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If you have two days to spend in Orlando, we recommend choosing between the expensive theme parks, or keeping things low-key and exploring some of the city’s other cultural offerings.
If theme parks and thrill rides are up your alley, focus your time at Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to ride all rides and see all the shows. Of course, this in itself could take up a full week if you want to soak in everything that the three mega-parks have to offer, so you’re best served by picking one and spending the majority of your time at just one park; this can also help you save a few dollars and the hassle of shuttling between.
If you’d rather spend one day at a theme park, and another on a more culturally minded day, you can do that, too. Start one of your mornings in the downtown Orlando area at the Orlando Museum of Art; the community-based, community-supported museum includes American, African and contemporary graphic arts, among others.
Head up just 15 minutes to Winter Park to check out the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, which displays the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art, including the chapel interior that from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Round out your day at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which overlooks Lake Virginia on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of Rollins. Works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Alex Katz and Albert Bierstadt make this museum worth a visit, even if it’s a brief one.
There you have it - theme parks that’ll make you scream, and museums that’ll make you think -a great snapshot of Orlando’s two sides, one that most visitors never think to explore.