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:✔

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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

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craft beer at breweries in and around Orlando




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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

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A Visit to Tap & Grind in Downtown Orlando

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Exploring Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando

There are so many beautiful parks in and around Orlando. I love going out and exploring them. I came across Greenwood Urban Wetland when I was getting on to 408. We drove by and I couldn't wait to go back and check it out. This gorgeous 19-acre park reminded me of being back in Pennsylvania. I took a stroll in the late fall and some of the trees had lost some leaves while others had changed color to a brownish color.

I enjoy how beautiful the view looks for the different angles you see when walking around the trail. 

The park has a paved trail that goes around the lake. While the trail goes around one lake you will come across two other smaller lakes that border the trail. It's very peaceful walking around looking at the birds and taking in the scenery. Though the park is bordered by the 408, though I found that the traffic noise was not a nuisance.

There's an agility course for dogs and a community garden too.
Greenwood Urban Wetland park sign


Greenwood Urban Wetland sunset
Greenwood Urban Wetland

Greenwood Urban Wetland Park at sunset


Greenwood Urban Wetland trees and lake


Greenwood Urban Wetland Park


Sunset at Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando


Greenwood Urban Wetland park at sunset


Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando


Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando


Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando

 Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando

Dog Agility course at Greenwood Urban Wetland in Orlando

You will find benches and picnic tables scattered about. You could grab some lunch at 903 Mills Market right up the street and bring it here for a relaxing lunch. This is a great spot for some tranquility.  I look forward to spending time strolling around Greenwood Urban Wetlands

What I enjoy: The pine trees

Cool feature: There's a dog agility course
Good for a date:✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens: Not really
Good for groups: I didn't see any group tables. I have seen groups doing yoga here
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: 903 Mills Market, Greenwood Cemetary & Market on South

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A Brewery Visit To Rapp Brewing Co in Seminole Florida

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Craft beers at Rapp






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Exploring the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has announced the official flagging of the 1,011-room property, located in the Disney Springs™ area, following an extensive multi-million dollar hotel-wide renovation. Formerly known as Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa, the newly-transformed property is an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel and represents Hilton’s continued expansion in the Orlando market.


I recently went on a tour to see first hand what an amazing renovation the hotel has done. The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace is a true visual delight! From the moment I walked into the lobby, I was in awe of the beauty of the place. The lobby has a sleek yet inviting contemporary feel about it. 

Steps from the main lobby overlooking the Float Lagoon is Sunnies, an expansive bar and warmly inviting lounge where guests can catch up on sports games or enjoy a drink. The views of the pool area are lovely and would be a nice spot to catch the evening sunset. 


The guestrooms have a new updated design. Contemporary yet comfortable.
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The property is conveniently located inside Walt Disney World® Resort, This is the closest hotel to Disney Springs™ and the views of it are amazing including the nighttime fireworks! H room views of nightly theme park fireworksThey even have a walkway that takes you to the new pedestrian skyway bridge right to Disney Springs™.


On the heels of a multi-million-dollar property overhaul, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace - Disney Springs™ Area announced their elevated food and beverage program by debuting a new casual poolside restaurant, Shades; three-meal restaurant, Letterpress; a lobby bar and outdoor terrace, Sunnies; and gourmet grab-n-go market, Citrus28.

Letterpress the alphabet-themed restaurant, which boasts dangling alphabet letters as décor, eclectic children’s knick-knacks such as a massive chalkboard, alphabet pillows, rubber duckies and letter games, as well as panoramic views of Blake Lake and the new float lagoon lazy river, offers guests a dining option for three meals of the day. There is a meet and greet with favorite Disney characters at the vibrant Character Dining breakfast every Sunday.


At Letterpress, guests can enjoy the feel and design of a modern printing shop in a bright white and green color palette while dining on classic American fare, seasonal favorites, and extensive three-meal menus with Pinterest-worthy dishes including seasonal Florida whole roasted snapper and the double cut jumbo pork chop. Every Sunday, families can enjoy a brunch in the heart of all the magic and experience the Disney Character Breakfast with meet-and-greets with Walt Disney World®’s most cherished characters. Letterpress is open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. 

Citrus28 is a gourmet, brightly-colored, grab-n-go market and café featuring Starbucks coffee, freshly prepared light meals, casual bites and local favorites prepared daily. The vibrant shop features a retro-themed, nostalgic candy bar with a variety of 90s-themed toys, gadgets, and beloved sweet treats. 


The hotel has opened a reimagined recreation area, inclusive of the Float Lagoon, new pools, and cabanas, as well as a new poolside restaurant, Shades, serving lunch and dinner.

Shades features approachable, fresh American cuisine with coastal Florida flavors, alongside hand-crafted cocktails with local ingredients. Specialty dishes include Key West-style shrimp cocktails, Gulf Shores blackened salmon salad, pan roasted local fish, coastal fish tacos, poolside Kosher dog, and classic Florida Key Lime pie. 

The Wayfarer frozen cocktail is a tropical delight!

The Coastal Fish Tacos included fresh grilled local fish topped with fresh cilantro crema.

Now that's an Ice Cream Sandwich!


Shades offers a selection of eight local beers from Debary, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale through its partnerships with Funky Buddha Brewery and Central 28 Beer Company. The property recently partnered with Florida-based Central 28 Beer Company to produce an exclusive beer for hotel guests, the ‘Citrus 28.’ With the brewery remaining true to their hop forward approach and using the finest ingredients, the American Pale Ale’s signature ingredient is real grapefruit. Shades is open from 11 a.m. to 8. p.m. and will host live music every Saturday.

There's nothing like lounging at the pool!

The new expansive recreation area includes a new event lawn, Float Lagoon lazy river, adult lap pool, and cabanas. 

 For guests, groups, and weddings seeking a rejuvenating variety of tailored beauty services, Kay Casperson Spa, Salon & Boutique is the full-service spa and salon featuring a private spa pool. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace also offers a lap pool and cabana service, a zero-entry pool with a Float Lagoon, complimentary Disney Theme Park shuttles, a 24-hour fitness center, and high-speed Internet Access.


“The restoration project is intended to reposition the iconic property as a destination hotel as a part of the Walt Disney World® Resort,” said James Grosso, general manager, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. "Joining the Hilton portfolio, the hotel is steadfastly committed to a superior caliber of service, style, amenities and programming for leisure and business travelers.”

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace is definitely a resort worth exploring and enjoying a stay whether it be for business or pleasure.

A Brewery Visit to 7venth Sun Brewery in Dunedin

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beers at 7venth Sun Brewery
Beers on the patio🍻




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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.

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