    popular among the locals.
  • Take
    a short 30-minute drive from Winter Garden to the rolling hills of Clermont and
    visit Showcase of Citrus. Hand pick oranges and other fresh citrus right from
    the grove and enjoy freshly-squeezed Florida orange juice or a refreshing
    frozen citrus treat to cool off from the warm summer weather.

See other exciting outdoor adventures you can experience.

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Discover I-Drive

With so many attractions and restaurants on International Drive, rest
assured that you’ll find countless ways enjoy the extra daylight this summer
while visiting the iconic I-Drive tourist strip.

  • Tee
    up for a friendly game of miniature golf at Congo River Golf, where you’ll play among tranquil waterfalls, mysterious caves and more.
  • Feel
    the adrenaline rush and dive into the thrill of skydiving – well, indoor
    skydiving – at iFLY Orlando, now at its new location in the heart of International Drive.
  • Admire
    breathtaking views of Central Florida from Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall giant Ferris wheel located at I-Drive 360.
  • Discover
    “huge” fun at Fun Spot America where you can enjoy carnival style games and rides, including the 250-foot tall Skycoaster.
  • Fly
    into the sunset aboard a helicopter flight around Orlando with Orlando
    Heli-Tours.

See other fun attractions you can enjoy in the I-Drive area
this summer.

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Experience Orlando Like a Local

If you’re looking to explore Orlando like one of the locals, the city’s got iconic neighborhoods that are perfect for discovering delicious cuisine and unique shopping.

  • See
    Downtown Orlando’s collection of different areas and neighborhoods – each with
    a unique look and feel. Orange Avenue, central to downtown, offers unique restaurants that are perfect for dining outdoors and enjoying the extra daylight throughout the summer.
  • Savor
    the flavors of Mills 50, an expanding enclave of authentic Asian restaurants,
    shops and markets. The area is home to one of the largest Vietnamese-American
    communities in Florida. Here, you can also taste a variety of other cuisines,
    including modern Mexican, BBQ and vegetarian.
  • Visit
    The Milk District – an up-and-coming neighborhood known for its funky shops,
    vintage boutiques and weekly food truck gatherings – for an authentic local experience.
  • Audubon
    Park is a hip, diverse area just north of downtown Orlando. From food and
    dining to an electric mix of shopping venues, this area offers everything from
    designer fashion to cool handouts and more. While you’re there, take a
    stroll through the beautiful and serene Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre botanical oasis with various gardens featuring local flora as well as a beautiful rose garden.
  • Head
    to Ivanhoe Village’s vintage-inspired shops, including Rock & Roll Heaven
    and Elephant Walk Antiques – perfect if you’re looking for unique souvenirs to
    take home from your trip.

Share some of your favorite things to do around Orlando by tweeting us at @VisitOrlando. Find even more insider tips and details on new attractions in
Orlando on our blog.

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