Get to know…Winter Garden

Population34,568
Major EmployerWalt Disney Company
Main AttractionWinter Garden Historic District
Public Schools11

Winter Garden is located approximately 14 miles west of Downtown Orlando in West Orange County. Recently, Winter Garden has undergone substantial development, including the construction of a few large-scale communities. One of the area's main draws is its proximity to Windermere. In Winter Garden, you'll have access to all of the same attractions, shopping options, and schools at a lower cost of living. Winter Garden is ideal for families or young professionals who would enjoy living in a small, quaint community.

If you're commuting to Downtown Orlando, you can expect a roughly 25-minute trip with rarely any traffic problems.  In fact, the only recurring traffic backup happens in the evening at the exit from SR 429 onto Winter Garden Vineland Rd (SR 435).  Commutes to Maitland or Altamonte have the added benefit of choice.  Drivers can choose to take SR 408 to I-4 or SR 429, whichever option for which Google maps shows less traffic.

Attractions

Historic Downtown Winter Garden contains an assortment of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as several museums and a theater. The Central Florida Railroad Museum contains exhibits depicting Central Florida's railroading history. Passing through the historic downtown district of Winter Garden, the West Orange Trail is a 22-mile long multi-use trail that boasts walking, biking, hiking, and equestrian trails.

There are several parks located throughout Winter Garden that offer tennis courts, playgrounds, sports fields, swimming pools, basketball courts, and picnic areas. Every Friday, Centennial Park hosts the Fridays on the Plaza Concert Series.

Shopping

Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves is an open-air shopping center that offers specialty retailers, department stores, and "big box" stores like Best Buy and Lowe's. Plant Street, which runs through the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden, is lined with a handful of small shops and restaurants. 

Dining

Winter Garden's most iconic restaurants are located along Plant Street.  Locals rave about Harry & Larry's BBQ, and foodies travel from across Orlando to visit Chef's Table at Edgewater.  In the more suburban portions of Winter Garden, residents will find a significant number of national chains ranging from fast food to sit down restaurants.  There are staples like Tijuana Flats and Starbucks and other popular restaurants like Chipotle, KFC, Bonefish Grill, Panda Express, and Planet Smoothie.

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