When visitors think of Orlando, they typically don’t think of it as the thriving and varied metropolis it has become.
For many people the first things that come to mind are Disney,Universal, and a whole bunch of citrus fruit you can ship back as a souvenir……….which is not even close to the whole story!
The City Beautiful has come on in leaps and bounds since Mickey Mouse first arrived – great neighborhoods, great parks, arts, culture and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet.
Gray Line has many tours to choose from in the Orlando area, but in this post, we are going to specifically focus on their excellent city tour .
Gray Line Orlando offers the perfect way to see “the city beautiful” and some of the urban highlights that make Orlando special regardless of those world famous theme parks.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
See the other side of Orlando on this narrated tour that includes the downtown area and Lake Eola., a boat tour in ritzy Winter Park, and the Disney town of Celebration. All of them places you might otherwise have missed on your visit. BUY TICKETS
The first interesting stop off on the Gray Line Orlando City Tour is a journey around Lake Eola right in the heart of downtown Orlando. Plus, if you book your tour on a Sunday, you will not only get to see the swans and fountain that make Lake Eola famous, but you will have the chance to browse one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the area.
Then it’s on to Winter Park where you will join a narrated scenic boat cruise through a series of beautiful lakes and small hidden canals. You can view some of the city’s splendid waterfront homes, beautiful flora and fauna, and perhaps even an alligator or two.
Back on dry land, you will be given free time to wander the boutiques and stores of Park Avenue, just down the street from the prestigious Rollins College.
If you are lucky, you may even see Paul McCartney dining at one of his favorite restaurants in Winter Park.
To end the afternoon you will head south of Disney to the City of Celebration – an architectural vision of the perfect community, with it white picket fences, waterfront setting and a cute downtown that just begs to be explored.
The best part of all of this? You get to do it from the comfort of the Gray Line Orlando passenger’s seat. No driving in Interstate 4 traffic for you!