On May 28Hameed Jasat answered the question:Orlando is the home to the Orlando Magic (National Basketball Association) and the Orlando Predators (American Football League). This past fall Orlando saw the completion of our new beautiful Amway Center, home to both the Magic and the Predators. Whether you are a basketball fan, a football fan, or you are an avid concert goer, you will not want to miss out on experiencing our new, state-of-the-art arena. For all you baseball fans, the Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball) has their spring training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Additionally, Orlando has many pristine golf courses and hosts multiple PGA tournaments, including Tavistock Cup (Lake Nona/Islesworth), The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bayhill, and The Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney’s Palm & Magnolia. Orlando is also home to the new Orlando City Soccer team which is part of the United Soccer League Professional Division (USL PRO). If you’re a fan of NASCAR you’re in luck, Daytona International Speedway is only an hour away. Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Stadium) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League), a short 90 minutes away. So whatever your sport, Central Florida has it all.
On May 28Hameed Jasat answered the question:Morse Museum in Winter Park, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Leu Gardens, Winter Park Historical Museum, Casa Feliz, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Zora Neale Hurston Museum and the Mennello Museum of Art are among the top museums here in Orlando.
The Morse Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work from Louis Comfort Tiffany. Although Tiffany was most well-known for his stunning lead glass works (windows and lamps), his body of work also contains jewelry, pottery, and furniture. The Morse Museum is located in the heart of Winter Park which is about 18 miles north of The Peabody Orlando.
The Orange County Regional History Center is in downtown Orlando (about 12 miles north of The Peabody Orlando) and consists of permanent and rotating exhibits. Some of the permanent exhibits include “The First People,” a look at life in Florida pre-European settlement; “Destination Florida” a 100 years of tourism in central Florida prior to Disney; and “Courtroom B” the original 1927 courtroom where it is rumored that Ted Bundy’s arraignment occurred.
The Orlando Museum of Art features rotating exhibits of contemporary American art. A few of its featured exhibits are “Aztec-Zapotec II,” with late 15th, early 16th century, pre-European art and “Of Cloth & Culture II,” the ninth in a series of exhibits drawn from Norma Canelas and William D. Roth of African Art.
Leu Gardens is home to America’s third largest camellia collection and Florida’s largest formal Rose garden. There is also a butterfly garden and 2 acres of tropical stream garden. One insider tip: The first Monday of every month is free.
Winter Park Historical Museum was founded in 1974. What started as a small group of locals who wanted to save and showcase Winter Park’s history, has now turned into a non-profit organization with a museum. The exhibits rotate and all focus on Winter Park’s history.
The Zora Neale Hurston Museum is in Eatonville, which is just north of downtown Orlando. It opened in 1990 and the museum focuses on showcasing the work of artists who are of African descent. The exhibits rotate and each exhibit begins in September and ends in August.
Casa Feliz is a beautifully restored Spanish Farmhouse in Winter Park that was designed by the acclaimed architect James Gamble Roger II. In 2001 Casa Feliz was moved 300 yards to avoided being demolished and in 2004 was fully restored.
On May 28Hameed Jasat answered the question:Depending on your preferences, Orlando is an ideal destination offering something for everyone. If you like lots of sunshine with cooler temperatures (60 to 80) visit us in the spring (March to May). If you are trying to drive away the miseries of snow and freezing winters, visit us in the summer (June to August) when our weather is luxuriously hot and humid. Our summers are characterized by short afternoon rainstorms followed by glorious bursts of sunshine allowing you the opportunity to make use of your sunscreen. Our fall is very much like our spring, lots of sunshine and cooler temperatures but never cold. Winter is our driest season, but this is typical of Florida with lots of sunshine, another indication why Florida is known as the Sunshine State. Winter is characterized by daily highs in the 60’s but nighttime temperatures do sink to the low 40’s.
On May 28Hameed Jasat answered the question:When visiting Orlando, you might want to bring an extra (empty) suitcase so you can fit all the amazing things you will purchase while you are here. Orlando has plenty of shopping opportunities for everyone, from some of the finest outlets to high end boutique shops.
There are two main malls closest to The Peabody Orlando, The Florida Mall and The Mall at Millenia. The Florida Mall is the larger of the two malls with over 250 stores, with Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, JC Penny and Sears as the department stores. Millenia Mall has fewer shops than The Florida Mall but higher end stores such as Tiffany & Co., Channel, Jimmy Choo and Luis Vuitton, with the department stores being Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.
Also, if you happen to visit Orlando in December, Millenia Mall has one of the best Winter Wonderlands around! Local families will drive the extra distance to have their child’s picture taken with the “Millenia Santa”. Both are fully enclosed malls, however, Millenia has all glass ceilings in the main areas of the mall, which gives it a nice, open feel. The Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia are open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
However, if conventional shopping malls are not your thing and you are in the mood to find a bargain, then the Premium Outlets are just the thing for you. The Premium Outlets are two outdoor outlets that have any and everything you could ever need (or want). Both outlets are open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. If all these options were not enough to entice you, The Peabody Orlando is perfectly located for all this shopping. Both outlet malls are only about 3 miles from The Peabody Orlando and both malls are less than six miles away.
On May 28Hameed Jasat answered the question:When it comes to Orlando, the question should be what is not near Orlando? We truly are a city that has it all, from theme parks to Kennedy Space Center and everything in-between.
When you come here, first and foremost, you have to experience the March of The Peabody Ducks. Each day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. you can watch the world-famous Peabody ducks march down their red carpet, and the best part, it’s free.
The Peabody Orlando is conveniently located in the heart of Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and attractions. We are located directly between Universal Orlando and SeaWorld; and both are a mere five-minute drive away. If that was not enough, all the Walt Disney World Parks and attractions are only 15 minutes away.
If theme parks aren’t what you’re looking for, because of our mild winters, Orlando has multiple water parks that are open year round. The most well-known water parks being Wet ‘n Wild, Aquatica and Blizzard Beach.
If you’re an animal lover you need to spend the day at Discovery Cove snorkeling in coral reefs or swimming with dolphins. We even have Gator Land, the alligator capital of the world, where you can see more alligators and crocodiles than you thought possible. Another attraction that’s worth the hour drive is Kennedy Space Center. From the shuttle launch experience to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, you’ll want to plan on spending the day there to see all they have to offer.
Guest Services Manager
The Peabody Orlando
Orlando, FL, USA
Hameed Jasat joined The Peabody in 2006 and serves as the guest services manager for the hotel. He is responsible for overseeing the guest services department, including parking, bell services, concierge, duck master and the world-famous Peabody Ducks. Jasat was recently named Manager of the Year from The Peabody and Concierge of the Year by the Central Florida Concierge Association, where he serves as president.