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Orlando makes NY Instances 52 Locations to Go in 2015 listing

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Saturday 10th January 2015

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By Erin Sullivan continues Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at the 8:16 a.m.

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It seems that Orlando is popping up on more and more Places to Go lists compiled by people wanting to point out that Orlando has more to offer than theme parks and alligators. We already knew that. But eventually the rest of the world is beginning to recognize this. This week, the New York Times names Orlando one of the 52 places to go in 2015 (we’re number 13) and puts us on the same list as the north coast of Peru, Lower Manhattan, New Orleans, and St. Kitts . Here’s our report: Disney World will no doubt remain the biggest attraction in Orlando, but the city is growing up thanks to a number of civic developments including the Dr. $ 429 million worth of Phillips Performing Arts Center, the 62-mile SunRail commuter train, both opened last year and a 19,500-seat football stadium is due to open this year. The most surprising development, however, is the food scene. The East End Market and its stalls selling local food and artisan baked goods opened in 2013. Last year, the Txokos Basque Kitchen was opened and its chef was nominated for the James Beard Award. Not to be outdone, two other Beard nominees, James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder) announced the opening of Swine & Sons Provisions, their market / restaurant hybrid, in February. Theme parks also expand the options for adults: the elegant Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Walt Disney World opened in August 2014 and has a golf course, a rooftop lounge and a pool for adults only.

Tags: New York Times, Tourism, To Visit Orlando, Places To Visit In 2015, Image

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