Take a walk along the most beautiful path in Orlando: A Walk Around Lake Eola. This paved path around this iconic Orlando lake will not only teach you about interesting Orlando history, but you'll also learn about the structures, statues, and art installments located here. I'll also give you recommendations for other things to see and do during your walk, such as take a paddle boat ride, stop for some food or a frosty beverage, grab a delicious Popsicle, or even feed the birds.
Lake Eola, Linten E. Allen Memorial Fountain, See Art Orlando public art instalments
The tour begins in front of Lake Eola Park, at the intersection of E Washington Street and N Rosalind Ave, next to the Walt Disney Amphitheater. There is street parking on the west and south sides of the lake on Central or Rosalind. Park in one of these spots and then walk to the west side of the lake where Washington intersects Rosalind.
Places to stop along the way:
Relax Grill (outdoor restaurant that serves snacks, lunch, dinner, beer, cocktails), Swan Boats (paddle boat rentals), Pop Parlour (popsicles)
Best time of day:
Lake Eola Park is open from 6 AM - Midnight 7 days a week. I recommend doing this tour any time from 8 AM - 10 PM, depending on what else you might want to do while you are here. During the tour I will provide you with suggestions of other things you could do, such as take a swan boat ride, which is available Monday - Friday 10 AM - 7 PM, and stays open until 9 PM on Thursday - Saturday. If you'd like to stop for a meal or a cold beer, the restaurant on the lake is open from 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM, and stays open until 10:30 PM Thursday - Saturday. The Orlando Farmers Market happens at Lake Eola on Sundays from 10 AM - 4 PM. If you'd like to grab a delicious Popsicle, the shop is open 12 PM - 9 PM, and stays open until 10 PM Thursday - Sunday. If you'd like to see the fountain do a light show, they typically happen at 8 PM and 9:30 PM each night - but there are times when there is no light show at all.
Be sure you have money in your parking meter to cover the amount of time you think you'll spend here before we get started. Please don't feed the swans any food, other than the food available from the vending machines around the park. If you are interested in feeding them, be sure and bring some quarters with you. I'll let you know where to find the vending machines and the best spot to feed the birds.