Exploring Orlando's WestArt District

If you find yourself over near the Orlando City Soccer Stadium take a stroll over and up a block and check out the WestArt District. This is the largest street art exhibit in Orlando. Their mission is to "provide the canvas for creative arts."

Hubs and I were biking in the area and as we drove past we were welcomed to go behind the fence and take a better look at all of the street art. There were a couple of artists out working on some walls. If it wasn't so dang hot that day I would have spent more time admiring the art.
Orlando's WestArt District

Orlando's WestArt District

Looking at their website it looks like they offer some tailgating spots for the soccer games. The WestArt District is also just a couple of blocks up from Broken Cauldron Brewery. Grab some beers and head over and do some exploring in the WestArt District.

~ Kelli

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Exploring Orlando and Celebrating Earth, Science and Records

Another week out and about Exploring Orlando. As usual, I try to balance out nature with food and drinks. My exploring was kept close to home again. I was busy helping out with my daughter's high school chorus production of the Titanic and didn't have much free time.

One of my favorite ways to get out and explore is by foot. It's a great way for me to get some exercise and to take in the sights. I went exploring along Lake Virginia last week. There is a nice path that runs along the lake on Rollin's campus. It's about a mile walk from Dinky Dock over to Lakeview Drive. I love walking this path.

Path at rollins college along lake virginia
Take in the view

We've been having some nice weather lately. Though to be honest I miss the rain. The lakes are so low and the fire danger is still high. Since it was another nice evening we stopped at Gator's Dockside in Baldwin Park for drinks before the show.  Nothing fancy here, but I do love the view while enjoying my beer.
beer on the patio at Gators Dockside in Baldwin Park
Brews with a view

Thursday night our family went to watch our daughter perform at Night on Broadway 🎤 The Winter Park Chorus Department does and amazing job. They do this every spring and the concert benefits the Tyler Rush Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This year's show was another spectacular performance!
winter park high school night on Broadway titanic
Worthy of a standing ovation

I went out exploring in my Audubon Park neighborhood. I usually swing by the East End Market once a week. I couldn't believe how tall the flowers have gotten out front of the market. They are so pretty!🌻

Fridays I usually splurge on a treat in the neighborhood. I ended up at Blue Bird. Their brownies are my FAV! I decided to branch out and try one of these krispy treats. These were just as delicious at the brownies and a great deal at $2. 25!👍
krispy treat at blue bird bake shop in orlando

Saturday was a day of biking around town. Bryan and I got nine miles of exploring on our bike. 🚴

There were a BUNCH of events taking place around town Saturday afternoon. We started out in Audubon Park where there were tons of people at Park Ave Cds for Record Store Day.

We then headed downtown to Lake Eola Park. There was an Earth Day 🌏celebration on one side of the lake and the March For Science ⚛ on the other. There were lots of people out for both events.
Lake Eola Park
My favorite lake

Saturday was opening day for Orlando Pride ⚽There was a lot of excitement our front of the stadium.
Orlando City Stadium
Game Time

As Bryan and I were making our way back up towards Colonial we came upon the West Arts District.  There was an artist painting and he encouraged us to come in and take a look around. It's a very cool space. I will have a post with more photos soon.
murals in WestArt District in Orlando
WestArt District

We then biked over to Ten10 for some beers. They had a collab on tap that they did with Central 28. Sister Midnight was brewed for Record Store Day.🍻
ten10 Brewing Company
Brews & Tunes

What's nice about going to Ten10 is my favorite bottle shop is just a couple of blocks away. We walked over and enjoyed some beers at GB's Bottle Shop with friends and grabbed a couple to take home.

We came back through Audubon Park where we were lucky to swing by P is for Pie before they closed.  We got some Cutie Pies to pair with our beer. OMG, so good! I love pairing desserts with beer💖
p is for pie Cutie Pies with Terrapin Beer

With all that biking in the heat we crashed the rest of the weekend. It was nice to have a lazy Sunday.

I hope you had fun exploring Orlando or wherever you may call home.✨

Looking ahead here ar five local events on my radar for this upcoming week:

Tuesday 4/25 - Green City + Open City = Innovation City ~ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Tuesday 4/25 - Drink and Think ~ 8 pm at Lil Indies

Wednesday 4/26 - Generocity Orlando ~ 6 pm-8:30 pm at The Orlando Science Center

Thursday 4/27 - ZipOde Throwdown ~ 6 pm- 9 pm at  Orlando Brewing

2017 Florida Film Festival

~ Kelli

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A Visit to Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando

For a more up to date visit to Stardust Video & Coffee check out my blog post here → at A Lady Crafter

craft beer at Stardust Video & coffee
Smore's Beer

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

Exploring Lake Druid Park in Orlando

Lake Druid Park in Orlando is a newer park that keeps evolving. It's hidden back in the Coytown neighborhood just off of Bumby and Colonial. The park is located off of Lake Druid hence the name
Lake Druid Park
Park Hours

The Cady Way Trail starts at the park. cuts If you want to head west there is a connecting trail through the nearby neighborhoods that will get you over to the Urban Trail.

If you're not biking over there is plenty of parking.
Volleyball at Lake Druid PArk
Volleyball anyone 

This park has something to offer most people. There's the large volleyball court.

A community garden coming this spring.
community garden at Lake Druid Park

The Orlando Mountain Bike Park looks cool. They even have a trail that goes into the woods.
bike park at Lake Druid Park in Orlando

There are an air-pump and tools if your bike may end up needing either during your visit.
Bike Park in Lake Druid Park
🚲 around

Every visit to the Lake Druid I notice more doggies at the dog section of the park. There are two areas, one for large and one for small pups. There is a hose to clean your dog afterward if you'd like.
Lake Druid Dog Park

What I enjoy: A park that's good for all groups.
Cool feature: Community garden
Good for a date:
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Drunken Monkey Coffee, Beefy King & Se7ven Bites

~ Kelli

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