Orlando‘s Ivanhoe Village is a part of the city that is starting to finally gain popularity. Here, “First Friday” events once a month bring out street performers and musicians to the sunny, warm sidewalks and Ivanhoe Village also features some fantastic cafes, restaurants and shopping. We’ve picked 10 great things to do and see in the area.
Rock & Roll Heaven
The biggest record store in all of Orlando, Rock & Roll Heaven is a cool place to window shop or walk through. It’s one of the few places in the entire state of Florida that buys back records (as long as they’re in good condition and complete with original covers), so patrons can expect some real oldies. They have the largest selection of vinyl LPs and singles in almost all of the United States, ranging from rock to pop to soul to country to folk!
Lake Ivanhoe Park
Lake Ivanhoe Park is a beautiful way to get back to nature and to relax in the Florida sun. Surrounded by a lake, it’s a popular spot for dog walkers, families and joggers. There’s a boat ramp for visitors who want to take their boats out on the lake too, and biking, roller blading, and running tracks to boot. Birdwatchers won’t be disappointed either, and there’s plenty of scope for a picnic!
The Statue of Liberty
While not as tall as her New York City cousin, The Statue of Liberty in Orlando is still a nice site to see, and no mean feat either at over 8 feet tall! It was actually a donation to the city going back to 1953, and when the Orlando Magic professional basketball team is doing well, it’s tradition for a fan to sneak a jersey on top in celebration!
The Dinner Party Project
The Dinner Party Project is a unique way to meet new people. Customers sign up ahead of time on the website for a name lottery, and when their name is picked randomly, they donate between $40 and $70 to confirm a seat at the table. Once paid, information on where the party will be is sent over and you can look forward to good company and a great meal.
Deja Vu Vintage Clothing & Accessories
Originally opened in 1986, Deja Vu Vintage Clothing & Accessories is still going strong today. Patrons are able to purchase slightly-worn and used vintage clothing such as hats, jackets, purses, costume jewelry and more. They also buy back your used vintage clothing, as long it’s in good condition, so make sure to bring some of your old articles to grab a real bargain!
Gaston Edwards Park
Gaston Edwards Park is one of the prettiest parks in Orlando, with plenty of paths to ride a bike, jog, roller blade and more! There’s access to a lake for visitors to take a small boat out on, or to paddle-board. Gaston Edwards Park also hosts exercise stations for adults and a playground for children to enjoy. It’s a little piece of green amidst the fray of the urban city.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Ethos Vegan Kitchen stands out for being completely Vegan. There is no menu item here for anyone of a different style, but that doesn’t matter – it’s all delicious. The joint also holds monthly Vegan BBQs and live DJ jazz brunches, which attract locals and travellers alike. They also hold other special events, such as music festivals, entertainment and weekend special cook-ups.
1618 Something Different
If you’re looking to try and find that special something to take home with you, you might find it at 1618 Something Different. The store focuses on retro-styled home decor and furnishings, ranging from couches and chairs to art, dishes and various other home accessories. And if you can’t find just what it is you’re looking for, the owners will go out of their way to try and track down the item of your dreams!
Boom-Art by Rogers
If you’re interested in pop-art and the culture around it, you’ll want to stop by Boom-Art by Rogers store. It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir to take home, or a for a friend who likes the art form. Everything here is original and one-of-a-kind, so you know what you have your eyes on you’ll never see again! The store owners will personalize any gift; perfect for making that one-of-a-kind item even more special.
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