When you think of the NAVC 2017 in Orlando, what comes to mind? If you automatically jump to tourist-saturated theme parks and crowded chain restaurants, then think again (unless that’s your thing). Orlando has a pretty impressive array of dining options, day trips, and adventures.
We’ve compiled a list of what to explore in Orlando when you have time to venture out during NAVC 2017.
Looking to get a good cup of coffee? Look no further. At Lineage Coffee, it’s clear to see that coffee is their passion. Grab one of their signature cold brews and cool off from the Florida heat.
Locate: 3201 Corrine Dr. Orlando FL 32803
If you’re searching for a quick, healthy breakfast, Farm and Haus is your spot. Each dish is made from scratch with local ingredients. Founders Brittany and Patrick Lyne believe that “good food shouldn’t be hard to come by.” Try their chorizo burrito or one of their hand-picked dishes for the week. Their french toast topped with homemade sausage and a fried egg (featured left) is making us seriously consider hopping on a plane to Orlando a little early.
With sustainable food using ingredients directly from Florida, this American gastropub offers a variety of tasty sandwiches filled with pork belly, fresh Mahi, or fried chicken. Want something on the lighter side? Opt for the shrimp tacos or a charcuterie board.
Locate: 565 W. Fairbanks Ave Winter Park, 32789
Within walking distance of the convention center, Lafayette’s features southern inspired dining like shrimp and grits and po’boy. Pick up some of their wings or Cajun crawfish if you crave something spicy.
Locate: Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr #2220, Orlando, FL 32819
Perfect for a dinner meeting, or unwinding after a long day at the show; Prato boasts a large outdoor patio and a variety of Italian dishes from house-cured meats, pizzas, salads, and more.
Locate: 124 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
Luma on the Park features an open kitchen with fresh farm to table options like duck prosciutto pizza, seasonal vegetables, and craft cocktails.
Locate: 290 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL
Need a break from NAVC? Round up your crew and take a relaxing art stroll at the American Art Museum. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Tiffany glass, art, and pottery by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Or visit Orlando’s 50- acre botanical garden that features a citrus grove, butterfly garden and over 1,000 rose bushes.
If you’re seeking something with a little more adventure, check out Wekiwa Springs State Park. Kayak along the Wekiva River, or take a hike on the trails.
For those that are brewery enthusiast, check out the craft beer Orlando has to offer. Ten10 brews everything in-house and features a selection of fresh IPA’s and stouts. Or, grab lunch and a beer at the Gnarley Barley. Located south of Orlando near Belle Isle, they offer an extensive cider, beer, and mead list.
With this list, we invite you to go forth and conquer, Orlando style.
Stop by booth 539 at NAVC 2017 and let us know where you’re heading or have already been on the list!
[All photos via Instagram]