Episode 82 – What to see and do in Winter Park, Florida

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If you live in or are planning to travel to the Winter Park area, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you occupied all season long. The city of Winter Park in central Florida is situated between downtown Orlando with a short drive to Tampa. It is known for its historic homes. From horseback riding and canoeing to biking and wine tours, it’s its not your typical small town. It’s easy to see why people flock here to have a good time and explore this excellent place. This city has plenty of entertainment options to keep you busy during a visit and the best part is, whether you’re looking to stay warm in the colder months or cool off in the warmer months, Winter Park has something exciting to offer everyone throughout the year.

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Winter Park is home to some of the best museums in Florida. The Rollins College Museum of Art is one of the most popular and houses the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany glasswork. If you like art, this should be at the top of your list. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is an outdoor sculpture museum that features the sculptures of Czech sculptor Albin Polasek, who has a personal connection with Winter Park as he moved there from Prague in 1908 after losing his children during the war. It’s a great place to visit any time of year as they have free admission every day! For those looking for something a little more interactive, AHA! If you’re traveling with kids or grandkids (or are just young at heart!), then a Saturday morning stroll through Mead Botanical Garden is the perfect place. It boasts over 150 acres of educational gardens including 15 different themed gardens such as the butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, and Japanese garden. Stop by the Orlando Science Center to learn about new technology, take a tour of Antarctica or experience how it feels like to fly. They also offer exhibits such as How To Hack Your Brain and Into Orbit where you can do everything from making solar observations and launching rockets. While visiting Leu Gardens, don’t forget to check out their 3D IMAX theater where you’ll find several short films about wildlife preservation around the globe – narrated by Harrison Ford! Visit the Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine Arts on Central Avenue in Eatonville, Florida. Explore the life and legacy of acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston through photos, artifacts, textiles and artwork; delve into her writings; read transcripts from interviews she conducted with African Americans living across the country; see her scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings she collected along her journey; examine her clothes worn while conducting field research—and so much more!


A great way to experience the Orlando area culture is through theater. If you’re looking for an immersive experience, Enzian is a great place to start. The theater is a cultural hub for art lovers and film enthusiasts alike, with movies screening almost every night of the year. The theater houses three independent theaters and a performance venue with a stage. They also have regular festivals, classes, and community events. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater has been producing professional quality plays since 1984. They are dedicated to cultivating both a theatrical tradition and creativity that reflects their diverse community as well as maintaining access to live theatre for all audiences. In just over 30 years they have created more than 220 productions including world premieres such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare which they have recently revived! The Annie Russel Theater is proud to be the longest-running theatre in Central Florida, with a season every year since 1932. Winter Park Playhouse is a classic professional theater that performs cabarets, musicals, and plays, and has a yearly New Musical Festival. They are a historic theater that adds a huge touch of class and history to the Winter Park Florida area.


Winter Park has some of the best shopping in the Central Florida area, with a variety of stores for every need. From upscale clothing boutiques to eclectic art shopsPark Avenue is the perfect place to shop in Winter Park. It features a wide array of different shops and boutiques that are all within walking distance and are sure to make any shopper feel right at home. Whether you’re looking for clothes, shoes, or even souvenirs, Park Avenue has it all!


In the heart of Winter Park is some of the best dining chock full of delicious food. Salty Donuts is a locally owned donut shop that offers handmade donuts with a twist. Gideons Bakehouse is another local favorite with its mouth-watering cinnamon rolls. Another great spot to visit is Hometown Bagels where they offer bagels, cream cheese, pastries, and more! Bosphorus is one of the best restaurants in town. It has a great Mediterranean menu with a Mediterranean ambiance. Tin and Taco has such a great fun atmosphere and the tacos are incredible too! Enjoy trendy tacos and craft beer! Stardust Video and Coffee has a kitchen and even a scotch bar! Join them every Monday evening from 6 pm until 10 pm our parking lot is transformed into the Audubon Park Community Market with a variety of events. You will find lots of local produce, music, and other goodies. Ethos Vegan Kitchen is a full-service vegan restaurant located just north of downtown Orlando in Winter Park.


For special occasions, you can make a weekend of it and stay at the Alfond Inn. It is owned by Rollins College, operating income goes to the Alfond Scholars program. Named one of the 15 best resort hotels in FL by Travel + Leisure. The perfect way to experience Winter Park’s history is to take a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour. It is a unique, guided tour through the historic canals in town with experienced tour guides.

Cultural events happen all the time in Winter Park. You will find a vast array of locations from the historic train depot and parks with picnic tables to wine bars to a spectacular rose garden. Winter Park even has one of the best colleges in Florida and is absolutely worth a visit.

Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is 

Barnie’s Coffee

If you live in the Southeast, you probably know that you can get Barnie’s Coffee at your local Publix grocery store. But did you know that Barnie’s Coffee originated in Winter Park Florida over 40 years ago? We like favorites such as Santa’s White Christmas and Sweetheart blend. 

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