Find the Best Things to Do in Thornton Park

About Thornton Park

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Here, you’ll find sidewalk shops and Craftsman-style bungalows, all just a few blocks from the heart of downtown. Walk the cobblestone streets and pass eateries with live music. It’s relaxed, hip and urban; there’s always something beautiful to look at whether it’s the people or the architecture. The best part is the proximity of all the culture and food spots within walking distance.

See & Do

CityArts is downtown’s largest collective of art galleries where guests will find local and international works of art. The best part is, admission is free Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a dose of comedy while you’re at it, check out SAK Comedy Lab where laughter reigns supreme. It’s a place where a small cadre of comedic geniuses, like Wayne Brady, got their start.

With all that said, the real draw here is a massive body of water smack dab in the city’s center. Lake Eola, the area’s ultimate landmark is a peaceful retreat. Joggers trot the nearly milelong loop around the lake. Yoga gurus practice contortion-like stretches. Toddlers toss bread crumbs to the swans. On Sundays the place buzzes with the popular farmers market. With so much to do in this section of town, it’s impossible to get bored.

Eat

Beyond the gigantic burritos at Tijuana Flats (8 N. Summerlin Ave.; 407.649-8063; tijuanaflats.com) is its famous hot bar featuring 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.

Stop into HUE for a cocktail and a menu of inventive American cuisine. When it comes time for dessert, order the chocolate soufflé topped with crème anglaise and fresh berries

Shop

Zou-Zou stocks designer lines like Nanette Lepore, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor and Ella Moss. It’s been featured in magazines such as Lucky, In-Style and Harpers Bazaar.