June recommended events in Downtown Orlando

Nathaniel’s Hope: Make’m Smile June 1 at 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a difference in someone’s life and come down to Lake Eola for the 12th-annual Make’m Smile event. Nathaniel’s Hope is dedicated to celebrating kids with special needs and educating and equipping communities and churches to provide programs and assistance. Enjoy food, games, shows and so much more. […]

Nathaniel’s Hope to return for 17th Annual “Make ‘m Smile” Festival

Celebrating kids with disabilities and their families is the goal for Nathaniel’s Hope founders Marie and Tim Kuck. Nathaniel’s Hope is a non-profit that aims to celebrate kids with special needs and help communities and churches organize programs for them. They organized the first Make ‘m Smile event in 2002 after realizing the challenges of raising their own special needs […]


Best Buddies Friendship Walk 2019 May 4 at 8 a.m. Help raise awareness and support inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Lake Eola. Local Best Buddies programs, which are dedicated to one-to-one friendships, will be out there. For more information, go to Let’s Crochet Bunnies – Beginner Level May 8 […]

Day Trippin’: Trapper Nelson’s Zoo and Jungle Garden

Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site

Three miles down the Loxahatchee River, where it meanders through the Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound near Jupiter, is Trapper Nelson’s Zoo and Jungle Garden, or what is left of it. The site is accessible only by canoe, boat or tour boat. A slow excursion on the tour boat, the Loxahatchee Queen III, offers views of tropical vegetation […]

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