Lake Mary is located 30 kilometres north of Orlando, in Seminole County, Florida. It’s a charming city, close enough to the theme parks and shopping malls, but far enough away for relaxation and recuperation. The city has been named as the fourth best place to live in America. Lake Mary’s proximity to Orlando Sanford Airport, the historic town of Sanford and Lake Monroe makes it the ideal location to stay on a Florida vacation.
Begin an exploration of the city at Lake Mary Museum. It offers visitors a unique insight into how life used to be in this picturesque area of Florida. The museum houses a collection of photographs, artefacts and documents relating to the city and surrounding districts. A day trip to nearby Sanford is an enjoyable experience. Victorian era houses flank leafy streets, while independent handicraft shops and galleries tempt visitors with their wares. Lake Monroe is an ideal spot for sailing, fishing and hiking. Visitors can partake in horseback riding or hike one of the many woodland or lakeside trails. Visitors who enjoy exploring nature and wildlife can enter the lush tropical world of Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. There are over 500 animals and over 205 species to see from giraffes and rhinos to reptiles. Younger visitors will enjoy Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo and all visitors can enjoy the ZOOm Air Adventure Park and Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. There is a multitude of places to eat and drink around Lake Mary and Sanford. Those who prefer to be in the thick of the action can travel to downtown Orlando in less than 25 minutes where the bars, restaurants and entertainment venues of Church Street Station await.
Lake Mary is easy to reach by car from Orlando in just 25 minutes. If arriving into Sanford International Airport Orlando, it’s a 10 minutes’ drive to Lake Mary. The city is easy to navigate on foot or by bicycle, with many activities and attractions on the doorstep. There’s a train and bus service from Lake Mary to both Sanford, the airport, and Orlando. A journey into Orlando takes 45 minutes to an hour by rail. Taxis and Uber services are available.
The history of Lake Mary dates to the 19th century. It originally began as two tiny villages known as Belle Fontaine and Bent’s Station. As the Disney empire began to accelerate growth in Orlando, Lake Mary experienced a resurgence as a community serving the larger city. Today, it is a historic city located close to lakes, forests and mountain parks. It’s charming community ambience and quaint centre ensures that it remains high on any visitor’s wish list.
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