Just minutes from the attractions
of downtown Orlando and in easy reach of local businesses, the
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Lake Mary hotel is a great place to
stay—whether you are traveling on business or with the family. Ride
the complimentary shuttle to go to nearby restaurants and shops. This
spacious, all-suite Lake Mary, FL hotel allows you to feel at home for
a few days or even a few weeks.
Free WiFi helps you stay connected
while your two-room suite provides lots of work space. Consider
hosting a meeting or event in one of four meeting spaces at our Lake
Mary, FL hotel. Soak up the Florida sun beside the pool, work out in
the fitness facility and come home to a complimentary dinner and
drinks* every Monday through Thursday evening. Kick off every day in
style with a free hot full breakfast.
About the Hotel
Work, relax or socialize in your
spacious one- or two-bedroom suite at the Homewood Suites by Hilton
Lake Mary hotel. Our hotel offers a private bedroom and separate
living area in every suite. The whole family has more entertainment
choices with two flat-screen TVs and WiFi access. Fix a favorite meal
in the kitchen using the two-burner stove, refrigerator and
dishwasher. Leave us a note and we can even pick up your groceries for
At your Homewood Suites by Hilton
hotel, you’ll enjoy a range of inclusive perks to help you feel right
at home. Indulge in a hot full-breakfast each morning and evening
dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday. We offer a complimentary
grocery shopping service, and if you forget something, there's a
24-hour on-site convenience store. Other benefits include newspaper
delivery every weekday and complimentary WiFi. It's all you need to
make yourself at home.
Rooms & Suites
Our spacious studio, one-
and two-bedroom suites feature separate living and sleeping areas.
Each has convenient amenities such as a fully-equipped kitchen with
full-size refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. You’ll find enough
space for work or relaxing, plus all the comforts of home.
Homewood Suites by Hilton allows you to
feel closer to home whether you're traveling for a few nights or
longer. Each suite is beautifully decorated and features a private
bedroom and spacious living room. Enjoy all the comforts of home
including a 32" LCD flat screen television, full-size sleeper sofa,
comfortable easy chair with ottoman, voicemail, and wireless
high-speed internet access. Prepare a favorite meal in the fully
equipped kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, coffeemaker and
microwave oven. Wake refreshed after spending a restful night in our
comfortable beds with luxurious linens. All of our suites help you
stay on schedule with a custom-designed alarm clock featuring a
back-up alarm system, MP3 player capabilities and pre-set local radio
Each accessible suite is beautifully
decorated and offers a private bedroom and spacious living room. The
fully equipped kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator, microwave,
cookware and utensils. The living room area features a full-size
sleeper sofa, a comfortable chair and ottoman, and a 32" LCD flat
screen television. Comfortable beds await you in the bedroom where we
help you stay on schedule with a custom-designed alarm clock featuring
a back-up alarm system, MP3 player capabilities and pre-set local
radio stations. Like all of our suites, our Accessible Suite keeps you
connected with complimentary high-speed Internet access.
Tours and Attractions
offering this year for a featured group activity is a scenic canal boat tour
out of Mt Dora.Plan is a day trip on
Saturday to Mt Dora combining a chance to visit the city, cruise the Lake
Dora canals, and have lunch at a popular local eatery. The City of Mount Dora
is a charming, one-hundred plus year old historic village in the heart of
Central Florida on the shores of beautiful Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of
Lakes.The canal tour includes
providing a narrated Eco-tour into the unspoiled Dora Canal, through towering
2,000 year old cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss. Commonly seen on the
canal are herons, ibis, egrets, anhingas birds, turtles and alligators. The
tour continues onto one of the lakes in the Harris Chain, in search of bald
eagles and osprey. The luxury all-weather pontoon boats provide a shaded,
stable and dry platform to observe the beautiful surroundings.
Group has taken their indescribable live celebration of art, technology and
music to a whole new level at Universal Orlando® Resort.
Experience the wonder of Blue Man Group with incredible new performances,
astounding new music, and an all-new stage. It's science, it's laughter, it's
that creative urge you feel inside and want to explore. Become part of the
new Blue Man Group show from the minute you step inside the doors of the Blue
Man Group Theatre. Forget what you know—that was then, this is wow.
Nouba is a mesmerizing and extraordinary avant-garde circus spectacle
performed by Cirque du Soleil exclusively in the Downtown Disney West Side
area at Walt Disney World Resort.La Nouba is performed at an exceptional
theater built especially for Cirque du Soleil. The show's international cast
of acrobats, athletes and performance artists—including more than 65 artists
representing 15 countries—delights and mystifies with daring acts of grace.La
Nouba translates to English as ""to party, to live it
up,"" and this theme is evident in the energetic performances, the
colorful costumes and the moving live music.Join the thousands of fans who
leave this Cirque du Soleil performance in awe of the glorious feats and the
inexpressible beauty they have witnessed, carrying with them its memory as an
inspiration to celebrate life. It truly is a show that makes ""the
impossible, possible.""See the magic up close for yourself when you
attend a performance of La Nouba!
Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring
on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the
winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.
For centuries, the spring area was home to Native Americans. In 1766 it was
visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it was not until 1856
that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built
in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be
enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner.
The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are
available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724.
The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail.
The Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's rich
history and artifacts on display from the Mayaca. The swimming area is
adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat
rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run. De
Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where
canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes.
all-terrain wheelchair and a standard wheelchair are provided for
visitors who need assistance getting around the park, including the paved
Spanish Sugar Mill
Old Spanish Sugar Mill sits beside the spring named for the legendary
explorer Ponce De Leon. Originally constructed in the 1830’s to crush sugar
cane utilizing the power of the 16 – 18 million gallons of water flowing from
the spring daily, the mill features a 30 foot undershot waterwheel. The mill
was rebuilt around 1900. A chimney, which remains on the site, was part
of the original sugar mill operation, and displays a 1931 DAR plaque
proclaiming the date of 1570 as the year of mill construction. This was based
on inaccurate information. The mill was destroyed twice over the years.
It was destroyed during the Second Seminole War in 1835 and again during the
Civil War in 1595 when the mill was being used to provide corn for the
Confederate troops. Legend tells of mill stones being thrown into the spring
although none have ever been recovered.
Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House
In 1961 the mill was again scheduled for destruction. Just an old
building to many, but Peter Schwarze felt quite differently. A fifth
generation grist miller newly arrived in Florida. Peter saw treasure that
must be saved. He arranged to lease and restore the mill, moved his wife and
daughter to the “Fountain of Youth” and began once again grinding flour in
the mill building. His gristmill was of his own design, an adjustable under
runner mill with small French Buhr stones that were electrically powered. The
setting was perfect and the restaurant and bakery utilizing his flours began.
The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House restaurant continues under
family operation today. Customers sit at tables with electric griddles in the
center and make their own pancakes right on the griddles. They are served two
different types of homemade pancake batters, one containing stone-ground
corn, wheat, rye, whole wheat and buckwheat flours and the other made from
unbleached white flour.Other standard
breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches are also offered.
The Barn Antiques
The Barn Antiques, established 1969, is a large, family-run
antique shop in rural Central Florida, about one hour from the class hotel.
We sell a wide variety of items, most of them dating from the early 19th
through early 20th centuries. We are proud to keep two spacious showrooms, an
extensive area for stained glass, and an all new area featuring unusual
outdoor items such as antique chimney pots and iron gates. Since The
Barn was founded, it has expanded within the family to include a variety of
The Barn has long been a landmark in the Central Florida area.
If you've never come to see us, you can read aboutour
stores here. During regular trips abroad, we hand-pick the best pieces for
the showrooms from our wide network of well-established contacts. Along with
our extensive local buying, this lets us always have on hand a fresh
selection of the highest quality, most affordably priced antiques - big and
small - to be found.
behind-the-scenes and discover what makes Daytona International Speedway the
World Center of Racing. On the approximately 90-minute All Access Tour
you can explore areas such as the Drivers Meeting Room, NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series Garages, Gatorade Victory Lane and the Houston Lawing Press Box seven
stories above the Speedway. Embark on an exciting, guided tour through
the historical sites of Daytona International Speedway. This tour brings to
life how local beaches, businesses, and families shaped NASCAR into the
fastest growing spectator sport in the world. From state-of-the-art
facilities and unprecedented safety features to the everyday items we buy,
NASCAR has helped shape it all. During your field trip to the “World Center
of Racing”, get an up-close view of the daunting 31-degree banking in the
turns, an exclusive look inside the NASCAR garages and tech inspection
stations, take in the entire 2.5-mile Superspeedway from the Houston Lawing
Press Box high atop the front stretch grandstands and celebrate in Gatorade
World is both the largest vacation resort in the world and most visited
theme park resort in the world. At over 25,000 acres, the massive property
features four world-renowned theme parks, twenty-four on-site resorts, two
water parks, four mini-golf courses in two locations, an interactive/video
game park, a shopping and nighttime entertainment area, and 5 professional
golf courses and outdoor recreation.
driving the world’s fastest and most exotic high performance cars on a real
racetrack…no traffic…no stoplights…no law enforcement…just your dreams, your
adrenaline and the wide-open asphalt!Located
at Walt Disney World® Speedway in Orlando, Florida, Exotic Driving Experience
features supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Nissan and Aston
Martin.Exotic Driving Experience gives you the opportunity to get behind the
wheel of these supercars and make your dreams a reality.
Musical Revue is an old-fashioned dinner show that includes foot-stompin'
music, nostalgic comedy and an all-you-care-to-eat dinner at Pioneer Hall in
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Get ready for good, ol'
country fun!A long-time family favorite, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is
hosted in a rustic dance hall, with rousing Wild West dancing, singing, and
zany vaudeville comedy. You never know what to expect from the high-spirited
Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim
Handy.As the Pioneer Hall Players perform skits and early song standards,
equally sassy Cast Members serve your countrified feast. Between laughs, chow
down on pails of all-you-care-to-eat American favorites like fried chicken,
smoked BBQ pork ribs, seasonal vegetable, baked beans, fresh baked corn bread
and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks
are included for Guests 21 years of age or older (proper ID required).
Celebrations are acknowledged in the show.As the performance rounds out, you
may be asked to join in the finale—a musical tribute to Davy Crockett. Your
inner bumpkin just might emerge.Bring your whole clan of kin folk and join
the frolicking fun of this folksy extravaganza.
vacations aren't complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex. Just east of the most popular Orlando attractions and theme parks,
NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour
launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in
spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.
more on your Orlando, Florida vacation with a daytrip to Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex, where the sky isn't the limit - it's just the beginning
of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to get a glimpse of Kennedy
Space Center than on the Kennedy Space Center Tour (KSC Tour). Take a NASA
bus for a drive-by view of the space shuttle launch pad and
then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch and marvel at a massive
363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
KSC Tour is included with admission and departs every 15 minutes from the
Visitor Complex. The tour is self-guided, allowing guests to get off the bus
and spend as much time as desired at each location.
Glide thru the grassy marsh of the ST. Johns River & Lake
Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 M.P.H. As the boat slows down to an idle you
will have several photo opportunities to take photos of our local
wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by
the hundreds, and visit a natural cypress swamp.
Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in
Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature
preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects
including the finest collection of American art in the Southeast,
one of the most significant collections of Cuban art outside
of Cuba, a Chinese art collection, Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth, a large
Americana collection, a rare Napoleonic
Collection and ournew
Visible Storage Building. The MOAS collection also includes a
wealth of historic paintings and African artifacts. The museum’s auditorium, planetarium, and Charles
and Linda Williams Children's Museum make for a truly
The Orange County Regional History
Center, housed in a restored historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando,
showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida.
Three floors of permanent exhibits showcase 12,000 years of Florida history.
The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and AAM accredited museum,
also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions.
Ballet is fast becoming the little company that could. With only 26
company dancers and 5 paid apprentices this marvelous company has an
international flavor (with dancers from the United States, Japan, Korea, Brazil
and Cuba), and the ambition to tackle Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. The
company performs classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and of course the
Nutcracker, and mixes it up with contemporary works by artistic director
Bruce Marks, Twyla Tharp and others. If you happen to be in town when
the ballet is performing, it is worth the price of the ticket to watch this
company in action. The ballet season runs from October to May.
For the current season schedule check out their web site
Take off on a 3 to 4 hour fun-filled
balloon adventure, leaving one hour before sunrise. Enjoy a tranquil hour
floating above the sights and attractions of the Orlando area. Flights leave
from any of our 25 different locations in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort area
but we check in every morning at the Radisson Resort Orlando -Celebration in
Kissimmee. Once airborne the pilot will point out the spectacular sights from
the theme parks to the orange groves, forest, and swamps that have been
untouched for thousands of years. Complimentary Champagne Toast after flight
and full breakfast.
in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) educational institution
whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community
support for the arts and the OMA’s role as a leading cultural institution in
its inception, the Museum’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of
Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective,
the Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting
notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national
and international significance; to developing first-rate educational
programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every
segment of a diverse community.
Shakespeare as our standard and inspiration, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater
produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides
innovative educational experiences that enrich our community.
Located on 117 acres of
scenic, rolling land in beautiful Lake County, the heart of Central Florida;
amid spreading oaks, garlands of Spanish moss waving gently from their
branches, you will find Renninger's Twin Markets in Mt. Dora. Two large
buildings and a number of open air shopping areas house a wide variety of
dealers from produce stands, clothing shops, and oddity vendors, to high
quality antiques and collectibles.
The City of Mount Dora
is a charming, one-hundred plus year old historic village in the heart of
Central Florida on the shores of beautiful Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of
Lakes. The historic downtown offers a wide array of shopping, dining,
lodging, activities, wellness and entertainment... there's something for
Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney
Get behind the wheel in an 8, 18, 30 or
50 lap driving program or Ride-Along shotgun for 3 high-speed
laps! Select any one of the Driving or Ride-Along Packages with Richard
Petty Driving Experience and get your adrenaline pumping as you unleash a 600
hp engine and scream around the track at white-knuckle speeds
awe-inspiring power and beauty of the sea is everywhere at SeaWorld Orlando.
Get up-close to all of its mesmerizing creatures – gentle manatees, graceful
dolphins, playful penguins, fascinating sharks and so much more. From the
tiniest starfish to the ocean’s biggest star, Shamu, SeaWorld is alive with
the ocean’s wonders. Connect with the sea underwater and connect with the air
on coaster adventures where you’ll brave watery beasts and feel like a flying
ray. The sea is a stage, where dolphins dance on water, whales swim in
the sky, and spectacle and color are around every turn. Here, borders are
erased and the possibilities are boundless.
in January 2012 by RMS Titanic, Inc., Titanic
The Experience is a blockbuster Orlando attraction located on
7324 International Drive near Universal Studios, Sea World and Walt Disney
World. Become a passenger and travel back in time to 100 years ago, where
authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow you
to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions of most famous Ship
ever to set sail, Titanic.
17 gallery tour includes full scale room re-creations where you visit Titanic's Grand
Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, Captain's Bridge and Promenade
Deck offering a haunting, emotional connection to lives abruptly ended or
addition, you will now view more than 400 unique pieces of memorabilia and
100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic- 21 of which have recently
completed conservation and are on display for the first time. These
celebrated pieces include a 3-ton portion of the Ship's hull, the Captain's
wheel and personal belongings from Titanic's
passengers and crew.
This vast complex houses two theme
parks (Universal Studios, for movie rides, and Islands of Adventure, for
thrills), an entertainment/nightlife complex (CityWalk) and a variety of
hotels. You can buy passes for admission to the parks or just visit the bars,
restaurants and stores on the CityWalk.
Islands of Adventure features some of the most innovative rides and
attractions ever made on seven spectacularly themed islands: The Wizarding
World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park,
The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry.
The Orange County city of Winter Park, situated north of
Orlando and about 15-20 minutes from the class hotel, was once considered a
winter resort. Today, the arts- and culture-filled city includes Rollins
College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art. Winter Park also
is a nature lover's destination. Here you will find more than 70 parks, all
home to various events, festivals and celebrations throughout the year – and
available to anyone looking for a place to sit in the shade and enjoy a
beautiful Central Florida day.