Sunday, November 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

City Travel Guide to Winter Park Florida

Winter park is an amazing city that provides a lot of fun for everyone. With plenty to see, eat and shop around its many boutiques around Park Avenue, you will never want to leave.

Winter Park
History
Winter Park was founded as a resort community by business figures in the late 19th to early 20th century. Its main street includes civic buildings, art galleries and a private arts college and a historic cemetery.
30 THOUSAND People
Winter Park is a city known for abundant outdoor spaces like the abounding Central Park. Located near Orlando, Park Avenue offers fine dining, over 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, & museums.
Nearest Airport
Orlando International (MCO)
Winter Park is served primarily by Orlando International Airport, located 37 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: ~17°C (63°F)
    November - March
Links to Festivals and Events
  • Dinner on the Avenue
  • Dinner on the Avenue, a unique, fun-filled dining experience that has become the social event of the year. Gather a table of friends, family, co-workers or neighbors to dine under the stars on beautiful Park Avenue.
  • Winter in the Park
  • Join in the tradition of Winter Park holiday festivities as Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a tree lighting, carolers, snowmaking, and a visit from Santa.
  • Autumn Art Festival
  • Fine Art, Florida, Family Fun The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists.
  • Christmas Parade
  • Each year the parade travels down Park Avenue. More than 100 organizations participate including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, and, of course, Santa Claus.
  • Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll
  • Spend the evening visiting your favorite Park Avenue area shops and restaurants. Discover new merchants, check out the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menu items and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres along the way.
  • Taste of Winter Park
  • Taste of Winter Park showcases more than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners for a fun evening. All-inclusive tickets feature unlimited samples of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and decadent desserts.
Farther Afield
Hidden Gems
  • Scenic Boat Tour
  • Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park is an 18 passenger pontoon boat ride on the pristine Winter Park chain of Lakes. Tours available for individuals and g
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
  • The Morse Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art gl
  • The Wine Room on Park Avenue
  • The Wine Room offers over 156 hand-selected wines that can be sampled by a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispensing machines.
  • The Winter Park Playhouse
  • Founded in 2002, The Winter Park Playhouse is Central Florida's only professional musical theatre and one of few in the state.

Winter Park is a city known for abundant outdoor spaces like the abounding Central Park. Located near Orlando, Park Avenue offers fine dining, over 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, & museums. The population of Winter Park is approximately 30 thousand people.

Winter Park was founded as a resort community by business figures in the late 19th to early 20th century. Its main street includes civic buildings, art galleries and a private arts college and a historic cemetery.

The nearest airport serving Winter Park is Orlando International (MCO). Winter Park is served primarily by Orlando International Airport, located 37 minutes to the south. Orlando Sanford International Airport, to the north, also serves the area.

Winter Park 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 ~17°C (63°F).

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

Nearby attractions offer visitors a great day trip from Winter Park.

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

  • Scenic Boat Tour – Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park is an 18 passenger pontoon boat ride on the pristine Winter Park chain of Lakes. Tours available for individuals and g
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art – The Morse Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art gl
  • The Wine Room on Park Avenue – The Wine Room offers over 156 hand-selected wines that can be sampled by a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispensing machines.
  • The Winter Park Playhouse – Founded in 2002, The Winter Park Playhouse is Central Florida's only professional musical theatre and one of few in the state.

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 Winter Park restaurants for a tasty dining experience.

  • Hillstone Restaurant – Hillstone restaurants seek to enliven the senses through inspired settings, graceful service, and cuisine that simply tastes delicious.
  • Prato Winter Park – Stylish Winter Park Authentic Italian Restaurant offering modern takes on classic dishes in rustic-chic surrounds. Great for lunch or late night.
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Delicious food, nice ambience, good service. Authentic Turkish Restaurant in the heart of Winter Park and close to Orlando, Florida.
  • Luma on Park – Showcasing progressive American cuisine, daily menu updates and one of the most extensive wine lists in Central Florida.
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse – Come in for a drink and stay to enjoy an exceptional menu of steak and seafood, including chef-recommended selections such as our new Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye.
  • Ethos Vegan Kitchen – Central Florida's premiere vegan restaurant, laid-back vegan & bar in a large, loftlike space with brick, exposed beams & a patio.

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

  • Villas of Grand Cypress – The Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando is a luxury golf resort featuring luxury accommodations, golf, dining options, golf academy, meeting spaces and more.
  • Park Plaza Hotel – The endlessly inviting Park Plaza Hotel is a European style retreat nestled in the heart of Winter Park's chic Park Avenue district.
  • The Alfond Inn – The award-winning Alfond Inn is a Boutique Hotel in Winter Park, FL with 112 luxury rooms and downtown Winter Park's famous Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant.

Winter park is host to many events throughout the year, from farmer markets to art and holiday festivals. Winter park draws huge crowds on holidays so be sure to come early to secure a decent parking spot. Also there is the train station as an alternative. Winter park features many Fine Arts Museum shows antiquities and contemporary works. With so many hidden gems (including a few residents secret) to list, make sure you ask friendly locals about them so you dont miss out on all Winter park has to offer.


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