It’s 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, but I have never spent much time in Winter Garden. After my recent visit, though, I’m definitely going to make it a regular stop in our adventures around Central Florida.
We decided one random weekday to visit the downtown area. It’s super cute and has plenty to look at with very active shops, restaurants and bars lining Plant Street – the main road through town. We spent 4 hours just walking around and enjoying all that Plant Street had to offer and could easily have stayed longer.
City Hall is beautiful. They’ve designed it in the Art Deco style to fit in with other local architecture, but it was actually built in 2008!
There’s a cute little Winter Garden Heritage Museum located in an old railroad depot.
The little square in the middle of town with a fountain and porch swings is such a nice place to hang out and let the kids run around.
We stopped for lunch at a place called Savoree that makes awesome sandwiches to order. Honestly, I was a little skeptical of eating at a sandwich shop because I’ve got high standards for sandwiches and I’ve been disappointed several times by places we’ve visited on other travels, but we’ll definitely be going here on our next visit.
We also stumbled upon the newest branch of Adjectives Market! They were doing a soft opening and we took a look around. I’ve always loved Adjectives and this shop is feels a little more like a boutique than its (also fabulous) counterparts in Altamonte and Winter Park. It’s a must-see whenever you visit Winter Garden. I found far too many things that I could have taken home (did you see that depression glass?!).
Our final stop was the Plant Street Market. It’s got such a cool vibe and we could’ve stayed there all day. Inside this huge building are cafes, sweet shops, gift stalls, and even a butcher. Jon’s favorite part was the Crooked Can Brewery. They offer beer brewed on site and we enjoyed tasting it in a flight before deciding which we would get in a full pint (I liked the Mr. Tractor Kolsch the best).
Location: Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL
Ages: All! We took Graham and there were plenty of opportunities for him to wander around and play. Older kids will enjoy a splash pad in the warmer months!
Cost: Gas money and spending money. You could easily wander around and not spend a dime, but you’ll probably be tempted to spend a little cash at the shops and restaurants.
Have you been to Winter Garden? What do you recommend seeing the next time we’re there?