Winter Park Travel Guide

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Winter Park Things to Do

  • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

    We have been on one of the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours before, though it seems that the boats can travel a long faster than on the previous trip. We went on a Sunday so it was busy but the company has a number of boats so this was no problem. The boats hold 18 passengers each and you are allocated to a particular boat in what seems to be a system...

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  • Leu Gardens

    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...

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  • Art in the Gardens

    Otfinoski Sculptures are seven metal sculptures were commissioned for the Leu Gardens’ Idea Garden. One of them is the Girl Flying a Kite and another one was a girl and her mother.More realistic are the Citrus WorkersAnd then there was a huge windvane in the shape of a grasshopper

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  • Harry P. Leu Gardens - Overall

    Because the other things I wanted to do were not open until ten or noon, we went to the Leu Gardens in the morning. We drove there with me using three maps each with different information. Fortunately when we got close, there were signs pointing to the site, and when we got there (about 9:15), I was surprised to see people directing us to parking...

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  • Leu House Museum

    The Leu House in the middle of the gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places (Mizell-Leu Historic District). Guided tours of the Leu House, illustrating turn-of-the-20th century Florida living, are available on the hour and the half hour daily from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Tours last about 20 minutes. The house is closed the month of July and...

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  • Leu Enabling Garden

    One of the gardens sections which was very interesting was the Enabling Garden which used raised beds. It demonstrated the latest trends including textured and fragrant plants and multi-colored paving. Raised beds allow gardeners to care for the garden more easily with little bending, stooping or reaching. A level grade, firm surface, good drainage...

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  • Parks, Colleges and Museums from a Boat

    The tour guide pointed out various parks (such as Dinky Dock Park) and also the Albin Polasek Museum, and the campus of Rollins College and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. We only saw these from the water, but if you had time, they would be interesting to visit on land.

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  • Expensive Waterfront Property

    The only way to really see the opulent private homes and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores is either by taking a pontoon boat cruise (which we did) or renting a boat or bringing your own boat. This exclusive properties can't really be appreciated from land.Daily 10:00am through 4:00pm (Except Christmas) Tours Depart on the Hour!Adults -...

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  • Canal Trip - But Not in Venice

    I saw that there were boat rides around the Winter Park Area which is billed as "The Venice of America".and I decided that would be a good thing to do. The boat rides were every hour on the hour. We found a place near the boat dock, and had to decide whether to wait 40 minutes for the next tour, or go and eat and not have a place to park when we...

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  • winter park welcome center

    a good first stop on a visit to winter park is the welcome center. here you can get information on winter park's museums, parks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightlife. for those interested in architecture and history the winter park historical museum is a short walk from the welcome center.

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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...

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  • lake island park

    lake island park is located on denning ave. between morse blvd. and fairbanks ave. this nice public park offers baseball and soccer fields, walking and jogging paths, and a childrens play area. located next to lake island park is the famous winter park sink hole. in may 1981 a huge sink hole opened up and consumed part of a import car dealership, a...

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Winter Park Restaurants

  • sushi in winter park

    wazzabi is an excellent japanese steakhouse and sushi bar in winter park. they offer a full liquor bar and an outside dining deck. very good japanese food at moderate prices. one of the best japanese restaurants in the orlando area.

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  • French Cuisine

    Chez Vincent is a must for lovers of French Food in the Orlando area. Located in Winter Park, the service here is top notch and the food is very good. I'm certainly not an expert on French food but every time I have been here has been memorable. Reservations are suggested. I have loved everything I had here, especially the chicken dishes.

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  • In a Garden Courtyard

    I ate in the garden courtyard, on a pleasant Orlando November evening. The inside was pleasantly decorated, with white table clothes. Drink specials: Tues - 2 for 1 Well Drinks, Wed - $3 House Wines, Thu - Ladies Night-Ladies Drink Free House Wines and Well Drinks with Purchase of Entree or Appetizer. I came on a Wednesday. I started off with a...

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  • Turkish Delight

    I ate on the patio, on a pleasant Orlando evening, so did not see the inside decor. The patio has about 12 tables. A lengthy selection of authentic Turkish specialties is available in this family run restaurants. Open every day for lunch and dinner. I started with the Red Lentil Soup (Ezo Gelin), blend of red lentil beans, turkish seasonings and...

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  • Authentic Spain

    You will think you are in Spain: Spanish ambiance and decor, and specialities from Spain. Just like the restaurants I ate in, in Spain. The waitor was attentive, soup bowl removed when finished, wine refill when needed, dinner dishes removed when finished with dessert and coffee offered. The first restaurant in which I was able to order a paella...

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  • You Must Try These Cuban Sandwiches!

    This is a little sweet Cuban deli that creates one of the best Cuban Sandwiches I've ever had, and I LOVE Cuban sandwiches! It only has some stool seats along the front window and left wall. No tables available, but most people buy and take out anyway. The owner, Andres, is warm and welcoming.They have daily specials, and prices are all reasonable....

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  • bar-b-que

    the 4 rivers smoke house is new texas style bar-b-que deli located on fairbanks ave. west of downtown winter park. this new bar-b-que deli recently opened with rave reviews and long lines. 4 rivers smoke house specializes in brisket, texas sausage, and st. louis style ribs. this deli style restaurant is take out only but they have picnic tables in...

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  • One of my favorite places

    One of my favorite spots to sit and have a cup of coffee or a delicious sandwich. Palmano's is a true success story. Owned by Richie and Teresa Palmano, it started as a small coffee roaster that was hard to find, but once you did, you entered an amazing courtyard with just a few tables. It was a fantastic secret. Such a wonderful place to enjoy...

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  • gastro pub

    the ravenous pig is a new gastro pub located on orlando ave in winter park. they offer a varied menu of meat and seafood dishes. the ravenous pig brews their own micro beers and has a full bar and an extensive wine list. very good food moderately priced. it is currently on the florida trend list of the twenty best restaurants in the state of...

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Winter Park Nightlife

  • irish pub

    mc raney's is a nice replica irish pub on fairbanks ave about a mile west of downtown winter park. mc raney's offers a good draugh beer selection with beers from ireland, england, and germany. in the evenings they offer live music for the 20 something crowd. up date mc raney's is now closed. casual.

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  • great music

    the red fox lounge is located in the mount vernon motel in winter park. it is one of the most unique entertainment venues in central florida. the red fox has hosted the mark and lorna show for the last 20 years. mark and lorna sing songs from the 1940's through the 1970's. the crowd is a mixture of young and elderly people. if you like easy...

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  • to see and be seen

    luma on park is an upscale restaurant and bar on park ave. in downtown winter park. this is really a combination restaurant and nightlife tip. luma on park is an excellent restaurant. the bar at luma is where the upscale crowd goes on friday and saturday nights. the lounge has a contemporary decor with comfortable leather booths. the place in...

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  • hidden gem NOW CLOSED

    Update: both Ballard and Corum and Redlight, Redlight have sadly closedUpdate: They changed owners and their name (to Redlight,Redlight) and became one of the most respected bars in the Orlando area, serving a huge selection of REAL beer (no Bud Light here ) and having regular events. Well, The City of Winter Park would have none of this and...

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  • for the connoisseur

    the wine room is an interesting place to visit on park ave. in downtown winter park. to start you purchase a wine room "debit" card which gives you access to their automated wine pouring machines. the wine room has a number of kiosks where you can select a one ounce glass of wine to sample. if you find a sample you like you can purchase a bottle...

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  • popular bar

    the chessecake factory is a national restaurant chain with a location in the winter park village shopping center. i am posting this as a nightlfe tip because the bar at the cheesecake factory is very popular with winter park locals. for single visitors to winter park this may be worth a stop. business casual.

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Winter Park Local Customs

  • art festival free concerts

    during the annual winter park sidewalk art festival they offer free outdoor concerts. the concerts are a mix of classical, jazz, and rock music. another reason to attend this interesting event. the concerts are located in the north end of central park on park ave.

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  • winter park sidewalk art festival

    every march the city of winter park hosts the annual winter park sidewalk art festival on park ave downtown. over 250,000 people come to winter park to attend this three day event. the art festival showcases the works of artists from all over the country and has a section devoted children's art from local area schools. 2009 was the 50 th...

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Winter Park Warnings and Dangers

  • NO Wake

    There are all kinds of signs telling boaters what they can and can't doIdle Speed - No Wake Strictly EnforcedNO SwimmingNO MooringNo Wave Jumping (for PWC operators)Do not LitterPlease be courteous and Obey all Traffic Rules. If you encounter other boats in a canal, boats closest to the mouth of passing area must back up.Speed Limit Day 40 mphNight...

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  • speeding will cost you

    the whole city of winter park is speed trap. most of the streets in winter park have a 25 mph limit. obey the speed limit and you will have no problem but be aware that there are speed traps all over the city. school zones are especially well patroled.

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Winter Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Estate Sale Mecca!

    Spend a Saturday morning wandering through the masses of Estate Sales that are going on during the weekend in Winter Park.The neighborhoods are lined with big shady trees and the homes on the well maintained streets are cozy and grand. We have never been disappointed with our good deals!

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  • Azalea Garden

    I guess it's technically called Kraft Azalea Garden, but everyone calls it Azalea Garden. It's located next to the Rollins College boathouse. If you were to attend a Rollins rowing event, you would be standing in Azalea Garden while waiting at the finish line. It's a peaceful place with a pretty view, although it was cloudy when I took the photos,...

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