Welcome to Winter Park
Winter Park, Florida, is a large Orlando suburb north of downtown. The community is full of pristine lakes, including Lake Virginia, Lake Baldwin, Lake Killarney, and Lake Maitland. The area is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces like lakefront parks and golf courses. Winter Park is also home to art museums and sculpture gardens. The community was established in the 1880s when it was founded as a resort community. The town quickly became a mecca for wealthy Northerners seeking an escape from the cold winter climate and unfavorable weather conditions.
Many historic buildings from this time still line the brick-paved streets, adding to the town’s unique charm. The resort vibe remains, and the town has transformed into a thriving city that continues to attract visitors and residents with its beautiful parks, cultural institutions, and vibrant downtown area.
What to Love
- Close to downtown Orlando and iconic attractions
- Stately homes and peaceful neighborhoods
- Beautiful museums and a focus on art and culture
- Lakefront living and exciting outdoor activities
Winter Park, Florida, has a laid-back and luxurious lifestyle. The community is known for its beautiful and spacious homes that are nestled under the shade of mature oak trees. Winter Park provides a welcoming atmosphere with many fun events and festivals. With its outdoor activities like paddleboarding on Lake Virginia or taking a stroll through the farmers’ market on Saturdays, Winter Park provides opportunities for an active lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is a luxury dining experience and an award-winning Orlando steakhouse. The restaurant is celebrating 30 years in the community and continues to present the highest quality meat and seafood, including imported cold-water lobster and local fish. It also boasts more than 4,500 wine labels and rentable wine lockers to correctly age wine. The Ravenous Pig is an upscale gastropub with a beautiful beer garden and on-site brewery. The main dining room features a long bar, beautiful wood floors, and an industrial vibe with exposed ceilings. Outside, guests can dine in the shaded beer garden decorated with string lights and casual seating.
Kadence is a renowned sushi and sake bar available with reservations only. The menu features incredible chef-designed courses focusing on land and sea animals. Winter Park Village is an upscale shopping and dining center with high-end boutiques like J. Jill and Kendra Scott. The center also features upscale residential lofts and a movie theater.
Things to Do
Mead Botanical Garden is a natural area spanning 47 acres in the vibrant urban community. The gardens are a peaceful space with hiking trails, a boardwalk, and a creek surrounded by pine trees and wildlife like plants, fish, turtles, and birds. Locals can explore the gardens and participate in events like yoga, plant sales, and educational programs. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art showcases the works by Louis Tiffany, including art glass, pottery, jewelry, and decorative art from the late 19th century. The museum also has lovely grounds and hosts annual events like Christmas in the Park and programs, including lectures and films.
The City of Winter Park maintains two spectacular golf courses, including Winter Park Golf Course and Winter Park Pines Golf Club. The Winter Park Golf Course is a nine-hole short game recently renovated to enhance the terrain. The club features an 18-hole golf-cart-friendly course with a large practice facility, including a driving range, practice greens, and a practice bunker.