Outside the Parks: Neighborhoods Worth A Stroll In Orlando
Orlando attracts over 75 million visitors a year largely due to famous theme parks. But did you know Orlando has many other areas flourishing with art, parks and yummy restaurants? Come take a trip with us through our favorite neighborhoods in the Orlando area.
Ivanhoe Village Main Street
Credit: Paulina Toman
Just north of Downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe Village St is famous for its antique shops, breweries, and groovy bars. The Imperial Import is a perfect example of this being an import furniture shop during the day and an indie wine bar at night.
These groovy, progressive neighborhoods grew out of the local art scene anchored by the Orlando Museum of Art. Hosting dozens of rotating exhibits a year, the Orlando Museum of Art aims to positively affect people’s lives and stimulate creativity in attendees.
Check out current exhibits here
The Milk District
Photo by Zac Alfson
The Milk District in Orlando, where T.G. Lee, America’s beloved dairy company, originated from, is popular for its foodie options!
A huge draw for foodies around the Orlando area is Tasty Takeover; a weekly food truck event that takes place on Tuesday nights at The Plaza Live from 6-11pm (located at 425 N Bumby Ave). Choose from various cuisines such as Cuban, Mexican, BBQ, and even Sri Lankan food!
Thornton Park District
Thornton Park is a flourishing local neighborhood in Downtown Orlando with beautiful brick-paved streets and old 1920’s Bungalows. Considered one of the most desirable places to live in Orlando, Thornton Park is a perfect place to dine, play, and meet the locals!
Check out Lake Eola Park, a quaint park with a sidewalk that circles the lake 0.9 miles in length. Along the path greet the local swans, visit the local Orlando farmers market, and watch the fireworks on July 4th if you’re in town!
Audubon Park Garden District
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The Audubon Park Garden District is a charming hidden-gem 10 minutes away from downtown. Home to Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre garden in the heart of the district, Audubon Park is popular for its emphasis on the environment and community. Visit Florida’s largest rose garden at Harry P. Leu Gardens, experience the monarch habitat outside East End Market, and find a sense of community in Audubon!
Want to visit beautiful gardens? Check. Want to experience a variety of cuisines? Check. Want to ride in an airboat across the local lakes? You got it! Branch out to these various locations and we promise you will enjoy what Orlando has to offer!