Lake Eola Park is affectionately considered one of Orlando’s top ‘natural’ playgrounds (that is, one that doesn’t involve Disney or Universal) – a pleasant downtown spot for picnics, exercise, paddle-boating or just a quick escape from the nearby high-rises.
The 23-acre site, located off East Washington Street, features an almost mile-long walkway around the lake perimeter, as well as an event amphitheatre, a children’s playground, a bright red Chinese pagoda and a famous fountain.
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- SeaWorld Florida Tickets - Choose Your Adventure
Activities at Lake Eola Park
Probably the best way enjoy the lake at Eola Park is to get out on the water in one of the cute paddleboats available for hire all year round. Designed to look like elegant white swans (and presumably fit in with the natural scenery), they’re available for $15 per half hour, which allows you enough time to cover all corners of the lake, getting up close with the iconic fountain in the centre along the way.
Walt Disney Amphitheater
Visit Orlando and you’re never too far away from something Disney-related. Lake Eola Park subtly markets the brand in the form of a small, but impressive amphitheatre, hosting monthly events such as fundraisers, open-air movie screenings, live performances, and festivals.
Orlando Farmers Market
If you’re in the downtown area anytime on a Sunday between 10am and 4pm, don’t miss Lake Eola’s very own farmers’ market, located at the corner of E. Central Boulevard and N. Eola Drive. Expect handicrafts, locally sourced produce, plants, a pet section, ready-to-eat food, live music and a beer garden.
For one of the best vantage points across the water, look for the bright red pagoda. The Chinese-Buddhist monument also has a cool LED light installation, making it just as bright in the evenings as during the day.
Eating and Drinking
Visitors are free to bring their own picnics to Lake Eola, but for something a bit more civilised (without any of the fuss), the lakeside ‘Relax Grill’ is highly recommended. Located towards the northwest corner of the park, this café-cum-restaurant serves some tasty American-Mediterranean food including burgers, sandwiches, salads and fresh seafood. Arrive for sunset (6pm to 8pm) on a Friday to enjoy the beer and wine buffet for just $10!
Tai Chi & Kung Fu Classes
Lake Eola Park has steadily become one of the most popular places in downtown Orlando for martial arts, with Tai chi and Kung Fu sessions running Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evening, as well as yoga on Sunday at 11am (all donation-based).
Lake Eola Park
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA