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Lake Eola

In the center of downtown Orlando Lake Eola is an oasis. On the east side of the lake is Lake Eola Park with a playground, open space for walking a dog, and swans and other birds. 

On the west side (nearest to downtown) is the Walt Disney Amphitheater where you can see a concert or watch a play.

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Lake Eola

Lake Eola with downtown Orlando in the background

The path around Lake Eola is exactly .9 miles. Many walkers and runners use the path for exercise and the great scenery makes it almost therapeutic. The lake is surrounded by trees and there are beautiful flowers on the northeast corner.

There is also a Panera Bread restaurant on that same corner where you can get a good coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

To get out on the lake you can rent a swan paddle boat for about $12 for a half hour or an electric boat (if you don’t want to do any work) for about $15 for a half hour.


Lake Eola Bridges

Bridges in Lake Eola Park, Orlando FL

On the east side of the lake the playground is a popular spot for families to bring younger children. There are always a few swans and other birds hanging around as well.

There are several historical homes on the east side of the lake with a mixture of Florida Cracker Style homes complete with wrap around porches.

Lake Eola Park and Playground

The playground area at Lake Eola, Orlando FL

A block east of Lake Eola is Thorton Park is a quaint neighborhood with brick streets and a mixtures older homes and newer art deco colored buildings with lofts, restaurants and shops.

Summerlin Avenue, is a good example of Thorton Park with restaurants and lofts and homes.

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