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It's quite easy to get caught up in the isolated worlds of Disney or Universal Orlando, never venturing beyond their constructed environments, but do so and you will find Orlando has so much more. Lovely tree-lined neighborhoods, a rich performing-arts scene and several fantastic gardens, nature preserves and museums in and around the city encourage a slower pace often passed over by visitors. Even if you're coming to Orlando for the theme parks, take a few days to jump off their spinning wheels of adrenaline-pumped fantasy to explore the quieter, gentler side of Orlando. You may be surprised to find that you enjoy the theme parks all that much more as a result.