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Thornton Park 

Urban and urbane

Thornton Park calls itself the “neighborhood for locals,” and it’s fast become a place for hip people who like their downtowns unpretentious and chill. It’s hard to imagine that this neighborhood was once known as a dingy alternative ’hood on the western side of Lake Eola – today it’s polished and quaint and sophisticated, but still laid-back enough to feel homey and comfortable. The bricked streets are lined with some of the oldest oaks in the city, and there are plenty of patios and outdoor cafes for you to enjoy epic people-watching while getting some sun with your mimosa.


Benjamin French Bakery and Café
716 E. Washington St.

808 E. Washington St.

Graffiti Junktion
900 E. Washington St.

The Pop Parlour
431 E. Central Blvd.


Eola Wine Company
430 E. Central Blvd.

Mucho Tequila and Tacos
101 S. Eola Drive

Stardust Lounge
431 E. Central Ave.


Mother Falcon

Orlando Farmers Market
Lake Eola Park at corner of East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive

Zou Zou Boutique
2 N. Summerlin Ave.


Swan Boat Ride at Lake Eola
512 E. Washington St.


Come Out With Pride
Oct. 6-12, 2014
This is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the country, and the parade is the fun, colorful highlight.

Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk
Second Thursday of each month
Sip and spend your way through the district’s many restaurants, bars, boutiques and bars.


20 reasons to love Thornton Park



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