25 Things to See & Do

    Park Avenue and the surrounding Winter Park community offer residents and visitors a variety of activities. From enjoying one of our local parks and exploring a museum, to dining al fresco and attempting to paddle board, the Park Avenue area is rich in exceptional experiences.


    1. Park Avenue Shopping District

    The centerpiece of a lavish winter retreat since 1887, Park Avenue has long been the place for a relaxing stroll in elegant surroundings. Experience a unique destination for fine dining, fashion, and art in one of Florida’s most unique and flourishing communities. Bordered by a shady park that plays host to concerts and art festivals, Park Avenue is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and well-known shops, sidewalk cafes and fine dining restaurants, as well as world-renowned art collections in the area’s museums.

    Downtown Winter Park’s charm is magnified in the truly unique details: hidden gardens and side streets that are home to locally-owned shops, a farmers’ market that attracts both locals and visitors alike each Saturday morning, festive parades that mark the seasons and a scenic boat tour that cruises the canals between the City’s lakes overlooking the area’s most prestigious homes. Often called “Little Europe,” Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park is a year round destination that is sure to charm visitors of all ages. 



    2. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). The Museum’s Tiffany collection includes jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps, and the chapel interior the artist designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

    The newest wing of the Morse Museum, which opened in February 2011, provides long-term public access to a collection of art and architectural objects from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year with the exception of some major holidays. To plan your visit and for more information, click here.


    3. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

    Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is home to a fine art collection focusing primarily on American representational sculpture, with over 200 works by Czech-born American sculptor, Albin Polasek.

    The museum also offers guided tours of the historic Polasek residence and chapel, an outdoor sculpture garden and a gift shop.  In addition, the museum hosts cultural events throughout the year, such as the Winter Park Paint Out in the spring and a Chamber Concert Series in the winter. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year.  To plan your visit and for more information, click here.


    4. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

    The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour is an 18-passenger pontoon boat ride on the pristine Winter Park chain of lakes. The tour offers hour-
    long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two man made canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.

    Every tour guarantees plenty of swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns and a variety of flourishing
    sub-tropical flowers. You will also experience breathtaking views of opulent private homes and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores. Tour guides are sure to point out sights of Rollins College, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Kraft Azalea Gardens, and more. Tours are available for
    individuals, groups and private events throughout the year. To learn more about the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, click here.


    5.  Culinary Excursion: Dining on Park Avenue

    Park Avenue’s eateries offer something to suit every taste, especially foodies! This culinary utopia is home to over 40 restaurants, including everything from ice cream shops to award-winning fine dining. It also boasts a variety of gourmet food stores where you can find everything from savory spices to sweet treats.

    Whether you are looking for brunch, lunch while shopping the Park Avenue District, or a special dinner with family and friends, Park Avenue provides a diverse mixture of cuisines. You’ll discover traditional French, Italian, Thai, Tex-Mex, Turkish and American dishes, as well as everything in between. There is even something to satisfy the vegan and vegetarian palate. Visiting later in the day? The area’s active culinary scene carries on late into the evening. Be sure to plan a stop at an upscale wine bar. For more information and to view a listing of Park Avenue dining options, click here.


    6. Central Park

    Central Park is the crown jewel of all the city’s parks. Conveniently located on Park Avenue in the heart of the downtown shopping district, this 11-acre park boasts shady oak trees, landscaped planters, sitting areas, open space and three beautiful fountains. There is even a rose garden at the southern corner of Central Park. The lush foliage and relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect environment for a picnic.

    The park welcomes visitors to the city that arrive by train and hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year, including the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter on the Avenue, the annual Pancake Breakfast before the Christmas Parade, and the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy this oasis of nature in the heart of Winter Park.  To learn more information about Central Park, click here.


    7. Winter Park Farmers’ Market

    The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is now held every Saturday morning at the West Meadow at the corner of New York and Morse Avenues. 

    The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community-gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more. For more information about the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, click here.


    8. Rollins College

    Located along the banks of Lake Virginia in the heart of Central Florida, the beautiful Rollins College campus encourages visitors to take advantage of Florida’s natural beauty and Winter Park’s history and charm. With its Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, lush grounds and gorgeous setting, Rollins was named one of the 50 Most Amazing College Campuses in 2011 by The Best Colleges, and the number one regional university in the South in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report.

    Feel free to stroll across the lush landscaped 80-acre campus through the beautiful rose garden or along the Walk of Fame containing more than 200 stones gathered from the birthplaces of influential cultural and historical figures. You'll also find a bronze statue of legendary television host Mr. Fred Rodgers, one of Rollins' most famous graduates. Take a relaxing walk on the lakeside walking trail, visit the Rollins Musem of Art or attend one of the many culturalsporting or educational events offered by Rollins College throughout the year. For more information and to plan your visit to Rollins College, click here.


    9. Rollins Museum of Art

    Set like a jewel on the Rollins College campus overlooking  beautiful Lake Virginia, the Rollins Museum of Art offers  visitors a sophisticated, intimate viewing experience in one of  the  nation’s most innovative college art museums. The richly  diverse art collection of the museum boasts more than 5,000  works and  is recognized as one of the largest and most  distinguished  collections in Florida.

    Original and traveling exhibitions change seasonally and feature outstanding works of art for all tastes, from the early Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary. The museum’s original exhibitions are drawn from a broad range of paintings, prints, drawing and sculpture. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year. To learn more about the museum and to plan your visit, click here.


    10.  Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

    Overlooking the golf course in the heart of Winter Park lies the historic Casa Feliz, beautifully restored Spanish farmhouse designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II. The exterior of the house and grounds provide a picture-perfect backdrop for weddings and parties. The rich textures of original Spanish roof tiles and whitewashed century-old bricks, a turret, a bell tower and a heavy timber balcony detailed in colors of the Mediterranean. The lush landscaping—courtyards, sweeping oaks, and native plants contained by ancient clay amphorae add to the historic beauty if the restored farmhouse.

    The rich detail of the interior of the house include the living room’s vaulted ceiling of massive hand-hewn beams; the heavily carved European antiques accenting each room; a Majolica-tiled interior courtyard and fountain; arched doorways and a circular staircase, all evoking 19th century Spain.  Casa Feliz offers tours on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and an open house on Sunday from 12 – 3 p.m. Other special events include Art at the Casa, Christmas at the Casa and the annual James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on Historic Preservation. For more information about Casa Feliz including upcoming events, click here.


    11. Winter Park History Museum

    Explore the interesting history of Winter Park at the Winter Park History Museum. The museum collects, preserves, promotes and researches the history of Winter Park and its surrounding area, and shares that history with the public through educational programs and the operation the museum. The museum is home to many collections of historical items relevant to the Winter Park community and also curates interesting exhibitions of Winter Park history. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, throughout the year. For more information about the Winter Park History Museum, click here.


    12. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

    The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States, as well as being Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization.  The Bach Festival Society is well known internationally and has enjoyed a long tradition of bringing world-class talent to Central Florida. 

    The auditioned all-volunteer Bach Festival Choir is the nucleus of the Bach Festival Society, with a membership of over 160 singers from all walks of life who share a love of great music.  Many members of the choir have music degrees or advanced musical training, serve as educators in the Central Florida area, or maintain active schedules as soloists in churches and other venues throughout the community. Others are simply brought to the choir by their love of music. To learn more about Bach Festival Society and upcoming performances, click here.


    13. Popcorn Flicks in the Park

    The City of Winter Park and Enzian Theater collaborate to produce the “Popcorn Flicks” cinema series in Winter Park. The series features classic films for the whole family to enjoy. Popcorn Flicks are usually held on the second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. (but may not start until sunset to provide an optimal viewing experience). The films are shown in Winter Park’s beautiful Central Park and are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and picnic or stop by one of our fabulous Winter Park restaurants to grab some snacks to go! To learn more information and to see a list of upcoming flicks, click here.


    14. Mead Botanical Garden

    It has been described as “an urban oasis, a refuge for wildlife, a  botanical garden emphasizing nature, sustainability and  environmental learning, and a place for contemplation,  celebration, and recreation." Mead Botanical Garden is located  just a few miles from the downtown business district. It is a  beautiful place to enjoy a lazy afternoon traversing the nature  trails or dipping your feet in the freshwater ponds. It is also an  excellent venue for intimate gatherings to celebrate special occasions or as a pleasant setting for any group collaboration. For more information about upcoming events, programs scheduled in the garden or to make reservations click here.


    15. Kraft Azalea Garden

    Kraft Azalea Garden is a serene 11-acre park just minutes from  the Park Avenue shopping district. The park is bordered by  beautiful Lake Maitland and offers benches for reading,  picnicking, or for simply enjoying a quiet relaxing time. There  are trails for short walks and a small dock that is ideal for  fishing. The garden is beautiful year round, but be sure to visit  in the months of January through March when the namesake  flowers are in bloom. Find out more about Kraft Azalea Garden by clicking here.


    16. Winter Park Golf Course

    The Winter Park Golf Course is the second oldest golf club in the Central Florida area. The golf course opened in 1914. It stretches through the downtown Winter Park area and provides a challenge to even the most experienced golfer. With its narrow, tree-lined fairways and postage stamp, bunker guarded greens, this course will provide a test for every shot in a golfers arsenal. Daily fees start at $15 to walk 9 holes for Winter Park residents and $18 to walk 9 holes for non-residents. For further information, call 407-599-3419 or click here.


    17. Shady Park

    Shady Park, centrally located in historical Hannibal Square next to the community center, features park benches and a tranquil sidewalk pathway. It is perfect for reading a book or hosting a special community event. Restrooms are located in the adjacent Community Center. To read more information about Shady Park, click here.


    18. The Alfond Inn

    The Alfond Inn contributes to Winter Park’s cultural and artistic reputation by housing a eclectic collection of contemporary art available for  viewing by the public. The collection is an extension of the Rollins Museum of Art and features over 240 paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works commemorating various impacting points in history. On Fridays, be sure to take advantage of the free docent-led tours available at 1 p.m.

    While experiencing these artistic proofs, feel free to indulge in the additional luxuries offered at the inn. Residents and visitors alike can dine in Hamilton’s Kitchen for holidays brunches and chef-inspired dinners or, attend special events like “Get Your Jazz On”. For more information about The Alfond Inn or to make a reservation, click here.


    19. Hannibal Square

    Visit Hannibal Square, a historic neighborhood located along New England Avenue two blocks west of Park Avenue, between Virginia and Pennsylvania avenues. Enjoy al fresco dining, stylish home furnishings, exciting boutiques, and unique gifts. While in the area, be sure to pamper yourself at some of the area’s top skin care spas and hair salons. For more information about historic Hannibal Square, click here.


    20. Cultural Walking Tour

    Take a self-guided walking tour of the City’s historical treasures, including more than a dozen different sites. The route begins near the historic  Winter Park Golf Club and heads south along Park Avenue calling attention to a  variety of museums and landmarks along the way. The map indicates  opportunities  to head west to Hannibal Square, east to the public library and  south to Rollins  College, home to the Annie Russell Theatre, Knowles Memorial  Chapel and Cornell  Fine Arts Museum. Download your guide by clicking here.


    21. Alfond Boat House and Dinky Dock

    Dinky Dock sits on Lake Virginia, a 224-acre lake in the Winter Park Chain of Lakes.  Now a public park, the area used to be the site of the depot for the Winter Park-Orlando Railroad. Nicknamed the “Dinky Line” for its fragility, the railroad opened on January 2, 1889. The fare from Winter Park to Orlando was 15 cents, and the trip measured six miles and took half an hour. The depot was removed in 1967. But look for a monument, a little to the west of Dinky Dock on Lake Virginia, that marks where the train station once stood.

    Today, the dock offers boat access to the beautiful Lake Virginia and the Winter Park chain of lakes. Boaters launching at Dinky Dock may navigate through canals connecting five lakes: Lake Virginia, Lake Osceola, Lake Maitland, Lake Mizell and Lake Minneola.  Learn more information about Dinky Dock by clicking here.


    22.  Winter Park Library

    The new Winter Park Library, designed by world-renowned artist and architect Sir David Adjaye, opened in 2021 next to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This new landmark offers a variety of amenities to residents and visitors, including a studio for audio and video production, a library commons, private study rooms, a computer lab, a 3D printer, arts and crafts room, bikes you can check out, and much more.  A collection of over 280,000 books, audiobooks, music cassettes and CDs, videos, DVDs, and eBooks are available, including the newest large-print books, fiction, and non-fiction books, and audiovisual titles which are displayed on the first floor. The Children’s Library offers a good selection of books, audiotapes, music, computer software, videos, and DVDs for young children, kids, and teenagers. The library offers a wide range of story times and special events for kids of all ages.

    Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Betsy Gardner Eckbert interviewed Sir Adjaye. To watch this interview, click here. The library is open to the public Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sundays. For more information about Winter Park Library, click here.


    23. Winter Park Playhouse

    The Winter Park Playhouse is Central Florida’s only professional musical theater dedicated to producing musical comedies, revues and cabarets. Located just blocks from Park Avenue, an evening at the Winter Park Playhouse provides quality entertainment in an intimate setting.  Performances are offered year-round. The Mainstage series features seven light-hearted musical comedies and revues that are from Broadway or Off-Broadway. The Spotlight Cabaret Series is a monthly series featuring a different professional singer in an intimate setting. Visit the online box office to view what’s playing and to book your seat by clicking here.


    24. Central Florida Community Arts

    After years of music-making, the founders of Central Florida Community Arts, Joshua Vickery and Jonathan Cole, came to the realization that Central Florida does not offer many cultural platforms for ALL musicians to use their talents. Therefore, in September of 2010, they decided to begin the journey of creating an incredible community arts program. They began reaching out to influential people in the Central Florida area and every one of them responded with overwhelming support – thus, Central Florida Community Arts was born. Since then, many people have been working hard to make this dream become a reality.

    After a successful kick off in February 2011, CFCArts performed their inaugural concert to over 1,200 people in May of 2011, with a choir of over 130 singers and an orchestra of over 35 players. That community choir has since grown into several separately-themed choirs with over 500 members total and their per-concert audience has grown to upwards of 5,000 patrons. To learn more about upcoming performances and events, click here.


    25.  Special Events

    Winter Park and its downtown area offers a robust events calendar, ensuring there is always something happening on the Avenue! Signature events like the Autumn Art Festival, the spring Sidewalk Art Festival, Sip, Shop & Stroll, and Best of Winter Park celebration delight both residents and visitors alike. Traditional memories are made during the holiday season with events including the annual Christmas tree lighting during Winter on the Avenue, the annualChristmas Parade, and the lighting of the Tiffany windows in Central Park hosted by the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum. Your experience in Winter Park is not complete without joining in on the fun! To learn more about upcoming Winter Park events, click here.


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    Self-Parking Options (see parking map):

    On-street parking is available for up to 3 hours.

    Free 4-hour parking is available in municipal parking lots within one block of Park Avenue.

    North Park Avenue garage offers complimentary parking on 4th & 5th floors only (4-hour parking).

    South Park Avenue garage (Truist Parking Garage) offers paid parking by the hour.

    Valet Parking Options: Complimentary valet available at New England & Park avenues. Additional valet locations available across from Cocina 214 (along Welbourne Avenue) and at Prato (North Park Avenue).


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    151 W. Lyman Avenue
    Winter Park, Florida 32789

    Phone: (407) 644-8281