Remember the days of getting your parents to sign a permission slip so you could skip class, board the school bus and head out for a field trip? Mostly it was about getting out of geometry for the day, but you always seemed to learn more than you expected. Luckily, you no longer have to pack a sack lunch and stick to the buddy system to take in a little culture in Downtown Orlando.
A Downtown Adventure.
Downtown is often considered the epicenter for cultural experiences and public venues in Central Florida. The Orange County Regional History Center, for example, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and provides visitors with over 12,000 years of Central Florida history (and fun events such as Retro Game Night: College Edition!). Then in the Parramore neighborhood, the Wells’ Built Museum, originally a hotel built in 1921, showcases culture and memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community. It’s now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and offers jazz concerts and other exciting events. And serving more than one million Orange County Residents, the Orlando Public Library offers above and beyond its collection of 1.7 million items. Patrons can participate in everything from cooking demonstrations and jewelry making courses to personal finance and HTML courses. Its no wonder it received a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
For those who can’t get enough, with the Explore More History Ticket, you can visit both the Orange County Regional History Center and the Wells’ Built Museum for just $10.00. And you don’t have to visit them both on the same day, you have an entire year.