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Top 10 Things To Do In & Near Orlando, Florida, USA On Sunday - Updated 2020

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Catherine
Catherine
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Want to shake things up on Sunday in Orlando? Orlando may be known for its many theme parks, but this central-Florida city and its surrounding area actually offers so much more. Spending Sunday in this city is filled with delightful treats that don’t include amusement rides and well-worn attractions. Even small pleasures can offer rewarding treasures in Orlando. So if you’re ready to forgo Disney World and Universal Studios for a different Sunday outing, you should read on to see the best things to do in and near Orlando on the final day of the week.

1. Sunday brunch

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A superb way to start your Sunday is at the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. The setting is attractive, with the dining area adorned with artwork and a rich red-themed decor. Listen to an expert jazz pianist and saxophone duo play smooth tunes that fit perfectly with the easygoing Sunday vibe. Nibble on a multitude of choices: delicate crab cakes, succulent shrimp, juicy prime rib, and delectable antipasti. A waffle bar, omelet station, and a dessert station are also on hand. There’s even a pastry chef ready to prepare made-to-order crepes. Bottomless mimosas are included and certainly sweeten the deal!

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Grand Bohemian Hotel

Address: 325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Hours: 6.30 am to 2.00 pm

Price: 49 USD per adult, 29 USD per child (6 to 12 years)

Website: Sunday Jazz Brunch at Grand Bohemian Hotel

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2. DIY pancakes at Old Sugar Mill

De Leon Springs State Park mill
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Sunday morning pancakes are a delicious ritual in many homes, but Sunday morning pancakes at the Old Sugar Mill kicks it up a delightful notch. Nestled in beautiful De Leon Springs State Park, Old Sugar Mill exudes a homestyle ambiance. Originally constructed in the 1830s to crush sugar cane, today this inviting eatery affords guests the opportunity to cook do-it-yourself pancakes on tabletop griddles. Two types of homemade batter are supplied and make sure to get a variety of ingredients, like blueberries, bananas, pecans, chocolate chips, or walnuts. Arrive early, because long lines form around 10.00 am.

Old Sugar Mill

Address: 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Hours: 8.00 am to 3.45 pm

Price: 5.25 USD

Website: Old Sugar Mill

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3. Visit the Orlando Farmers Market in Lake Eola Park

Orlando Farmers Market, Lake Eola Park
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With Orlando’s mild weather, it seems a crime to spend any Sunday indoors. So naturally, a trip to the outdoor Orlando Farmers Market in Lake Eola Park is a fabulous way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the Orlando Farmers Market provides the perfect natural setting: surrounded by tall leafy trees and the pleasing Lake Eola. Rent swan-shaped paddleboats to cruise the lake, listen to great live music, and browse the plentitude of farm-fresh produce, yummy baked goods, fun art and crafts, handcrafted jewelry, and more. A wonderful laid-back Sunday ritual, Orlando Farmers Market is even pet-friendly, offering homemade treats for your four-legged friend.

Orlando Farmers Market

Address: 20 N Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801

Hours: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Website: Orlando Farmers Market

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4. Hit the beach

Cocoa Beach, Florida
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The sound of the surf, the feel of the sand between your toes, and the smell of the fresh sea breeze makes the beach a wonderful spot to spend Sunday and replenish for the week ahead. No worries that Orlando is landlocked because its location in the middle of the state makes getting to any number of beaches easy. Cocoa Beach is one of the best and is just a one-hour drive east of Orlando. Residing on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, Cocoa Beach is a local favorite, offering the world’s largest surf shop Ron Jon Surf Shop and many popular beachfront restaurants and bars along the Cocoa Beach Pier. Cocoa Beach provides top wind and water recreation, along with pier or deep sea fishing.

Cocoa Beach

Address: 1300 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931

Website: Cocoa Beach

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5. Go on a day trip to Saint Augustine (from USD 74.0)

Supposedly one of the oldest cities in the United States, the sleepy seaside town of Saint Augustine offers a captivating refuge on a Sunday. This day-long excursion affords participants a chance to view spectacular Spanish colonial architecture and to explore historic landmarks, such as the oldest fort in the US. This experience is great for lovers of history and for those who simply appreciate magnificent architecture from a bygone age. Enjoy some of Florida’s freshest and delicious seafood as you lunch at a charming waterfront restaurant.

Saint Augustine Day Trip from Orlando

Duration: 10 hours

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6. Cheap matinee at The Picture Show

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Moviegoing is a splendid way to spend a casual Sunday afternoon and you can’t beat the affordable price at The Picture Show. Just a 16-minute drive from Orlando, in Altamonte Springs, The Picture Show features a family-friendly environment equipped with digital projection, multiple screens, 3D capability, self-service ticket kiosk, and an attentive staff. If you’re arriving with a group of 15 or more, take advantage of the Movie Meal Deal: a small drink, kid’s popcorn, fun size candy and 1 movie ticket for only 5.50 USD. Films are not first-run releases, they’ve been out a few months, but at these modest prices who cares.

The Picture Show

Address: 130 E Altamonte Dr #1200, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Hours: 11.30 am to to 10.30 pm

Price: 1.75 USD

Website: The Picture Show

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7. Explore the Snowhill Mountain bike trail

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If you want some exercise on Sunday mixed with a little excitement then explore the Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail, just a 35-minute car ride from Orlando. Tucked away in the Little Big Econ State Forest, Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail offers mostly cross-country trails, so be prepared to work up a sweat. Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail is comprised of 12 trails with intriguing names like Meat Head, Dingbat, and the ominous-sounding Ditch of Doom. Meat Head and Dingbat are easy courses, but the Ditch of Doom offers, needless to say, a bit of a challenge. The biking trails’ scenery is enhanced by the Econlockhatchee River that snakes through the fertile Florida land.

Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail

Address: 1350 Snow Hill Rd, Geneva, FL 32732

Website: Snowhill Mountain Bike Trail

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8. Berry-picking in local farms

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Florida’s temperate weather results in an abundance of delicious produce, so why not help out by doing some berry picking and keeping your bounty. From grapes and peaches to strawberries and blueberries, Florida has an array of nature’s fruit. One of the most well-known establishments is Beck’s Brothers Blueberries, only 20 minutes outside of Orlando. April through May is the prime blueberry-picking time, and the container-sized price breakdown is as follows: a 3 pound (1.36 kilograms) bucket is 15 USD, a 3.5 pound (1.58 kilogram) clamshell is 10 USD, and 1 pint (0.47 liter) is 3 USD.

Beck's Brothers Blueberries

Address: 12500 Overstreet Road, Windermere, Florida 34786

Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm during the season

Website: Beck’s Brothers Blueberries

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9. Go on a boat cruise (from USD 138.0)

Make an ordinary Sunday extraordinary with a boat cruise. The Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour affords participants the chance to experience Florida’s natural beauty. This expedition begins with a pleasant guided boat ride on the sparkling Crystal River. You’ll then have the opportunity to snorkel in a habitat known for manatee sightings! Next, enjoy an exhilarating ride aboard an Everglades airboat on the Gulf Coast’s picturesque Homosassa River. The final stop is Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where you can view a manatee-feeding session. There’s also a collection of other wildlife creatures to admire.

Crystal River Snorkeling, Everglades Airboat, Homosassa Tour

Duration: 12 hours

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10. Stand-up paddleboard yoga (from USD 24.0)

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Stand-up paddleboarding and yoga are relaxing activities in and of themselves. Combine the two and you have a first-rate way to unwind on a sunny Sunday morning. Swap everyday stresses for calm vibrations with this wonderful excursion that affords participants an opportunity to experience peace and tranquillity in the beautiful surroundings of Winter Park, just 15 minutes from Orlando. After class, participants are welcome to paddle on the lovely spring-fed lake or continue their yoga exercises. Beginners are welcome, with expert instructors guiding you every step of the way.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga in Winter Park

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Boring Sunday in Orlando...not

Whether you desire a relaxing Sunday practicing yoga on a paddleboard on the water or want a more adrenaline-fueled Sunday maneuvering a mountain bike down a rugged trail, Orlando can provide every level of excitement. There’s no question Orlando offers a wide range of fun-inducing Sunday activities that’ll have you talking non-stop about your adventures Monday morning!

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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