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Dec 17: Celebrate the Holidays with ICE! at Gaylord Palms

Everyone is familiar with the Nutcracker Ballet. It’s synonymous with Christmas. Now there’s the Nutcracker in ICE! with favorite scenes from the ballet displayed in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures It’s all part of Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center’s latest holiday celebration which also includes a Nativity Scene in ICE!, […]

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Dec 7: Christmas Open House Tour of Homes in Mt. Dora

  You probably know Mt. Dora from the outside: its turn-of-the-century ambiance, quaint storefronts, old-fashioned restaurants, etc. Now comes an opportunity to experience Mt. Dora from the inside–that is, go inside some of the very homes that define its ambiance. We’ll visit homes that have been selected because they are architecturally unique, have been decorated in some unusual […]

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Dec 12: Singing Christmas Trees at First Baptist Church, Orlando

Nothing will put you into the holiday spirit more quickly than the Singing Christmas Trees at First Baptist Church, Orlando. Even Ebenezer Scrooge would be delighted with the pageantry and presentation of Christmas classics at this event. From its beginning over three decades ago, The Trees have become one of Central Florida’s most beloved and […]

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Dec 6: Shop the Mall at Millenia in Orlando

On Saturday, December 6, Orange Blossom Tours will take you to The Mall at Millennia, in time for some Christmas shopping. If you are not familiar with it, it’s an upscale, contemporary, indoor shopping mall located in Orlando. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy five hours of relaxed, cool and elegant shopping and dining. The Mall at Millenia […]

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Dec 4: A Tribute to Rogers and Hart at the Winter Park Playhouse

Rodgers and Hart were an American songwriting partnership between composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and the lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895–1943). They worked together on 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943. Many of their songs (“Falling in Love with Love”, “My Funny Valentine”) are wistful or sad, and emotional ambivalence seems to be perceptible in […]

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Dec 18: The Holy Land Experience

Orlando is known as the city of theme parks. There is perhaps none as moving and meaningful as the Holy Land Experience. Spread across 11 beautifully landscaped acres, it recreates the Jerusalem of Jesus Christ’s time in period-designed buildings while bringing the stories of the Bible to life through historical exhibits and theatrical reenactments. On Thursday, December 18, […]

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Nov 30: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Broadway Palm Theater

Just in time for the holidays, the Off-Broadway Palm Theatre presents the musical comedy The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Come on out with Orange Blossom Tours on November 30 and meet some of the residents of a trailer park called “Armadillo Acres” who are back with an all-new holiday musical! The action is […]

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Nov 22: “South Pacific” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre

The winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific tells the romantic story of two couples on a remote island in the Pacific – a U.S. Navy nurse and an expatriate French plantation owner, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl – and how […]

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Nov 16: “Rent”, the Musical, at Florida Southern College

Rent is a rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village. Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. After being first produced off-Broadway, the show won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama […]

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Nov 1: Clermont in a Day: Art, History, Waterfront, and Wine

The City of Clermont is one of the fastest growing cities in Central Florida, but its downtown area still has the charming, quaint look and the warm, comfortable feel of a small town. We’ll visit downtown Clermont on Saturday, November 1, to enjoy a potpourri of varied activities. Here’s our itinerary. Art We’ll arrive at […]

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Nov 10: Tour the Everglades Agricultural Area

On this farm tour, we’ll learn about the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) —700,000 acres of unusually fertile farmland located directly south of Lake Okeechobee and directly north of the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) that drain into Everglades National Park. Sugarcane is the primary EAA crop but other winter vegetable production is of major economic importance as […]


Nov. 15: Mt. Dora: Classic Cars, Country Music, Cuba & Collectibles

Mt. Dora has proven to be one of Orange Blossom Tours’ most popular destinations. There’s a good reason for that and on this tour, we’ll give you a smorgasbord of Mt. Dora attractions, some on our schedule for the very first time. In the morning, we’ll stop first at the Museum of Speed, which is much more about […]

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Nov 5: Mennello Gallery & “Best of Enemies” at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

This tour includes two cultural treats, both located in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. The first will be a visit to the Mennello Art Gallery which features American art of all genres and time periods. A docent will lead us on a tour of the museum’s permanent collection of works by Earl Cunningham as well as the two […]

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Nov 2: Mt. Dora Gardens, Plant Sale and Tea Room

Do you enjoy gardening? Would you like to peek into someone else’s garden for new landscaping or plant ideas or inspiration about color and textural combinations? Or maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to have a wonderful time in the outdoors. Then why not join us for the 11th Annual Lakes and Hills Garden […]

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Nov 13: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Bird Gardens of Naples

Corkscrew Swamp, a 13,000-acre pristine wilderness sanctuary located north of Naples, is one of the few remaining swamplands in Florida that has not been encroached upon by agriculture and land development. Managed by the Florida Audubon Society, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was recently named a Wetland of International Importance by the prestigious Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. […]

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Oct. 28: Ybor City: A Walking Tour, Columbia Restaurant and a Streetcar Ride

Ybor City in northeast Tampa, once known as the cigar capital of the world, is today a National Historic Landmark District. And Seventh Avenue, Ybor City’s main commercial thoroughfare, has been named one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. On Tuesday, October 28, Orange Blossom Tours will give you a chance […]

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Nov 25: Fish ‘n Shops

OK, we admit that’s a strange title but this is a somewhat eclectic mix of attractions. At our first and second stops, you’ll learn about efforts to keep our fish, marine mammals, and seabirds in sustainable and ecologically sound shape. At our last stop, you will have a chance to purchase some of the edibles the fish and […]

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Nov 14: Mannheim Steamroller at Lakeland Center

Mannheim Steamroller (the name comes from an 18th century German musical technique) has been around since 1975 but found its greatest fame after 1984 when it released its first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, which showcased its creative approaches to old carols, along with some new carol-like compositions. There followed a series of Christmas-related releases, […]

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Dec 9: “Phantom of the Opera” at the Dr. Phillips Center

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Orlando. And we want to take you there. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” “It’s wonderful to have a new […]

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Nov 18-21: 4 days in Old Town Key West

Key West has a lot going for it: history, location, and a culture all its own. Conde Nast Traveler, which ranks Key West among the 10 best small cities in America, recently put it this way: “The southernmost town in the United States has always drawn the creative and kooky. Everyone from Jimmy Buffett to […]


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