Winter Park, one of Central Florida’s priciest zip codes, makes a great day trip from Orlando. A visit to this charming area, just north of The City Beautiful, provides a lesson in living well. One glimpse of locals - sauntering by flower boxes and fountains, dining alfresco or sampling wine - and you’ll understand why.
Winter Park Farmers Market — Photo courtesy of Winter Park Farmers Market
Any given Saturday you’ll find fresh-cut flowers, farm-fresh veggies and fresh ground coffee at the Winter Park Farmers Market. The market – housed around a weathered train depot – is completely outdoors, just a stone’s throw from Park Avenue shopping, and completely free to explore. With 16,000 square feet of farmers’ fare, you’ll work up an appetite faster than you can sip a gourmet soup, scarf down a savory crepe or gulp fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour — Photo courtesy of Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
After that, the Winter Park Scenic Boat Ride is another way to kick back and relax. Glide by towering cypress, tropical birds and magnificent mansions, including the residence of a former world champion whistler.
Tijana Flats — Photo courtesy of Tijana Flats
For lunch, visit Tijuana Flats to down a gigantic burrito. Sample from the famous hot bar if you dare; it features 12 rotating sauces ranging from sissy Key Lime Hot Sauce to death-wish Dave’s Gourmet Insanity Sauce. Keep in mind: the hotter the sauce, the better the bragging rights.
Jeremiahs Original Italian Ice — Photo courtesy of Jeremiahs Original Italian Ice
If you have room left, try Jeremiah’s Original Italian Ice. This popular spot serves up 40 flavors of homemade soft-serve ice cream and Italian ice. Some of the most mouth-watering include Tangy Green Apple, P-NUTTY and Scoop Froggy Frog (a delectable mint chocolate chip).
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art — Photo courtesy of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Include a stop at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art – which boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings and lamps – and you’ve got the perfect day.