By Sharon Fletcher Jones

If you’re tooling around town and already feeling the heat, you might want to stop at Goffs Drive In for the best hand-dipped, soft serve ice cream ever. Family owned and operated for more than thirty years, Goffs is pretty easy to find. Located at 212 South Orange Blossom Trail between South and Church Streets, it’s one of Orlando’s many treasures. Local residents and visitors, passers-by, politicians and NBA players drive up to the small, stucco building (with parking on the side) never mind waiting in line for Goffs Ice Cream.

Venture off the beaten path and join the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. The longest running Fringe Theater festival in the country will be held in various venues from May 15th to May 28th. Established in 1992, the Orlando Festival features more than 100 shows of all genres from around the world. Traditionally, more than 250,000 tickets are sold during the popular two week festival. For shows, schedules, ticketing and additional information visit

For one night only, The Orlando Philharmonic 25th Anniversary Season will present its gala anniversary concert featuring acclaimed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Colin Jacobsen. This exclusive event will be held on May 8th at the Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street.

Adventurer, enter Pandora — The World of Avatar. This amazing expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey attractions, features exquisitely appointed, themed dining, shopping, floating mountains, bio-luminescent rainforests and after-dark entertainment. Perfect for both the Disney dreamer and the doer.

Stay tuned. There’s so much more fun to be had under the City Beautiful, Orlando sun!

About the author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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