Winter Park, Florida is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and sidewalk cafes
Winter Park, Florida
If you would like to enjoy a nice Central Florida day trip that is away from the hustle and bustle of the amusement parks, you should visit downtown Winter Park. Located just north of Orlando, this small city of is one of the most quaint spots in Florida.
In the Winter Park downtown area you’ll see a lot of people spending time in the beautiful parks. The shady parks play host to concerts and art festivals. Park Avenue is home to many one-of-a-kind boutiques and well-known shops, sidewalk cafes and fine dining restaurants.
The streets in the Winter Park downtown area are lined with trees and shops. You can enjoy strolling along the main shopping district located on Park Avenue. The shops include some big name upscale stores such as Ann Taylor and Williams-Sonoma. But the real gems are the local shops, such as the Golden Rabbit, Bliss on Park Avenue, Fairy Tales. Winter park is family and dog-friendly city with many shops offering water and biscuits to the dogs.
The SunRail train stops in the downtown and lets visitors on and off the train.
The restaurants in downtown Winter Park range from hip bistros to classic French cuisine. For a good meal stop by Houston’s located on S Orlando Avenue for a house-made veggie burger. If your in the mood for a hearty breakfast, don’t miss eating at Briar Patch on N Park Avenue.
On Saturday mornings, you will find a wonderful open air Farmer’s Market where you can get fresh, meat, cheese, produce and backed goods and local business’ set up booths to sell local art and unique foods and so much more.
In Winter park you will find the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art which houses one of the largest collections of beautiful Tiffany glass. www.morsemuseum.org
Winter park also has many walking trails and a wonderful dog park with a beach on the lake where you can enjoy and bring your canine best friend for an afternoon of fun.
Canal Boat Tour
If you really want to relax and take in the historic college town from the water, take a canal boat ride. http://www.scenicboattours.com/
The boat tour offers is a unique and informative tour that goes over the history of Winter Park and Rollins College, all while cruising on comfortable passenger boats. It is an hour long and travels to three lakes (Lake Virginia, Lake Osceola, & Lake Maitland) that are joined by canals. There is some wildlife to view, lush foliage and landscaping as well as mansions of the rich and famous. They talk about the community, the college, the fauna and flora along the way and some of the famous people of Winter Par. We have brought several of our out of town family members on this tour and they loved it. You can’t beat the scenery.
Rollins College, Florida’s oldest recognized college, is located at the southern end of Park Avenue, which gives Winter Park a dynamic, college town feel. We have brought several of our out of town family members on this boat tour and they loved it. You can’t beat the scenery or the weather.
If your looking to spend the night in winter Park, The Park Plaza Hotel, built in 1922, is convenient to the downtown area. Rates start at $142 a night for the boutique hotel (parkplazahotel.com; (407) 647-1072).
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