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If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal escape without having to leave the city. The lake is a part of a park complex that includes a lovely walkway, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres (17.48 hectares), which makes it easy to feel like you really have left the city. Visitors can use the picnic facilities located throughout the park, or rent a boat to take out onto the lake.
Loch Haven Park sits on 45 acres (18.2 hectares) north of downtown Orlando and provides visitors a chance to experience Mother Nature and numerous enlightening activities. Encompassed by three lakes and filled with massive oak trees, this park is the site of some of Orlando's top attractions. Spend time enjoying the natural Florida surroundings or visit one of the numerous nearby cultural attractions including the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Fire Museum and Orlando Garden Club. Throughout the year, several of the city's festivals, fairs and special events are held on the grounds of the Loch Haven Park. The park is open from 5a. until sunset.
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden is situated on Lake Rowena and promises to offer visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphor, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is one of the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built-in 1888, it now serves as a decorative arts museum.