the winter park scenic boat tour is one of the oldest and most popular tourist attractions in winter park. the one hour tour takes you all over winter park via it's lakes and canals. you will see the beautiful lakefront homes of winter park. the captain will talk about the history of winter park and point out homes of famous people who live in winter park. a fun and interesting thing to do when in winter park.
Every Saturday there is a terrific Farmer's Market in the center of Winter Park at the Old Train Depot. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It has a beautiful variety of plants & flowers, as well as the expected fresh farmed vegetables, kettle corn, organic food, yummy candied apples, fresh handmade pasta, omelettes, sausages, baked goods, and even lovely olive oils.
Lots of people bring their dogs on leashes, so don't leave yours behind. It's almost a parade of doggies.
These are absolutely beautiful gardens to spend an hour, or several, strolling the lovely walkways to see such areas as Tropical Stream Garden, Herb Garden, Butterfly Garden, Mary Jane's Rose Garden, White Garden, Arid Garden, and many areas of Camellias.
The Mission of the Harry P. Leu Gardens is " to inspire people, to appreciate and understand plants, the environment of Central Florida, and the Gardens' historic significance." The Leu House Museum offers tours of the gardens on the hour and half hour.
The Gardens also offer educational programs throughout the year to include interesting lectures, workshops, and classes on a variety of botanical and horticultural topics. There are also children's classes and some arts & crafts classes. You might want to check out their website to see if there are any classes of interest while you are visiting.
Cost for entry to the gardens is $7/adult.
located in an old warehouse the farmers market is open every saturday morning. at the farmers market you can buy fresh produce, plants and crafts. the farmers market is also home to the winter park historical museum. this is an interesting museum to visit to learn about the history of this charming town.
pictured is the old colony movie theater on park ave in downtown winter park. this historic building was home to the colony theater for a number of decades. now it houses the pottery barn housewares store.
located on the campus of rollins college the cornel museum of fine art is a worthwile place to visit in winter park. the museum features traveling collections from museums from all over the united states. located on beautiful lake virginia the campus of rollins college is a nice place to walk around to see it's mediterranean achitecture. pictured is knowles chapel, a rollins college landmark.
I don't know how long this Farmer's Market has existed, but it is fabulous. Though it isn't very big, you can find anything from plants to butterflies there.
The market is every Saturday morning until around 2pm. There are more stands on sunny days and better prices than downtown.
the morse museum of american art is the best and most famous art museum in the orlando area. founded by jeannette genius mc kean in 1942 it is named after her grandfather charles morse. jeannette and her husband hugh mc kean collected the works of louis comfort tiffany for over fifty years. the morse museum has the most comprehensive collection of tiffany works in the world. along with the tiffany collection of jewelry, leaded glass windows, and lamps there is an excellent collection of rookwood pottery. the star attraction of the museum is the chapel that tiffany designed for the 1893 columbian exposition in chicago. the oyster bay window in the metropolitan museum in new york was donated by the mc keans. a must see site when in winter park.
The Morse Museum is quite a find. Located on the North end of Park Ave it houses the largest collection of tiffany works in the World. From stained glass to lamps and jewlery this has it all. The most breathtaking part of all is the chapel. In the 1838 Worlds Fair in Chicago Tiffany had a complete chapel built to show his stained glass works. The chapel is complete with pews and a huge alter. After the fair ended the chapel was disassembled and is now housed here. Sadly, they don't allow photos inside the museum.
Helpful tip: Every year on Christmas Eve admission is free.
I once heard an ignorant woman say America had no culture. One only needs to step into any local city's American Art museum to prove this woman was a gigantic idiot.
Winter Park offers a nice one hour narrated cruise through the canals and lakes . It is located on Lake Osceola, in the city. The slow moving canal boat glides through beautiful displays of sub-tropical flowers and swaying palms. There are also views of exquisite estates on the shore of the lake. Keep your eyes open and you will see waterfowl enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.
Admission is: $8 for adults and $4 for children.
a beautiful place to visit in winter park is the polasek museum and sculpture garden. pictured is one of the works of albin polasek.