Orlando is known for its tourist attractions, but there are some things to do that are interesting, even though not a part of what is usually on a visitor's planned itinerary.
The Peabody Duck March is not only fun for the family...it's free. Each morning at 11 am the five mallards leave their penthouse suite, ride down the elevator and waddle, in time to Sousa's King Cotton March, into the hotel's Atrium Lobby. Accompanied by their crimson-jacketed duckmaster, they parade to the marble fountain in the center of the lobby where they spend the day splashing and frolicking. At 5 PM the procession is reversed as the ducks return to their suite for the evening.
In 1993 the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, located south of Orlando, first opened its doors with a unique "tourist ministry" to provide for the spiritual need of visitors to the area. In addition to the 2000 seat church, visitors may tour the Outdoor Chapel, the Pilgrimage Center or museum with its large collection of church art from the United States and around the world. The tranquil walkways, fountains and outdoor gardens provide an ideal place for meditation and reflection.
In addition to the City Hall galleries, the City of Orlando's Public Art Program oversees twenty-six major works of art located throughout the city. Check the website to see which works you are interested in viewing and use the map to plan your own do-it-yourself walking or driving art tour
For the home gardener A World of Orchids is an interesting stop located near the other tourist attractions in Kissimmee. This facility is not only a working greenhouse but also a 22,500 sq. ft. conservatory that displays orchids and other exotic plants from around the world. The orchids are displayed in a tropical rainforest setting complete with waterfalls and exotic birds, providing an opportunity to view them at various stages of growth in their natural habitat.