Winter Garden

The economy is bolstered by a vibrant business community.

Welcome to Winter Garden

Charming and historic town known for its citrus roots perched on the edge of the scenic Lake Apopka.

Residing on the scenic edge of the beautiful Lake Apopka, Winter Garden (not to be confused with Winter Park) is a charming and historic town providing easy access to upscale dining and retail. Formerly a citrus town, Winter Garden was officially incorporated in the early 20th century and pays homage to its past with historic architecture and fascinating cultural attractions. Winter Garden’s citrus roots and history of rail travel earned the town a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, Winter Garden is considered the commercial and cultural capital of West Orange County, a place you can find a diverse collection of eateries, boutiques, and a great selection of real estate that makes this community an excellent one to call home. There are always events happening in the downtown area and an abundance of recreation and attractions around every corner.

The economy is bolstered by a vibrant business community, and Winter Garden has become a favorite destination for those seeking old Florida style and charm. With a convenient location just 14 miles west of Downtown Orlando and proximity to several beloved theme parks, Winter Garden has flourished into a fantastic place to work, live, and play.

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

Despite being something of a hidden gem, Winter Garden is genuinely one of the best places to live in Florida. The rich historical legacy, premier shopping centers, luxury homes, and perfect position near the finest of Central Florida make Winter Garden a haven for gourmands, outdoor enthusiasts, and art lovers. It also doesn’t hurt that the town is just 20 minutes north of Walt Disney World, “the happiest place on earth.”

From luxurious lakefront estates to modern condominiums, homes for sale in Winter Garden provide the best of the best when it comes to accommodations and accessibility. There is also the new master-planned community of Horizon West, which features several villages with their own schools and lush green spaces constructed around the New Hamlin Town Center. This village-centric lifestyle and the fast-growing evolution of Horizon West make it a genuine Central Florida jewel.

Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

Winter Garden’s historic downtown district is home to historic architecture and many restaurants, a performing arts venue, shops, cafés, and two museums. Then there’s the Winter Garden Village at Fowlers Grove, an open-air destination with over 80 retailers and dining options anchored by Lowe’s, Super Target, and Best Buy.

Plant Street Market is a unique addition to Winter Garden that provides organic eats and handmade products. There are several great dining establishments nearby. The Crooked Can Brewing Company is an acclaimed brewery with fantastic dining options that range from vegan fare to sushi, burgers, and pizza. Also downtown is Pilars, a martini-focused piano bar, and the cozy wine bar Attic Door.

Those craving a bite of the Big Easy and southern-style comfort food will love Country House Restaurant (voted the town’s best breakfast spot!) while Bella Italia Ristorante will satisfy cravings for authentic Italian food.

Things to Do

Downtown Winter Garden is the place to be and a lively, bustling community gathering spot regularly hosting fun, family-friendly events. Every Friday, enjoy live music in the plaza with “Fridays on the Plaza,” and then return each Sunday for the Winter Garden Farmers Market.

There are many historic sites and attractions to explore, such as the Heritage Museum, which features more than 5,000 artifacts. Anyone interested in learning more about the influence railroad development has had on Florida should visit the Central Florida Railroad Museum. Watch a live theatrical performance, concert, or film at the Garden Theatre, a historic performing arts venue originally constructed in 1935.


Winter Garden is served by the Orange County School District.
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