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    Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Canals of Winter Park

    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.

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    kraft azalea gardens

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    kraft azalea gardens is located on lake maitland in central winter park. this park offers a spectacular display of flowers in late february and march when the azaleas are in bloom. kraft azalea gardens is a pleasant place to visit any time of the year. picture two is a shot of nesting snowy egrets. this specie of egret is very rare in florida. in the late 1800's they were hunted almost to extinction because of demand for their feathers for ladies hats.

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    winter park farmers market

    by doug48 Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    winter park farmers market

    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.

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    scenic boat tour

    by doug48 Updated Jun 18, 2010

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    scenic boat tour

    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.

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    cornel museum of fine art

    by doug48 Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    knolwes chapel

    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.

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    park ave.

    by doug48 Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    park ave

    located in the heart of winter park, park ave and central park is the most visted part of the city. park ave is lined with upscale stores, restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes. park ave. has a european flair and is nicknamed little europe. a fun place to visit both during the day or after dark. a fun, safe, and upscale place to visit when in the orlando area. downtown winter park is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    the morse museum of american art

    by doug48 Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    morse museum

    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.

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    Winter Park Farmer's Market

    by cosmogypsy Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    Winter Park Farmer's Market

    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.

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    albin polasek museum

    by doug48 Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    albin polasek museum

    the albin polasek museum and sculpture gardens is an interesting place to visit when in winter park. albin polasek was the head of the sculpture department at the art institute of chicago. he moved to winter park in 1949 where he painted and sculpted until his death in 1965. polasek is considered one of america's most prominent sculptors of the 20th century. his works are very simular to the works of the french sculptor auguste rodin. i had the opportunity to meet this interesting artist in the early 1960's and it was the inspiration for my visit to the rodin museum in paris fourty years later. a must see stop for those interested in sculpture and fine art when visiting winter park. the albin polasek house is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    winter park country club

    by doug48 Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    winter park country club

    this historic golf course was built in 1914 in downtown winter park. the legendary golfer sam snead would play here once a year in the 1950's and 1960's i had the opportunity to caddy for him back in 1965 and it was an interesting experience. once a 27 hole course it is now 9 holes. open to the public it is a great course for senior and junior golfers. a historical tidbit, your humble author of this tip was the winter park club champion in 1967. note: no tee times, first come, first serve. pictured is the club house which can be rented for private functions. the winter park country club is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    Leu Gardens

    by alancollins Updated Apr 7, 2014

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    The last time we went to Orlando the children were small and visiting gardens was not their thing. This time we were on our own and now we also appreciate gardens more than we did then. Leu Gardens have a wonderful history and it is a great place to wander around and soak up the beauty of the place. The tropical and semi-tropical gardens cover an area of 50 acres. The land was originally owned by the Mizell family and the first part of house which now serves as a museum was built on the land in 1888 and now consists of 11 rooms and contains furniture from that period. There are guided tours of the house every 30 minutes and you can sit on the shaded veranda whilst waiting for the next trip. Harry and Mary Leu purchased the gardens in 1936. The Leus enjoyed traveling around the world and brought back many exotic plants including camellias. The gardens now contain the third largest camellia collection in the United States and the largest in Florida. In 1961 the Leus donated the gardens to the City of Orlando who now manage them. Similar to other gardens in Europe this is a popular location for weddings in the grounds.
    There are no cafes or restaurants at Leu Gardens and none in the immediate vicinity. The only refreshments available are from vending machines. So be warned and bring a drink and food if you intend to stay a while.
    According to the website free admission is available the first Monday of the month.
    Leu Gardens are open daily from 0900 - 1700 but check the website as it does close early on the occasional day.

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    dinky dock

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    dinky dock park

    the dinky dock is one of winter park's numerious public parks. it offers a public beach and a picnic area. there is a boat ramp there but you must get a permit from the city to use it. located on lake virginia next to rollins college it is peaceful place to visit in downtown winter park.

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    casa feliz

    by doug48 Updated Sep 27, 2011

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    casa feliz

    the robert bruce barbour house also known as casa feliz is a historic home on the grounds of the winter park country club. originally located on lake osceola it was moved to it's present location a couple of years ago by the george saunders company which was quite a feat of engineering. the casa feliz is an interesting example of old florida spanish style architecture. today casa feliz can be rented for private functions. casa feliz is listed on the national register of historic places.
    the city of winter park's motto is the "city of homes". for more images of winter park homes and historic buildings see my winter park travelogues.

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    Winter Park Farmer's Market

    by SedonaDee Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    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.

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    colony theater

    by doug48 Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    colony building

    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.

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