Situated in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is Orlando’s glittering centerpiece, buzzing with activity throughout the day. From the bustle of the weekly farmers market to the calls of the wandering waterfowl to the splash of the paddling swan boats, the park is a hive of activity, yet there are plenty of peaceful corners to go to if you want to enjoy some peace and serenity.
Orlando Farmers Market
Held in Lake Eola Park every Sunday, the Orlando Farmers Market has everything that a traditional farmers market has, plus much more. The seasonal farm produce is always fresh and colorful, while the freshly prepared meals give visitors the opportunity to sample some of the best of Central Florida‘s cuisine. The arts and crafts stalls feature everything from stained glass to handmade candles to photography prints, and there is also a sprawling plants section where you will find a fantastic selection of indoor and outdoor plants.
Not only can you feed the swans at Lake Eola Park, but visitors can also enjoy a ride around the lake on a swan paddle boat. Each boating session lasts for thirty minutes, and while it may seem like a slightly cheesy activity to partake in, it is a great way to experience the serenity and beauty of the park from a different perspective, and will definitely make your visit a memorable one.
Lake Eola Fountain Light Show
Twice every night, at 8pm and at 9pm, the Lake Eola Fountain comes to life with a choreographed light, music and water show. The dancing lights accompanied by jazz music are set off beautifully by the newly renovated fountain, so be sure to make your way over to see it if you are in the park in the evening.
Feeding the Swans
The waterfowl that wander around Lake Eola are always popular with visitors both young and old, which is why the park now has bird-food dispensers located around the lake. Two of these plastic feeder boxes are located near the playground, and there is another by the Ting Pavillion, all of which dispense a handful of pellets that can be safely fed to the swans.
Yoga in the Park
Not only is Lake Eola Park a favorite with walkers and joggers, but, every Sunday, Yoga in the Park turns Lake Eola into an oasis of positive energy. These large outdoor yoga sessions are attended by both beginners as well as seasoned yogi, with people demonstrating the poses along with modified versions to appeal to everybody’s skill level. The class meets in different areas of the park each week, so do check their Facebook page if you are interested in joining in.
Throughout history, Lake Eola and its lush surroundings have always been considered to be the green heart of Orlando, and still is to this very day. The recent efforts to revitalize the park have more than succeeded, with the wide range of activities, entertainment and food attracting people from all walks of life.