Park Avenue | Scenic Boat Tour | Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art
Park Avenue, or “Park Ave” as the locals call it, is the Main Street & focal point of downtown Winter Park, Florida (& it’s a brick street, quite darling). Winter Park is a hub of energy & activity that was originally founded as a winter resort for wealthy northerners—hence the name. Trust me, the wealth is still prominent. The city is one of the wealthiest in the area- the shops are upscale and the restarants are luxurious, making this a fun vacation destination.
In addition to numerous parks, lakes, & scenic squares, shops & sidewalk cafes are nestled side by side around quaint fountains. The little cafe pictured to the right was one of my favorites. Near the southern end of Park Avenue you will find Rollins College, Florida’s oldest recognized college. The campus is beautiful, right on the lake. Rollins creates the perfect neighborhood mix of rich, retired folk with youthful, experience-hungry, artsy students.
Scenic Boat Tour
Winter Park’s hidden gem. Not many people know about this 18 passenger scenic boat tour on the pristine Winter Park chain of Lakes. Starting on Lake Osceola, the tour offers a one hour pontoon cruise through three of the seven lakes & two of the narrow, man-made canals on the tranquil, Winter Park chain.
Prepare to see swooping cranes, lazy alligators (although most alligators are removed), swaying palms, & super rich houses right on the lake (lots of famous people). Many of the houses are so close to the water that they have boat garages attached to their homes- the owner can boat right up to their home & park. CRAZY, HUH?
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
The Morse Museum showcases the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (It’s the Tiffany Glass Museum!) including the designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps & windows. Personally, I thought the most impressive aspect of the museum was his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. After the Tiffany Chapel won numerous awards, it was moved from Chicago to New York to Winter Park. Quite a story!