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Lake Eola Park


Pretty and shaded, this little city park sits between downtown Orlando and Thornton Park. A paved sidewalk circles the water, there's a waterfront playground and you can rent swan paddleboats. On Saturday mornings, the park is home to the Orlando Farmers Market.

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Nearby Orlando attractions

1. Orange County Regional History Center

0.18 MILES

Orlando before Disney? Permanent exhibits cover prehistoric Florida, European exploration, race relations and citrus production, with a re-created pioneer…

3. Mennello Museum of American Art

1.84 MILES

Tiny but excellent lakeside art museum featuring the work of Earl Cunningham, whose brightly colored images, a fusion of pop and folk art, leap off the…

4. Orlando Science Center

1.94 MILES

Changing exhibits on dinosaurs, the human body, the solar system and more offer candy-coated science education geared towards children aged five to 12. A…

5. Harry P Leu Gardens

2.02 MILES

Camelias, roses, orange groves and desert plants cover 50 acres, as well as plenty of grassy spots for a lakeside picnic. Pick up supplies at the trendy…

6. Orlando Museum of Art

2.07 MILES

Founded in 1924, Orlando's grand center for the arts boasts a fantastic collection – both permanent and temporary – and hosts an array of adult and family…

7. Hannibal Square Heritage Center


As far back as 1881, Winter Park's Hannibal Square was home to African Americans employed as carpenters, farmers and household help. The Heritage…

8. Cornell Fine Arts Museum

3.74 MILES

This tiny lakeside museum (accredited by the American Alliance of Museums) sits on the campus of Rollins College and houses US, European and Latin…