Located in Orange County, Winter Garden is just twenty minutes away from Orlando and is full of adventure opportunities, from nature walks to farmer’s markets and a unique street market. Read on to find out the best things to do in Winter Garden!
1. Get connected to the earth at Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve
Si quieres estar en contacto con la naturaleza hay varios parques con caminerías a donde puedes ir. Yo fui a...Posted by Orlando 360vision on Monday, 29 May 2017
Located in Orlando, just twenty-two minutes away from Winter Garden, the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve showcases trails through pine forests and wetlands. It’s a great place to hike and enjoy the natural scenery and wildlife. The longest trail is 3.6 miles (5.7 km), with shorter loops available, so it’s a good place for beginner hikers. The trails are shaded by pine trees and oak trees.
Don’t miss the butterfly garden, where you’ll be able to see a variety of different butterfly species flitting from flower to flower. Stop by the environmental center for information on the vegetation and wildlife that populate the nature preserve.
Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve
Address: 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836
Website: Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve
2. Visit the Withers-Maguire House
Rachel and I are going to tour The Withers-Maguire house in town this afternoon!! I have ALWAYS wanted to tour this historic home! We are going with her Girl Scout Troop!❤ Hope I can get some nice pictures!😌Posted by Renee Richardson Pennell on Saturday, 29 April 2017
Just ten minutes away from Winter Garden, the historic Withers-Maguire House is located in Ocoee. This restored home was originally built in 1888. It was owned by General William T. Withers and then David Maguire before it was purchased by the city, hence the name the Withers-Maguire House. In 1987 it took its rightful place on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The house offers historic displays from the 1800s and is often used for weddings and special events because of its beautiful architecture.
You can visit every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm, when it is open to the public and free of charge.
Address: 16 East Oakland Avenue, Ocoee, FL 34761
Website: Withers-Maguire House
3. Winter Garden Farmer's Market
Do you love browsing local, handmade items, antiques, and fresh produce? The Winter Garden Farmer’s Market offers the opportunity to see and purchase all of these items. More than just an outdoor market, the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market also hosts events, offering live music, car shows, and more. Check the website to see what events are planned while you’re in the area. You’ll be sure to catch live music while you’re there, as it is offered every Saturday. You’ll be able to purchase handmade soaps, jewelry, baked goods, herbs, tea, meat and produce, and much more.
The market is open in downtown Winter Garden every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
Winter Garden Farmer's Market
Address: Downtown Winter Garden, FL
Website: Winter Garden Farmer’s Market
4. Crooked Can Brewing Company
Located right in Winter Garden, Crooked Can Brewing Company is a pet-friendly, family-friendly destination for great food and beer. Most breweries focus on their variety of beer selections, but Crooked Can offers excellent food selections as well, including pizza, sushi, burgers, wings, and a vegan menu.
Crooked Can brews their own varieties, so you’ll be able to sample unique brews. They also offer brewery tours, where you’ll get to sample new flavors and learn about the brewing process. There are also a few wines and ciders available. Open from 11 am to 11 pm every day of the week with extended hours till 1 am on Friday and Saturday, Crooked Can Brewing Company is a great place to enjoy fine food and drinks.
Crooked Can Brewing Company
Address: 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Website: Crooked Can Brewing Company
5. Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park is located in Apopka, twenty minutes away from Winter Garden. It’s a beautiful park with trails, lovely scenery, and a butterfly garden. It’s also the site of many local festivals and concerts, so be sure to check the schedule before you come into town! Annual events include a bluegrass and folk music festival, a pumpkin fest, a hayride, an afternoon with Santa, and a wildlife festival. The park also offers weekly programs such as guided walks on sundays, eco adventures, and a campfire chat.
If you’d like to explore the rustic side of Winter Garden, you may also consider tent or RV camping at Magnolia Park. Don’t be surprised if you see peacocks wandering the park grounds. They draw many visitors to the park to see their vibrant colors.
Address: 2929 S Binion RD, Apopka, FL 32703
Website: Magnolia Park
6. Plant Street Market
Open seven days a week, Plant Street Market is like a permanent farmer’s market, full of unique and artistic vendors. With locally roasted coffee, farm-to-table food, cold pressed juice, hand-crafted chocolates and pastries, handmade apparel, decor, and jewelry, handmade candles, antiques, essential oils, bath products, and an oxygen bar, Plant Street Market has a little bit of everything from food to shopping.
It’s a great place to spend the afternoon sampling different foods and drinks while shopping for unique products. The market also hosts events, including concerts and festivals.
Plant Street Market
Address: 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL
Website: Plant Street Market
7. Escape Goat LLC
Have you ever been locked in a room with your friends and family and had to puzzle your way out, using wit and creativity? Now you can simulate this experience with an escape room.
Escape Goat offers three different rooms suitable for 2 to 6 players, so bring a crowd! Each room mimics a different scenario, and you’ll be “locked in” until you can figure your way out by cracking codes, finding hidden keys, and moving objects in the room. Escape Goat offers a Sherlock Holmes-themed adventure, an “Area 51” room, and summer camp haunted by a camp legend.
Escape Goat LLC
Address: 1165 E. Plant St., Winter garden, FL 34787
Website: Escape Goat LLC
8. Take a walk on the West Orange Trail
Spanning 22 miles (35 km), this paved trail passes through downtown Winter Garden and is a great place to stroll or bike. Whether you choose to take a short walk or bike the whole way, it’s a lovely way to enjoy Winter Garden.
West Orange Trail
Address: Winter Garden, FL
Website: West Orange Trail
9. Central Florida Railroad Museum
Located in a historic train depot in Winter Garden, this museum has dining car china, historic railroad cars, and other items of note. There are even climb-on cabooses and an interactive wooden train set.
Central Florida Railroad Museum
Address: 101 S Boyd St., Winter Garden, FL
Website: Central Florida Railroad Museum
10. Spend the day on the water at Lake Apopka
100's of wading birds gathered in a couple areas on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive 5/27/17. The Interceptor Road pond had mostly Great Egrets and Wood Storks.Posted by Friends of Lake Apopka on Friday, 9 June 2017
The third largest lake in Florida, Lake Apopka is a great place to swim, boat, fish, canoe, or kayak. It’s a popular place to grab a vacation rental such as a cabin on the water. Be sure to stop by while you’re in Winter Garden!
Address: Lake Apopka, FL
Website: Lake Apopka
Winter Garden is full of summer activites
With balmy temperatures all year long, outdoor activities like hiking at the nature preserve and enjoying the farmer’s market are always crowd pleasers. If you need to beat the heat, try cooling down with a beer or partaking in indoor activities like an escape room during your visit to Winter Garden!
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