Lakeside, Winter Park
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Lakeside is a small shopping plaza on Lake Killarney in the heart of Winter Park, a university town. It has a gorgeous round white dock where you can stand and feel the breeze through your hair. Total paradise is to get a crispy hot dog from Shake Shack and sit outside on the adirondack chairs or picnic tables. It reminds me of one of my favorite spots in California, Padaro Beach Grill. Too bad they have awful music- Hawaiian music, like Iz, would be better!
There is a lovely fountain with statues of children and a frog. Further down in the shopping center is a sculpture of a woman surrounded by water vessels of all different sizes.
Pop into Trader Joe's market to buy some healthy groceries and interesting treats. There is also a frozen yogurt place called Yogen Fruz, and a cupcake shop called Jillycakes.
For more formal dining on the lake, have the Kale Salad at Hillstone's, on the southern border of this shopping plaza.
I found Lakeside and the seating behind Shake Shack by accident while shopping at Trader Joe's. I saw glimpses of the glittering lake and wandered over for a better view. Then I found it! My new place to hang out! You can get into a dreamy mood just sitting on the adirondack chairs and staring out at the lake. Where else in a big, congested city is that possible?
Just a short walk along Morse Blvd leads you to Castle Playground (or Community Playground) at Martin Luther King Jr Park where you'll find a great workout station, wooden castle playground, and walking path around a pond.
Or drive to Azalea Lane Playground, an adorable playground that you won't forget!
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Lakeside is a lakefront shopping plaza. To find it, use one of these two addresses in your GPS:
Trader Joe's Market, 131 N. Orlando Ave, Winter Park FL 32789, call (407) 622-0874.
Shake Shack, 119 N. Orlando Ave, Winter Park FL 32789, call (321) 203-5130.
Another great lakefront restaurant is just south of Lakeside Shopping Plaza: Hillstone's, 215 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park FL 32789, call (407) 740-4005.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.