Originally Posted by jakejake
I'm going to Orlando, FL (2nd week of December) for a job-related conference. I'll be there for a week with 2-3 days free time. I've never been there before. What places in Orlando or nearby should I check out? Renting a car is an option but I probably don't want to drive more than 2 hours one-way.
You'll probably be at the Orlando convention center? I was attending a conference there recently, thank goodness I like to walk... I frankly didn't enjoy my time there, the area where the convention center is located is basically a no man's land of hotels and restaurant, sorry malls. Hotels, pools and palm trees probably do appeal to some people, though. When I tried to query the natives about what I could visit other than Disney resorts, they couldn't recommend much (I asked about parks, the arts). Now, granted, I only had an extra day for "tourism".
On the positive side: the anole lizards are fun to observe.