Orlando’s best kept secrets

Instead of visiting the famous tourist attractions that make Orlando known, discover the best kept secrets this city has to offer.

Skip the theme parks for a day and discover Orlando for what it’s worth. From downtown to charming towns, some of Orlando’s best kept secrets are about to revealed.

  1. 1Downtown

    Full of scenic views and delicious eateries, downtown Orlando is full of whimsy hidden gems

    Great Eats

    If you are searching for some true southern barbeque, look no further than 4 Rivers Smokehouse. From smoked brisket and St. Louis ribs to their homestyle sides like mac and cheese and fried okra, this restaurant will have you wanting more. In the mood for Mexican food? Dine at Gringos Locos. Whether you get their street tacos or chimichangas, you will understand why they were awarded 2016 Best Mexican in Orlando by Orlando Weekly. 

    Fun Recreation

    Swan boats, a jogging trail and a beautiful lush landscape are just a few things you will discover at Lake Eola Park. Take a stroll and soak in the view, or grab a burger or rent a swan paddle boat. Don’t forget to pick up local produce or handcrafted jewelry at the Orlando’s Farmers Market held every Sunday at Lake Eola Park.  After you finish visiting Lake Eola, take a self-guided tour through downtown with SEE Art Orlando

  2. 2 Cambridge Rooftop Garden

    A peaceful retreat in a place you never imagined

    Located in the middle of Kendell on the rooftop of a parking garage, the Rooftop Garden is a secret oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle.

    Whether searching for a romantic place to have a picnic or a quite escape to read a good book, visiting this hidden gem of tranquility is a must.

    For more information, visit http://mysecretboston.com/secret-garden

    Address:  4 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, 02142

     
  3. Some of the most stylish footwear and apparel you'll find behind a Snapple vending machine

    Resembling the outside of a dingy convenience store, Bodega is one of the coolest sneaker stores in the Northeastern United States. Not only known for its stylish footwear & apparel, but also for the mystery of figuring out how to get into the store. Situated on a quiet residential block, the unassuming storefront looks like a classic, New York City bodega. But walk to the back, trigger the a tile in the floor, and watch the Snapple machine slide away to reveal a trendy retail space filled with some of the most sought-after footwear, designer apparel, and sportswear.

    Even if you're not into slick footwear/apparel, just the experience of walking into convenience store, walking through a vending machine and entering a super-crisp boutique is well worth the 20 min ride on the red line.

    For opening and closing times, visit http://shop.bdgastore.com/ 

    Address:  6 Clearway St. Boston, MA 02115

  4. 4More Conventional Places

    The Shops at Prudential Center

    Home to more than 75 retail shops, 18 restaurants and a variety of popular activities like the Skywalk Observatory and Boston Duck Tours, there is always something to do. So whether you’re a shopper, a foodie, or adventurist The Shops at Prudential Center has something for you. 

    For opening hours, and a full listing of attractions, visit www.prudentialcenter.com

    Address: 800 Boylston St #131, Boston, MA 02199

    The Union Oyster House

    Established in 1862, Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston.  Notes as one of the best seafood restaurants this establishment has been visited by former Presidents, movie stars, and countless other famous patrons across the decades.  Voted in the top 10 Classic Restaurants in the World by Forbes, a meal at this National Historic Landmark is a must.

    For hours of operation or to reserve a table, visit www.unionoysterhouse.com

    Address: 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

    The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

    Take part in the famous night that forever changed the course of American History.  The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum tells the story of December 16, 1773.  Sneak on board with Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty to throw tea overboard from one of two fully-restored 18th century sailing vessels and be a part of the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.   

    For special events, tour times, maps and more, visit www.bostonteapartyship.com

    Address: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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