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ORLANDO CITY WALKS
As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, a lovely Orlando city walk is a great way to learn more about your Florida holiday location. While staying at CLC Encantada, it’s just a 30-minute drive to the centre of Orlando where there is so much to see and do and a well developed programme of interesting and informative city walks is on offer.
Historic Orlando City Walking Tour
This self-guided walking itinerary takes in the dynamic history of Orlando and explores the downtown area, which in 1980 was specifically declared a ‘historic district’ so as to protect its many landmark buildings from the risk of demolition during the rapid urban development of the city. The walking route is divided into two areas that focus on architectural styles – including Queen Anne, Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and Art Moderne – that gained and then quickly lost their popularity during six decades that culminated in the iconic designs of the 1930s and 1940s. Maps are readily available to help you navigate the 2.5 mile route that takes in 28 wonderfully photogenic buildings.
This lovely suburban city is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Orlando. The Winter Park self-guided walk includes 20 stopping-off points of interest that highlight the city’s historical aspects, open spaces and future development plans. En route, you will enjoy the laid-back, small-town atmosphere while meandering down brick-lined streets filled with interesting civic and municipal buildings and churches dating back to the 1900s. The walk continues through pretty parks, passing a variety of museums and art galleries, quaint shops, tempting restaurants and Rollins, founded in 1885 and the first recognised college in Florida.
Lake Eola Park
Occupying a downtown area of some 43-acres, the walk in and around Lake Eola Park is a perennial favourite with Orlando residents and visitors alike. Multi-purpose sidewalks have been laid around the entire 1,369m perimeter of the lake, making for an enjoyable and far from over-stretching city walk. Right in the centre of the city, Lake Eola Park has wonderful views of downtown Orlando and hosts a popular, year-round programme of entertainment and cultural events, many of them staged in the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. The lake is actually a natural sinkhole and is best known for its famous fountain – the unofficial symbol of Orlando – that is lit with brightly coloured neon lights every night. Various monuments, a Chinese pagoda, children’s play area and a welcome centre with gift shop are also accommodated in the park, and the four surrounding streets offer an assortment of bars and restaurants for ample refreshment after your walk.