Introduction to Winter Park, Florida
Winter Park, Florida, in Orange county, is 4 miles NE of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 81 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Orlando metropolitan area. There are an estimated 24,090 people in Winter Park.
Winter Park History
The earliest settlers of Winter Park were Europeans; they started coming in after David Mizell Jr. bought eight acres of land in the area. A small settlement called Lake View developed around his land. In 1870, the area got its first post office, and its name was changed to Osceola. It began to develop well after 1880, when the railway track that connected Sanford and Orlando was laid nearby. Some businessmen got together and started the Winter Park Company in 1885. They bought the town of Osceola and developed it as a resort for wealthy people.
Winter Park and nearby Attractions
- Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
- Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
- Central Park
- Fleet Peeples Park
- Lake Baldwin
- Interlachen Country Club
Things To Do In Winter Park
Winter Park is a lovely city. It offers opportunities for numerous activities that would entertain people with varied tastes. One can visit museums or any of the beautiful parks which have facilities for various outdoor fun activities. Some great festivals, like the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, are also held in this area. An exotic car show is held every October at Central Park.
Winter Park Transportation
The city is most easily reached via the Orlando International Airport.
Winter Park Higher Education
Postsecondary education is provided by Rollins College. There are also many colleges in Orlando, including the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College.