BIRDS OF A FEATHER.
When talking to someone unfamiliar with Downtown, a common reference point is usuallyLake Eola and the 50+ swans that call the park home. This Orlando gem (that is also a giant sinkhole), attracts people from all over to enjoy the shopping, outdoor movies, food, and the hundreds of events hosted around the lake each year.
Out and About.
For a nice Sunday outing, the Orlando Farmers Market is fun for the whole family, with food trucks, live music, crafts and fresh produce. If you are looking for a self-guided tour around the 0.9 mile loop of nine contemporary art sculptures, See Art Orlando will lead the way. The Walt Disney Amphitheater, whose bandshell was painted with a rainbow theme in honor of the Pulse victims, showcases many local performances throughout the year such as the Nutcracker. And coming up this month is the Downtown Food & Wine Festival, as well as many, MANY more events.
Noms for days.
Lake Eola Park is surrounded by great culinary options, For an extensive beer menu and a view of the Lake, World of Beer. Relax Grill, offers al fresco dining with a prime view of the swan boats. To pick up picnic supplies or one of their famous subs, Publix. Eden’s Fresh Co., for a healthy salad or wrap. Pizza @ Lake Eola, for a personal pizza made just as you like it. For a cool treat on a hot day (some with a little added kick for those 21 and up), Pop Parlor. For a wine flight, a bite and good people watching, Eola Wine Company. Enjoy tiki style art and a Mai Tai at Aku Aku Tiki Bar. Or head below to hear your favorite 80s tunes, play dirty bingo (Tuesdays), or catch a monthly burlesque show, Stardust Lounge. And coming soon, street food inspired Italian restaurant, Tre Bambine, will be lakefront.
Pro tip: If Swan Boat rides are on your bucket list, check Groupon.