Your Guide To The Most Popular Spots In The Lake Formosa Neighborhood

Lake Formosa is a neighborhood in Orlando right off Mills Ave and N. Orange Avenue. Get to know this Orlando neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses. Visit a science museum, go to the theatre, get a pint of beer and enjoy some nature. We rounded up some of the most popular spots in Lake Formosa.

1. Mosaic Hair Studio & Blowout Bar

Topping the list is beauty spot Mosaic Hair Studio & Blowout Bar. Located at 541 Virginia Drive, it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 284 reviews on Yelp. Aside from haircuts and blowouts, the beauty shop offers coloring, keratin and deep conditioning services. You can check out the salon’s full list of services here. (Plus, you can pick up a copy of Park Ave Magazine here!

2. Orlando Museum of Art

Founded in 1924, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) institution, the Orlando Museum of Art is a leading cultural institution in the region.

The purpose of the Orlando Museum of Art is to interpret and present the most compelling art for the public to experience and to positively affect people’s lives with innovative and inspiring education programs that will endure as a cultural legacy in Central Florida. The mission of the Orlando Museum of Art is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas.

3. Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center is Central Florida’s award-winning, a hands-on science museum. For more than 60 years, our exhibits and programming have brought science to life for not just residents of Central Florida, but also visitors from around the world. Check out the latest events and exhibitions!

4. Loch Haven Park

Loch Haven Cultural Park covers 45 acres and serves as the region’s premier cultural park. Nestled between three lakes, Lake Estelle on the north, Lake Rowena on the east and Lake Formosa on the south, the park is located on North Mills Avenue and Princeton Street.

5. The Mennello Museum of American Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

6. The Brass Tap

In 2007, three business partners and friends from the restaurant world created a vision for the “Ultimate Beer Bar.” They recognized the explosive growth in the craft beer market and appreciated the simplicity of operating a beer bar verses a full-service restaurant and began creating The Brass Tap. In October 2008, The Brass Tap’s first location opened in the Shoppes at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida and was soon followed by a second location in the Brandon Town Center in Brandon, Florida in October 2010.

7. Orlando Shakes

Founded by UCF professor Stuart Omans in 1989, Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Inc.) produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Douglas Love-Ramos, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional theaters, garnering national recognition from The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout: “outstanding…spectacular… Broadway worthy… a company that deserves to be far more widely known outside Florida.”

8. Orlando Repertory Theatre

Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando REP) is the only professional theatre for young audiences in the state of Florida.

9. Harry P Leu Gardens

Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The garden and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.


10. Orlando Fire Museum

The Randall R. Tuten Orlando Fire Museum, formerly Station 3, reopened in 2002 after the Orlando Fire Department assumed ownership from the Historical Society of Central Florida.

The two-story, red brick firehouse was initially located on Orlando Avenue, near Dade Street, in College Park from 1926 – 1978.