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Waterford Lakes/Avalon Park 

So close, but so far

It’s strip-mall heaven, but there are some gems to be found among the chain restaurants and multiplex big-box storefronts. Sports bars abound, but so do walking and biking trails, especially as you head out to Wedgefield and Stoneybrook, so there are plenty of places to get your quietude on. For some, this area – which used to be the “it” place to live – might be the definition of “disturbia,” but there’s a lot to love about Waterford Lakes and Avalon Park, especially the pet-friendly merchants who welcome four-leggers with a bowl of water and a sample cup of vanilla frozen yogurt.


100 Montaditos
417 N. Alafaya Trail

Casa Mofongo
12001 Avalon Lake Drive

Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly
711 N. Alafaya Trail

Vespr Craft Coffee
626 N. Alafaya Trail


Mulberry Street Bar and Grill
3831 E. Avalon Park Blvd.

Gator’s Dockside
12448 Lake Underhill Road


Eastside Asian Market
12950 E. Colonial Drive

Waterford Lakes Town Center
413 N. Alafaya Trail


Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park
Hiking, camping, fishing and birding. Access is in the Wedgefield subdivision, off State Road 520 in east Orlando

Live Oak Park
Just off Cassia Drive in the Avalon Park community, this park’s playgrounds and benches are well-shaded thanks to canopies of mature live oak trees.


Avalon Park Farmers Market
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays
Founder’s Square
Avalon Park Village
Weekly farmers market brings fresh vegetables, flowers and crafts.

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