When it comes to Winter Park, what comes to mind? Is it Rollins College? The shops on Park Ave? Perhaps it’s the gorgeous green parks dotted around the Winter Park neighborhoods. Simply put, Winter Park delivers something for everyone, especially the connoisseur of art, history, and culture. Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations. Winter Park is considered to be a premier urban village in the sunshine state. It has a wonderful mix of old world charm (think elegant homes, quaint bricked streets, extensive tree canopies) mixed with upscale shopping experiences and urban flair.
Exploring Arts & Culture in Winter Park
There is so much art and culture in the town of Winter Park, that an Arts & Culture Alliance was formed as a result. The Arts & Culture Alliance was formed as a subcommittee of the city’s Public Art Advisory Board that is committed to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art and implementing educational opportunities concerning public art for the benefit of Winter Park residents and visitors.
Art provides the canvas at the Alfond Inn at Rollins College. Before you reach your luxury guest room or suite, you’ll see works from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum throughout the elegantly appointed lobby, lounge and restaurant. Then take in the sun on the Alfond’s lush lawns and elevated pool veranda.
Winter Park is a rare gem of culture- both for art and history. Some of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens/Capen Showalter House, Cornell Fine Arts Museum & The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Casa Feliz Historic Home, and Winter Park History Museum.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso. For any art lover or connoisseur, there is so much to see. Art galleries in Winter Park include Chambers (City Hall), Galloway Room at the Welcome Center, and assorted artwork at Winter Park library.
Winter Park is no stranger to big parties. It has some of the best local festivals in Orlando. Every October, there is the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival and every March there is the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Each festival features an array of local craftsmen, painters, and artisans.
Winter Park is Orlando’s gem- full of renowned, international museums, upscale boutiques and shopping, top-rated restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and luxury accommodations. It has the appeal of a European village but with a Floridian flair. Whether you are here to visit for the weekend or a college student from afar, you will enjoy everything that Winter Park has to offer.