The Neighborhood Blog

The Neighborhood Blog features a variety of community, attraction and development update information for communities throughout Central Florida.

March 30, 2021

Hunters Creek Town Center

Hunters Creek Florida Town CenterAn area found in Orlando surrounded by several popular neighborhoods the Hunter's Creek Town Center is a popular place for shopping and living. It's a part of the master-planned community that includes many single-family homes for sale.

Hunter's Creek is home to many things for residents to do and the town center offers several areas for entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Neighborhoods Found Around Hunter's Creek Town Center

The Hunter's Creek Town Center is surrounded by several neighborhoods found within the Hunter's Creek Community Association. Some of the top neighborhoods include:

  • Arium Hunter's Creek
  • Camden Hunter's Creek
  • The Fairways
  • Hunter's Isle
  • Mallard Cove
  • Palma Vista
  • The Parks at Hunter's Creek
  • Tanglewood
  • Westshire

Several other neighborhoods are found close to the Hunter's Creek Town Center, as well. From apartment complexes to single-family home communities, Hunter's Creek is filled with several different options for home buyers and those looking to live near the Hunter's Creek Town Center.

Things to Do Near Hunter's Creek Town Center

The community surrounding the town center is also home to several things to do. The Hunter's Creek Golf Club is found here with a 1,200 square foot golf shop, practice range, and 18-hole golf course with five tee boxes. The course also offers a restaurant and bar.

Seven parks are also found throughout the area as a part of Hunter's Creek. Braddock Oak Park offers a playground and so does the Calabay Park. Eagle Park is larger with a community building, fishing dock, basketball courts, tennis courts, and more. Mallard Park and Osprey Park are also larger with courts sports fields, walking paths, and more.

Vista Park is the newest of the seven parks and offers plenty to do, as well. The second phase section offers the newest area with picnic tables, soccer fields, a swing set, a shaded playground, a walking path, and more.

The actual town center is home to several retail shops, restaurants, and even a charter school. It's also home to several service businesses, such as Anytime Fitness, Hunter's Creek Dental Center, and more. The center is anchors by a Publix grocery store and offers other stores and restaurants.

Where is the Hunter's Creek Town Center?

The town center is found between the Central Florida Greenway Toll Road, South John Young Parkway, Town Look Boulevard, and Town Center Boulevard. While this area is considered to be the Hunter's Creek Town Center, the area of Hunter's Creek is larger.  The Town Center shopping area primarily consists of The Village at Hunters Creek, Hunters Creek Plaza and Colonial Promenade although there are other shopping and dining areas across the street and surrounding the area.

Hunter's Creek expands from Orange Blossom Trail to the Central Florida GreenWay Tool Road to West Creek Elementary School and to just north of Greenwald Way North. This larger area encompasses the neighborhoods surrounding the town center.

Events in Hunter's Creek

The Hunter's Creek area is known for holding many community events, as well. They hold events for the holidays and even have concert series events throughout the year, as well. Osprey Park is a popular area for events, along with the other area parks.

Whether you already live in the area and you want to enjoy everything offered near the Hunter's Creek Town Center or you're considering calling one of the nearby neighborhoods home, it's important to know what's offered. This area of Orlando offers plenty of shopping, dining, and easy access to attractions nearby.

Posted in Orange County Blog
March 30, 2021

Cocoa Beach Florida

Cocoa Beach PierA popular vacation spot considered Orlando's Beach, Cocoa Beach offers plenty of things to do and an amazing beach to enjoy. Whether you choose to buy one of the homes for sale in Cocoa Beach or just visit for the weekend from Orlando or another state, there's plenty to enjoy throughout Cocoa Beach.

Living in Cocoa Beach

If you prefer to call Cocoa Beach home for the entire year or a portion of the year, you'll gain access to a ton of great beach and water activities to enjoy. Cocoa Beach offers plenty of maintenance-free condos, along with single-family homes, and other types of real estate to choose from. Living in Cocoa Beach provides the real Florida beach living experience.

Where is Cocoa Beach Found?

Found on the Space Coast, which is a part of the Eastern Coast of Florida, Cocoa Beach is located just south of Cape Canaveral and just north of the Patrick Air Force Base. It's found about 30 miles from Titusville, FL, and about 60 miles from Orlando.

The location of Cocoa Beach is close to many other popular areas in Florida. It's about 81 miles from Daytona Beach and about 86 miles from Port St. Lucie. The location is also just 67 miles from Walt Disney World.

Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

Rocket Launch view from Cocoa Beach FloridaNo matter the type of real estate you choose to buy in Cocoa Beach, you'll be close to some of the most amazing things to do. The Space Coast offers great beaches all throughout the area and plenty of excellent attractions.

If you enjoy the idea of space travel, the Kennedy Space Center is found nearby offering plenty of fun for the entire family. Cocoa Beach is also home to a world-famous pier and the world's largest surf shop.

Along with the space center, Cocoa Beach offers hiking in the nature preserves and plenty of water and beach activities to enjoy. Lori Wilson Park offers a beautiful place for a picnic and plenty of things to do, as well.

Merritt Island is found nearby, which also offers more things to do for those looking to live in the Cocoa Beach area. With so many things to do, plenty of great dining, excellent shopping options throughout, and more, you'll never get tired of calling Cocoa Beach home.

There are plenty of homes for sale throughout the Cocoa Beach area. When you're ready to move closer to the beach, Cocoa Beach is a great option in Florida with plenty to offer for all types of home buyers.

Posted in Brevard County
March 30, 2021

Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando FloridaDowntown Orlando has plenty to offer. It's important to know where the best things to do are, along with the top districts and neighborhoods.

Living in Downtown Orlando

Offering several wonderful neighborhoods and districts, Downtown Orlando offers so many things to do and places to live. You can choose to enjoy the incredible art scene or the amazing restaurants throughout the area. When relocating to Downtown Orlando, there are plenty of homes for sale to choose from, as well.

Neighborhoods & Districts in Downtown Orlando

Church Street in Downtown OrlandoIt doesn't matter what type of living you're looking for; Downtown Orlando has something to offer. The Lake Cherokee Historic District has larger historic homes, while Lake Eola Heights offers one of the most popular places to call home.

You can choose to call the Creative Village home and live near the UCF Downtown. This is one of the newer districts found in Downtown Orlando and provides plenty of technology throughout.

The North Quarter District is another popular area to call home with plenty of things to do nearby. It's filled with a mixture of single-family homes, condos, and other types of real estate.

Of course, South Eola offers plenty of traditional homes and condos to choose from. It's one of the most popular choices for those looking to live near Lake Eola Park, which is known as the crown jewel of Downtown Orlando.

Another historic district in Downtown Orlando, Paramore Heritage offers national historic landmarks and it's close to the Amway Center and Exploria Stadium.

If you prefer a main street district, Thornton Park is the place for you. This is a very trendy neighborhood with many restaurants, bars, and shops to enjoy. It's filled with condos, bungalows, and brownstones to call home.

Downtown Orlando is also home to the Central Business District and City District. These are main areas for businesses and things to do. While there may be a few homes for sale throughout or near these areas of downtown, they are not known as residential areas. However, if you're seeking a new job or plenty of entertainment, these two districts have plenty to offer.

Things to Do in Downtown Orlando

Living in Downtown Orlando, gives you access to plenty of things to do and entertainment venues. Downtown is where you will find Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic NBA team, Exploria Stadium, home to the MLS teams Orlando Lions and Pride, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It's also filled with some of the best restaurants and shopping options in Orlando.

Downtown Orlando is also home to the Swans at Lake Eola Park. The park is one of the most popular natural areas in downtown and offers an area for regular events, too.

You can enjoy plenty of other things throughout downtown, too. The Wells Built Museum is found here, along with the Orlando Urban Trail and the Orange County Regional History Center. Whether you're looking for a museum to enjoy or you prefer an event at one of the event centers found throughout, there are plenty of things to do throughout Downtown Orlando.

Choosing to call the downtown area home means you will have plenty of things to do all throughout the year. Of course, you can also leave downtown and you'll still be close to many of the best attractions in Central Florida including great theme parks and shopping areas.

Posted in Orlando Blog
March 30, 2021

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International AirportThe busiest airport in the state of Florida is the Orlando International Airport. This airport handles more than 50 million passengers a year and it's the tenth busiest airport in the entire country. It used to be called the McCoy Air Force Base, which is why the airport code is MCO.

If you're planning to move to Orlando, you will likely want to know where the airport is found and what to expect from it. There are several airlines that use the Orlando International Airport and more than 850 flights come and go from the airport every single day.

The airport serves more than 135 domestic and international destinations and it covers more than 12,600 acres of land. It's one of the largest commercial airports in the country.

Airlines Using the Orlando International Airport

Several major airlines use the Orlando International Airport including:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Frontier Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlanta
  • WestJet

Along with these airlines, the Orlando International Airport is used by DHL Aviation, FedEx Express, UPS Airlines, and several other airlines. JetBlue University, JetBlue's own training center is located on Airport grounds.

Top Destinations

Orlando International Airport InteriorWith more than 135 destinations reachable from the Orlando International Airport, living in Orlando means you can get to just about anywhere you want to go. The top domestic destinations include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan

Along with these domestic destinations, some of the top international destinations include:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Bogota, Columbia
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica

Several of the top airlines will take you to any of these destinations and many more from the Orlando International Airport.

Where is the Orlando International Airport?

Located to the southeast of Orlando, the Orlando International Airport provides a convenient location for many top neighborhoods in the Orlando area. It's found just six miles from Downtown Orlando and very close to Lake Nona.

The airport is just 18 miles from Walt Disney World, about 15 miles from Universal Studios, and about 12 miles from SeaWorld Orlando. Many other top attractions and tourist destinations are found within a short drive of the Orlando International Airport.

Shops and Restaurants Inside the Airport

There are several shops and restaurants found within the Orlando International Airport. If you plan to fly from Orlando or to Orlando regularly, you will likely become familiar with many of these top shops and restaurants. The airport is home to the 3Sixty Duty-Free shop, Amber Treasures, a 7-Eleven location, Blossom, Brookstone, GCG Cigars, Guess, Magic of Disney, Hudson News & Gifts, and many other shops.

Restaurants are found throughout the airport and include:

  • Auntie Anne's
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Built Custom Burgers
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Nathan's
  • On The Border
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • And More!

There are plenty of shopping options and restaurants found throughout ranging from simple to more luxurious. No matter the type of dining or shopping you're looking for, there's something for you at the Orlando International Airport.

If you're moving to Orlando and you need to travel for business or pleasure often, it's important to get acquainted with the Orlando International Airport. It will be the most convenient airport for many people living in top neighborhoods and looking to travel outside of the state.

Posted in Orlando Blog
March 30, 2021

The Loop Shopping Center

The Loop Shopping Center in Kissimmee FLOne of the top pedestrian-friendly shopping centers in Orlando, The Loop Shopping Center in Kissimmee offers a great location and plenty of things to do. It's filled with excellent shopping options, dining choices, and some good entertainment options, too.

If you want to enjoy some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Kissimmee, this shopping center is a great choice. Here's a closer look at what the shopping center offers.

Where is The Loop Shopping Center in Kissimmee?

Found just off South John Young Parkway and West Osceola Parkway, The Look Shopping Center is located at 3208 North John Young Parkway in Kissimmee. It's a convenient option for many of the top neighborhoods in the Orlando area including:

The Loop Shopping Center is located not far from Gatorland. The Walt Disney World Resort is only 7 miles away. Around The Loop there are plenty of other shops, dining options, and entertainment options. Just about everything you could need is at or near The Loop!

Stores Found at The Loop Shopping Center

There are several stores found within The Loop Shopping Center including both anchor stores and boutiques. Some of the top stores found within this open-air shopping center include:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • CVS
  • Kohl's
  • Ross Dress for Less
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Petco
  • Michael's
  • Old Navy
  • Five Below

Along with these larger stores, many smaller shops are found here including:

  • FH Jewelry
  • Claire's
  • Famous Footwear
  • American Eagle
  • Aeropostale
  • Lids
  • Yankee Candle
  • And More!

There are plenty of shopping choices throughout The Loop Shopping Center and something for everybody.

Restaurants Found at the Shopping Center

If you want to head out for lunch or dinner, along with some shopping, you will find plenty of options for dining at The Loop Shopping Center in Kissimmee. This shopping center is home to sit-down options and fast-food options including:

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Wendy's
  • PIEnezza
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Chipotle
  • And More!

There are plenty of dining options found within The Loop Shopping Center and nearby.

The Loop Shopping Center is also home to a 16-screen Regal Cinema movie theater. The theater includes stadium seating, Real D 3D, and digital surround sound.

Experience The Loop

A great place for shopping and dining with plenty to offer, the shopping center is open from 10am to 9:30pm Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sundays. Store hours may vary and may be open longer or shorter than the center hours.

Dec. 20, 2019

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Kissimmee Lakefront ParkEnjoy Lake Toho at one of the most popular parks in Kissimmee, FL. Kissimmee Lakefront Park offers a peaceful place to watch nature, plenty of amenities for all ages, pavilions you can rent for events, and so much more.

The Location

The park is found at 201 Lakeview Drive in Kissimmee Florida. It's just minutes from South John Youth Parkway and very close to the Hart Memorial Central Library and Lanier's Historic Downtown Marketplace.

An Overview

Kissimmee Lakefront Park offers plenty of amenities and features including:

  • Walking Trails
  • Boating
  • Boat Launch
  • Splash Area
  • Playgrounds
  • Open Fields
  • Marina & Bait Shop
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing Piers

You can relax and enjoy the lake or walk down the docks to the fishing piers to get a closer look at beautiful Lake Toho. The playgrounds offer plenty for children to enjoy with two large shaded players overlooking the lake and the park. Water fountains are available and there are snack stands, which are open some of the time, as well. Children can also enjoy two splash areas. Toddlers and small children will enjoy the two nature-themed areas with sculptures, fountains, and plenty of fun to be had while cooling off. Throughout Kissimmee Lakefront Park, you will also find several shaded picnic areas. You can enjoy a picnic anytime or you can rent one of the pavilions for a private party or gathering. The park is also home to several walking trails and you can even take the walking trails to enjoy viewing the small lighthouse. The Big Toho Marina offers a great place to stock up on fishing supplies and bait before heading out on the lake for a day of fishing. You can launch your boat for fishing or just to enjoy a day of sightseeing on the lake. The lake is filled with plenty of bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, and more. Fishing tournaments are held on Lake Toho regularly.

The Pavilions at Kissimmee Lakefront Park

The park is home to six pavilions you can rent for private parties and gatherings. The pavilions include:

  • Cormorant Pavilion - Seats up to 24 guests and offers a grill and electricity. The pavilion offers a location close to a playground and restrooms.
  • Egret Pavilion - Seats up to 24 guests and offers a grill and electricity. The pavilion is located near a playground and restrooms.
  • Hawk Pavilion - Seats up to 24 guests and offers a location close to restrooms and a playground area. This pavilion features a grill and electricity.
  • Heron Pavilion - With seating up to 68 guests, three grills, electricity and more than 2,000 square feet of room, this pavilion offers plenty of space for a family gathering.
  • Osprey Pavilion - Located near a playground, this Lakefront Pavilion offers a great choice for a family reunion or company picnic.
  • Spoonbill Pavilion - Seats up to 24 guests with a grill and electricity. It's located close to restrooms and a playground area.

Whether you just want to spend the day relaxing at Kissimmee Lakefront Park or you plan to rent a pavilion, you're sure to enjoy the wonderful lake views and the many features of the park.

Dec. 20, 2019

Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge WinerySince 1989, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards has been creating amazing Florida wine in Clermont, in Lake County Florida. The facility covers a total of 127 acres of rolling countryside located about 25 miles from Downtown Orlando. Over the years, the winery has built a reputation as one of the best in Florida and has become one of the largest premium winners in the state. Lakeridge Winery is a pioneer when it comes to the development of sparkling wines from the very popular Florida Muscadine grape varieties. They are also known for creating amazing wines from Vinifera verities, such as Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. The Winery overlooks more than 80 acres of planted vineyards, which produce muscadine grapes. An abundance of grapes is harvested every year from the vineyards to help Lakeridge Winery create many of their award-winning wines.

The Lakeridge Award-Winning Wines

While Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards creates many wines every year, some have become award-winning choices. In fact, the winery has won more a total of 770 awards across the nation at a number of competitions. Some of the wines winning awards include:

  • Blanc Du Bois
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • Chablis
  • Chardonnay
  • Crescendo
  • Cuvee Blanc
  • Cuvee Noir Reserve
  • Muscadine Grape Juice
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Southern Red

Some of these wines have won multiple awards throughout the years.

Wine Tastings & Tours

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offers complimentary tours and wine tasting seven days a week. Tours begin at 10:15am, Monday through Saturday and at 11:15am on Sundays. The last tour of the day is offered around 3:45pm every day and the tours will last about 30 minutes with a 15-minute video presentation. Tastings are held at a large tasting counter every day of the week. Guests can sample a selection of award-winning wines ranging from dry to sweet. If you do a tour and a tasting, it will take about 45 minutes. During special events, tastings switch to a walk-through style due to the volume of guests.

Festivals & Events Held at Lakeridge

A number of wonderful festivals and events are held at the Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards every year. From music events to food truck gatherings, there's a little bit of everything. Food Truck Saturdays are a popular event and include the outdoor wine bar. Admission is free and food trucks will provide the option for guests to enjoy lunch. These events are held on select Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm. The winery also holds music series events throughout the year on Saturdays. These free live music events are held on the outdoor stage and include plenty of fun for all to enjoy. One of the biggest events of the year is held in February at the winery. The Annual Winefest offers a multi-day festival with plenty of fun and plenty of wine. Admission is $10 for this event. Some of the other events held at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont include:

  • Annual Wine & Seafood Festival in March
  • Blues at the Winery in April
  • Summer Grape Stomp in June
  • Annual Harvest Grape Stomp in August
  • Wine & Cheese Festival in September
  • BBQ & Blues in October
  • Annual Holiday Open House in November
  • Wine & Chocolate in December

Whether you visit the winery for a tour and tasting or for an event, you're sure to discover plenty of delicious wines and plenty of fun. The Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard is located at 19239 U.S. 27 North in Clermont, Florida. The winery is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Posted in Lake County Blog
Dec. 20, 2019

Waterford Lakes Town Center

Waterford Lakes Town CenterOne of the top open-air shopping centers in Orlando, the Waterford Lakes Town Center is found at 413 North Alafaya Trail. It's a great location for those living in Alafaya, East Orlando, Titusville, Lake Nona, Winter Park, and Oviedo. Found just off 408 East-West Expressway, it's a great choice for anybody looking to shop, dine, or catch a movie. As you stroll through the outdoor shopping mall, you can enjoy music piped in through "camouflaged" rock speakers. With plenty of shops and restaurants all throughout, you might just lose track of time and end up staying for the entire day.

Shopping Options

The Waterford Lakes Shopping Center offers several big-name shops, such as:

  • Bed, Bath, & Beyond
  • T.J. Maxx
  • ULTA Beauty
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Buy
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Buckle
  • GameStop
  • Lane Bryant
  • And More!

There are several shops to choose from with a mixture of bigger names and some smaller boutique options. From kid's clothing to jewelry to sporting goods, you'll find just about anything you could possibly want at the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center.

Dining

A mixture of fast-casual and sit-down restaurants is found all throughout the shopping center. Whether you want to grab a quick bite and get back to shopping or you're ready to call it a day and sit down for a nice meal, you'll find plenty of options here. Some of the restaurants found at the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center include:

  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Fresh Kitchen
  • Marlow's Tavern
  • Pine Garden Chinese
  • Slapfish
  • Social House
  • The Brass Tap
  • Wahlburgers
  • And More!

There's a restaurant to fit just about anybody's taste here.

The Movies

Maybe you want to catch the latest blockbuster on the big screen after dinner or after a day of shopping. The regal Cinemas 20 is located at the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center and offers showtimes all day long. No matter which new movie you want to see, they will likely have it on a big screen with plenty of showtimes to fit your schedule. Along with regular theaters, the Regal Waterford Lakes includes an IMAX screen and a 4DX screen. They offer some movies in 3D and even offer some in 3D IMAX or 3d 4DX

Events

Plenty of events happen at the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center every year. From the many KidX Club events to Holiday events, there's something going on all throughout the year. In fact, Waterford Lakes Town Center is the host of the Taste of Orlando, which is held in October. This event features many great restaurants and it's an all-day, family-friendly festival for all to enjoy. The shopping center is also home to Santa's Winter Wonderland Village every year for the Christmas Season. Children can visit Santa in his workshops and enjoy plenty of winter carnival rides. In addition, several farmers’ markets, carnivals, and other events are held throughout the year. If you live in the Orlando area, especially in East Orlando, Oviedo, Winter Park, or Lake Nona, you'll enjoy easy access to the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center. It's a very popular open-air option for all your shopping and dining needs.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Dec. 20, 2019

Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats in Gotha FloridaKnown for a light-hearted atmosphere with plenty of tasty food on the menu, Yellow Dog Eats is located in downtown Gotha. With plenty of sandwiches, salads, barbecue, and daily specials on the menu, there's always something to be excited about when you dine at Yellow Dog Eats. Every dish starts with high-quality ingredients including many locally-grown baby greens and homemade pastries. Chef Fish Morgan started the restaurants with imaginative dishes and plenty of flavors to delight the palette.

The Menu

Serving lunch and dinner, you will notice the menu offers plenty of uniquely named dishes. There's something on the menu for everybody including vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Just about anything on the menu can be made in a Gluten-free version, as well. The menu features plenty of BBQ and pulled pork with options, such as White Trash, Florida Cracker, and What the Fig. Each of these is some type of BBQ or pulled pork sandwich with unique toppings and plenty of flavor. Along with the BBQ and pulled pork, Yellow Dog Eats offers several signature sandwiches, such as the Salmon BLT, the Retrievers Roast, the Classic Yellow Dog Club, and the Twisted Tuna. If you're looking for something a bit lighter, they do offer wraps and salads. Even the kids will be happy to dine here as they offer a nice kids meal with pulled pork sliders, a cheese quesadilla, grilled cheese, pulled pork sandwich, and a turkey & cheddar sandwich.

Vegan and Vegetarian Options

Unlike some restaurants that just make substitutions to make menu dishes vegan or vegetarian-friendly, Yellow Dog Eats offers a Vegan & Vegetarian Menu. This menu includes:

  • The Beat Bowl - Made with hummus, Tabbouleh, red pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, and lemon vinaigrette.
  • The Spicy Green Giant - Roasted broccoli raab with wonton skins, avocado, mushrooms, onions, and jasmine rice.
  • Doing Yoga with Goat Toast - Their version of avocado toast with goat cheese and jalapenos!

They also offer a Grilled Veggie Focaccia, Sweet Potato Tacos, Jackfruit Tacos, and Vegetarian Nachos. Along with the regular menu, Yellow Dog Eats also offers seasonal and daily specials, which vary depending on what's in season.

Catering Menu

While dining in is certainly a fun experience at Yellow Dog Eats, you can also enjoy having this restaurant cater your event. They offer plenty of options ranging from pulled pork or chicken to ribs to smoked brisket. You can choose from platters or packages to fit your specific needs and even add sides and desserts from their catering menu.

Locations & Hours

Yellow Dog Eats is found at 1236 Hempel Avenue in Gotha, Florida. They also have a second, newer location at 147 Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Both locations are open from 11am to 9pm, Sunday through Wednesday and from 11am to 10pm Thursday through Saturday. They both offer happy hour from 2pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday, as well. Live Music is held from 6pm to 10pm at the Gotha location and from 6pm to 9pm at the New Smyrna Beach location Thursday through Saturday.

Posted in Orange County Blog
Dec. 4, 2019

Gatorland

Gatorland in Orlando FloridaA rather unique attraction located near Hunters Creek south of Orlando, Gatorland has been open since 1949. Owen Godwin created the attraction, which featured thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and many other unique animals throughout. It's known as the "Alligator Capital of the World."

Gatorland is known for rescuing nuisance alligators from trappers. These gators would be killed for their skin or meat if Gatorland didn't rescue them. The Breeding March found at the park was even used in the filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984.

For those fascinated by alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, Gatorland is the place to be. They house alligators from babies all the way up to 14-foot monsters. You will even find white leucistic alligators here, which are incredibly rare.

Along with the alligators and crocodiles, Gatorland is home to a free-flight aviary, many unique animal shows, a petting zoo, zip lines, and more!

The Animals

Many visit Gatorland for the animals, which include plenty of unique species, such as:

  • American Alligators
  • Albino Alligators
  • Nile Crocodiles
  • Saltwater Crocodiles
  • Parrots
  • Emus
  • Flamingos
  • Florida Panthers
  • Florida Bobcats
  • Tortoises
  • Snakes
  • Toads
  • Lizards
  • And More!

The animals provide plenty to see and enjoy throughout the park.

Experiences

Gatorland ZiplineThroughout your time at Gatorland, you can take on many adventures and experiences from the Meet-A-Gator experience to the Adventure Hour. Enjoy the Screamin' Gator Zipline or take on the Gator Gauntlet. The park even provides an opportunity to be a trainer for a day or you can enjoy the newest experience, Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure.

Maybe the most famous attraction is the Gatorland Express, formerly known as the Ol' Iron Horse Express. This railroad attraction was originally opened in 1961, providing the oldest amusement attraction in Central Florida.

Gator Spot

While a visit to Gatorland is quite a bit of fun, you don't have to go all the way to Gatorland to enjoy what they have to offer. In 2015, Gatorland teamed up with Fun Spot America to offer Gator Spot. This $1 million attraction provides a taste of Gatorland within the Fun Spot American Theme Park for those staying in or living close to the tourist area known as I-Drive in Orlando.

Gator Spot allows visitors to enjoy taking photos with gators, along with feeding them. The attraction features the leucistic alligator known as Bouya. This gator is actually white and has blue eyes.

Visiting Gatorland

Whether you're just visiting the Orlando area or you're a resident living in Central Florida, a trip to Gatorland provides plenty of fun. Tickets are affordable compared to other Central Florida attractions and packages are available for those looking to enjoy experiences throughout the park.

The park often offers specials ticket prices for Florida residents and they do provide unique events throughout the year. If you live in the Hunters Creek area, you'll gain easy access to Gatorland. Those living in the main tourist area of Orlando near I-Drive can enjoy the gators at Fun Spot America's Gator Spot.

Posted in Orange County Blog