Orlando, Florida is a must-visit destination on many travelers’ lists, and for good reason. Affectionately and aptly known as The City Beautiful, it has a huge amount to offer its visitors, including the world-famous, family-friendly theme parks. Here are the city’s best attractions, including some lesser-known ideas if you want a break from the Disney parks.
Fans of beat writer Jack Kerouac – author of the counterculture classic On The Road – will want to go and see the house where he spent his last years, located at 1418 Clouser Avenue. Now run by the Kerouac Project and used as a writers’ residency, this unassuming wooden building was where Kerouac lived with his wife and mother from 1957 to 1958, and where he wrote The Dharma Bums.
Orlando’s Randall Knife Museum is attached to the family-run workshop of the same name, which enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s finest knife manufacturers. Browse a collection of over 7,000 exquisitely made blades, including the world’s largest switchblade and the first ever knife to go to space. Also on display are military knives, swords, machetes and axes. Founder Bo Randall died in 1989 and the business is now run by his sons and grandsons.
Additional reporting by Mark Nayler.
Why not make a weekend of it? Discover your sense of adventure at the best hotels with a water park in Orlando and book your next stay right here on Culture Trip. There’s plenty of other things to keep you busy too, from exploring the most beautiful gardens in Orlando to enjoying natural wonders such as the best springs. You can even bring the whole family along; the kids will enjoy swimming with dolphins while these unusual things to do will keep everyone else entertained.