Orlando is not just for theme parks...
Orlando is home to more than 148 beautiful parks, gardens and recreational areas. Many within close proximity to the heart of the city. Why not glide across Lake Eola in a swan shaped paddleboat for a relaxing, low-key family activity. Or take in the Orlando Farmer's Market on Sundays- complete with fresh produce, garden plantings, prepared fresh foods and arts and crafts.
The arts come alive in this city! Whether you are interested in performing arts, museums, galleries, or any combination there of, prepare to be amazed by the acclaimed cultural offerings that are uniquely Orlando.
Several distinct neighborhoods surrounding downtown Orlando have become popular because of their close proximity, historical charm, character and lifestyle offering.
Deriving its name from the many streets within its bounds that were named for institutions of higher learning, such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale. College Park has been a popular area for over a century among seniors and young professionals. Here you will find brick paved streets lined with a canopy of old oaks, quaint shops, convenience and Dubsdread Golf Course, considered one of the top public golf courses in Orlando.
Just a few miles from downtown Orlando is this picturesque community with traditional homes built between the 1920's and the 1960's with a few scatterings of new homes mixed in. Brick streets, established lawns, a beautiful park and access to a 43 acre lake enhance its attraction.
Designated a local historic district in 1981 the Lake Cherokee Historic district consists of 16 square blocks of residences and 2 schools. Five homes were built by newlyweds along the shoreline of what was formerly known as Lake Minnee. The enclave became known as "Honeymoon Row". Here you will find homes of many architectural styles from Victorian Queen Anne's to Craftsman Bungalows.
Lake Eola Heights
As Orlando has evolved from a small City centered on the citrus industry to the rapidly growing metropolis we see today, Lake Eola remains an unchanging emblem of Downtown Orlando. It is surrounded by the dining and shopping of Thornton Park, South Eola District and the Central Business District, truly making Lake Eola the center of Downtown. This historical district maintains the charm and style of the past but adds the culture and appeal of city life.
This trendy and culturally rich neighborhood is located just 1 mile east of the heart of downtown Orlando and a short walk to Lake Eola Park. Thornton Park was first settled in the early 1900's. This suburb features boutique shops, unique restaurants and historical homes and landmarks.