Orlando North with Kids
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.
3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771, USA
From porcupines and snakes to elephants and macaws, the Central Florida Zoo educates and showcases colorful and interesting animals from around the world. Bring your swimsuits for the Splash Ground or prepare to traipse through the trees on an...
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...
274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, USA
In Uptown Altamonte, a one-mile walkway zigzags above the water of Cranes Roost Lake. It's an ideal locale for a walk or an evening jog. Located near the Atlamonte Mall and restaurants, families flock here for outdoor events like the Fourth of...
Cross Seminole Trail, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Lake Mary is as bike-friendly as a city can be. Throughout the day—especially on the weekends—locals and bikers from neighboring cities can be found out and about getting exercise or enjoying a leisurely and scenic ride. Alongside the bikers on...
37 Dirksen Dr, DeBary, FL 32713, USA
Locals, travelers, and dogs alike love Gemini Springs for a quick romp outdoors. Take your pick from recreation amenities and activities: a nature trail, a bike trail, a boardwalk, canoeing, and a dog park. It's quiet and peaceful—still kind of a...
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....
Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
Alfajores are the specialty of Camilia Sweets at the Lake Mary Farmer's Market. Two friendly sisters from Peru are happy to share a delicious bite of culture with samples of all-natural, freshly-baked artisan cookies. The delicate cookies, dusted...
3801 West Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 141, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This farm-to-tray chain is great for organic burgers, cry & fries (onion rings and fries), and concretes (frozen custards). Save room for dessert. The concretes, especially the red velvet, are addictive.
136 N 4th St, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
This locally owned boutique offers edgy fashion for toddlers to teenagers. There are locally crafted items like newborn onesies, bracelets, dresses sewn with bandanas, cheer bows and tutus. From rocker to rhinestones, this boutique brings a bit of...
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