Exploring Wheelchair Accessible Lake Eola Park in Orlando

exploring wheelchair accessible lake eola park in orlando

Lake Eola Park is pretty much the center of Orlando, and I don’t just mean geographically. Anything of significance that occurs in The City Beautiful, to include concerts, charity events, protests, presentations, and more will likely take place in this beautiful park. Known by its iconic fountain that lights up every night, as well as its graceful swan residents (with paddle boats bearing their likeness), Lake Eola Park is the perfect spot for a lunch break, family picnic, or evening roll along its wide and very wheelchair friendly paths. Here are some cool things you’ll come across while exploring accessible Lake Eola Park in Orlando in your wheelchair.

The swan boats. As long as it isn’t raining, you’re going to see people circling Lake Eola in these adorable paddle boats shaped like the resident swans. The best part is that one of these boats is wheelchair accessible with roll-on/roll-off capability! One of the staff members advised that two people would be needed to paddle due to the extra weight and to maintain the small boat’s balance. The rental fee is $15 for 30 minutes, and no reservations are needed. Look for the boat rental dock by the Relax Grill. In 2012, the City of Orlando began allowing patrons to rent these little crafts at night, which means you’ll get a great view of the nightly fountain light/music show at 8pm and 9:30pm.

Sculpture and public art series. Recognizing the role that public art plays in invigorating a city and its residents, a volunteer board of arts enthusiasts and community builders formed See Art Orlando in 2011. See Art Orlando is a collection of nine permanent contemporary public art sculptures inspired by various elements of Orlando and embodying the diverse fabric of the city. Supported by private philanthropy, pieces in the collection were created by nine renowned artists, including one from Central Florida, and vary in size and medium. See Art Orlando is a self guided tour. Click HERE for more information about the sculptures located around Lake Eola Park.

Sunday Orlando Farmers’ Market. The Eola Sunday Market has gained a reputation of being one of the best in Central Florida. In 1987 the Downtown Development Board started the Orlando Farmers Market to help provide a shopping opportunity for residents who live in the downtown area. In the late 90’s an increase in Downtown construction made access to the Market difficult for visitors so the DDB relocated it to a more centralized and less busy part of the Downtown area known as Heritage Square at Central and Magnolia. It remained there until 2004 when the revitalization of the Downtown area boomed and the Market would have to move one final time to its current home at Lake Eola. The market features fruits and vegetables, home-made breads, an assortment of local cuisines, beer, wine and a variety of artwork and entertainment. The market is open every Sunday from 10AM to 4PM.

Walt Disney Amphitheater. This open-air venue was donated to the City of Orlando by the Walt Disney Company in 1989. An outdoor venue and stage, it’s an excellent site for public events, community plays, dance performances, outdoor movie showings, and free concerts. The look of the theatre reflects the beach scene of 1950s Florida. The theatre underwent a renovation in 2007 to improve the sound and projection capabilities, and expanded its seating capacity to 1,157. This was done in the hopes of making the theatre more available to bigger acts. The Walt Disney Amphitheater complements the Lake Eola scene providing a great view of the cityscape and the Lake Eola Fountain. The theatre is a locale for holiday events including Christmas shows and seating for the Fourth of July fireworks in Downtown Orlando.  The venue is fully ramped and has designated seating areas for wheelchair users. 

Click HERE for a list of upcoming events at Lake Eola Park.

Are you ready to book a fantastic accessible adventure in sunny Florida? Contact me at Spin the Globe/Travel for assistance!

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