The city of Winter Park is located near Orlando, Florida. The city is known for its leafy Central Park and its abundance of outdoor spaces. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art showcases glass art by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens overlooks Lake Osceola and exhibits works by the renowned Czech-American artist. Antiquities and contemporary works are on display at Cornell Fine Arts Museum by Lake Virginia.
Winter Park is a city located in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located northeast of Orlando and adjacent to it. The elevation ranges between 66 and 97 feet (20 and 30 meters).
Winter Park was founded by northern business magnates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Founded on July 4, 1881). Located in the middle of town, Park Avenue is the town’s main street. There are civic buildings, retail stores, art galleries, a private liberal arts college (Rollins College), museums, a park, a train station, a golf course country club, a historic cemetery, and a beach.
Winter Park has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km2), consisting of 8.7 square miles (22.5 km2) of land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (14.62%) of water. A series of lakes interconnected by navigable canals, created originally for flood control and to transport logs to a sawmill on present-day Lake Virginia, forms the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Boating, watersports, fishing, and swimming are popular activities on the lakes.
Until the 1960s, Lake Virginia/Rollins College had a stop at the city park now known as Dinky Dock, which is traversed by the old East Florida and Atlantic Railroad (“Dinky Line”) railroad bed. Due to the new pedestrian bridge spanning Semoran Boulevard (SR 436) in Orange County, much of this right of way has been converted into a rail-trail pedestrian/biking path, which links Cady Way Park to downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park neighborhood, and Florida Trail, as well as to Oviedo and beyond (via the Florida Trail).
The Winter Park Public Library was historically located at 460 E. New England Avenue in the heart of Winter Park. Its origins date back to 1885. Other sites of interest include Park Avenue Shopping and Restaurant district, Scenic Boat Tours off East Morse Boulevard, Annie Russell Theatre, Edward Hill Brewer House, Casa Feliz Historic House Museum, Comstock-Harris House, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park Historical Museum, and Woman’s Club of Winter Park.
Winter Park’s Central Park has an Amtrak and SunRail commuter rail station, which is operated by SunRail on the former Atlantic Coast Line. Major roads the serve the city are I-4, US 17, US 92, SR 423 (Lee Road), SR 426 (Fairbanks Avenue / Aloma Avenue), and SR 527 (Orange Avenue).
Winter Park Coordinates: 28°35′46″N 81°20′48″W