Lake Eola Park in Orlando, FL

Author: 
Alexander Northman
Curator: 
The Mark's List Gang
Lake Eola Park is a spectacular urban area, where thousands of people take in the pleasant and peaceful scenery surrounding Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Orlando's residents and we suppose more than a few travelers, flock to the walkways, fountains and shaded grassy spots to read books, walk at lunch or in the evenings and for the numerous festivals and events that take place around the park. The sidewalk that circles the lake is just short of a mile long, making it easy for runners, joggers, bikers and so on to keep track of their distance. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats for, or electric gondola boats, feeding the swans and other birds that live in the park, grabbing a bite to eat at Relax Grill on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando's skyline. 
 
With the exception of the playground, leashed pets are allowed in the City park.
 

Fountain Shows

The Lake Eola Fountain comes alive at night with a choreographed show set to music.  The light show and the musical themes change with the season. While the fountain runs all day, fountain shows run nightly at approximately 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm lasting about 6 minutes.  Times change as the days get longer, so expect later start times moving towards the summer months.
 

Weekly Farmers Market

As the Orlando Farmer's Market enters its 25th year, it is growing leaps and bounds as it continues adding many new vendors, a brand new wine and beer garden, live entertainment, an outdoor dining area, and themed Sundays to promote pet-friendly, family-friendly, food and wine as well as arts in the park programs. The Orlando Farmer's Market is the hottest place to be Downtown every Sunday from 10am to 4pm!
 

Boat Rentals

What better way to enjoy the lake than explore on a paddleboat?  Lake Eola Park has swan shaped paddle boats available for rent with each boat holding 5 adults.  Hours of operation are 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday through Tuesday; and 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday.  Look for the boat rental dock by the Relax Grill.
 

Walt Disney Amphitheater 

The Walt Disney Amphitheater is located at the West end of the park and features live band performances, movie nights and other events throughout the year.
 

Orlando Gay Pride

The walkways surrounding the lake are the site of Orlando's annual Gay Pride Event, making for one of the most spectacular Gay Pride settings in Florida. The event takes place in November and more information can be found here: Orlando Gay Pride.
 
 

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