Winter Park is a town you can’t pass up.
It’s also a great town to visit via Central Florida’s SunRail, or as all the cool kids say: via The Train. It’s the simple things.
Winter Park is classy and elegant, retro and very cool.
As you exit the SunRail you’re greeted by the Winter Park Train Station and it’s clean bathrooms. yippee!!
Go potty, grab any brochures that interest you, continue to read this post or stop reading it and give the Mystery Tour of Winter Park a try by clicking here.
I recently visited with Aubry (3), my friend Emily and her 4-year-old. Read on to see why you must visit.
We were running a “test tour” of my latest Mystery Tour. If you want to learn more about what a Mystery Tour is check out my page: Mystery Travel.
So now on to the good stuff:
The Frugal Travel Mom: Why You Should Visit Winter Park, Florida
Central Park’s Climbing Tree
All of Central Park is worth seeing, 3 fountains and a really cool peacock statue always make me smile, but there is one tree worth seeing and with kids you have got to let them climb this tree.
Again I roll with kids so playgrounds and park top our list and this playground ranks high on my list because it’s the last of a dying breed of parks: it’s made of all wood. It’s also in the shade and provides picnic tables, benches and an adjacent lake and fitness course.
A Real Live Sink Hole: Lake Rose
Oh yeah! You know this excites you, I mean, have you ever seen a sinkhole before?
In 1981 this area of Winter Park was swallowed up by a sinkhole taking with it
- 5 Porches in a repair shop
- a truck with a camper
- the Winter Park municipal pool
- a large part of Denning Drive
- Ms Mae Rose Williams home
Now that sinkhole is a lake, Lake Rose.
Pottery Barn, the Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Starbucks, Panera, boutique stores, toy store… the list goes on. If you want classy no matter your style, you’ll find it here. Winter Park is a taste above your typical Florida town and it shows best on Park Ave.
Interactive Map Kiosk
This touch screen map kiosk on the north-west corner of Lyman and S Park Ave is a fun way to check out the town. I took a picture of the bathroom map for future reference that day.
Scenic Boat Tour
This is the #1 thing I think you should do in Winter Park. I don’t even wanna show you a picture or tell you, I just say- go; however, the views, the elegant canals, the time on the lake, the history lessons- worth the $12 adults, $6.00 kids.
Tours leave on the hour, every hour from 10am-4pm.
I’ve become a fan of Visitor’s Centers, you can find coupons and event info as well as get maps and many times get some insider tips.
This one has comfy sofas and air conditioning!
Kind of a hidden park, overshadowed by it’s big sister Central, Shady Park is the place to be on a hot day with kids. A splash pad, and outdoor gaming station and a molecular dog pack some fun into this corner park.
The oldest college in the state. I didn’t visit, but plan to next time
and yes, there will be a next time!
Thanks Winter Park and to all of you, enjoy!