The Greatest of Greater Orlando

Discover the complex and fascinating city you didn’t know existed as you visit the diverse neighborhoods of Orlando and learn about conservation at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Program No. 23981RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

There is so much more to be explored in Orlando beyond coasters and cartoons! Trace the city’s history from the development of the citrus industry in the 1870s to the land boom in the 1920s, the construction of Walt Disney World and the city’s continued reinvention. At Wekiwa Springs, learn about water conservation and habitat preservation. Delve into the diversity of Greater Orlando’s neighborhoods, and draw comparisons between the Vietnamese refugees who fled to Orlando in the 1970s and the Puerto Rican population that has arrived following Hurricane Maria. Discover a city more complex and fascinating than you imagined.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Up to 2 miles of walking each day; some uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the complex relationship between Orlando and Disney and the influence the theme park has on the city’s culture and economy, and go behind the scenes at EPCOT.
  • Experience the emerald waters of Wekiwa Springs State Park, with an option to hike or kayak, and get exclusive access to Audubon instructors as you learn about birds of prey.
  • Marvel at the leaded glasswork of Louis Tiffany (the largest collection of his work in the world) at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany
by Elizabeth De Rosa & Catherine Shotick
Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany is not only a catalogue of Tiffany's work for religious institutions, but also a behind the scenes look at the technologies used to create his masterpieces of glass and the patrons who commissioned them.
Historic Photos of Orlando
by Joy Wallace Dicinson
This photographic history collection of Orlando follows the city's history from the Seminole Indians to Disney World. From the mid 1800s to the late 1900s, spanning over two centuries and 200 photos, Historic Photos of Orlando is a must have for any history lover of Orlando.
Images of America: Along the Wekiva River
by Jim Robinson & Bill Belleville
Historian Jim Robinson and creative nonfiction writer Bill Belleville come together to share the river's heritage, bringing to life the people, artifacts, and major events of central Florida's Wekiva River.
Early Settlers of Orange County, Florida
by Betty Jo Stockton
This biography pays tribute to central Florida's early settlers who overcame primitive conditions to pave the way for future generations. Learn about the foundation of their traditions and their society through facts and anecdotes.
The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot
by Aaron Wallace
Dive deep into the over 30-year-old heart of Disney's Epcot with a scholarly tour of Epcot's history, its technological accomplishments, and the future of the park.

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