Winter Park – Orlando

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I’m often asked what else there is to do in Orlando other than visiting theme parks. Well, the answer isn’t very easy because Orlando has a lot of things you can do and some of them don’t cost a fortune either! Yes, we do have a lot of touristy things here but we also have some fabulous treasures where you and your family can get out and about and enjoy some of the real Orlando.

For a start we have some great museums, places like Orlando Science Center or the Orlando Museum of Art… and then we have some interesting places to visit such as Winter Park… a place that is celebrated for its sense of place and history.

The city is home to Rollins College, Full Sail University, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass on Earth and the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Winter Park also enjoys more park space per capita than any other city in Florida.

Winter Park was founded as a resort destination by wealthy New England industrialists before the turn of the 20th century and it is recognized as the first centrally planned community in Florida; its main street includes not only public civic buildings and retail, but also art galleries, a private liberal arts college, museums, a park, a train station, a golf course country club, a historic cemetery, and a beach and boat launch. Many of its structures are more than 100 years old and the scenic Olde Winter Park area is punctuated by small, winding brick streets, and a canopy of old Southern Live Oak and Camphor trees, draped with Spanish Moss. The city draws thousands of visitors to annual festivals including the Bach Festival, the nationally ranked Sidewalk Art Festival, and the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.

It’s a wonderful place to visit when you’re in Orlando…check out this video I made to get a better sense of what the city is about…

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