My Town: Orlando, Fla.

Top picks from Budget Travel readers who live in some of our favorite places.

By , Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009, 12:00 AM

Randolph-May at Lake Eola Park's market (Vanessa Rogers)

Randolph-May at Lake Eola Park's market (Vanessa Rogers)

Everyone comes here for the theme parks, but there's so much else to see. The 43-acre Lake Eola Park is a personal favorite. You can stroll around the lake and then chat up vendors at the Sunday farmers market. —Megan Randolph-May, 34, stock trader

Orange Blossom Pilsner—we call it OBP—is brewed by a seventh-generation Floridian, and you can find it all over town. It's made with orange-blossom honey and is just the right mix of sweet and crisp (six-pack $9). —Becky Smith, 25, account executive

If I can't put them up, I send visitors to Eõ Inn & Spa. The 17 streamlined rooms look out onto Lake Eola or the city itself (, from $79). —Megan Randolph-May

It might sound cheesy, but Gatorland is actually an awesome 110-acre Everglades habitat and theme park that's home to more than 1,200 gators and crocodiles (, adults from $20, kids from $12). —Stephanie Mahone, 28, photographer

In Winter Park, just northeast of the city, Scenic Boat Tour takes pontoons through a beautiful network of lakes and canals. You cruise past opulent mansions built at the turn of the century by wealthy Northerners who came here during the winter months (, $12). —Deborah Wise, 60, retired

My top-secret spot: the hidden courtyard behind Palmano's Espresso Bar. The paninis are named after regulars (407/647-7520). —Brad Nelson, 24, marketing director