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Sip creamy lattes in Italian delicatessens, shop in upmarket boutiques with imported fashions, and dodge the Disney crowds as you discover a range of attractions from beautiful gardens to exquisite art galleries. Winter Park is Orlando’s best kept secret, a destination filled with affluent housing, modern architecture, and seriously elegant restaurants. Expensive shops entice visitors to explore inside with classy, high-end window displays, and from artworks to literature, every facet of culture is celebrated in style.

Things to see

One of Winter Park’s most interesting features, Full Sail University is a unique learning establishment dedicated to the world of online entertainment – appropriate really, considering it’s just minutes from a brand of family entertainment that captured the world’s hearts through the television. The students that come here often aspire to the heights of Walt Disney’s fame, working in high-tech labs to produce miniature animations of their own. At the heart of Winter Park, where the streets take on a cobbled European look, the stark white rendering of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art stands out against the quaint Italianesque cafés with their pretty parasol-shaded tables. Inside, vast galleries display an impressive array of artwork by prominent Americans. Sparkling colored beads of leaded-glass lamps reflect the incoming light, mosaic-covered fireplaces stand resplendent against boldly painted walls, and decorative sculptures give a whole new meaning to the term ‘arts and crafts’. The Mead Botanical Garden shows off more of Winter Park’s beautiful sights, this time with the vivid colors of begonias, orchids, and cycads tucked away in a restored greenhouse. At the butterfly garden you can meet some of the park’s most interesting residents as they flutter from the fine petals of white honeysuckle to the dramatic purple spikes of mystic spire salvia.

Hotels in Winter Park

This is one of Florida’s more affluent residential areas, so you don’t have to look hard to find some luxury hotels in Winter Park. They come in all shapes and sizes, from pretty inns and guesthouses, to sprawling residence hotels and decadent estates. You can expect to find a high standard of accommodation in each, including antique or uber-chic decor, flat-screen televisions with satellite or cable channels, luxury bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, and occasionally full kitchenettes with dining facilities. If you’re traveling with family or you have a budget to stick to, there are cheaper hotels in Winter Park that are every bit as comfortable, but perhaps a little less glamorous. You can still benefit from modern rooms, en-suite bathrooms, a swimming pool to dip into on hot afternoons, and free WiFi.

Where to stay

The European-styled streets of Winter Park make a pleasant alternative to the hectic inner city estates of Orlando, or the tourist-packed streets of Kissimmee. Cute Tuscan-inspired architecture lines these brick-paved roadways, coffee al fresco is a daily routine, and boutique shopping along popular North Park Avenue, with its tended sidewalk flowerbeds, canopied fashion stores, and ethnic restaurants is a unique alternative to the crowded malls of downtown Orlando.

How to get to Winter Park

If you’ve ever been to Florida you’ll know how easy it is to get to as well as get around. Arguably the world’s premier holiday destination, most travelers arrive by plane at either Orlando-Sanford International Airport or Orlando International Airport, and both are equally as convenient for onward travel to Winter Park. A hire car is a must here. There is plenty of local transit in the form of buses, but to really experience the surrounding area you’d be far better having the freedom to get around on your own.