Unexpected Orlando

Lost in the hussle and bussle that is Orlando, Winter Park offers an array of exciting unknowns. From community theater and local museums, culture and beauty are alive and well in the city.

1. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculptural Gardens

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens was founded in 1961. The museum holds an art col­lec­tion focus­ing pri­mar­ily on Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tional sculp­ture, with over 200 works by Czech-born Amer­i­can sculp­tor Albin Polasek (1879-1965). The museum includes Polasek’s former retirement home, studio, galleries, and chapel, as well as surrounding gardens containing figurative sculpture and mythological pieces.

Museum address:
633 Osce­ola Avenue
Win­ter Park, Fl 32789

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Sunday 1:00-4:00pm

For more information visit: polasek.org or call 407-647-6294.
 

2. The Charles Hornser Morse Museum of American Art

Of the many unexpected pleasures awaiting visitors to Central Florida, none may be as dazzling as a stroll through the galleries of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933).
 
Museum address:
445 N. Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
 
Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30a.m.-4:00p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-4:00p.m.
 
For more information visit: morsemuseum.org or call 407-645-5311.
 
 

3. Cornell Fine Arts Museum- Rollins College

This museum has been named one of the nation’s most innovative college art museums. It is settled on the Rollins College campus overlooking Lake Virginia. Exhibitions change seasonally, and the museum offers an array of pieces, ranging from the early Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary. In honor of the museum’s 35th anniversary, admission fees have been waived for all of 2013.

Museum address:
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Museum hours:
Tuesday–Friday
10:00a.m.–4:00p.m.
Saturday–Sunday
12:00–5:00pm

For more information visit: cfam.rollins.edu or call 407-646-2526.

 

 4. Park Avenue, downtown Winter Park

Central Florida’s shopping, dining, and cultural showcase, Park Avenue boasts more than 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and museums.  This signature shopping street is bordered by stunning oak-canopied Central Park which plays host to seasonal art shows, concerts, exotic car shows, and fashion events.  Located minutes north of Orlando, Park Avenue is nestled in beautiful, historic downtown Winter Park, an exquisite blend of charm, style, and sophistication.

Park Avenue’s charm is magnified in the truly unique details: hidden gardens and side streets that are home to unique stores, a farmer’s market  each Saturday morning, festive parades that mark the seasons and the scenic boat tour that cruises the canals between the City’s lakes overlooking the area’s most prestigious homes. Often called “Little Europe”, Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park is a year round destination that is sure to charm visitors of all ages.

For more information visit: experienceparkavenue.com or call 407- 644-8281
 

5. The Winter Park Playhouse

The Winter Park Playhouse is a professional musical theatre dedicated to producing musical comedies, revues and cabarets with live musicians. The Winter Park Playhouse was founded in 2002 and works as a non-profit theater in the heart of the town. It is the only professional musical theatre in Central Florida and is proudly associated with Actor’s Equity Association, the national union of actors and stage managers.Located  minutes from downtown Orlando and blocks from downtown Winter Park, patrons enjoy the quality entertainment, the intimate setting and the personal attention they receive.

Playhouse address:
711 N Orange Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

Showtimes:
Wednesday: 7:30p.m.
Thursday: 2:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.
Friday: 7:30p.m.
Saturday: 2:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.
Sunday: 2:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.

For more information visit: winterparkplayhouse.org or call 407- 645-0145
 

6. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

For over 50 years, Winter Park´s world famous Scenic Boat Tour has given enjoyment to thousands. The relaxing, narrated, one hour cruise through the beautiful lakes and canals of historic Winter Park makes it a must on every person´s list. It´s really the only way to see the true beauty of Winter Park which includes Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, tropical birds, plants, flowers and magnificent mansions.

Climb aboard an excursion boat and let your “Skipper” fascinate you for one hour as you cruise through beautiful lakes and canals for 12 miles.

 

Boat Tour address:
312 E. Morse Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32789

Boat Tour hours:
Monday-Sunday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Cruises leave on the hour, every hour.

For more information visit: scenicboattours.com or call 407-644-4056