Kosherica’s 7-night kosher Caribbean Cruise (January 21-28, 2024) boards the magnificent Epic of Norwegian Cruise line in Orlando (Port Canaveral).
Before or after the cruise, try to make time to explore Orlando. Besides the warm weather and fun theme parks, it has many places of Jewish and cultural interest.
Orlando, Florida: A Paradise for All, Including the Kosher Traveler
Orlando, Florida, is known globally as a premier vacation destination, boasting many attractions, activities, and experiences for all ages and interests. From its world-famous theme parks to its tranquil natural preserves, Orlando offers a surprisingly wide variety of kosher and religious requirements. For those keenly interested in Jewish culture? No worries! Orlando caters to the needs of the kosher Jewish traveler. As noted below, the city has a rich tapestry of Jewish history and culture. If you’re an art lover – visit the Orlando Museum of Art with its vast exhibits of contemporary and ancient art.
- Theme Parks and Attractions
- Walt Disney World Resort: Comprising four main parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom – this iconic resort is a must-visit. Many dining establishments here offer kosher meals upon request, but it’s always best to check in advance.
- Universal Orlando Resort: This resort offers two main parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Like Disney, there are dining options suitable for kosher travelers.
- SeaWorld Orlando: Experience a blend of marine life exhibits, interactive attractions, and thrilling rides.
- Walt Disney and Universal offer kosher meals and snacks.
- Natural Attractions
- Wekiwa Springs State Park: Just a short drive from downtown Orlando, this park offers opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and swimming.
- Lake Eola Park: Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, you can enjoy a serene paddleboat ride or a picturesque walk.
- Jewish Interest & Kosher Needs –Orlando has a growing Jewish community, meaning the area has several synagogues, kosher dining options, and Jewish institutions.
- Kosher Restaurants: Orlando has several kosher eateries ranging from fast food to upscale dining. Some popular options include Kosher Grill, Mediterranean Blue, and Lower East Side Deli. Always check the current kosher certification before dining.
- Synagogues: Several synagogues, such as Chabad of South Orlando and Congregation Ohev Shalom, cater to the local Jewish community and welcome visitors.
- Jewish Institutions: The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in nearby Maitland offers educational programs and exhibitions to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust.
- Kosher Groceries: For those staying longer or needing specific kosher products, stores like Kosher Central and Winn-Dixie have sections dedicated to kosher groceries.
- Shopping & Entertainment
- Disney Springs: Offers a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. While it’s primarily a commercial venue, it’s worth checking out for unique finds and entertainment.
- ICON Park: Located on International Drive, this spot offers a collection of boutique shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the Wheel, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel.
- Arts & Culture
- Orlando Museum of Art: Features a vast collection ranging from contemporary to ancient art.
- Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: A hub for theatre, music, and dance performances.
In conclusion, Orlando is much more than just its theme parks. It’s a city that boasts natural beauty, a rich arts scene, and a warm and welcoming Jewish community. For the kosher traveler or those interested in Jewish culture, Orlando provides an inclusive environment that ensures a memorable experience for all. Whether immersing oneself in a fantasy world at a theme park or reconnecting with one’s Jewish roots, Orlando offers it all.