History & Culture
Winter Park — as the name might tell you — was conceived as a resort community, right about the time the railroad came through. The lakes and ancient, moss-laden trees made for a storybook setting, and it became a place of retreat for the wealthy fleeing northern winters (at least the subset that didn’t care for the beach). The chain of lakes created a boating culture that continues to this day. Winter Park is a city that loves it gardens and its museums, of which there are many. The civic calendar is full of farmer’s markets and art fairs, and the laid-back party atmosphere that was present at the city’s founding is still there today. Most of the people who live in Winter Park seem to think it’s the best place on earth — and are insistent that you don’t confuse it with Orlando.