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Orlando, Beyond the Theme Parks Part II
Orlando-Loch Haven Park Area
For a terrific day outside the theme parks, plan a visit to Loch Haven Park. Located at 900 E Princeton in Orlando, is home to Orlando’s “cultural triad”; The Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum, and Orlando Science Center. The area offers a variety of activities, whether you are traveling with children, or going solo you will discover it to be delightful distraction.
Orlando Science Center
Open 7 days a week from Mon-Thur, and Sun 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Fri-Sat 10:00 am- 9:00 pm
The Center offers various exhibits, the main areas include:
- Dr. Phillips CineDome features giant-screen films & planetarium shows. The shows are indeed enormous as the screen is 8 stories tall
- Crosby Observatory, aluminum-domed observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida’s largest publicly accessible refractor telescope.
- KidsTown, an area for the smaller folk, kids under 48" and their parents will enjoy activities focused on the little ones.
- Science Live! focuses on interactive displays and experiences.
Check out the special events on the website and plan your visit.
Orlando Museum of Art, fondly known to locals as OMA
Open 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday to Friday and noon to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday
OMA showcases 12-13 exhibits of local, regional, national, and international artists. The museum offers noteworthy events each month which should not be missed. The first Thursday of each month OMA showcases a different theme with works by local artists, live music, and cash bars serving alcohol, soft drinks, and food from area restaurants.
Mennello Museum of American Art
Open 10:30am-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30 pm-4:00pm Sunday.
The Mennello exhibits a variety of American artists, including a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham, whose works are referred to as “primitive genius”. The museum showcases many unusual sculptures and views of landscapes, and water. The Mennello is a fantastic venue to ponder American history and culture through art.