Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

City Travel Guide to Altamonte Springs Florida

Visitors to Altamonte Springs, Florida will find a bustling suburban city full of things to see and do. Uptown Altamonte offers a walkable shopping and dining quarter while Sun Rail offers service to other communities in Central Florida. Cranes Roost Park is the center of lively festivals and events year round.

Altamonte Springs
History
Originally known as “Snowville,” Altamonte Springs, attracted visitors escaping northern winters in the 1880’s with a train station and hotel. The town incorporated in 1921.
41 Thousand People
Altamonte Springs is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida. Located north of Orlando, the city's Uptown Altamonte offers a vibrant entertainment and dining destination.
Nearest Airport
Orlando International (MCO)
Altamonte Springs is served primarily by Orlando International Airport, located 30 minutes to the south. Orlando Sanford International Airport, to the north, also serves the area.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~25°C (77°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~28°C (82°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~23°C (73°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~16°C (61°F)
    November - March
Links to Festivals and Events
  • Light Up the Holidays
  • The City of Altamonte Springs, Duke Energy and Magic 107.7 light up Cranes Roost Park with fireworks, Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides, holiday performances and more.
  • Beer & Bacon Festival
  • The Beer, Bacon, & BBQ Festival pays homage to the glorious pig and the tastiest craft brews! Orlando’s yummiest restaurants serve bacon and BBQ inspired eats!
  • Great Orlando Craft Beer Festival
  • Sample a variety of styles of beers and check out new breweries at Great Orlando Craft Beer Festival.
  • A Petrified Forest
  • A Petrified Forest is one of the highest rated Halloween events in the Central Florida. Walk through the haunted scare trail, if you dare.
  • Art Craft & Wine Festival
  • This festival features 150+ talented artists and crafters offering original and unique items. Setting this event apart from other art and craft shows is the special Wine Stroll.
  • FOOD TRUCK WARS
  • Food choices include everything from Greek to Mexican to lobster and everything in between. And, don’t forget dessert!
Farther Afield
Hidden Gems
  • Wekiva Springs
  • Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, this park offers a glimpse unspoiled Central Florida natural beauty
  • Spring Hammock Preserve
  • Spring Hammock Preserve is a 1,500-acre natural area that includes Soldier's Creek Park, Big Tree Park, and the Environmental Studies Center.
  • Altamonte Chapel
  • Built in 1885, this quaint chapel is an active church as well as a popular wedding venue
  • Lake Lotus Nature Park
  • Considered an “outdoor classroom,” Lake Lotus Park features a unique ecosystem with more than 100 protected acres of diverse, natural Florida habitat

Altamonte Springs is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida. Located north of Orlando, the city's Uptown Altamonte offers a vibrant entertainment and dining destination. The population of Altamonte Springs is approximately 41 thousand people.

Originally known as “Snowville,” Altamonte Springs, attracted visitors escaping northern winters in the 1880’s with a train station and hotel. The town incorporated in 1921.

The nearest airport serving Altamonte Springs is Orlando International (MCO). This airport lies 30 minutes to the south. Orlando Sanford International Airport, to the north, also serves the area.

Altamonte Springs experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~25°C (77°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~28°C (82°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~23°C (73°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~16°C (61°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Altamonte Springs.

Nearby attractions offer visitors a great day trip from Altamonte Springs.

These hidden gems are local favorites you don't want to miss.

  • Wekiva Springs – Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, this park offers a glimpse unspoiled Central Florida natural beauty
  • Spring Hammock Preserve – Spring Hammock Preserve is a 1,500-acre natural area that includes Soldier's Creek Park, Big Tree Park, and the Environmental Studies Center.
  • Altamonte Chapel – Built in 1885, this quaint chapel is an active church as well as a popular wedding venue
  • Lake Lotus Nature Park – Considered an “outdoor classroom,” Lake Lotus Park features a unique ecosystem with more than 100 protected acres of diverse, natural Florida habitat

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Try one (or all) of these great Altamonte Springs restaurants for a tasty dining experience.

  • Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen – Colorful eatery offering gumbo, fried crawfish & other classic Cajun-Creole dishes, plus cocktails.
  • Cafe Murano – Italian classics served in rustic digs with exposed stone walls, a patio & occasional live music.
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Chefs put on a show at this Japanese chain offering hibachi items, traditional dishes & sushi.
  • Zaza New Cuban Diner – Zazas provides you with authentic Latin cuisine, fresh, flavorful coffee and superb service.
  • Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza – Casual chain serving charred-crust pies, plus wings, subs & Italian plates in a modern setting.
  • Seasons 52 – Seasons 52 delivers a sophisticated atmosphere, seasonal menu, and fresh ingredients, delivering menu items that are naturally lighter.

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Altamonte Springs has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton – Set on the shores of Cranes Roost Lake, this warm, suburban all-suite hotel with a garden atrium is 10 miles from downtown Orlando.
  • Hilton Orlando – This contemporary hotel, off Interstate 4, is 1 mile from Altamonte Mall and 10 miles from downtown Orlando.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites – Off Interstate 4, this straightforward hotel is 7.5 miles from Mead Botanical Garden and Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Altamonte Springs is a "big" small city with amenities and events that draw visitors from the surrounding area and beyond. Its parks offer natural beauty and outdoor activities while its shopping and dining options make it an entertainment destination. Its proximity to the Orlando theme parks as well as the Atlantic beaches make it a great option for Florida visitors.


6 Comments

  1. Bondi Wane
    September 8, 2017 - 3:44 am

    My family lives in Florida, but I work in a very far place. I value them and we spend good time anytime I visit home. The last time I visited home, we went to Altamonte Springs and attended the Beer & Bacon festival. Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend the Food Truck Wars due to the limited resources we had. Anyway, we’ll soon be there again.

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  2. Halyna R.
    September 8, 2017 - 8:56 am

    Thank you for the list of festivals and events! That’s something to look forward to. I just checked the links and looks like all of the festivals are upcoming this autumn, except for the first one. Santa’s time to shine will be in December. Food Truck Wars is on September 23 so if anyone wants to visit it, you’d better start making plans asap! Too bad I won’t make it this year. The Art Craft & Wine Festival sounds very tempting. Well, there’s still next year, so I’ll put it on my destinations…

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  3. Ronald Kevin
    September 9, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    Altamonte Springs… So many festivals that kept drawing me to Florida. Each time I take my to-visit list, the arrays of events attached to this city do make me want to visit. I’m sure going to be there soon, at least to see the food war. It sounds good to my curiosity.

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  4. Kelly
    September 10, 2017 - 3:36 pm

    I can’t say I’ve ever been before, but I have heard great things about cycling in that area. I think there are also a lot of yoga retreats, which I assume means lots of vegetarian options (I’m a vegetarian and I love food – so I generally love places that have great vegetarian options).

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  5. Richard G.
    September 12, 2017 - 6:33 pm

    Nice community! Great office staff. Very quiet. And I loooooove the apartments themselves. Super upgraded.

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  6. Caitlin
    September 30, 2017 - 6:41 pm

    Florida is one of the most beautiful places to visit in North America and there is quite a lot to do while you’re there! Altamonte Springs sounds like an interesting place with some great historical monuments and scenery in and of itself, but you can’t ignore the proximity to Orlando and all of the adventures to be had there. I have heard some great tales of the Cuban cuisine to be sampled throughout the peninsula and that, in particular, is a very great attraction to me. It definitely has…

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