My Town: Orlando, Fla.

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

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

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

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