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For a wonderful day out in a quaint America town, why not head to Winter Park. It is located north of Orlando (about 35 minute drive from Disney area (east on I95)).
Winter Park with its shops, restaurants, parks, lake and museum is now an art and culture place, varied in contrast with its old purpose of a winter retreat. It also hosts a weekly Farmers Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm.
Why not start your day with a trip to the cute little eatery “Briar Patch” located at 252 North Park Avenue. Its breakfasts are outstanding and will definitely prepare you for the day ahead (can highly recommend the blueberry pancakes). The location is on the main street and the outside seating gives you chance to sit outside and watch the world go by, people watch and enjoy the procession of visitors of different ages from all over the world. If you don’t get chance for breakfast try their fantastic ice cream or something sweet from their bakery.
Don’t worry there are plenty of shops to help you burn off your Briar Patch breakfast. The main street (Park Avenue) itself boasts over 100 shops and restaurants and is filled from top to toe with little boutiques, jewellers, cosmetics and speciality shops. Two blocks west of Park Avenue, you will find Hannibal Square, this hosts designer fashions, tasteful gifts, art and some chic homes stores…don’t forget your credit card.
If you still have energy left after the shops why not head for a bit of culture. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is also located on 455 North Park Ave (closed Mondays). Admission is $5 per adult and free for children under 12 (all visitors are free Fridays 4-8pm from November to April).
There is also the outdoor Albin Polasak Museum and outdoor Sculpture gardens. Admission $5- www. polasek. org. Or why not take a stroll around Mead Botanical Gardens http://meadgarden. org/visit
Feeling a little more lethargic why not take the Winter Park Scenic boat tour. The tour is an hour long and the guided tour takes you on a pontoon boat through 7 lakes and 2 man made canals. You will get to see the lush Florida landscape and some amazing lakeside homes. Visit scenicboattours. com. for more details.
On the second Thursday of each month, visit the “popcorn flicks”. Golden Oldies for the whole family are shown in Winter Parks “Central Park” and are free. Don’t forget to take a blanket and your popcorn.
For those who prefer their entertainment to be live, there is also the Annie Russell Theatre or the Winter Park Playhouse
All pricing information correct as at December 2012.
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