Firstly, this is an important question that you have to think about when you are moving or buying a place to live. Then, here is a list of the top 10 hobbies in the city of Winter Garden:
- Spend some time on the swings by the downtown fountain or cool off at the splash pad.
- Enjoy a sunset view of Lake Apopka at Newton Park.
- Take a nature walk at the newly-opened Tucker Ranch.
- Start your weekend with live music at Fridays on the Plaza or enjoy a stroll on Saturday at the Farmer's Market.
- Shop and have dinner in the Historic Downtown, the heart and soul of West Orange County.
- Take in a performance at the Garden Theater.
- Walk or ride the West Orange Trail to one or all of the connected parks and trails.
- Browse local artwork at SoBo Art Gallery: there is a new art exhibition every month.
- Shop and have dinner at Winter Garden Village, one of Central Florida's premier shopping districts.
- Visit, for instance: the Winter Garden Heritage Museum, the Central Florida Railroad Museum and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Visitors' Center.
Below, there is some very interesting information about some places mentioned above:
Shop at Winter Garden Village
The Winter Garden Village shopping mall has famous Orlando stores, such as Best Buy, which is the best electronics store in the United States. There are great department stores like Marshalls and Ross, for those who want to buy clothes, which are stocked with the best brands and have pieces for incredible prices. For cosmetics and lingerie, there is the much sought after Victoria's Secret, which sells high quality products, and also an Ulta store, which specializes in make-up. For those looking for things for the house, from kitchen utensils to decorative items, there is Bed, Bath and Beyond, which is one of the best stores in the USA and has good prices.
At the Winter Garden Village shopping center in Orlando, there is even a PetSmart, an incredible pet shop, which is great for those who have pets. Winter Garden also has a Super Target, which is a giant Target store, selling everything. And for those who will spend the day there, there is a food court with McDonald's, Taco Bell and KFC, as well as traditional sit-down restaurants like Long Horn and Uno. It is worth taking a day off the route to go to Winter Garden to stroll and shop. The Winter Garden Village in Orlando is open every day from 9 AM to 9 PM.
Winter Garden Farmer’s Market
The Winter Garden Farmer's Market is open every Wednesday from 3 PM to 7 PM, and on Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM (in the coldest months, it has a different schedule: 9 AM to 2 PM). Parking is free and there is much along Plant Street and the surrounding side streets. On a hot day, for instance, park inside the nearest garage to keep your car in the shade while shopping. Do not forget to bring a cooler or insulated bag with an ice pack, so you can preserve things like: cheese, fresh pasta and cold eggs while shopping.
The Winter Garden Farmer's Market is located in Downtown Winter Garden, at 104 South Lakeview Avenue, a few steps from Plant Street.
Catch Some Products
When you think about farmers' markets, you probably think about fresh products. Gardner's Fresh Produce has been on the market for 10 years. It grows a lot of its own products, such as mango, avocado and butter beans. Everything else the owner gets from farmers and distributors around the world. It always has the best prices on products and your fruits and vegetables are super fresh!
If you are looking for farm-fresh eggs, local meat and a huge variety of organic products, make sure to stop by The Farmacy. This market features a variety of organic products, with local farmers producing most of them. You can find eggs from Lake Meadow Naturals farm, meat, herbs, fresh dairy, micro greens, a variety of greens, fruits and vegetables, and always an exhibition of local mushrooms.
Sprout Up Urban Farm is another place worth visiting. Try the spicy salad mix on your avocado toast or mix it in a salad. Mix some sunflower sprouts in your favorite smoothie to improve your health, or tacos and burrito bowls.
Food and Drink
If you love carbs, be sure to check out Le Petit Paris. It sells some of the most wonderful French breads and pastries you will ever taste. The varieties include leavened dough, croissants, pretzel sticks and a rosemary bread that will surprise you. They also have a store at 1201, Winter Garden Vineland Road.
Guacamole and salsa fans should try Oh My Guac. They make the fresh guacamole right in front of you and the varieties of salsa are so refreshing. If you arrive early, you may even be able to get some ceviche. Try a sample and you are sure to take it home.
If you are passionate about pasta, go to Orlando City Pasta. There, you will find a carvery of fresh pasta. There is something new every week, be it: four fresh cheese ravioli one week or garlic and bucatini tagliatelle in another. Do you think about stocking? Go ahead and do it. This dough is perfect for freezing. If you are lucky enough to visit them when they have pots of homemade pasta sauce available, grab one while you have the chance! They also have a store at 625 E Bay Street in Winter Garden.
The lemonade squeezed fresh at Bryan's Lemonade is cold and perfect for a hot day. They squeeze lemons right in front of you and always put a cherry on top. Always choose the big one, because otherwise you may end up regretting it. Or, enjoy a fresh juice or smoothie at the Raw Juice Bar.
Indulge in a Full Meal
For all of you food lovers, the dishes from Boca Fresca are bursting with flavor. Everything they do is based on plants. They use Latin spices and recreate traditional Spanish dishes with herbal ingredients. Everything is made fresh, including guacamole and mofongo. They also have vegan options.
If you are looking for something outdoors, Over Rice can be a great option. It is a local food truck that prepares, for instance, incredible dishes that make a fusion with Hawaiian and Filipino foods. Joel, the cook, has a lot of creativity and originality in the preparation of the dishes. Take home a special sweet pepper sauce, which is homemade and delicious. Try one of the Hawaiian sodas too!
This list is just a start with regards to this incredible market. Be sure to visit the Winter Garden Farmer's Market! When you finish with the market, take a stroll through the Winter Garden Historic Downtown in the city center to enjoy all that this city has to offer.
The Winter Garden Historic Downtown has the charm of a small old Florida town, with its exposed brick streets and beautiful architecture. The West Orange trail runs through the center of Winter Garden in the city center, which every day skaters, runners and local people use for a ride. The clock tower and pavilion are a central attraction in the city center, along with the water fountain surrounded by artistic tiles, a great place to relax. Stroll through many stores, museums and art galleries in the city center, then get something to eat at one of the Winter Garden's cafes.
Visit in the evening and watch a live show at the Garden Theater. Have dinner in a restaurant. Then enjoy a drink and listen to live music at MoonCricket or at the Gazebo on a Friday night. Saturday is the time to buy fresh products at the Farmer's market, listen to live music and let the kids play in the water park. At any time of the day or the night, Historic Downtown Winter Garden is the ideal place to have fun!
Plant Street Market & Crooked Can Brewing Company
The Plant Street Market in Winter Garden is part of a national trend in domestic markets with several suppliers selling everything from, for instance, locally sourced pork belly to organic beets and candles made of soy wax. If you want to try a latte prepared with fair trade coffee or some cold pressed juice, get in line and place your order.
In addition, linked to the market is the award-winning Crooked Can Brewing Company, our local craft beer. The Crooked Can Brewing Company was created out of the passion of its founders for craft beer. It is located inside the Plant Street Market. It is a covered Farmers' Market that consists of more than 20 vendors. The brewery's focus is on local craft products, including retail, food and drinks.
The theme for this unique concept was to create a casual social gathering place for family and friends. The brewery culture promotes a relaxed and free-spirited approach, appreciating the little things like, for instance, a good beer in great company.
The Crooked Can has a flexible layout that features an indoor brewery with several tap rooms, an indoor market and several outdoor spaces. With live entertainment and a pet friendly courtyard, this is a perfect place to spend the day!
West Orange Trail
The West Orange Trail is the perfect place for those who want to spend the day outdoors, for instance: hikers, runners, cyclists and skaters. From start to finish, the trail extends 22 miles from West Orange County, starting in Killarney Station in Oakland and ending on Welch Road in Apopka.
The West Orange Trail is known for its beautiful change of scenery, meandering through wooded areas with large oak trees, rolling pastures and residential areas. The stretch from Oakland to Winter Garden is one of the favorites, with a stop along the way in the restaurants, quaint shops, ice cream parlors and a splash pad for kids at the Winter Garden Historic Downtown!
There are several restrooms along the way, located in the well-maintained trail stations. In addition, some stations also have playgrounds, picnic areas with grills, drinking fountains, benches for resting and much more.
Winter Garden Heritage Museum
The Winter Garden Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage that gives Winter Garden its small town charm. Founded in 1998, the Heritage Museum protects and displays Winter Garden's past in architecture and inventions. Located in the heart of Downtown Winter Garden, the Heritage Museum is a glimpse into the past of one of Florida's most interesting cities.
The museum is located at the Atlantic Coast Line Depot. Currently, it is only in operation because local volunteers doante their free time to keep it open every day, from 1 PM to 5 PM. Around the walls, you are going to find, for instance, several photographs of early era Winter Garden. A large collection of citrus fruits labels, as well as documents of the first colonizers can be found inside.
Central Florida Railroad Museum
Put on your conductor's hat and take a tour of the Central Florida Railroad Museum. Located in the center of Winter Garden, the museum is housed in the old Tavares and Gulf Rail Company building. The building's white aluminum exterior contrasts sharply to the vibrant history contained within. Go through the old screen door and sign the Railroad Museum's guestbook to put your personal stamp on history. Inside the museum, locals and a volunteer will be waiting for you to take a big tour through the museum. It tells the story of the two main railways that ran through Winter Garden: Tavares and Gulf Rail Company and The Atlantic Coast Line. Glued to the walls, for instance, are photos and various plaques that portray the historical tradition and the heritage of the railway system still in operation.
The museum has a large display of authentic rail items, including rails and nails that were actually used to build the rail system, as well as models of rail systems from different parts of the United States. The real attraction to see inside the museum is the telegraph room. In this room, besides several manuals, there are: an old two-piece telephone and an authentic telegraphic equipment. Local historians notice that people used the telegraph system, for instance, as a communication device that helped keep trails safe, clear, and free of accidents.
The railroad was a key component of the Winter Garden economy, which exported products and cargo and imported people from across the state. The volunteer Terry Baker of the Railroad Museum noticed that: "Trains were a civilized way of traveling. You could get on a train and avoid everyday traffic."
The railways are certainly the lifeblood of the Winter Garden historic economy. So, the city may not be what it is today without the existence of the railways. If you want to experience a piece of history, be sure to stop by the Central Florida Railroad Museum, in the center of Winter Garden. Open every day from 1 PM to 5 PM.