Chartered in 1887, the city was originally developed as a winter resort for wealthy Northerners seeking refuge from the harsh winters and a tranquil place to rest and relax. The city has maintained its natural beauty throughout the years.
Winter Park offers plentiful opportunities for fine to casual dining in a wide selection of cuisines. Park Avenue, known for fine dining and boutique shopping, is Winter Park's best known of several unique retail developments. The Florida Film Festival and the hosting Enzian Theater have become an integral part of the cultural development in the Metro Orlando Area.
Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida and the nation's premiere liberal arts college, was founded here in 1885 by New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to Florida. A college that has produced Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and Truman Scholars, as well as a Nobel laureate, Rollins has been praised by Time magazine. It is consistently listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges."
Full Sail University, also located in Winter Park, FL, is a private for-profit university that was established in 1979. This premier university is focused on the gaming and entertainment industries, and is known for its around-the-clock schedule and accelerated education program. The university offers Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's programs, with many alumni moving forward to successful careers in film, sound recording, video game design and animation, technical and film directing, and programming among many others.
The city's most prominent features include its lakes, tree canopy, bricked streets and shopping district on Park Avenue. Central Park, located along Park Ave, was deeded to the city by one of its most influential early citizens, Charles Hosmer Morse. The city is also famous for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival that draws over 250,000 visitors each year to Central Park to enjoy some of the best art and music in the United States.
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