located just west of US17-92 on general hutchinson parkway is big tree park. at the park you can see the "senator" which is the oldest and largest cypress tree in north america. this tree is over 3,500 years old and was a sapling when stonehenge was under construction. the top of the "senator" was blown off by a hurricane in 1925.the land for big...more
located 5 miles west of I-4 in longwood is wekiwa springs state park. wekiwa springs and the wekiwa river is one of the most naturally beautiful spots in the orlando area. wekiwa springs is an oasis of natural beauty surrounded by the urban sprawl of metropolitian orlando. the state park offers swimming, snorkeling, hiking, camping, horse trails,...more
the longwood hotel (longwood village inn) was built in 1879 by e.w. henck. this historic building served a number of purposes during the years. in the 1930's it was a casino. in the 1950's it was a school for baseball umpires. in 1966 it was a set for the movie "johnny tiger". in the 1980's it was a restaurant. today this bulding houses offices.more
the bradlee-mcintrye house was built in 1885 for boston architect nathaniel bradlee. this house is considered the finest example of victorian cottage style architecture in central florida. this house was originally built in nearby altamonte springs and was moved to the longwood historic district in the 1990's. the bradlee-mcintyre house is listed...more
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I can't recommend any particular restaurants in Longwood because we ate mostly with our family at home, supplementing meals with side dishes from Boston Market (1951 W. SR 434, Longwood, FL 32750 407-767-8808) or take-out noodles from Vietnamese places in Orlando. It took me a while, but eventually I found a Dunkin' Donuts to satisfy my hazelnut...more
Although I didn't get a chance to go clubbing while in Longwood, my daughter's father had often complained about the bars in this area when he stayed at his grandfather's house in the late 1980s. As I recall it, he said that while beer was easy to come by, it wasn't so easy to get a 'mixed drink.' I think he used to go all the way to some place in Casselberry, actually. Maybe some locals can provide feedback about this?
However, this may have changed over time, because I just found the following recommendations on a page called 'Florida Biker Bars' from damnbikers.com:
Shovelhead Lounge: 900 S US Highway 17/92 in Longwood, FL (407) 332-9199
Biker Comments: 'This use to be Foxhead South but name changed in Dec 01' Shovelhead Jeff 4/10/02
HandleBar and Grille: 600 N US Highway 17/92 in Longwood, FL (407) 339-4949
Biker Comments: 'This has got to be the friendliest biker bar that I have ever been to. I live in NY but look forward to Bike Week & visiting Mama Chris & everyone else, plus the food is great.' Bobby Lone Wolf 7/9/01
If you're flying in, Longwood is near Orlando (MCO) airport, but be prepared for major bumper-to-bumper traffic jams on I-4. It's easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! Orlando also has Amtrak service. The proximity of Longwood to this major tourist destination makes it easy to shop for cheap airfare, so keep alert for travel bargains!
Don't plan to come to Longwood without a car. The town is quite spread out and very little will be within walking distance unless you're in a certain concentrated area of downtown.
Longwood is an outlying area of Orlando, and away from the Disney area. There are a few Tourist shops, mostly around I-4, but for the most part they don't open up shop this far from the main Tourist corridor.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Based on personal experience, I'd suggest you prepare to dress in layers when visiting Longwood. If you go there in the wintertime, you might be disappointed to find it's not as warm and sunny as most people expect Florida to be at that time of year. Hope you have better luck than we did on our first trip, and that you don't have to dress like Nathalie did!
The Wekiva River State Preserve was a very pleasant spot to visit; Nathalie really enjoyed it!
Favorite thing: If you go to Longwood at Christmastime, be sure to drive around and see the lighted decorations around the malls. Some of the displays are quite thrilling! Nathalie's grandmother drove up from Vero Beach for Christmas. Santa was really good to this kid; see how happy she was for her first 'Christmas in Florida'!