Exploring Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando

Lake Eola Park is a local gem in Orlando.In a city filled with theme parks, this natural playground is refreshing. Located in downtown Orlando, this 43-acre park is a place where you will find families having a picnic, kids laughing on the playground, couples walking hand in hand, friends having a drink and grandparents feeding the swans.

Nature, with food and drinks. I think I've found heaven!




I enjoy going to Lake Eola on Sundays. I can take advantage of the Orlando Farmer's Market that takes place from 10:00-4:00. 



If you don't happen to visit the park when the farmer's market is running, there is a Publix across the street on East Central Blvd where you can grab some picnic fixings. There are also a couple of restaurants with great views of the lake. Grabbing a beer and enjoying the view from World of Beer can't be beaten.

beer flight on the patio at world of beer in downtown orlando


There are often events taking place at the Walt Disney World Amphitheater, from protests to performances.

the walt disney world amphitheater at lake eola park

While the swans are the highlight of the park you will find that many other birds enjoy a visit to the park.

There are sculptures located around the park. They are part of See Art Orlando.  The piece below is Cedar of Lebanon,"It is a reflection of our community's diversity, strength, and elegance".
cedar of Lebanon sculpture in lake eola park


Night time is one of my favorite times to stroll around the lake. It's a great spot to watch the sunset and then enjoy the fountain lit up. There is themed music played on the speakers throughout the park as well. Making for a nice evening for a date night.
Take flight Sculpture at lake eola park

You could spend hours at the park or come in for a quick stroll. There are events taking place pretty much every weekend. If you prefer a more chill night out at the park come during the week. 

Grab a blanket sit back and take in the view or enjoy a walk around the lake

What I enjoy: It's a visual delight!
Cool feature: The fountain will often be colored based on an organization's awareness
Good for a date: ✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔

~ Kelli

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

IdeaSport Soccer Program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort to Kick Off with Festival-Style Open House

The IdeaSport Soccer Program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort will launch June 3-4 with a festival-style open house featuring LaLiga players and coaches at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The open house for the new soccer experience, geared towards boys and girls ages 4- 18, will be the first opportunity for youth players to sign up for the program. The open house, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, will involve on-field play sessions within a family friendly environment with Disney character meet & greets, photo opportunities with the LaLiga trophy, food and beverages, and appearances by LaLiga players and coaches.

Players interested in attending the Open House must register in advance at www.idea-sports.com, guests are welcome to take part in the complimentary festival activities.

Through its multi-year agreement with LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort, this program will provide a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field, as well as professional training for coaches and officials.

Training and development for youth players is scheduled to begin in early August at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts a variety of youth soccer events, including the prestigious Disney Soccer Showcase. Additionally, there will be multiple events and exhibitions, including a tournament, on-site events and summer camps with current and former LaLiga players and coaches, visits from LaLiga legends and ambassadors, plus more events to be announced.

LaLiga is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. It has produced Europe’s top-rated club more times (18) than any other league, and it reached 2.1 billion viewers worldwide in the 2015-2016 season, according to Nielsen ratings. During the first round of the 2016-17 season, that number grew by 37 percent.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 20, 2017) – Former LaLiga stars Raúl González Blanco and Gianluca Zambrotta pose with several youth soccer players at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Walt Disney World Resort and LaLiga announced a world-class soccer training program that includes a multi-year relationship with IdeaSport, LLC to establish a unique soccer training program for kids, coaches and officials at the ESPN Complex near Orlando, Florida.  (Preston Mack, photographer)


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Open house at a glance:
        June 3-4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
        Geared towards boys and girls ages 4-18 
        First opportunity for youth players to sign up for the program 
        On-field play sessions within a family friendly environment 
        Disney character meet & greets 
        Photo opportunities with the LaLiga trophy 
        Appearances by LaLiga players and coaches 
        Food and beverages 
        Players must register in advance at www.idea-sports.com, and guests are welcome to participate in the complimentary festival activities. 
  
About the IdeaSport Soccer Program
The IdeaSport Soccer Program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort provides a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training, education and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field. The IdeaSport Soccer Program will bring multiple events and exhibitions to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex each year, including a tournament, onsite events with current and former LaLiga players, summer camps with current and former players and coaches, visits from LaLiga legends and ambassadors, and more. At the IdeaSport Soccer Program, we don’t choose you, you choose us.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in March, is the leading sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the world. The complex, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, hosts more than 100 entertainment and sports events a year and has accommodated more than 70 different sports and 3 million athletes from around the world. Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with an experience synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 220-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses (and a third currently under construction) for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports, the New Balance Track & Field facility and cross country course, and a tennis court complex with 10 courts. Coming soon, the complex will be home to a brand-new facility specifically designed for cheerleading and dance competitions, currently under construction. ESPN Wide World of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of unique sports solutions, such as special travel packages, fresh ready-made meal options, photography services, customized event merchandise, and post-game celebrations in the Disney Parks. For more information,
visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos, and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports and at Facebook at ESPNWWOS.

Enjoying Craft Beer in Central Florida

For a more recent post on craft beer in Orlando visit my other blog → A Lady Crafter.

craft beer at breweries in and around Orlando




~ Kelli

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Exploring Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando

I was out exploring local parks and was very happy to come across Dickson Azalea Park.

Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando is only a few blocks long, meandering along a Fern Creek making its way towards Mayor Carl Langford Park.

The park consists of a trail with benches scattered about offering peaceful views of the wooded area.
You can find parking along the boarding Rosearden Dr.
Dickson Azalea Park Sign in Orlando


The historic bridge makes a lovely backdrop for photos.

Bridge at Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando


I find the park to be a hidden oasis. It's lush and a visual delight when wandering about.
trails at Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando


Trails at Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando

Oak trees at Dickson Azalea Park In Orlando


Dickson Azalea Park is a great park to sit and just be. Take in the sights and enjoy the sounds of the creek and the birds.
Benches at Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando



I've noticed this is a popular park for early morning and sunset photo shoots. The light coming through the trees is beautiful.



While I look forward to exploring the Orange County Parks for longer walks in the woods, I'm happy knowing there is a place close by when I need a quick nature escape.

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What I enjoy: It's a hidden gem below the street
Cool feature: This area used to be a watering hole for cattle ranchers back in the day.
Good for a date: ✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups: Small groups having a picnic
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Barley & Vine, The Market on South & Beefy King

~ Kelli

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.