Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Lake Eola Park is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. The sidewalk that circles the lake is 0.9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, grabbing a bite to eat at Relax Grill on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando's skyline. Parking is free on Eola Drive on the east side of the park and there is metered parking on Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue. There is also street parking in Eola Heights and Thornton Park, a two to five block walk to the park. You can also park in any of the garages within a few blocks of the park. These include the Post Parkside parking garage at Osceola Avenue and East Central Boulevard; the Paramount/Publix parking garage at Lake Avenue and East Central Boulevard; and the Library parking garage at 112 East Central Boulevard. Please note: swans can get sick eating bread and popcorn. Visitors to the park can feed them lettuce, spinach, duck food pellets or buy food from the new swan feeders.
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Lisa B
Lutz, FL48 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
This park has many gorgeous views. Lots of great opportunities for photographers, especially if you are a bird enthusiast. This park has many shaded areas to enjoy a picnic on the lawn. If you lack the time to pack a picnic, there are plenty of nearby restaurants. There's an area to rent paddle boats shaped as swans to blend in with the scenery. As you walk along the paved sidewalk surrounding the lake, you listen to soothing music from speakers attached to several post end light posts throughout the park. The playground is nearly completely shaded with many areas for parents/caregivers to rest and supervise on benches/picnic tables. There are several coin operated bird feeders. Saw two bathroom facilities within the park. One near the playground and the other near the amphitheater. Some cons include metered parking and homeless indiviuals loitering in the park and along the exterior sidewalks by parking spaces. The metered parking allows coin and credit card payments. There are many private parking lots that offered $5 parking spots. Saw a law enforcement bicycle officer patrol the park that gave you a sense of safety. Overall, a nice park; however, I don't see myself returning due to the long commute from Tampa. By far, my favorite children friendly park that I have ever been to in Florida is still Common Ground Playground in Lakeland.
Written February 20, 2022
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ChanceMan00
Orlando, FL254 contributions
Jul 2021
Once of the nicest things about Downtown Florida is that a number of lakes are parks. Lake Eola is the granddaddy of them all. I tend to do two laps every Saturday morning before an early lunch. On Sundays you will often find a Famer’s Market if the city isn’t fighting germ warfare. You’ll also see arts shows and dog shows and sometimes 5K.

The homeless can be a problem but they tend to congregate at the southwest part. Often there are fools smoking weed. I guess they are more likely to get into trouble with their landlords than law enforcement. It doesn’t seem to keep the families away. With the history center and the library just to the west of here, you can spend all day getting exercise, culture, and food.

We went to the fireworks show on July 4 for the first time in years. It was crowded. You want get there early or pay for parking if you attempt it, otherwise you be parking in the nether reaches and stuck in traffic. On any other day parking is available one way or the other.

Lake Eola is essential the character of downtown.
Written July 8, 2021
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Bob S
Cincinnati, OH2,562 contributions
Jan 2023
The 1 mile paved trail around the lake is a nice way to spend some time alone or with others. A few restaurants offer food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. Pet friendly and the ducks, geese and other winged critters are fun to watch. Highly recommended but finding a street parking spot can be hard on weekends.
Written January 5, 2023
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,762 contributions
Jun 2022
Downtown 28 acre lake in Orlando. Views of the city skyline, a sidewalk encircling the lake about a mile long where you can walk. Also geen spaces and room for group exercise. You can rent paddleboats, birds, ducks, wildlife; mainly locals sightseeing.
Written June 5, 2022
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cynthia_sue
Yukon, PA173 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I went to this park to take an evening walk and were delighted with all of the sights and sounds surrounding the lake. We never saw so many swans in one place! There were swans, birds, other waterfowl, sculptures, play areas, swan boats you can rent, etc. The fountain in the middle is very nice as is the back of the bandstand. It was very busy yet there was plenty of room to walk and enjoy. There were also lots of benches along the way to take a break. We enjoyed it so much we walked around the lake several times. We noticed there were many places near the lake to eat, have a drink and socialize also.
Written April 27, 2021
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will h
Shorewood, IL67 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Our walk around Lake Eola was wonderful. We saw lots of swans, turtles and ducks. You can also rent a swan paddle boat to cross the lake. There are plenty of interesting restaurants all around the lake and we ate at Metro Espresso Pizza which had a lot of meal choices . We loved it! The fountain in the middle of Lake Eola was beautiful. It was a nice day and a nice way to enjoy it.
Written April 5, 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,313 contributions
Jan 2022
What a gem! This park, located in the downtown district, is as lovely and as vibrant as they come. I visited on New Year's Day and it was filled with people walking/running to start their New Year's resolutions, children playing, birds, holiday statuaries, and folks just enjoying the wonderful weather.

Every large city should have a central park that is as beautiful and well-tended as this one.
Written January 4, 2022
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fran
Miami, United States31 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
My husband and I took an walk around Lake Eola park while listening to a audio guided tour. It was lovely. The lake was beautiful. There’s two restrooms around the park. The sculpture and history is rich. The swans were beautiful. I would recommend this park.
Written July 27, 2022
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aboooo
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
They refused us service twice on two separate days we attended to ride the swan boats. They kept saying it was due to inclement weather or because there was a waitlist, but on the website it says first come first serve. We called multiple times and they never mentioned a waitlist. Overall, very unorganized and I am never one to complain. Majority of the boats are broken, I don’t know why they just don’t get newer boats to prevent all this issues from occurring.
Written June 27, 2021
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Mel T
Edinburgh, UK211 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Lovely city park area. The lake is pretty big and is surrounded by the city. Nice to walk round the lake and also hire a swan boat to take in the views from the lake.
Written March 12, 2020
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