Orlando Main Streets, a program created by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council, has launched Local Orlando, an online visitors’ guide.
Visit a local spot you’ve never been to. Discover a new favorite restaurant or brewery, pick up food for a picnic, or go on a mural crawl right in your own backyard. This guide to local independent businesses and more will assist you with planning your way around Orlando.
Orlando Main Street districts contributing to the Local Orlando guide are:
Audubon Park Garden District
Known for its vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, music, books, craft beer, boutiques, plus superlative professional services, the APGD is a fiercely independent shopping and dining district on Corrine Drive northeast of Downtown.
Bringing small-town charm to the heart of the City, College Park’s Edgewater Drive is filled with locally-owned restaurants and shops, colorful art, and everyday essentials, just northwest of Downtown.
It’s an offbeat culturally casual side that weaves together art museums and renegade retro retailers just north of Downtown. Ivanhoe Village restaurants and watering holes are surrounded the warm lake breezes flowing from Lake Ivanhoe.
The Milk District
At first glance, it seems like a sleepy strip of storefronts, but once you spend a little time in the area, you’ll find that the eclectic character of the area around T.G. Lee dairy plant east of Downtown is a hub of cool bars, restaurants and hangs that make it one of the city’s most bustling areas.
Mills 50 is a centrally located (just east of Downtown), culturally diverse, progressive minded, eclectic urban district. It is a grass roots, member-based organization made up of local business owners and residents, whose mission is to foster Orlando’s most diverse neighborhood by stimulating business, creating a walkable community and promoting its creative culture.
The SoDo District is a business district surrounded by many of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods known for their lakes, walkable parks and streets. Orlando Health, one of Orlando’s most established hospitals has served as a mainstay of the district since 1918. One of Orlando’s historic railroad stations is also nestled within this community which just south of Downtown Orlando (hence the name).
Thornton Park District
Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Eola, Thornton Park offers dining, outdoor activities, and nightlife in a casually sophisticated neighborhood.
Ready to explore? Head over to LocalOrlando.info to get started.
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