Just a ten-minute drive from Disney World you can travel back in time to find the town of Celebration, a planned community developed by the Walt Disney Company. This is a pedestrian-friendly, wonderful small town (think Mayberry!) You can have a great time exploring the old-fashioned downtown area called Market Street. Here are some ideas to take advantage of during your tour, that will cost you little or nothing (as well as a couple of splurges to consider)!
Tour the model homes.
Window-shop on Market Street, which has wonderful specialty stores, boutiques and galleries.
Explore the Lakeside Promenade or the miles of walking paths and nature trails.
Tour the Celebration Hotel. Sit in one of the oversized wicker chairs, people-watch, and have a drink or coffee at the lobby bar.
Market Street often has different events scheduled each month, such as craft festivals, antique car shows, etc. During the winter holidays, Market Street hosts an event called “Now Snowing Nightly” — it “snows” on Celebration’s main street four times a night and the town provides entertainment and a visit to Santa in his lakeside chalet, all for FREE!
Have an appetizer or dessert at one of the varied restaurants including award-winning Spanish and Cuban cuisine!
Pick up some picnic items and head over to the Interactive Fountain to let the kids (or you) have a splash!
Treat yourself to an ice-cream or lemonade from Herman’s Ice Cream and then enjoy it relaxing in one of the rocking chairs by the lake.
Scenic tour Carriage Rides are offered every weekend, September – June, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 10 pm. Call (407) 414-1981 for information. Depending on the size of your party, this can work out to less than $10 per person.
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