Beyond its reputation for tourism and hospitality, Orlando is a cool city with so much to offer. It’s diverse with a collection of unique neighborhoods. It has a good mix of city and suburban areas. Are you thinking of moving to Orlando? In this series, we will be highlighting different neighborhoods in Orlando and what makes them unique. We’ll explore things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in each neighborhood. For today’s neighborhood highlight, we’re featuring the master-planned neighborhood of Lake Nona.
Lake Nona is a visionary community and Orlando’s fastest-growing neighborhood. It has many housing options from contemporary apartments to single-family homes. It’s a community that embraces art and innovation. Lake Nona was the first in the region to offer autonomous shuttles to their community. It’s also home to the gorgeous new luxury hotel, Wave.
Things to Do
Hang out at Boxi Park
Have some fun at Boxi Park, Orlando’s first outdoor entertainment venue built from repurposed shipping containers. These shipping containers are a mix of restaurants and bars. There is even a wine and beer garden featuring its own craft beer line. The venue also has beach volleyball courts and a live entertainment stage.
Take a Photo with Angel Wings
Angel wings are painted on a Lake Nona wall as part of the Global Angel Wings Project started by artist Colette Miller. She painted human-sized angel wings to remind us that we are the angels of this earth. She first painted the wings in Los Angeles and has since then painted wings throughout the world including Kenya, Mexico, Japan, and more.
Places to Eat
Visit Chroma Modern Bar and Kitchen for an exciting collection of mouth-watering small plates, craft wine on tap, and specialty cocktails. This beautiful restaurant is a vibrant place to socialize and connect. You can enjoy a meal indoors or outside on the covered patio, outdoor lounge, or solarium with a view of “The Beacon.”
Want to dine with a beautiful lakeside view? Visit Canvas Restaurant and Market for new American cuisine influenced by Florida’s Southern and Latin American roots. On the menu, you’ll enjoy dishes made with seasonal and regional produce along with an abundance of fresh Florida seafood.
Sights to See
Lake Nona is home to some striking art installations and structures. It’s known for its neighborhood icon called The Beacon. It’s a six-story art installation in which images can be projected on. Video, music, and interactive elements come together designed in partnership with Lake Nona artist JEFRE, New York-based Michael Counts, and 3-Legged Dog.
The Glass House
This stunning art structure is part of Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin’s ongoing ICON Series. Other pieces of this series are located in Brooklyn, New York, and throughout Europe. Glass House utilizes reclaimed materials and is inspired by sustainable design and American folk art. It also embodies the spiritual qualities of stained glass.
Code Wall Parking Garage
Lake Nona has a knack for turning ordinary things into extraordinary sights. They have turned something as simple as a parking garage into a pleasant work of art. The Code Wall parking garage is surrounded by specialized dichroic glass with imagery and messages written in binary code. There are nearby plaques that help explain the binary code and the vision behind Lake Nona, a community built to inspire.
Ready to Move to Lake Nona?
Lake Nona is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Orlando. From the interactive art displays to Orlando’s premier venue made from shipping containers. There’s always something new popping up making Lake Nona an exciting place to live. Once you’ve decided on your dream neighborhood, it’s time to start planning your move. Consider hiring a white-glove moving company, like Megan’s Moving. We take extra measures to move your belongings safely and efficiently. Schedule a consultation with one of our moving experts today!