(Orlando, Florida - FL, USA)
Don't be fooled into thinking that Orlando, Florida only has theme parks and glitzy attractions to offer. In the heart of Orlando and within its immediate surrounding areas are a wealth of museums and attractions suiting to those whose interests lean more towards the cultural and historical aspects of the area.
With museums dedicated to science, American and African art, and regional history, Orlando has something to offer both art buffs and budding historians, or those simply looking to take a break from the theme parks for a day. The city's Science Center and the Ripley's Believe It Or Not are particularly family friendly, while the Orange County Regional History Center may also be of interest.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
Address: 8201 International Drive, Orlando, 32819, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 407 345 0501
The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Museum, located on International Drive, is a particularly interesting and family friendly attraction, full of fascinating and diverse collections, ranging from a giant model of a man, to unusual, smaller models. Housed in a particularly unusual building, which has been built at an angle to appear to be sinking into the ground, the city's Ripley's Believe It Or Not is always popular with families.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 23:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children
Wells' Built Museum of African American History
Address: 511 West South Street, Orlando, 32801, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 407 245 7535
Previously a hotel that has seen some of jazz's greatest names as guests, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Ray Charles, the Wells' Built Museum of African American History is now a modest cultural attraction featuring memorabilia and artifacts from the African American community. Temporary displays of African art on loan from local collectors are also common here. Housed in a building constructed by the prominent African American physician Dr. William M. Wells, the Wells' Built Museum of African American History is dedicated to displaying memorabilia and artifacts from the city's African American community.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00
Orange County Regional History Center
Address: 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, 32801, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 407 836 8500
Learn about the fascinating history of Orlando and Central Florida at the Orange County Regional History Center. Visitors to this museum can take guided tours or attend special 'hands-on history' events where the region's most important historical people and events are presented in a format that's both interesting and educational.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - closed
Admission: charge, discounts for children, seniors, students
Orlando Science Center
Address: 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, 32803-1291, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 407 514 2000
Set over 207,000 square feet / 19,231 square meters, the city's Science Center is operated as a not-for-profit attraction and features literally hundreds of interactive displays and experiences, dedicated to teaching scientific theories to visitors of all ages. The Science Center opened its door in 1960 and has grown to include features such as the Dr. Phillips CineDome and Planetarium, the KidsTown, the Let's Play Railway, the NatureWorks, the Science Park and the highly interactive H2Now hydrogen energy units.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday, Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge, discounts for members, children, students and seniors, children under two free