Escape the theme parks and explore the backstreets of a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood in the heart of Orlando. Visit art and antique shops, check out funky displays, sample craft brews, and meet the locals of Ivanhoe Village who give this area its quirky personality.
Your Orlando tour will start by showing off some of the city’s scenic sites, moving from your lakeside meeting point to a stroll through the vibrant park in the heart of Ivanhoe Village. Along the way, you’ll stop for a delectable snack from a local bakery, where the shop owners bake everything fresh daily.
We’ll then trek through the backstreets of this artsy section of town and you’ll hear about the changes the neighbourhood is undergoing. With an uncertain future as development nears, a multi-designer metalwork shop plans to stay as long as possible — and we’re going to pay the site a visit! Here, artists work to create metal furniture, towering sculptures, and custom pieces for the people of Orlando, and we’ll get to see some of their works. If we’re fortunate, we might even catch them creating some of their products on-site.
Further down the backstreets, we’ll happen upon a tucked-away bar and stop for a Florida-made draft beer; as you sip, you can also take in the local art that adorns the walls. Refreshed, we’ll then continue our walk, starring pretty views across a quiet lake — don’t worry, your guide will protect you from the gators!
From there, we’ll stumble upon a treasure trove of precious antiques, local art, and even some rare pieces inside a neighbourhood shop and gallery. You’ll get to chat with the curator and poke around to see what funky finds you can discover.
Leaving the relics and rarities, our Orlando walking tour will take another step back in time, this time to the era of vinyl. Thumb through what seems like an endless supply of classics and currents, and chat with the staff about their favourites. If music’s not your speed (or the owner skips town to escape the heat), your guide can direct the group to another unique shop in the area.
Then it’s time for another break at a one-of-a-kind local bar, where you can quench your thirst and rest your feet before checking out one last artist’s shop. If fortune has it, the store will be open for us to explore and we might have a chance to meet the quirky artist himself. All of his work is on an upcycled canvas with a funky twist, created for celebrities and locals alike.
For the finale to your Ivanhoe Village tour experience, your guide will bring you to a neighbourhood pub for one last round. After the tour, enjoy your guide’s recommendations for dinner, drinks, or the best spot to take in the sunset in this fantastic corner of Orlando.