Orlando Arts and Culture


World-class theme parks really, truly are Central Florida’s gift to the world. There is nothing like watching your kids’ faces as they meet Mickey Mouse or The Grinch for the first time. The colorful excitement of make-believe surroundings and discovering wonderfully entertaining rides, characters and attractions really is a special bonding experience…for kids of all ages. What people who visit the Orlando area are often surprised to find, however, is that we are not just theme park culture. Orlando offers a grown up and sophisticated side as well, with our outstanding performing arts, that you should plan to experience on your next vacation. Here are our top 3 picks:

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

I really enjoy and respect the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO). I’ve seen them perform many times in several different venues and each time, I’m as happy as a clam. It makes me feel elegant and cultured to be surrounded by talented musicians, the magnificent music they create, and a like-minded audience. There’s no time like the present to enjoy (and teach your kids to appreciate) orchestral music and this is a great place to start. The 2019/2020 season will celebrate American virtuosos and the OPO celebrates their final season in the Bob Carr Theater, as next year they will move house to the impressive Steinmetz Hall in the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Visit here for performance dates.

The Orlando Ballet

Who doesn’t love ballet–the cultural craft where artistry meets athleticism? I have a picture of myself, circa 6 years of age, wearing pigtails and a canary yellow satin and tulle tutu, standing in the fourth position, smiling (two front teeth missing) at the camera. It’s good for a laugh. Still today, though, I enjoy watching the flit and flutter of ballerinas/os and The Orlando Ballet does not disappoint. The 2019/2020 season offers performances including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Mowgli–The Jungle Book, something everyone the family will enjoy. Visit here for performance dates.

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMART)

OMART holds “First Thursdays” from 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month where you can discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle. They offer cash bars serving beverages and cafe offerings from area restaurants. Sip, nibble and discuss your favorite pieces and works with an eclectic mix of people. OMART has diverse current and upcoming exhibitions that the entire family can enjoy. Well, adults more than kids but they do offer family and youth programs. OMARTs spectacular annual offering, Festival of Trees, (each December) is an absolute don’t-miss! For more information, visit here.

Summertime Movie Nights in Orlando

Sure our days are filled with heat and sunshine but when the sun sets, we enjoy balmy evenings under starry skies. The perfect time for an outdoor movie. There are several films and locations to choose from and some include Food Trucks, picnic facilities and nearby restaurants so you and your family can make a night of it before ending your evening with a fun film. I’d venture to say that each film offered is family friendly but so you can choose for yourself by visiting here for all the movie dates, locations and amenities. Free fun for everyone.

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