Local Farmers Markets

One of the best perks of living in Florida is constant access to fresh, locally grown produce. As a Celebration resident I usually walk to the downtown area on Sundays and enjoy the one we have here, but there are several other great ones in the area on different days if Sundays aren’t the most convenient.  Here are a few I have tried and loved.

Windermere, FL 
-Every Friday from 8am to 1pm in the town square. For a map and more information, click here.

Hunters Creek (SW Orlando), FL
-Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at the Village at Hunters Creek. For more information and a map, click here.

Winter Park, FL
-Every Saturday from 7am to 1pm at the old train depot. For more information, click here.

Lake Eola (Downtown Orlando), FL
-Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Lake Eola Park. For more information and directions, click here.

Celebration, FL
-Every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. For more information, click here.

All of these are located in walking friendly areas and feature a great array of produce, plants, and crafts. Many also have fresh caught seafood, prepared foods, organic options, and wines. These markets are fun for adults and children alike and offer a wonderful opportunity to explore local foods and parks.  Enjoy!

Dog Parks in Orlando, FL

Orlando has plenty of dog parks for you and your best friend.Often times when people begin their property search, they start by researching different neighborhoods and their amenities. They usually have a pretty good idea of the general area they want to consider based on its proximity to their places of business or school. Once that general area is drilled down, they start looking at the individual neighborhoods and prices.

Most people take into account the area schools, proximity to major roads, and the availability of shopping and restaurants. I have noticed lately though that many people have been asking me about amenities for the four-legged members of their families, more specifically, dog parks.

When you live in an area that has sunshine over 300 days out of the year, people want to know about outdoor activities. In Orlando their are several dog parks where you and your dogs can enjoy some great exercise and social time with other members of the neighborhood/community. As an owner of 3 very active dogs (Yes, I said 3), I have listed some of our favorites below.

Baldwin Park
This off-leash park is located between downtown Orlando and Winter Park. It features a lake that the dogs can swim in, showers to clean them off afterwards, and a mini-trail area.

Dr Phillips Dog Park
Another great off-leash dog park located in the Dr Phillips area of Orlando not far from Universal Studios. This park is fenced in and has separate areas for small and large dogs, canine water fountains, and lots of shady areas.

Meadow Woods Dog Park
This fenced-in, off-leash dog park is located only a few miles from the Orlando International Airport off of the SR 417. It features walking trails, separate areas for large and small dogs, and water fountains. There is even a “kiddie” pool for the dogs to play in.

Avalon Dog Park
This fenced-in dog park is located in Avalon Park in northeast Orlando. The park itself is fairly basic with a large fenced-in area for the dogs to run and water fountains, but it is well-attended by locals and is a great place for your dogs to engage others.

All of these dog parks are located in easily accessible areas that also have lots of human amenities such as great restaurants, shopping, and close proximity to major roads. They are a great way to make a day of spending time with your pet and family at the same time, and with so many in the Orlando area, you are bound to be close to one of them. Now that the weather is cooling down, this is a great time of year to try them out!