Parks & beaches

The city of Orlando comprises scores of lakes surrounded by green spaces, such as Lake Eola Park, located right in the heart of the city. Farther northwest, Loch Haven Park harbours several cultural institutions.

Foremost among them is the Orlando Museum of Art (2416 N. Mills Ave., tel. 407-896-4231, www.omart.org), which showcases American art from the 18th century to present times (paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture), as well as a collection of artifacts from the ancient Americas, some of which date back 4,000 years.

Also nestled within Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Science Center (777 E. Princeton St., tel. 407-514-2000, www.osc.org) features various science-related interactive exhibits and activities.

Slightly farther afield, the Harry P. Leu Gardens (1920 N. Forest Ave., tel. 407-246-2620, www.leugardens.org) boasts some 2,000 specimens of camellias, a collection for which this lovely botanical garden is famous.