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Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando

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Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Orlando FL

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Strolling along the path that circles Lake Eola Park, one is reminded of those scenes in romantic comedies when music takes over and the couple strolls along happily having just fallen in love. There is sunshine and idyllic surroundings. That is Lake Eola Park! Here, glorious trees- huge oaks hung with Spanish moss, cypress trees with roots dipped into the water, and weeping willows- line the shore of the lake. Swans make huge nests of pine needles and sit in the middle. Black swans, white swans, ibis birds, herons, anhingas- more than you'd see in the Everglades- pop their heads into the water looking for a meal. It's fun to watch the swans waddle along or glide effortlessly through the water. Sometimes their wings are open, making them look just like the swan boats that also move through the water, kick-paddled by tourists.
A grassy peninsula juts out into the lake, where lunchtime sun-worshippers lay out on the green. There are plenty of interesting sculptures, and a Korean pavilion, adding to the beauty.
Sit and take in the scene for hours at one of three restaurants. World Of Beer has a fantastic location on the southeast shore, with rock music playing out on the sunny patio beside the lake. The food is typical greasy fare. Spice Steakhouse is set back in the trees on the south end with a higher vantage point over the lake, and better food. Relax Grill is on the west side of the lake near Rosalind Ave, and has shaded outdoor seating near the path.
In the morning, it's perfect to sit outside at Panera Bread, on the northeast end of the park across N. Eola Dr. You can see glimpses of the park, and enjoy the wonderful trees above you. This is the life! If I lived in Orlando, I'd be there every morning I could!
From the west end of Lake Eola you can walk west on Washington St in downtown Orlando into the heart of the business and night club district on Orange Ave. You can also walk east from the east end of the lake on Washington St to the quaint Thornton Park neighborhood where you'll find restaurants, such as Benjamin French Bakery.
On attractive E. Central Blvd, beside the park, there are sidewalk cafes such as Metro Espresso Pizza, and there's Menchies Frozen Yogurt.
Across Rosalind Ave from Lake Eola Park is a Antiochian Orthodox Church called Church of St. George. It is open to the public during the day (like in Europe!) and you can pop into it, walk upstairs, and see the glorious pinks and blues of the church interior.

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Mommy and baby turtle.
Mommy and baby turtle.
Swans among the plants at Lake Eola Park!
Swans among the plants at Lake Eola Park!
Large pots of flowers at the park, across from Panera Bread.
Large pots of flowers at the park, across from Panera Bread.
Anhinga bird!
Anhinga bird!
Anhinga bird spreading his wings. Look at his fluffy head- cute!
Anhinga bird spreading his wings. Look at his fluffy head- cute!
Gorgeous barren cypress tree in Lake Eola.
Gorgeous barren cypress tree in Lake Eola.
Sculpture of birds flying in unison.
Sculpture of birds flying in unison.
There are so many birds at Lake Eola Park!
There are so many birds at Lake Eola Park!
Swan with black head and white body.
Swan with black head and white body.
Black swan.
Black swan.
Station where you can rent swan boats.
Station where you can rent swan boats.
Disney Amphitheater.
Disney Amphitheater.
Blue-green fountain.
Blue-green fountain.
A mom and daughter enjoy a drink at World of Beer.
A mom and daughter enjoy a drink at World of Beer.
Great Blue Heron!
Great Blue Heron!
Beautiful Lake Eola!
Beautiful Lake Eola!
Korean gazebo.
Korean gazebo.
Laying in the grass, while birds hop on tree branches.
Laying in the grass, while birds hop on tree branches.
Soaking up some sun on the grass.
Soaking up some sun on the grass.
Laying out in the sun!
Laying out in the sun!
Huge amazing trees to picnic beneath.
Huge amazing trees to picnic beneath.
The toddler area of the playground, with lake views.
The toddler area of the playground, with lake views.
Elegant sculpture amid palms.
Elegant sculpture amid palms.
The white and black stripes of an Anhinga bird!
The white and black stripes of an Anhinga bird!
Beautiful swan.
Beautiful swan.
Swan and Korean gazebo.
Swan and Korean gazebo.
Swan paddle boat!
Swan paddle boat!
A swan chase!
A swan chase!
A swan nest in front of World of Beer.
A swan nest in front of World of Beer.
A swan with open wings, looking just like the  paddle boats!
A swan with open wings, looking just like the paddle boats!
Swan boat rentals!
Swan boat rentals!
Close-up of a swan.
Close-up of a swan.
Three ducks poised at the edge.
Three ducks poised at the edge.
Turquoise and yellow seats at the swan boat rentals.
Turquoise and yellow seats at the swan boat rentals.
Wing-drying buddies!!
Wing-drying buddies!!
The attractive outdoor seating at World of Beer.
The attractive outdoor seating at World of Beer.
Orthodox Church across from Lake Eola Park.
Orthodox Church across from Lake Eola Park.
Church of St. George, across from the park.
Church of St. George, across from the park.
Panera Bread is in a historic building next to Lake Eola Park.
Panera Bread is in a historic building next to Lake Eola Park.
Sitting outside Panera Bread, you have a beautiful view of trees and the park.
Sitting outside Panera Bread, you have a beautiful view of trees and the park.
Outdoor seating beside arches at Panera Bread.
Outdoor seating beside arches at Panera Bread.
There are sidewalk cafes on E. Central Blvd, by the park.
There are sidewalk cafes on E. Central Blvd, by the park.
Metro Espresso Pizza on E. Central Blvd by the park.
Metro Espresso Pizza on E. Central Blvd by the park.
Eola Wine Company, on E. Central Blvd.
Eola Wine Company, on E. Central Blvd.
Amazing tree on E. Central Blvd, as seen from the park.
Amazing tree on E. Central Blvd, as seen from the park.
Bike rental station on E. Central Blvd.
Bike rental station on E. Central Blvd.
Sculpture behind World of Beer, near E. Central Blvd.
Sculpture behind World of Beer, near E. Central Blvd.
A business man walks beside the lake as joggers go by.
A business man walks beside the lake as joggers go by.
Walking beside all the cute animals.
Walking beside all the cute animals.
City life in the southeast: Spanish moss and skyscrapers!
City life in the southeast: Spanish moss and skyscrapers!
Skyline and shimmering water.
Skyline and shimmering water.
Swan boat ride!
Swan boat ride!
A pretty place to walk!
A pretty place to walk!
Relax Grill, and tropical vegetation.
Relax Grill, and tropical vegetation.
Wooden viewing area over lake.
Wooden viewing area over lake.
Yellow tree!
Yellow tree!
Happy ducks.
Happy ducks.
Swan with yellow beak.
Swan with yellow beak.
Pretty swan.
Pretty swan.
Swan and skyline.
Swan and skyline.
Ibis bird at water's edge.
Ibis bird at water's edge.
Yellow flowering tree.
Yellow flowering tree.
Sunny lawn for picnics.
Sunny lawn for picnics.
Black swan.
Black swan.
Sculpture of a lady reclining.
Sculpture of a lady reclining.
Weeping willow.
Weeping willow.
Birds in a tree!!
Birds in a tree!!
Swans and sunny lawn in distance.
Swans and sunny lawn in distance.
Adorable swans.
Adorable swans.

Directions

Lake Eola Park is located at 512 E. Washington St, Orlando FL 32801. You can park for two hours along Rosalind Ave by using quarters or your credit card in the machines.
Swan boat rentals are $15 for 30 minutes. Open 10am-10pm Wed-Sat, and 10am-7pm Sun-Tues.
World of Beer, 431 E. Central Blvd, Orlando FL 32801, call (407) 270-5541. Opens at 11am.
Spice Steakhouse, 407 E. Central Blvd, Orlando FL 32801, call (407) 481-9533.
Relax Grill, 211 Eola Pkwy, Orlando FL 32801, call (407) 425-8440.
Panera Bread, 227 N. Eola Dr, Orlando FL 32801, call (407) 481-1060.
Church of St. George, 24 N. Rosalind Ave, Orlando FL 32801.

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Last Updated Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:02:14 GMT