Winter Park

A City of

Culture and Heritage

Founded in 1858, Winter Park is located in Orange County just north of Orlando. Well known as a nature lover’s paradise, the city boasts a spectacular climate for an outdoor haven featuring more than 70 parks, gorgeous homes, tree-lined streets, tranquil lakes, a plethora of year-round festivals and special events, and more.

Shopping and


Calling Winter Park home means access to a shopper’s paradise, especially the shopper’s district on Park Avenue. Shops on Park showcases more than 20,000 square feet of indoor retail space, while a short distance away is Winter Park Village — an outdoor shopping mecca. Both are teeming with world-renown brand names and a delightful array of restaurant options for all cuisine preferences. Favorite dining options among locals include Prato, Armando’s, blu on the avenue, Chez Vincent, and Hamilton’s Kitchen.

Arts and


Winter Park is committed to preserving the rich arts and culture environment found uniquely interwoven throughout the vibrant and eclectic city. From stunning museums and art galleries to local theaters and music venues full of talent, there is always something fun to do.

Higher education


Intellectual. Innovative. Interactive. Intergenerational. That’s the kind of continuing education residents enjoy through The Mayflower’s unique relationship with Rollins College. In fact, the college’s Center for Lifelong Learning began as a pilot program with The Mayflower, which was honored by the International Council on Active Aging with its prestigious ICAA Innovators Award.

Today, Mayflower residents participate in a variety of customized courses that feature hands-on learning taught by Rollins faculty and staff. Subjects include art, theater, physics, astronomy, writing, history, social media, and environmental sciences, among others. Classes are taught at The Mayflower, as well as on the Rollins campus located just three miles away — transportation is provided.

This lifelong learning collaboration complements a long, connected history between the college and The Mayflower. In addition to sharing common ancestry (both were founded by the First Congregational Church of Winter Park), Rollins has been providing speakers and programs to The Mayflower for years.