Rollins College, Winter Park
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If you stroll south down Park Ave (the main street of Winter Park), you will come to Rollins College. Walk around the campus and enjoy the beautiful European architecture and tall moss-draped oaks. You can see students relaxing by the pool with views of the lake. There is some variation to the terrain at Rollins- it's not all flat- so the pool, for example, is slightly raised up over the lake. Walk down a little pathway to a gazebo and tiny sandy beach on the lake. Here a long path hugs the lake. You come to wooden sculptures of row boats that you can sit in, and wonderful views of the lake at every bend. Tall, tall trees line the path. What a joy!
Inside Olin Library, students study on couches under stained glass windows. If you get a chance to see a music performance in the intimate Tiedtke Concert Hall, definitely take it! The student performers are exceptional. You can also see midday recitals most Tuesdays and Thursdays in this hall at 12:30pm. Renowned visiting performers also come to campus. Famous writers, leaders, artists, and producers give lectures, master classes, or spend time in residence through the Winter Park Institute. Many of the professors have important jobs besides teaching, such as one who writes for the Wall Street Journal and another who conducts for Disney. In other words, the professors "do what they profess." The faculty and students on campus are relaxed, welcoming, and happy. Mr. Rogers studied at Rollins College, and for the rest of his life, spent winters here in Winter Park. It's fun for students to be so close to Orlando because they can intern with Disney and enjoy the exciting city. They are in a wealthy suburb, but also near a cosmopolitan, metropolitan environment. And of course, they can enjoy beautiful Park Avenue, its French patisseries, and its city park with fountains and places to kick back under the trees. At Rollins, music and art majors are encouraged to double major in fields with more jobs such as the sciences- I think this is a smart trend, since students can be prepared for a job as well as be themselves, following their passions.
Knowles Memorial Chapel looks lovely with its bell tower and archways- you can look up at it from a square rose garden. You can come for a protestant service on Sunday mornings and a Catholic mass on Sunday evenings, or for a concert such as during the Bach Festival.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum is a small museum on campus with some lovely works of art. The watch key collection is unusual and magical.
After walking along the lake on the campus path, continue your walk south on Lakeview Drive. Wonderful mansions are on your right while the sparkling lake is on your left.
On the east side of campus is a boardwalk leading to Dinky Dock Park, where huge oak trees hung with Spanish moss shade a sandy beach.
The campus of Rollins College is even better at night when the buildings are lit beautifully. Magic! There are tons of people walking around so you feel safe taking a stroll on a warm Florida evening.
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Rollins College is located at 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park FL 32789, call (407) 646-2000.
Exit Highway 4 at Fairbanks Ave and head east for almost two miles. Turn left on Park Ave to park you car along the road. Then you can walk south on Park Ave and cross Fairbanks Ave to get to campus.
If you want to park on campus to go to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, there are some parking spaces near the museum. From Fairbanks Ave, turn right on Chase Ave, left on Holt Ave, left at the end and the parking spaces are immediately on your right. Cornell Fine Arts Museum will also validate your parking if you park in the Suntrust Plaza on Comstock St, just off Park Ave.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum is open Tues-Fri 10-4, and Sat and Sun 12-5. Admission is free.
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