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Nov. 18, 2021

Water Tower Shoppes

Home Neighborhood Blog Osceola County Water Tower Shoppes Shopping Center

Water Tower Shoppes Shopping Center in Celebration FLThe Water Tower Shoppes Shopping Center is the primary shopping plaza for residents within a few miles of the Northeast Celebration area. Water Tower Shoppes offers an attractive plaza anchored by a Publix grocery store. There are a multiple shops, services and restaurants in Water Tower Shoppes designed to fit your daily needs.

Water Tower Shoppes is ideally situated in a populated area with multiple communities around it. This includes Kissimmee to its North, Celebration to its South, Kissimmee to its East and Celebration its West.

Where is Water Tower Shoppes?

Water Tower Shoppes is located at Blake Blvd, Celebration FL 34747 in Southwest Orlando. It is located just East of I-4 and Hwy 192 runs along its North edge.

Water Tower Shoppes Shops & Services

Water Tower Shoppes Shopping CenterWater Tower Shoppes offers a variety of shops and services including:

  • Publix
  • The UPS Store
  • Veterinary Hospital of Celebration
  • OrangeTheory Fitness
  • Celebration Hardware
  • Regions Bank
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Pep Boys Tire & Auto
  • Lee Spa Nails
  • Best Cleaners
  • And More!

Water Tower Shoppes Restaurants & Dining

Water Tower Shoppes Shopping CenterDining at Water Tower Shoppes offers a mixture of fast-casual and sit-down restaurants including:

  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Joe's Crab Shack
  • Chic fil A
  • Mulligan's Pub
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Little Greek Fresh Grill
  • And More!

Take a Virtual Tour of Water Tower Shoppes

Oct. 27, 2021

The Florida Turnpike

Home Neighborhood Blog Roads and Transportation The Florida Turnpike

The Florida TurnpikeThe Florida Turnpike is one of the fastest methods to drive through Florida's Central and Southeastern regions. This toll roadway will take you through the wide array of Florida's landscapes from farms and groves to cities and suburbs. Over Lakes and canals and through wide open spaces and tourist places.

Running from Miami in the South to Wildwood near Gainesville in the Central North, the Florida Turnpike intersects nearly all of the major roadways in Central and South Florida at some point along its route.

The Florida Turnpikes Route Through Florida

The Florida Turnpike runs from Wildwood to Florida City (Miami). It passes through 11 counties and is 309 miles in total length. The mainline turnpike runs 265 miles from I-95 in Miami Gardens to I-75 in Wildwood. The Homestead Extension continues South another 48 miles to US Hwy 1 in Florida City.

The Florida Turnpike runs approx 48 miles through Miami-Dade County, 24 through Broward, 45 miles through Palm Beach County, 18 miles in Martin County, another 18 miles in St. Lucie County, then a quick jaunt into Indian River County then into Okeechobee County and back again into Indian River County for a total of 40 miles. At this point, you have reached the Central Florida region and you hit the longer stretch in Osceola County which covers 56 miles. The theme park capital of the world, Orlando and Orange County is next up with 24 miles followed by Lake county with another 24 miles. The last section is Sumter County with 12 miles.

History of The Florida Turnpike

The Florida TurnpikeConstruction on The Florida Turnpike began in 1955 and the first section completed was between Miami Gardens and Fort Pierce in 1964. The original section opened in stages from 1957 to 1964 and the extension to Homestead was completed in 1974. In South Florida, the Turnpike mainly runs parallel to I-95. It takes a western turn into Central Florida where it crosses with I-4 near Universal Studios in Orlando and terminates where it intersects with I-75 in Wildwood just South of Gainesville.

Points of Interest Along The Florida Turnpike

The Florida TurnpikeSome of the points of interest you will see along The Florida Turnpike. Starting from Wildwood and running South, they include:

  • The Villages (largest retirement community in the country)
  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Gatorland
  • PGA National Golf
  • Butterfly World
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Hard Rock Stadium (home of the NFL Dolphins)
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Florida International University
  • Pioneer Museum

The Future of The Florida Turnpike

The future of The Florida Turnpike

The future for The Florida Turnpike is Safe, Efficient and Less Stress! Updates, repairs and additions are a constant along the Florida Turnpike. At various stages along the turnpike, you will see new interchanges, widening roads, and new ramps to improve travel efficiency and safety.

There are now 8 service plazas along the Florida Turnpike that are open 24 hours a day and offer gas, internet access, restaurants, restrooms, tourist/travel info and even a gift shop. It is Florida after all.

If you happen to break down on the road, there is a good chance there is a Road Ranger around that will provide free roadside assistance. The Turnpike's traffic management center dispatches them for accidents, debris removal, disabled vehicles or basically anything that can affect the traveling public.

Get all the latest updates on The Florida Turnpike at the The Florida Turnpike official site.

Take a Virtual Tour of The Florida Turnpike Through Miami

Oct. 25, 2021

Panther Lake

Panther Lake in Winter GardenFloridaPanther Lake is a 72 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Panther Lake is three interconnected lakes located in Winter Garden very near Walt Disney World property. This private, non ski lake features the Lakeshore neighborhoods clubhouse in its center.

The median depth of Panther Lake is approx 10 feet. Panther Lake is a private lake with no boat ramp access.

Panther Lake Quick Facts

Where is Panther Lake

Panther Lake is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is East of the The 429 Expressway and West of the Walt Disney World Seidel Road runs along its South shore.

Neighborhoods on Panther Lake

Neighborhoods on the shores of Panther Lake include Lakeshore on the lakes Southern shore, Watermark on its Northeastern shore and Orange County National Golf Center on its Northwestern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Tilden

Lake Tilden in Winter GardenFloridaLake Tilden is a 39 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Tilden is a smaller ski lake that connects to the much larger Black Lake via canal. There are several neighborhoods that back to both lakes.

The median depth of Lake Tilden is approx 10 feet. Lake Tilden is a private lake with private boat ramp located off Lake Tilden Blvd.

Lake Tilden Quick Facts

  • Size: 39 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: private
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Tilden

Lake Tilden is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is North of the The 429 Expressway and West of the Winter Garden Village Stoneybrook West Parkway runs along its South shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Tilden

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Tilden include Country Lakes on the lakes Northern shore, Stoneybrook West on its Western shore and Adventist Health Winter Garden on its Eastern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Speer

Lake Speer in Winter GardenFloridaLake Speer is a 247 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Speer is a large ski lake in the Horizon West area of Windermere and Winter Garden. Most of the shoreline is grassy but some homes in the neighborhoods backing to the lake do have private docks on the lake.

The median depth of Lake Speer is approx 14 feet. Lake Speer is a private lake with private boat ramp located off Eden Isle Blvd.

Lake Speer Quick Facts

  • Size: 247 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: private
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Bowfin, Bluegill
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Speer

Lake Speer is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is East of the The 429 Expressway and West of the Winter Garden Vineland Road Ficquette Road runs along its South shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Speer

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Speer include Summerport on the lakes Northern shore, Eden Isle on its Eastern shore and Independence on its Southern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Roper

Lake Roper in Winter GardenFloridaLake Roper is a 38 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Roper is a heeled shoe shaped, private ski lake in the East Winter Garden and Western Windermere area.

The median depth of Lake Roper is approx 14 feet. Lake Roper is a private lake with no boat ramp located off none.

Lake   Facts

  • Size: 38 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: private
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Common Carp, Bowfin
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Roper

Lake Roper is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is East of the Winter Garden Vineland Road and South of the The 429 Expressway Lake Butler Blvd runs along its South shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Roper

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Roper include Sunset Lakes on the lakes Northern shore, Windermere Pointe on its Eastern shore and Individual Homes on its Southern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Roberts

Lake Roberts in Winter GardenFloridaLake Roberts is a 113 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Roberts is a ski lake with no public access in the Northwestern Windermere area. There are three neighborhoods that back to the lake and two of the three offer residents small lakefront parks with docks onto the lake.

The median depth of Lake Roberts is approx 15 feet. Lake Roberts is a private lake with no boat ramp access.

Lake Roberts Quick Facts

  • Size: 113 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: private
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Florida Gar, Common Snook
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Roberts

Lake Roberts is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is South of the The 429 Expressway and South of the Winter Garden Village McKinnon Road runs along its Southeastern shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Roberts

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Roberts include Lake Roberts Landing on the lakes Northern shore, Waterford Pointe on its Western and Southern shore and Windermere Club Lake Roberts Court on its Eastern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Mac

Lake Mac in Winter GardenFloridaLake Mac is a 28 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Mac is a smaller lake with grassy shores and no public access to the lake as of this writing. It will eventually be the central lake of the Encore at Ovation neighborhood by MI Homes as that neighborhood is built out.

The median depth of Lake Mac is approx unknown feet. Lake Mac is a private lake with no boat ramp access.

Lake Mac Quick Facts

Where is Lake Mac

Lake Mac is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is West of the The 429 Expressway and West of the Flemmings Road/Western Way Flemmings Road/Western Way runs along its Northern shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Mac

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Mac include Encore at Ovation on the lakes Western, Northern and Southern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Luntz

Lake Luntz in Winter GardenFloridaLake Luntz is a 20 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Luntz is a small ski lake that is completely surrounded by several neighborhoods. About half the homes on the lake have private boat docks onto the lake.

The median depth of Lake Luntz is approx unknown feet. Lake Luntz is a private lake with no boat ramp access.

Lake Luntz Quick Facts

  • Size: 20 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: private
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Common Snook
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Luntz

Lake Luntz is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is South of the The 429 Expressway and West of the the Butler Chain of Lakes Winter Garden Vineland Road runs along its Western shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Luntz

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Luntz include Wintermere Harbor on the lakes Northern shore, Banana Bay Estates on its Western shore and Sunset Lakes on its Southern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

Lake Hancock

Lake Hancock in Winter GardenFloridaLake Hancock is a 475 acre, freshwater lake in West Orlando. Lake Hancock is in the heart of the Horizon West with the largest neighborhoods surrounding the lake and Downtown Hamlin sitting upon its northern shores. The lake resembles several smaller interconnected lakes but is simply separate by grassy areas that have channels cut through them. It is a popular lake for both skiing and fishing.

The median depth of Lake Hancock is approx unknown feet. Lake Hancock is a public lake with public boat ramp located off Old Thicket Trace.

Lake Hancock Quick Facts

  • Size: 475 acres
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Access: public
  • Fishing: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead
  • Lake Report: Orange County Wateratlas

Where is Lake Hancock

Lake Hancock is located in the Winter Garden community of Orlando It is East of the The 429 Expressway and South of the Downtown Hamlin Ficquette Road runs along its West shore.

Neighborhoods on Lake Hancock

Neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Hancock include Overlook at Hamlin on the lakes Northwestern shore, Isles of Lake Hancock on its Southern shore and Independence on its Northern shore.

Posted in Orange County Blog