Winter Garden, near Lake Apopka northwest of Orlando, is a picturesque small town that has been beautifully restored. A group of dedicated historians, volunteers and businesses have turned a distressed town into one of the coolest destinations in Orlando. The historic shopping district offers a variety of boutique shops and award-winning restaurants. The Garden Theatre, one of the oldest community theatres in Orlando, contributes to a lively night-life by hosting live performances and films which often sell out. The Winter Garden Historical Society also offers group tours of the town or you can choose the free self-guided audio walking tour. The West Orange Trail, one of Orlando’s most popular rail trails, passes right down the middle of town, making Winter Garden a popular stop for cyclists. If you want to go for a bike ride along the trail, you can rent bikes and/or trailers for kids at Wheel Works, which is located in the middle of town. Families with little kids enjoy playing in the Winter Garden Interactive Fountain (free admission).
Newton Park on Lake Apopka is just a few blocks from the downtown area and has fields, a playground, gazebos, picnic areas, a long pier, abundant wildlife, and plenty of places to enjoy the view of the lake.
Fun for Kids
A day trip to Winter Garden in the summer is a fun outing for families with young kids. Little ones can play in the Interactive Fountain, catch a summer movie at the Garden Theatre on certain Tuesdays, have ice cream, visit the free museums or rent a bike for a couple of hours.
Maps to a treasure hunt can be found at the Winter Garden Heritage Museum (1 North Main Street) or the Central Florida Railroad Museum (101 South Boyd Street). Find 12 treasure boxes located throughout historical downtown and stamp your map at each location. Return the map to the museum and receive an embroidered patch free of charge.