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See Orlando Without a Car: 7 Great Tips for Car-Free Day

World Car-Free Day is coming up on September 22, 2022.  

The day celebrates the environmental and health benefits of walking, biking, and taking public transit. If you’re spending World Car-Free Day in Central Florida, know that it’s possible to get around Orlando without a car. As you save money on gas, tolls, and parking fees, you’ll find that a car-free trip is a care-free one.  

How to Visit Orlando Without a Car

Whether you plan on leaving your car in park on September 22 or want a totally car-free Orlando vacation, here are seven ways to get around town.  

1. LYNX Bus System 

The LYNX bus line has kept Orlando in motion since the 1970s. With about 80 routes in Orlando and its suburbs, there is likely a line that will get you where you need to go. 

Orlando Without a Car Lynx
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 LYNX is an excellent option if you’re visiting Orlando on a budget. A one-way trip costs $2 per adult. Discounts are available for youth 7-18 and seniors. Kids 6 and younger ride free. Day and week passes are available.  

See what routes go to top Orlando attractions like the Orange County Convention Center, Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando on the LYNX website 

2. SunRail 

Orlando Without a Car Sunrail
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Keep your Orlando trip on track with SunRail.  

The train route runs between Kissimmee and Debary (a town midway between Orlando and Daytona Beach). It stops in fun destinations like downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and Sanford. You can catch the SunRail Monday through Friday between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. One-way tickets start at $2. As with LYNX, kids 6 and under ride free. Discounts are available for youth and seniors.  

If you’re staying on Orlando’s International Drive, your closest SunRail station is on Sand Lake Road, which you can get to via the 111 or 42 LYNX lines.  

3. Neighborhood Circulators 

Downtown Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford are all walkable areas.  

But if you need to save time or escape an afternoon rainstorm, the Kissimmee Connector, downtown LYMMO, and Sanford Trolley will get you around town quickly. These shuttles all stop at local attractions, as well as at each area’s SunRail station.  

Best of all, all three are free to ride.   

4. Bike Rentals  

Gear up for World Car-Free Day by renting a bicycle. Bike riding is a fun and healthy way to see Orlando without a car. 

West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades and the Ride Xperience by Regino Bike will each deliver bikes to your hotel or a trailhead of your choice. Your rental company can give you tips on getting where you want to go. Also check out the city of Orlando’s website, which has guides on bike lanes and trails around the city and important safety tips.  

If at the end of the day you find yourself getting two tired to pedal back to the hotel, LYNX and SunRail both have bike racks.  

5. I-RIDE Trolley 

You can have a fantastic Orlando vacation without leaving the International Drive area — and without getting behind the wheel.   

The I-RIDE Trolley operates two routes along International Drive. Each one goes to attractions like SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, ICON Park, and Pointe Orlando, as well as outlet stores, restaurants, and bars. A one-way trip costs $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 3-9, and just 25 cents for seniors.  

One-day and multi-day passes are available on the I-RIDE Trolley website 

6. Theme Park Shuttles 

Many Orlando hotels offer low-cost or free theme park shuttles. With many theme parks charging $25 or more for their parking lots, these shuttles help you save money while also saving the environment. 

Some of these shuttles require reservations, so stop by guest services to find out how to save your spot.  

7. Walking 

Walking is a wonderful way to get around Orlando without a car.  

You’ll see the sights, get exercise, and lower your trip’s environmental impact. Choose a hotel within walking distance of great Orlando attractions. Rosen Plaza is in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive corridor.  

If you’re in town for an event at the Orange County Convention Center, take the covered Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge from the hotel to the west concourse.  

Orlando Without a Car Skybridge

If you’re looking for restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, we’re right across the street from Pointe Orlando and a 20-minute walk to ICON Park. But you don’t even have to walk that far to have fun thanks to our swimming pool, boutique, and on-site restaurants.  

Rosen Plaza is also right by LYNX and I-RIDE Trolley stops and has a free Universal Orlando shuttle 

The 5 Best Dinner Theaters in Orlando

It’s no secret that Orlando is one of the largest dining and entertainment hubs in the U.S.

Looking for a break from the theme parks and usual attractions? Grab a table at one of these five dinner theaters in Orlando. Each delivers a unique — and tasty — experience!

Capone’s Dinner & Show

Capone’s is one of Orlando’s longest-running dinner theater shows, now in its 30th year of operation.

This family-friendly show transports guests to 1931 Chicago for a night of catchy songs and big laughs. Admission prices include a four-course dinner featuring Italian and American cuisine. And in line with the show’s bootlegger theme, tickets include bottomless alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Pirates Dinner Adventure is the perfect dinner show for swashbucklers of all ages.

Dinner Theater Pirates Adventure
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Sail on an adventure with sword fights, sea monsters, music, and a delicious three-course meal. The fun starts before the show even begins. Arrive 60-90 minutes early to enjoy appetizers and pre-show entertainment from the pirates.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

Dinner Theater Sleuths
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Put on your detective cap and head over to Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows.

This venue features six different shows, all of which invite audience members to help solve a mystery. As you dine on a three-course dinner, you’ll interrogate the characters and uncover clues. There are even prizes for guests who successfully solve the crime.

The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show

If you’re a fan of magic tricks, you’ll want to catch the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks Orlando.

Dinner Theater Wonderworks

Guests are treated to a meal of unlimited pizza, salad, and dessert as they watch a performance by magician Tony Brent. Prepare yourself for amazing illusions and lots of laughs!

Teatro Martini

Teatro Martini is one of the most dazzling dinner shows in Orlando.

This 18+ variety show amazes diners with acrobatics, juggling, music, and comedy. All while they feast on a delicious three-course meal. Grab your tickets and get ready to join the party!

Stay Close to the Arts

You can’t go wrong with any of these fun Orlando dinner theaters. And you can’t go wrong with Rosen Plaza. Our International Drive hotel is the perfect place for guests looking to immerse themselves in the best entertainment Orlando has to offer.

Curate a Perfect Vacation at These 7 Artsy Spots in Orlando

Galleries and museums let you see the world through new eyes. Art can take you to a different time and place. Or, when visiting a new city, it can make you feel more connected to your surroundings.

During your next Orlando vacation, get to know the city through its inspiring museums, galleries, and other artsy hot spots.

Loch Haven Cultural Park

Loch Haven Park, north of downtown Orlando, is itself a work of art. Its serene lakeshore and moss-draped trees are as pretty as any painting on a gallery wall. The park is also home to some of the city’s best art museums, like the Orlando Art Museum (OMA).

OMA has enchanted art lovers since 1924.

The massive museum’s permanent collection has everything from African textiles to pop art. OMA also attracts world-class traveling exhibits. In summer 2022, you can see work by 10 of the state’s best artists. The work on display is in the running for the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art.

Loch Haven Park is also home to the Mennello Museum of American Art.

The Mennello has the world’s largest collection of paintings by folk artist Earl Cunningham. You’ll also find pieces by many contemporary American artists.

Art Lovers Mennello Museum

At the end of your museum day, head outside to the pet-friendly sculpture garden. It boasts a magnificent view of Lake Formosa.

The Mennello Museum costs $5 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, students, and military families. Admission is free on the second Sunday of each month. On these “Free Family Fundays,” you can partake in guided tours and kids’ art lessons.

WonderGround Gallery

If you want to bring some Disney magic home with you, head to WonderGround Gallery at Disney Springs.

This enchanting gallery sells Disney-themed art, including limited edition items. Expect fun theme park posters, colorful prints of Disney characters, and whimsical paintings by Thomas Kinkade Studios. Some pieces are by Disney animators and illustrators. Others were created by rising stars in the local art scene.

WonderGround also hosts artist meet-and-greets where you can get your purchases signed.


CityArts is the heart of the thriving downtown Orlando art scene.

The multi-story art venue, a few blocks away from Lake Eola Park, is impossible to miss. It is housed in one of the area’s oldest and most distinctive structures. The emerald-hued Victorian building was constructed in 1886.

Art Lovers Rogers Building
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Once you’ve taken in the building’s beauty, there’s more to explore inside.

CityArts sells a wide range of contemporary art. The downstairs gallery houses traveling exhibits. In summer 2022, you can see the work of two Italian artists, one an illustrator and the other a multimedia creator.

Upstairs, you’ll find pieces by local and international artists. There’s also a gallery showcasing art by local high school students.

Sam Flax Orlando

Sign up for short, beginner-friendly art workshops in subjects like calligraphy and stenciling at the family-run art supply chain Sam Flax.

Sam Flax operates a huge store in Orlando’s hip Mills 50 neighborhood. It sells everything from kids’ crayons to top-grade printmaking gear.

Mills 50 is known for its fantastic street art, so be sure to walk around when you’ve finished shopping.

Over 30 buildings in the area feature murals lovingly painted by local artists. Many of these walls were created during events organized by Sam Flax. Even the neighborhood’s dumpsters and storm drains are adorned with vibrant brushstrokes from some of Orlando’s best local artists!

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

In 1950, famed sculptor Albin Polasek retired from his teaching job at the Art Institute of Chicago and headed to Florida.

Polasek bought land on the shore of Lake Osceola in Winter Park, north of Orlando. He helped design his new home, drawing inspiration from his native Czech Republic. The house had a large art studio where he made sculptures like the award-winning “Victory of Moral Law.”

In 1961, Polasek and his wife Emily opened the house’s art gallery to the public.

After the sculptor died in 1965, the entire property became a museum. It features 200 Polasek sculptures and a picturesque 3-acre garden. The Polasek Museum also hosts visiting exhibits. In summer 2022, you can see playful works created by Florida Sculptors Guild members.

Crealdé School of Art

Down the road from the Polasek Museum, you’ll find the Crealdé School of Art.

Since 1975, this Winter Park art center has offered fun classes and locally focused art exhibits. They offer day-long workshops in everything from traditional figure drawing to macramé.

If you like your instructor’s work, stop by the gift shop, which sells art made by Crealdé faculty.

The school also gives tours of its studios, sculpture garden, and photo galleries.

Jack’s Place Restaurant & Lounge

An award-winning steakhouse may not be the first place you’d associate with art. But Jack’s Place Restaurant & Lounge is not your typical steakhouse.

At this Rosen Plaza restaurant, you can enjoy mouthwatering rib-eye steak or roasted salmon with Babe Ruth or Elizabeth Taylor.

Art Lovers Jacks Place

Jack’s Place is named after Jack Rosen, the father of Rosen Hotels & Resorts president Harris Rosen. Jack Rosen created over 100,000 caricatures in his lifetime, some of which featured famous faces. He drew them at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where he worked for 30 years. Today, many of these caricatures hang on the walls at Jack’s Place.

Before joining us for an unforgettable meal, see where your favorite stars are sitting using our floorplan.


August 2022 Performances at Dr. Phillips Center

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is set to host Steely Dan and Buddy Guy and John Hiatt in August 2022. These Grammy-winning and -nominated artists are sure to rock downtown Orlando.

Steely Dan

Iconic jazz rockers Steely Dan will play two Dr. Phillips Center shows in summer 2022. On Monday, August 1, the act will play the 1977 album Aja in its entirety. The following night, they will “do it again,” playing every song from their live album Northeast Corridor. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

On both nights, you can expect to hear hit songs like “Peg” and “Black Cow” and deep cuts from the Steely Dan’s huge catalog.

“Show Biz Kids” since 1967Dr. Phillips Center Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met in 1967 as students at Bard College in upstate New York.

The two bonded over their love of jazz and soul music and performed in various bands together. After graduation, the two tried to break into the music industry as songwriters. Producer Gary Katz liked the songs. But he thought their sarcastic lyrics and complex melodies were too out-there to give to another singer.

At Katz’s suggestion, Fagen and Becker decided to record the songs themselves.

Steely Dan’s first album, 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill, featured the hits “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years.” Katz produced this album plus follow-up releases like Pretzel Logic, Aja, and Gaucho. Between 1972 and 1980, the band released seven platinum albums.

Steely Dan disbanded in 1981 but reunited in 1993.

The band has won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Since Walter Becker’s Death in 2017, Donald Fagen has continued to tour under the Steely Dan name, backed by session musicians.

Rikki, Don’t Lose that Ticket

Both of Steely Dan’s August 2022 dates were rescheduled from October 2021.

If you bought tickets for the 10/12/21 show, they will be honored on August 1. Tickets purchased for 10/13/21 are good for August 2. Tickets for both nights are also available through the Dr. Phillips Center box office. They start at $76.

Buddy Guy and John Hiatt

On Wednesday, August 3, the Dr. Phillips Center will welcome blues pioneer Buddy Guy and singer-songwriter John Hiatt. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

Buddy Guy

Singer and guitarist Buddy Guy is one of the biggest names in Chicago blues.

The 85-year-old legend has played a Fender Stratocaster for decades. His musical journey, however, started with a much simpler instrument. As a child in rural Louisiana, he taught himself how to play music on a two-stringed diddley bow that he made of wire and tin cans.

In the 1950s, Guy played guitar for various bands in Baton Rouge before moving to Chicago.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, he mainly worked as a session musician, playing guitar for Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Guy’s solo releases from this time, which blended blues, rock, funk, and country music, did not chart. However, his energetic performances and unique sound impressed young artists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page.

As this next generation of guitarists cited Guy as an influence, he began to gain mainstream recognition.

Dr. Phillips Center Buddy Guy

Since then, Guy has earned seven Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the most Blues Music Awards of any artist. In 2005, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Clapton and B.B. King. In 2013, he enchanted yet another generation of music fans when he and Gary Clark Jr. released the song “Blues Don’t Care.”

John HiattDr. Phillips Center John Hiatt

Like Buddy Guy, John Hiatt worked in the music industry for decades before finding commercial success.

John Hiatt grew up in Indiana. When he was 9 years old, his older brother and father died within months of each other. Hiatt turned to rock and blues music for comfort and began to play the guitar. He played the Indianapolis club circuit as a teen. After high school, Hiatt moved to Nashville.

Hiatt was soon hired as a professional songwriter. Yet he struggled to establish himself as a singer.

In 1974, Hiatt released his first album, the eclectic Hangin’ Around the Observatory. While the album did not sell well, Three Dog Night had a Top 40 hit with a cover of its track “Sure as I’m Sittin’ Here.” Hiatt fluctuated between country rock and new wave music for the next decade as he tried to find his place in the industry.

His big break would come in 1987 when his heartland rock album Bring the Family became his first release to chart on the Billboard Top 200.

Bring The Family‘s track “Thing Called Love” was a hit for Bonnie Raitt. Roseanne Cash, Bon Jovi, Mandy Moore, Don Henley, and Iggy Pop have also covered Hiatt’s songs. He also wrote the song “Riding with the King,” which became a multi-platinum hit for Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

John Hiatt will be joined at the Dr. Phillips Center by his longtime backing band, the Goners, featuring guitarist Sonny Landreth.

Legendary Amenities for a Legendary Night

After the music stops and the house lights come up, return to your luxurious guestroom at Rosen Plaza.

Our Orlando hotel’s serene décor and plush mattresses will help you unwind after an exciting night on the town. If you’re not ready for the night to end, head to Pointe Orlando. This world-class entertainment district is within walking distance of the hotel.

Hear Jazz and R&B Legends at Orlando Music Festival 2022

Hear Jazz and R&B Legends at Orlando Music Festival 2022The inaugural Orlando Music Festival is coming to the Central Florida Fairgrounds from July 1-3, 2022. The fun-filled event will bring award-winning smooth jazz and R&B artists to Orlando.

Orlando Music Festival Schedule

Here are the exciting acts you can catch during the music-filled weekend.

  • Thursday, June 30, 2022
    The music extravaganza kicks off with an all-white gala on Thursday. Pieces of a Dream, Marion Meadows, Jazmin Ghent, and Deborah Krantz will perform. Tickets to this standalone event cost $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
  • Friday, July 1, 2022

Friday’s schedule features five artists. This includes Florida native David Sanborn, a saxophonist with six Grammy awards, eight gold albums, and one platinum album to his name. Rick Braun, a trumpeter, composer, and producer from the award-winning jazz trio BWB, will also perform. Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, and Vincent Ingala complete Friday’s lineup.

  • Saturday, July 2, 2022

On Saturday, six acts will take the stage. Highlights include jazz and R&B singer Lindsey Webster. In 2016, her debut single “Fool Me Once” reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart.

English musician Peter White, whose career has spanned more than four decades, will also take the stage. White co-wrote the top-ten hit “Time Passages” with singer Al Stewart. Also playing on Saturday are Boney James, Euge Groove, Nathan Mitchell, and Adam Hawley.

  • Sunday, July 3, 2022

On Sunday, headliners The Jacksons and Ray Parker, Jr. will close out the festival.

The Jacksons are of the best-known acts in R&B history. They began their career in the 1960s as the Jackson 5, with Michael Jackson as the lead vocalist. The group enjoyed early success with songs such as “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There,” and “ABC.”

After Michael’s departure, they released the hit songs “Blame It On the Boogie,” “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” and “Can You Feel It?” The band is currently composed of brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.

While he’s largely known for his 1984 hit “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr. has had a long and notable R&B career. He has scored eight Top 40 hits in total. Other artists performing Sunday include Eric Darius, Spyro Gyra, and Deborah Krantz.

Gates for the rain-or-shine event open each day at 2 p.m. Performances start at 4 p.m. A three-day pass costs $150, and single-day tickets start at $65. Premium seating packages are available.

Stay Close to the Music at the Rosen Plaza

When planning your Orlando Music Festival trip, book a room at Rosen Plaza. Our International Drive hotel provides affordable comfort, luxurious amenities, and convenient access to Orlando’s top restaurants, bars, and attractions.

Orange County Convention Center Events in July

OCCC Events in July

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) regularly hosts big-name conventions, conferences, and expos. The Orlando venue’s July 2022 lineup is no exception.

Orange County Convention Center July Expo Lineup

UBU Expo Orlando! (Saturday, July 2, 2022)

Over 200 vendors are participating in the UBU Expo in Orlando. They will showcase the latest in sports and lifestyle snacks, drinks, apparel, and supplements.

This family-friendly expo is open to the public. It will feature live sporting events, an obstacle course, and video and lawn games.

Summer FUN Show 2022 (Thursday, July 7 – Saturday, July 9, 2022)

The 16th annual Summer FUN Convention is hosted by Florida United Numismatists, Inc.

Dealers will be on-site to sell, buy, and appraise coins and other forms of currency. The event runs 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, it goes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Orlando International Film Festival 2022 (Saturday, July 9 – Friday, July 15, 2022)

The Orlando International Film Festival is a competition of 200 films from 40 different countries.

The goal of the festival is to help underserved youth and emerging filmmakers share their unique stories. Participating filmmakers gain access to established producers, agents, and executives. Workshops are also available for attendees to learn how to write, shoot, and edit a short film.

SNA Annual National Conference 2022 (Sunday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 12, 2022)

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) works to give every student access to nutritious meals at school.

The SNA Annual National Conference will welcome over 6,000 school nutrition professionals. The event will feature over 120 education sessions, 800 exhibit booths, and many networking events.

United Futsal National Championships 2022 (Tuesday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 13, 2022)

At this final event of the Champions Cup Series, futsal teams will compete for a spot in the World Futsal Cup. Futsal is a smaller version of soccer played indoors. The Champions Cup Series is the world’s most comprehensive youth program in the world for the sport.

American Sportfishing Association ICAST 2022 (Tuesday, July 19 – Friday, July 22, 2022)

ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. The event features the latest fishing gear, tackle, apparel, and accessories.

Registration opens on July 18. July 19’s main event is an early-morning fishing tournament. There is a social hour and an awards reception on July 20. Each day also features product showcases and previews, exhibitions, and lure tank displays.

Ohio Basketball 2022 National Championship (Saturday, July 23 – Monday, July 25, 2022)

At the Ohio Basketball 2022 National Championships, girls basketball teams will compete in front of NCAA coaches. All teams are composed of athletes graduating from high school between 2023 and 2027.

LeakyCon (Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2022)

LeakyCon is a convention celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter.

The immersive event will include live entertainment, costume contests, crafts, and a marketplace. Harry Potter film stars and creators will also share their experiences and answer questions.

Stay Close to OCCC When in Orlando

When visiting Central Florida, book a room at Rosen Plaza. Our International Drive hotel provides affordable, yet luxurious, amenities. Rosen Plaza offers convenient access to the Orange County Convention Center. We’re also close to Orlando’s top restaurants, bars, and attractions.

5 Unique Star-Spangled Ways to Celebrate July 4th in Orlando

The Fourth of July is right around the corner — do you have plans?

Make plans to see the great fireworks in Downtown Orlando, Kissimmee, Legoland, Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios Orlando. But that’s not all Orlando has to offer on July 4th. Independence Day is all about freedom, so celebrate your way at one of these amazing Orlando attractions.

Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square is the smallest themed land at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but it’s packed with patriotism.

The land was created to commemorate the American bicentennial. It features a replica of the Liberty Bell made from the same mold as the original and a 100-year-old oak tree reminiscent of the Liberty Tree that once stood in Boston.

This attention to authenticity carries over into the Hall of Presidents, which is the only place outside the White House authorized to use the presidential seal. The popular attraction is known for its animatronic figures of all the U.S. presidents, but it also features memorabilia from many of the country’s leaders.

Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont

Magic Kingdom not on your itinerary? There’s another way to pay homage to the U.S. presidents.

Get a unique look into past presidential life at the Presidents Hall of Fame in downtown Clermont, Florida. See presidential china, first ladies’ gowns, historical documents, and campaign posters. This place, a decade older than Walt Disney World, gives the Hall of Presidents a run for business.

Aside from its own animatronics collection, the Presidents Hall of Fame is best known for its miniature version of the White House. The model even has working light fixtures, tiny televisions, and hand-crafted furniture.

July 4th Miniature White House
Jack Miller from Irvine, CA, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The mini–White House and other on-site replicas were created by the museum’s founders, John and Jan Zweifel. The attraction is still owned by the Zweifel family today.

Monument of States

Another unique – and free – July 4th idea is on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga in downtown Kissimmee. Here you’ll find the Monument of States.

July 4th Monument of States

The structure is located right by Kissimmee Lakefront Park, whose picnic pavilions, playground, and stunning views of Lake Toho make it the perfect place for a Fourth of July cookout.

The Monument of States was dreamed up by Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a WWI veteran and president of a local tourism organization. After the U.S. entered WWII, he wanted to create a symbol of American unity while also attracting visitors to his hometown.

The result was a colorful, 50-foot-tall pyramid, made of rocks and fossils from each of the then-48 states. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt personally contributed a stone from his estate in upstate New York.

Local volunteers banded together to construct the monument in 1943. Their names are etched into the sidewalk around the attraction.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Help honor the U.S. by protecting one of its most iconic animals, the majestic bald eagle.

Meet rescued raptors while learning about ways to help them when you visit the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. After getting to know the center’s birds, you can even sponsor your favorite one through the Adopt-a-Raptor program.

The bald eagle is seen as a symbol of American strength and freedom. Like most of the country’s birds of prey, however, they’ve faced many environmental threats. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey tracks eagle populations and rescues injured birds.

Even if you don’t adopt a raptor, know your admission helps this organization fulfill its mission to help Florida’s majestic birds of prey.

Morse Museum of American Art

You can learn a lot about a place’s history through art. So, this Fourth of July, take some time to celebrate American artists and artisans.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will offer free admission on July 4th. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Tiffany lamps, as well as an impressive array of pottery and paintings.

On previous Independence Days, the Morse has displayed all-American artifacts such as silverwork made by Paul Revere and baseballs signed by MLB greats.

The museum is in the heart of Winter Park, a northern suburb with stunning views and great restaurants.

Orlando on July 4th: Know Before You Go

Orlando’s theme parks are open on July 4th as well as most of the unique ideas above. Other Orlando area attractions may be closed, or have limited hours, on the federal holiday. We suggest confirming these attractions’ hours in case you’ll need to visit on July 3 or 5 instead.

Let Freedom Ring at Rosen Plaza

After the sun has set and the fireworks have faded into the sky, head back to your luxurious guestroom at Rosen Plaza. Our hotel is located on International Drive close to major highways, giving you the freedom to explore Orlando this Independence Day.


Light Up the Night at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

Get ready to party it up at the 5th annual Electric Ocean in SeaWorld Orlando!

During select nights from May 28 to September 6, 2022, experience the wonder of Electric Ocean. Dance to the setlist spun by live DJs. Learn about SeaWorld’s exotic animals. View spectacular firework performances and much more!

Electric Ocean does not cost extra to enjoy. All you need is your SeaWorld park ticket.

Photo: @_davidfish

Electric Current

The best way to start your day is with a dance party at Electric Current. The all-ages party takes place across from the Seaport Theater. With a live DJ to set the mood, you’ll be grooving in no time. This dance party runs most of the day into the night, so you have plenty of time to take a dance break whenever you need one.

Elmo Rocks

In the mood for some more music and dancing? Say hi to a familiar face during the Elmo Rocks show at the Nautilus Theater. When a band cancels their performance last second, Elmo and his friends jump onstage for a show of their own. Jam out as they come together for an amazing show. After all, the show must go on!

Rescue Tails

Take a break and learn about some of SeaWorld’s animals at the Rescue Tails show located in Seaport Theater. Some of the animals you might see include birds, primates, a skunk, and reptiles. Learn about what it takes to rescue and rehabilitate these wonderful creatures.

Want to get a closer look at the animals? Consider booking a Rescue Tails Meet and Greet after the show.

You can see this show Thursday through Sunday during Electric Ocean dates.

Club Sea Glow

As the day fades to night, the park comes alive with dazzling lights. It’s time to get ready for the second round of dance parties!

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Club Sea Glow lights up Bayside Stadium. Dance along with colorful Sea Glow performers as the DJ plays electrifying music.

If you get tired from all the dancing and need to rest your feet, take a seat in the stadium. You won’t want to go anywhere anyhow. The best part of the night happens right after the dance party – the Ignite Firework show!

Photo: @sammi_shoufler


View the Ignite Firework show from anywhere around the central lake area. The best spot to enjoy the show is from Bayside Stadium. The show begins at 10 p.m.

You can expect to see enchanting fireworks, fantastical fountains, and luminating lasers. The sky will glow with this amazing display. Music accompanies the show in perfect rhythm. You do not want to miss out on this show at the end of the night!

When planning your SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean trip, book a comfortable stay at Rosen Plaza. The best part is we’re five minutes away, so get ready for an electrifying adventure!

Keep updated on our latest health and cleaning practices before you arrive.

Host the Wedding of Your Dreams at Rosen Plaza

Host the Wedding of Your Dreams at Rosen Plaza

The team at Rosen Plaza Hotel understands that your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and are prepared to take your nuptials to the next level.

From the decorations to the desserts, our experienced wedding planners and skilled master chefs will take care of every detail and provide you with everything you need to make your big day a perfect one.

Accommodating Venue Spaces

Rosen Plaza offers multiple venue spaces to fit a wedding of any size. Our elegant indoor ballroom is spacious and can be configured to accommodate both small and large parties. Lavish décor is included, complete with linens, chair covers, and a lighted backdrop. We also offer magical outdoor spaces for smaller, more intimate weddings and celebrations.

Our wedding planners can help arrange on-site rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Expert Catering Services

No reception is complete without an exquisite meal.

To delight your guests, Rosen Plaza provides in-house catering by our award-winning banquet and service staff. For your reception, you can choose either a three-course plated menu or a buffet-style menu. Both meal plans include a range of hors d’oeuvres, cheese, fruit and vegetable displays, and dessert stations. There’s also a four-hour open bar option available with name-brand spirits, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Our menu is customizable to satisfy your party’s size and dietary needs.

Both the plated and buffet options can be adjusted to include vegetarian and vegan options. Additional enhancements, including a guacamole station, mashed potato bar, or pasta station, are also available.

For the happy couple, we provide a wedding cake service and complimentary champagne toast.

Have It All in One Place

By hosting your wedding at Rosen Plaza, you, your wedding party, family, and guests can stay together under one big roof for the duration of your event.

We offer 800 guestrooms, including 36 suites, and luxurious amenities such as a heated swimming pool, whirlpool, and cascading waterfall.  Our hotel is conveniently located on International Drive, steps away from Orlando’s most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. We’re also a short drive to Orlando International Airport for guests visiting from out of town.

Get Married at Orlando’s Top Wedding Destination Hotel

If you’re ready to make your wedding day extra special, then call us today at 407-996-1715 to learn how we can help create a beautiful wedding ceremony.

We are dedicated to the highest standards of safety for the well-being of our guests and associates. Improved hotel features include clear protective borders at our front desk, and frequently cleaned common areas, touch points, and guestrooms with hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectants.

Read all the details on our Rosen’s Total Commitment page.

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Orlando

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Everyone wants to have a romantic Valentine’s Day meal with their significant other, but where are the best places to eat? We found the top 5 romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day perfect for an intimate evening with your partner.

5. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

If you want to add wine to your dine during your Valentine’s Day dinner, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has some of the best wine in Orlando. This upscale casual restaurant features a variety of handcrafted wines including sangrias, fruit wines, sparkling, and much more.

Since there are so many wines to choose from, it may be hard to just pick one. They offer signature wine flights, or you can create your own flight with whatever wine entices you.

For those who may prefer other alcoholic libations that aren’t made from grapes, Cooper’s Hawk has specialty cocktails, beers, martinis, and hard seltzers.

This restaurant isn’t all wine and alcohol. They have an extensive food menu as well featuring appetizers and salads, meats and seafoods, burgers and sandwiches, pastas, and desserts. This a great place for picky eaters because they have something for everyone whether you’re looking for food or drink!

4. The Monroe

For a fun experience in downtown Orlando, consider giving The Monroe a try. Coffee shop by day and a bar/dining room by night (well brunch and lunch too). This fun restaurant has it all!

The place has an earthy, midcentury vibe with notes of green and brown. It is beautifully designed with an open seating area but still provides an intimate experience.

Their menu consists of hearty and delicious comfort food such as fried chicken, loaded potato soup, grilled pork belly, and fried chicken waffles. You can’t go wrong with whatever dish you decide on.

3. Melting Pot

For a unique Valentine’s Day dining experience, check out the Melting Pot. This place does all things fondue.

Melting Pot makes it easy for couples to share a delicious meal with their four-course dinner for two. You’ll get to choose a cheese fondue, two salads, an entrée/cooking style, and chocolate fondue. They give you skewers for optimum dipping.

Your server heats up the fondues on the cooktop at the center of the table. You get a variety of breads and veggies to dip in the cheese fondue. Then choose which cooking style you want with the meats or vegetarian items that will be the main meal.

For dessert, the chocolate fondue of your choice is served with a variety of sweet treats and fruits.

This is truly a unique experience that will add some fun to your dinner date.

2. The Ravenous Pig

Located in Winter Park, The Ravenous Pig is a gastropub created by husband-and-wife chef-owners James and Julie Petrakis. They were semifinalists for the 2016 James Beard award for Best Chef of the South, so you know their food is going to be delicious!

This Valentine’s Day, they are offering a dinner and movie special. Enjoy a three-course meal in the beer garden while watching the classic romantic movie “Princess Bride.”

This special will cost you $75 per person. If this is something you are interested in, make sure to book your table now!

1. Jack’s Place

For the ultimate dining experience, Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza has an amazing Valentine’s Day Package.

This package includes a one-night stay at Rosen Plaza, a three-course dinner for two at Jack’s Place, a full breakfast buffet for two the next morning at Café Matisse, complimentary self-parking, no resort fees, and complimentary Wi-Fi. It is available either February 13 or February 14 and costs a total of $279, plus tax.

Jack’s Place is known as the best steak restaurant on International Drive, so prepare for an incredible meal.

The warm amber lights set the mood for your romantic evening making Jack’s Place one of the best romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day.

Dine with the stars as you sit beside a variety of signed caricatures. Feast on beef tataki, filet mignon, lamb, lobster, and other exquisite eats. Sip on flavorful wines. This is sure to be a romantic evening you won’t soon forget.

To book this Valentine’s getaway, visit the Rosen Plaza Specials page.


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