Historic Downtown Sanford

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Historic Downtown Sanford
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The Historic Downtown Sanford District in Central Florida is a global travel destination featuring award-winning restaurants, craft breweries, gastropubs, shopping, world-class events, street festivals, concerts, theaters, art galleries, and a spectacular marina featuring fishing, boating and dinner cruises.
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4.5
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Barbara W
Lake County, FL373 contributions
After visiting the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford, my friend and I headed to downtown Sanford (about 4 miles away) for a bite to eat. We discovered a beautiful waterfront park and lots of places to eat, many with patio seating. We ate at the Breezeway (about a block away from the marina) and then had a drink at the St. John's Steak and Seafood Restaurant on the back deck overlooking the water. It was an idyllic day.
Written October 18, 2020
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Tiffany A
Opp, AL1,817 contributions
If you love plants, superb landscaping, and well-maintained older homes, you must visit Sanford! There are also delicious, reasonably-priced, lively restaurants, a great selection of bars, bike tours, water activities, such a fun place!

My only regret about our visit is that it was so short. We stayed in Historic Craftsman house @ Park Place and if we'd never left the property, I'd still be in awe. But we did walk and drive around, and all of us want to visit again.
Written June 2, 2021
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO3,377 contributions
We spent an afternoon in Sanford when visiting our son. We walked up and down the main street, had lunch, visited a street fair and did some shopping. The flowers everywhere were beautiful and cheery. Small town feel was nostalgic, loved that there weren't a bunch of chain stores taking over.
Written August 22, 2021
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SmileyBethanyBeach
Bethany Beach46 contributions
The downtown area is old, dirty looking, with very few attractions and a few average restaurants. If you are waiting to take the Auto Train, you can waste about 30 minutes walking around this somewhat run down area. Parking is easy, as there are no real crowds or interest points here. Downtown Sanford only survives because of the questionable attraction of the old Auto Trains Northward.
Written January 19, 2020
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Anything but this ... it's even laughable .. as we have multiple chef-driven award winning restaurants, 5 craft breweries with spectacular food and another one coming, an amazing craft distillery and another one coming, street festivals that draw tens of thousands, a free trolley, a golf cart zone, art galleries, two theaters, an amazing riverwalk unlike any other in all of Central Florida, river cruises, boating, fishing .... and some of the top craft beer and craft cocktail bars in the state! There's a reason why travel shows from all over the world visit and cover us! We encourage anyone reading this to come see for yourself how amazing our destination is! It's not just ok .. it's not just emerging ... we are amazing right now and far far far from dirty! Our city does an amazing job with theming the downtown for the season, keeping it clean with some gorgeous landscaping. Swing and a miss! :)
Written January 21, 2020
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RICART75
Peru, IN1,681 contributions
Couples
We stopped in town several times during our 4 week Orlando stay; whenever passing through the area.
We spent one pleasant day enjoying the architecture, shops, trolley, dining and waterfront area. This is a wonderful place to visit for a day (or several); and have a relaxing and more local Florida experience.
Return visits, for us, were highly influenced by the Magnolia Square Market's offerings (especially the Nutella Creme roll).
Written August 5, 2021
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Ellen B
Hortonville, WI582 contributions
Couples
If you haven’t strolled around downtown Sanford, do so! We spent some leisurely time enjoying the scenery and soaking up the vibe of this charming, picturesque little town. We enjoyed our time here, even though most shops are closed on Monday. Go any other day of the week if you want to shop.
Written February 15, 2022
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Andrew V
Altus, OK34 contributions
Friends
We were just killing time and walking with family friends and this was a great way to just chill and take a nice walk. Plenty of restaurants and bars if you need that thing. There's also a nice little distillery hidden away that makes some great vodka plus a pleasant little store front.
Written January 25, 2020
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186400Caroline
Warwick, UK2,314 contributions
Friends
We came here many years ago and there was nothing to see or do. Pleasantly surprised this visit, lots of restaurants to choose from, a few shops. The buildings are lovely and each labelled with its history which is great for visitors. Plenty of free parking, worth a visit around a meal time .
Written March 10, 2020
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Greg I
Petersburg, MI1 contribution
Couples
Staying overnight near The Sanford airport to catch an early morning flight. Nothing of note near the hotel so went in to downtown Sanford. Pleasantly surprised by a very nice historic district with a number of good restaurant and entertainment options. Had drinks and dinner at the Breezeway with an excellent beer menu, music and some of the best food we had on our trip. Definitely worth the short drive if you’re in a similar situation.
Written March 10, 2020
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bradziker1
Lake Mary, FL1,547 contributions
I spent some time walking about before my Ghost tour and was pleasantly surprised. A beautiful waterfront, interesting architecture for the buildings. There were placards explaining various buildings and sites that you could read to get a sense of history. The best thing was lots of free parking and spaces available.
Written September 5, 2021
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