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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 16, 2010

We spent a lovely day recently at Lake Eola in Orlando. Close to downtown, this peaceful lake hosted their annual Spring Festival. Vendors lined the walkways, selling jewelry, art works, and hand-crafted items, among other things. Smells of hot dogs, kettle popcorn, and barbecued chicken wafted our way as we strolled around the lake past the bandstand and swan boats. On Sundays, you can shop the Farmer’s Market here. We dined at Spice on their outdoor patio facing the tranquil lake. Just a few blocks away is trendy Thorton Park with Lake Eola Wine Company, Hues, Dexters, and other popular restaurants. Spanish moss drapes from the live oaks trees in this upscale neighborhood. We dodged mothers pushing baby strollers, people walking dogs, young couples, and families out for the day. So put this on your list of other things to do next time you’re in Orlando and get tired of the theme parks.

Spring Festival

Spring Festival

Lake Eola



Spice Restaurant


Lake Eola


6 Responses to “LAKE EOLA”

  1. Nice pictures –

    We’ve had some major scenery changes lately. Nothing like moving from Flat Florida to the Colorado mountains. If you’re interested, you can see our sojourn to Cripple Creek at my blog. We’re wearing our Florida winter garb here, but once the temperatures hit the fifties, the locals seem to dress the way the people in your pictures do.

  2. Just left you a comment, Terry. Cripple Creek is a delightful town to visit.

  3. We went to this on Sunday too! Sadly, the Farmer’s Market wasn’t as good as normal due to the fair. Some of my favorite food vendors weren’t there (or at the fair).

    I love going down to Lake Eola and go to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday I’m in town. My sister and I would love to live in that area, but it’s pretty expensive. I adore the black swans.

    My sister made a video about our day there. It’s here:

  4. Great video. How brave to put those snakes around your (or your sister’s?)neck. We saw the man walking around with the snake. Not my favorite thing! It was just fun to enjoy the day and watch all the people.

  5. Lynn Byer said

    Wow, Nancy, I’ve never been there, but you’ve got me wanting to go. Great photos!

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