Winter Park near Orlando, FL

S Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789
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5/1/2024 - 12/29/2024
Are you looking for an iconic tour of Orlando that reveals the secret gems of the city?

Winter Park, a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, is located just a few miles north of Orlando and is a hidden gem often overlooked by visitors focused on the bustling amusement parks and tourist-centric attractions of its famous neighbor. Known for its lively arts scene, rich history, lovely parks and, charming boutiques, Winter Park offers a serene retreat where visitors can slow down and savor the quiet charm of authentic Florida.

This picturesque city was first established in the late 19th century as a winter resort for wealthy northerners seeking a respite from the harsh seasons of the North. Laid over 8.7 square miles, Winter Park is home to an array of beautifully preserved historic buildings and gorgeous examples of classic Floridian architecture.

Among the biggest highlights of Winter Park are enchanting gems like the Morse Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass, the verdant Mead Botanical Garden, and the Winter Park History Museum. The city's downtown, called Park Avenue, offers a wonderful array of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. A boat tour through Winter Park’s chain of lakes provides a unique perspective on the area's grand homes and natural beauty. Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts can revel in the city's numerous parks, which offer bike and walking paths, boat rentals, bird-watching, and stunning spots for picnics.

There’s also Rollins College, a historic, liberal arts institution often lauded for its distinctive Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. Nearby, the Alfond Inn, an upscale boutique hotel, presents a noteworthy collection of contemporary art. For the more athletic visitors, the Cady Way Trail offers a paved recreational trail for biking, running, and walking. The city's various cultural festivals, including the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and the Bach Festival, also make Winter Park a culturally rich destination.

In summary, the tranquil charm of Winter Park, with its blend of scenic beauty, rich history, and cultural riches, makes it a unique counterpoint to the typically action-packed attractions of Orlando. From its amazing collection of Tiffany glass to its scenic parks and lakes, charming boutiques, and restaurants, Winter Park offers a well-rounded experience that appeals to a broad range of tastes and interests. A visit here is sure to provide a flavorful taste of the quietly elegant side of Florida—delivered at a pace that invites you to take it all in, unhurriedly.

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