Downtown Orlando

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Orange Avenue is filled with office workers by day but by night by bars and clubs "hoppers". The First National Bank, built in the 1920s is the main area of interest for sightseers - the building is now the Valencia Community College and can be found on the corner of Church Street.

In Heritage Square you will find Orange County Regional History Centre - this can be found in the 1927 Orange County Courthouse. With interactive displays whcih trace the history ofthe local area to present day, it also displays old photos and recreated hotel lobbies and store fronts demonstrating the old Orlando era before WDW existed.

Lake Eola - approximately a 10 minute walk east of Orange Avenue - a misture of oldwooden homes built by Orlando's first settlers and new modern condos. There is a one mile path if you fancy a stroll around the lake or for the more energetic, hire a paddleboat (swan shaped) - cost around $15 per 30 minutes hire. To the east of Lake Eola is the trendy area of restaurant and bars.

Lock Haven Park - 2 miles north of Downtown Orlando - a concentration of museums and playhouses. There is a 350 seat theatre and a smaller theatre - productions are often staged by Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and the Orlando Repertory Theatre - check online for show details. Also inthe area is the Orlando Museum of Art, with permanent collections of recent and ancient American art, artefacts and sculptures.