Orlando North with Friends
Collected by Frederick Simeon
Chic and happening, Lake Mary is one of the prettiest suburbs in Orlando. There’s a swath of bike trails, surrounded by boutiques, open-air restaurants, and fun-on-tap bars. To discover real Florida, visit the springs and state parks in Lake Mary's backyard.
1125 Townpark Ave, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This Lake Mary outlet of the World of Beer franchise serves up more than 500 different beers from around the world, with tap selections that change daily. While the ambiance can get rowdy, the menu is geared largely toward the thoughtful beer...
136 N 4th St, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This family-owned jewelry business is a must-visit for anyone searching a unique gift for the holidays. The owners create custom pieces, working within the budget of the customer, and can even transform old pieces of jewelry into something fresh...
132 N 4th St #1200, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This upscale sports bar with a spacious terrace and a park view on 4th Avenue serves frosty mugs of beer. Even better, guests can enjoy live music on Wednesday nights. Their food is good too—specializing in American fusion dishes such as the...
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA
In the winter months, manatees seek the warmer, shallow waters of Blue Springs State Park. An observation deck allows for viewing of the manatees. It's quite a sight—seeing the gentle, endangered species. I was invited to canoe with a manatee...
2111 WP Ball Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, USA
This locally-owned nail spa has won, hands down, Orlando's best nail salon three years in a row. Go for a chocolate pedicure, with scrumptious scrubs and mousse lotions. Bring the family for a pedi party. On weekends, it's best to call ahead or...
1353, 531 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771, USA
If Old Florida is up your alley, visit Sanford for a walk along First Street, lined with historical buildings, charming shops, and open-air restaurants. Then stroll to Lake Monroe Harbour, which is part of the St. Johns River.
3895 Lake Emma Rd # 101, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Take your taste buds to spice-infused Memories of India. Don't let the location in the corner plaza fool you. It's one of the best places for Indian food in Central Florida. The chicken tikka masala and garlic nan bread are my go-to comfort foods....
Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Some 32 beers on are on tap at the upscale and intimate Liam Fitzpatrick's Irish pub. A lively crowd fills the restaurant and patio during the evenings and weekends. A dueling pianos performance entertains every Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.
7005 Co Rd 46A, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
For happy hour, head to FishBones bar and outdoor covered patio. At International Parkway and H. E. Thomas Jr. Parkway, a mix of locals, young professionals and business travelers frequent here after work. The hip, underwater decor provides a...
7025 Co Rd 46A #1011, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
In the evening, as the temperature lowers, relax. Slow down. Meet friends for a hookah experience. The engaging host Musa will set up the hookah pipe beside your outdoor table and offer a selection of flavors, such as apple, rose, cinnamon, and...
2974 International Pkwy, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Shula's makes a standout whiskey sour with freshly squeezed lemon juice. It's shaken with ice, poured in a martini glass, and garnished with maraschino cherries. Pair this old-fashioned cocktail with a classic filet mignon or Shula's wine burger.
136 N 4th St, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Equally summery and sexy, 4th & Ocean has the clothes you want to wear for a Florida weekend...from bikinis, to backpacks, to sunnies. Stocked with brands like Roxy and Billabong as well as up-and-coming designers, this store will fulfill all of...
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