Buster's Bistro is the premier location for an authentic Belgian food and drink experience. With a massive tap selection offering some incredibly rare Belgian beers and a food menu that is more than just a little intriguing, Buster's is a spot that will provide lasting experiences time and again. You can also join Buster's for live music or trivia on select nights!
Celery City Craft is the most traditional beer garden in Sanford and one of the best in the Central Florida area. With 40+ beers on tap and a full pub menu, there is enough rotating variety to frequent Celery City on the regular. It also sports a convenient location in historic downtown Sanford.
The Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is a great place for a family outing or day off. Some of the activities for visitors include hiking, bicycling, paddling, and fishing. The park also includes a nature trail, equestrian trail, shower station, and canoe-kayak launch.
Luisa's Cellar is an explosive fusion of masterfully crafted wines, exotic beers, beautifully designed desserts and coffees, and an atmosphere like no other. Owned by a husband and wife duo, Yellymary and Sascha are each experts in their fields, with Yellymary being a master sommelier and Sascha being a German-born beer enthusiast. Together, the couple have created Luisa's Cellar, a flash of golden-era history in downtown Sanford with an unbelievable design.
NSA Orlando Patrick AFB is a U.S, Navy training center in Orlando, Florida. It is home to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). It’s official website states that “NAWCTSD Orlando is the Navy’s principal center for modeling, simulation and training systems technologies. The Center provides training systems development for a wide spectrum of military programs, including aircraft, surface ships, submarines and other specialized requirements.”
Park and Seventh is a woodworking company located at the corner of the streets that have lent the company its name. Owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Michael and Amanda, Park and Seventh Woodwork's creations range from custom-built tables, to unique wall-art, to complete restaurant and barroom renovations.
Seminole County School District operates 57 traditional schools with a student population of over 65,000 students. Seminole County public schools are committed to developing leadership among their students through the much praised Leadership Pathways program the school district has introduced in recent years.
When you are in Apopka this is the station to listen to. At 1520 WBZW, they promote everything positive about Apopka and its community. This includes upcoming events, local business, school sport news, and more.
Aerosim Flight Academy is a flight school located in Sanford at the Orlando Sanford International Airport to train pilots. It was originally Delta Connection Academy, but now graduates go on to work for many different airlines.
Conveniently located off I-4, the Altamonte Mall is a great place to go for a wide selection of stores without all the crowds of many other Central Florida malls. An AMC movie theater will provide you with great entertainment after you shop.
Arcade Monsters is a great place to play vintage arcade games in a comfortable nerdy setting. They also have food, drinks, merchandise available for purchase, and fun events and tournaments to participate in.
Arcadia Kid's Fun Museum is a hands-on interactive learning experience for children located right inside the Oviedo Mall. It has an indoor playground and ball pit as well as eight different interactive exhibits. Kids can play in exhibits like the diner, pet vet office, grocery store, and more. Kids are welcome to use their imagination and play with Arcadia toys freely. There's also story time and activities to look forward to every week, so there's always something new to learn.
Arden Courts is a Memory Care Community located in Winter Springs catering to the special needs of individuals with memory loss. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Featuring specialized trained caregivers, friendly common spaces, an inviting kitchen and family rooms and walking paths within enclosed courtyards, all designed for the safety and comfort of our residents.
The Art Studio of Lake Mary was founded in 2001 as a way to bring art and community to Lake Mary, Florida. Offering classes to children and adults of all ages, the Art Studio encourages students to discover themselves and their creativity through painting, drawing, pottery, sewing, cooking, and much more. The thought behind the classes is that students will develop self-esteem, individuality, and other fundamental skills and beliefs. The Art Studio is unique in this way, because it actively promotes and teaches life lessons and skills via art. They offer a variety of summer, spring, and after school classes as well as birthday parties, date nights, and group classes.
To find out more information on scheduled classes and to sign up, head to their website. For up to date information or to see previous projects and classes, be sure to follow them on Facebook.
Aspire Health Partners, Inc. is a non-profit behavioral healthcare institution that provides affordable services for the people of Central Florida. Aspire is able to provide these amazing services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. They provide these services throughout five Central Florida counties; Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole.
Big League Cards sells all kinds of sports cards as well as entertainment cards including Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and My Little Pony. Here you can find cards both new and vintages. They have been voted the nations best card store for two years running.
Historic Sanford’s Bitters & Brass is a modern reinvention of a vintage speakeasy with original cocktails and handcrafted drinks. Step into this charming 30's era bar owned and operated by some of Orlando’s best bartenders and jump back in time to lounge the night away. With everything from Absinthe to Amari, you’ll be sure to put your knowledge of spirits to the test with a wide array of classic cocktails crafted contemporary style.
Black Hammock Airboat Rides offers different airboat rides for guests to view the wildlife and scenery of Florida. There are different packages available to guests. One of the most unique packages is called the "Ride and Sip"; guests ride on the airboat and receive a free gator cup and drink from the Lazy Gator Bar.
Board and Brush is a wood sign studio offering a variety of workshops to create "on-trend, farmhouse-classic, inspirational pieces of décor". While they focus on wood sign workshops, they also offer a variety of materials including glass, chalkboard, canvas pillows, slate, and terra cotta pots. Board and Brush is perfect for a girls' night out, a cute date night, a birthday party or private event, or a new family night! Offerings and designs are always changing, which means you can go back again and again! No experience is needed to attend one of their classes--their staff will provide you with all the tools needed and teach you how to use them as well.
There are several locations around Florida so be sure to find out which location is closest to you! Check out their website to see their current schedule, sign up for a class, or for any updated information. To see upcoming events and designs, or to see previous projects, be sure to follow them on Facebook!
This novel tea bar uses organic, local ingredients in everything from their refreshing milk teas to their outrageously charming Unicorn Waffles. Incorporating fresh ingredients like local farmers’ honey and homemade sugar, this tea bar delivers a tantalizing taste of the Sanford community in every sip.
Bolay is a fast-dining restaurant but not fast food. The ingredients are brought in fresh daily to help bring you the fuel you need to power through your day. Each bol (bowl) is 100% gluten free but extremely tasty. Offering four pre-made bols and a wide range of ingredients to craft your own experience over 100 different ways. Bolay is a growing Florida only chain with nearly ten locations statewide. Check their website for the closest location to you.
Bowigens Beer Company is an American Craft Brewery located in Casselberry, Florida. They specialize in creative and innovative beers. A place where they create a beer because it's something they are truly passionate about.
Formerly known as The Winey Wench and located in the Oviedo Mall is Calliope Street, a fun shop that offers canvas and wine painting classes. Classes are approximately two hours long, and you are encouraged to pack your own little picnic or other wines if you would like. Check the calendar for the scheduled paintings for certain dates and times, and unleash your artistic side!
Central Florida Regional Hospital's goal is to be a valuable resource in planning for your family's healthcare needs. Their team is committed to quality in everything they do to care for their community, from the care they provide their patients every day to information, screenings, and programs to help their community stay healthy.
City College is a Florida college with locations in Altamonte Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Hollywood, and Miami. It offers associates and bachelors degrees in the fields of business, heath, and legal/justice.
Congo River Golf has 8 different locations in the state of Florida and it's so much fun here! The mini golf course is perfect for those with little kids, as well as the gemstone mining feature that sits on the grounds. But what makes this place so unique is the fact that there are live alligators here to pet and feed. Only the baby alligators can be held and pet but the bigger ones are more interesting to watch when they eat. So find a location near you to check this cool experience!
Cornerstone Veterinary Center is a modern, state of the art, full-service veterinary hospital and clinic who strives to provide the highest standards at fair prices. Specializing in care for dogs and cats providing an intentional cat friendly environment.
The Crystal Ballroom Dance Club describes itself as "classy, elite, and upscale" and with a variety of professional, private, and VIP dance classes, we couldn't agree more! A great way to mingle, learn a new skill, relieve stress, and build confidence, the classes offered at the Crystal Ballroom have something for everyone. Ballroom, Swing, Latin, and Social dance classes are all offered and taught by professional instructors. They also offer a free first lesson so you can try it out and see if you'd enjoy it!
Depending on the class you've signed up for, fees will vary. However, the Crystal Ballroom offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at no additional charge during your lesson so you can stay hydrated and have a little fun while you learn. They also offer a VIP membership package as well as lessons for weddings, Quinceañeras, and other social events. You can also book a private party or wedding/reception venue. The Crystal Ballroom Club has something to offer everyone at all skill levels, so be sure to check them out the next time you're looking for something fun and different!
"Making Pets Feel Good and Loving Every Second of It!" is the philosophy of owner Lourdes who became a pet groomer after wanting to groom her own dog and getting involved in her love of helping pets. Her service aims to provide a stress-free grooming experience that focuses on the needs of the pets first.
De Azúcar imports quality ingredients from all over the world. From savory sandwiches to sweet pastries and desserts, they serve it all. De Azúcar also hosts baking classes for those who are just as passionate as the owner is about pastries. As if that wasn't enough, this coffeehouse offers breakfast, lunch, and dessert catering.
Deviant Wolfe is one of just a few craft breweries in historic downtown Sanford. They pride themselves on their community-driven attitude and their signature sours; the energetic vibes exhibited by the companies ownership are nothing short of genuine. Hosting special events such as yoga and run club are just a part of this companies go-getter personality, leaving their beers to speak for themselves—and boy do they have a lot to say!
Dickens Coffee & Tea Room is a tea house that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch. It specializes in loose leaf tea and an assortment of blended teas. Decorated lavishly, this tea room represents elegance with a touch of simplicity. Dickens Coffee & Tea Room hosts tea parties with Princesses, bridal showers, birthday parties, and more. It also occasionally has special events, so be sure to check out its website!
District Eat and Play is a family friendly arcade with so much to offer, like special nightly events including karaoke, trivia, bingo, and more. They offer four themed escape rooms, boutique bowling, over fifty arcade games, billiards, and virtual reality. But stay tuned because they plan on adding even more! Whenever you're ready to take a break from all of the excitement of entertainment, sit back and relax in their lounge area, grab a drink from their fully stocked bar, or take a seat in the dining area and enjoy a meal. Come check out what all the buzz is about at District Eat and Play.
Dominick's is a neighborhood restaurant focused on bringing homemade, Italian cooking to the people of Winter Springs. Head to Dominick's for a delicious family dinner tucked away in the tree-filled landscape or check out their catering to bring the food to you.
DUO58 Community Coffee Bar & Cafe's two primary goals are to serve its customers delicious food and help those in need. This special cafe is partners with Mission of Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps thousands of people in Haiti. DUO58 is also passionate about catering and providing its customers a pleasant experience. For more information about DUO58, visit its website.
The Planetarium at Seminole State College offers a one-of-a-kind experience to every space lover. Come for unique presentations "from traditional star displays and cultural shows that detail the importance of astronomy around the world, to feature presentations that whisk you through the depths of outer space".
Emotions Dance is an organization that is home to one of Central Florida's few professional dance companies. It is also home to a school that trains people of all ages and levels in a wide variety of disciplines.
Flippers Pizzeria is a pizza and Italian restaurant that prides itself on bringing you an elevated pizza experience. Every pizza is made with fresh dough, all-natural meats, and hand-picked spices, all baked at 600 degrees in a brick oven. The all-natural ingredients can be found throughout the Flippers menu. In addition to pizza, Flippers offers an assortment of pasta dishes, calzones, sandwiches, breadsticks, and salads. Dine-in, carry-out, and delivery are available options at all Flippers locations.
Foxtail Coffee serves responsibly roasted coffee beans. They uphold quality and ethical standards by working with farmers world-wide who pay fair wages and are environmentally friendly. Check out one of their 4 locations in Orlando, Florida.
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe is an authentic German restaurant on 1st St. in downtown Sanford equipped with traditional German cuisine, premium imported German beers, and live folk singers performing every weekend. Draft beer selections range in size from .3 Liter all the way up to their 3 Liter das boot, so be sure to bring some friends to help you enjoy an exciting night full of tradition and laughter.
Hot Pots is a pottery painting studio located in Sanford, Florida, that is the perfect get together for kids and adults of all ages. It works on an individual basis where you get to pick your pottery piece and paint it however you want! Pieces range in price and size and include bowls, dishes, mugs, banks, figurines, and much more. Hot Pots is great for a group activity, especially for kids and families, but is also great for a date night or team building--you can rent the place for a private party as well.
Follow their Facebook page for the most up to date information, upcoming classes and events, and for ideas for your own project!
Hourglass Brewing is a brewery that focuses on natural ingredients and unique flavors. They have a large taproom decorated with nostalgic and geeky decor and work by local artists. Here you will find lots of tabletop and console games that you can play while drinking your beer. Check out their website for special events.
Inner Compass is a craft brewing company located in the heart of historic downtown Sanford. It has an always rotating list of Florida taps that range from their own label to rare releases from all over the state. The location comes equipped with a massive outdoor space fit to host any group of friends, and is of course, pet friendly. Join them for special events such as stand-up comedy every third Friday of the month, or follow your own inner compass and enjoy some of their unique crafts beers.
Lake Baldwin Park is a beautiful shady park with a sandy beach attached. It is one of the only two parks in this area that is dog friendly and where dogs can be off the leash. It is also known for its great scenery and beautiful landscapes.
A time capsule conserving a small piece of Central Florida history, the Lake Mary Museum exhibits preserved artifacts that offer a portrait of the beginnings of the city. With collections of fashion, inventions, and pastimes of a bygone era, the museum shares a glimpse of the evolution of culture in Lake Mary and its neighboring cities. Take a walk through local history and community for a unique educational experience at the Lake Mary Museum.
At Lake Mary Preparatory School, you will find a community dedicated to the success of students that is unlike any other in Central Florida. Here you will find challenging academics that will inspire you, abundant learning experiences where you will discover your passion, and a family of educators that will support you in reaching your unique potential.
If you find yourself in need of a hat, this is the place to go! They have regular baseball caps, complete with your favorite team logo, whether it's MLB, NFL, or NHL. There are also visors and knitted caps here, along with other sports related items like jerseys. There are eight different locations in the Orlando area alone and the store is spread sporadically through the rest of Florida, always in shopping centers.
A great spot for traditional Colombian fare heated with warmth that can only come from a grandmother's kitchen. Here, favorites like empanadas and arepas are treated with care, while interesting fusions like the Hawaiian and even hotdogs are given a new introduction. Come on by for a fantastic bite with a hug.
The Mad Science Laboratory offers many fun and interactive experiences for children through home school, preschool, and after school programs. Kids can take fun lab classes or participate in educational events and science shows. With highly interactive and action packed experiences, children are bound to keep their interest.
If you’re shopping for a gift or looking for a little something for yourself, Magpies in historic Sanford should be the first place on your list. This artisan craft store offers a variety of fun and functional gifts curated to display Central Florida’s local entrepreneurs. You’ll find jewelry, organic beauty products, and beautifully handmade clothing on every wall. With a new variety of goods to explore weekly, Magpie is sure to become one of your favorite Sanford stops.
Orlando Swing Dance is Orlando's most popular swing dance group. On the first Saturday of each month, come out to Orlando Swing Dance for a fun night of throwback music and dancing! Don't know how to swing or lindy bop? Don't worry about it--they have a dance lesson about an hour before the open dance session begins. Taught by a rotating list of dance instructors, you'll learn the basic steps, spins, and styles of various swing dances. While most of the dances feature a DJ-spun playlist, at different times during the year they will feature a live band that plays a variety of current and throwback music.
There is a minimal cover charge for the dance, but there's no limit on age or amount of people you can bring, so this is perfect for either a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. If you'd rather learn by yourself, that's perfectly fine too! There's no partner required. There's no dress code, just dress comfortably and bring shoes you can dance and spin in. Depending on the month, they'll host themed dances--Valentine's Day, Christmas, and New Year's are big events. If you've always wanted to learn to swing dance, or even if you're just looking for something different this month, Orlando Swing Dance is a fun way to learn a new skill and connect with a variety of people. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates and event dates.
Oviedo Antique Mall has 12,500 sq. ft. of space and over 100 vendors selling vintage and antique items from cameras and artwork to furniture and decor. They offer several services onsite such as jewelry and watch repair and notary services. They also buy antiques Monday-Friday and are open for purchasing seven days a week. Check out their website for weekly specials and new items.
The Oviedo Mall is a small mall in the Orlando area that is a center for the local community. It has a Regal Cinemas movie theater, tons of fun activities for both adults and kids, and events of all kinds throughout the year.
Pace Brantley School will provide innovative research-based instruction, in order to maximize learning opportunities while building self-confidence; and to prepare students for long term life/ career readiness. Pace Brantley School believes that learning disabilities should carry no stigma and celebrates uniqueness, values the worth and dignity of every individual as we prepare them for success.
Palmetto Landing is an assisted living facility that offers residents the independence to fully enjoy an active and engaging lifestyle while providing the personal care that assists in the areas they need. Staffed with a Memory Care team that provides consistent and caring support for seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementia related diseases, helping them to feel relaxed, safe and secure.
Penguin Point Productions is a theatre company offering a variety of classes in acting, voice, writing, and more for people of all ages interested in theatrical performance. There are ongoing classes and summer classes open for enrollment, and there are shows and events put on for all to attend. Their goal is to partner with local artists and teach kids and adults of all ages as well as help them hone and utilize their talents.
Performing Arts Matter (previously Performing Arts Maitland), or PAM, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Maitland community establish and maintain its cultural identity through the arts and music. Included in this umbrella organization are the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, the Maitland Poets and Writers, and the Maitland Stage Band. PAM offers groups for people of all ages, such as the Maitland Youth Community Choir for younger performers and the Creative Arts for Life for older adults that still want to contribute to their community.
PAM not only hosts several concerts, shows, and other events throughout the year, but also host a variety of outreach events as well as performing at the Maitland Farmers Market each week. To stay informed on events and other news, follow their Facebook or check out their website.
Experience the excitement of world travel in every glass of wine from Pierre’s Wine Cellar in downtown Lake Mary. With an array of imported wines for every budget and occasion, the wine cellar is a local staple for everything from weekly wine tastings to learn more about the history of wine, to sharing your favorite bottle through an intimate private event with friends and family. Stop in the grab a sample, or take the bottle with you!
Take on new challenges at the world’s largest indoor obstacle park at Lake Mary’s Planet Obstacle. Originally designed by professional gymnasts to use as a training course, the obstacle park is used by professional athletes and casual fitness fanatics to maximize their training. The massive obstacle park offers boundless fun that makes it the perfect place to grab a group of friends and channel your competitive streak while scaling immense rock-climbing walls or completing intense American Ninja Warrior courses. The last one standing wins at Planet Obstacle.
Poblano's Mexican Grill is a family owned restaurant where the authentic Mexican culture is brought out not only through the food, but also though the family environment you can find there. The owners, two sisters by the names of Ana and Emerita, are constantly around to ensure quality service. There has not been one time where I have visited where they have not come by to greet the table. The waiters are dedicated to the guests and the quality of service they apply.
Porch Pottery was founded in 2016 and offers the Longwood, Florida area a chance to "come get their hands muddy!" They offer a variety of services, including classes on how to use a pottery wheel, open hours for all ages decorating, immersion classes to focus on a longer project, wheel throwing classes, and much more! Prices and projects vary depending on class and availability. They offer a date night event every Friday-Sunday, open classes, and open studio memberships. The best thing about Porch Pottery is that you can choose from creating a piece completely of your own through their pottery wheel and throwing classes or choose to paint a pre-made piece of pottery for them to glaze and fire.
To sign up for a class head to their website. To see current events, offerings, and ideas, be sure to follow them on Facebook!
Red Cypress Brewery is located in Winter Garden and offers a unique selection of craft beers. It hosts a variety of events, ranging from food truck Fridays to a Namaste and Drink day in which patrons can do yoga and drink beer. You can find many of their selections in grocery stores and bottle shops around the state.
Sanford Brewing has a more extensive tap list than most microbreweries. You can find upwards of twenty Sanford Brewing crafts on tap at any given time and a full menu to compliment any drink choice you make. With a very knowledgeable staff and a comfortable atmosphere, Sanford Brewing is sure to be an incredible experience for people of all ages.
The Sanford Jazz Ensemble is a non-profit musical organization that works to bring jazz music into the Central Florida community. They feature a musical repertoire of big band jazz, classic and contemporary pop, R&B, and funk music. The Ensemble is comprised of volunteer musicians from the Central Florida community who play live for various events and programs around the area. If you're interested in performing with them, check out their website or send them an email expressing your interest--they're "always looking for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm players to sit in with the band".
The Sanford Jazz Ensemble claims to be the longest continuously performing big band in Central Florida and thrives on the community's love for jazz and music to keep on swinging! Follow their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about the band and events.
Santiago’s Bodega serves Spanish style fine wines, sangria, tapas, and dessert in a few locations throughout Florida. The original location was in Key West. It is named after a character from The Old Man and the Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, who once called Key West home.
The Seminole Towne Center is a large indoor mall with tons of great stores and entertainment. It has over 120 shops plus restaurants, events happening throughout the year, and the United Artists Theatre, where you can catch a movie.
For families homeschooling students age 11 to 18 and living in Central Florida, this teen only group includes activities, field trips, etc. will be geared toward the middle to high school level/age group.
As a Christian homeschool group, we desire to help families grow in maturity in Christ, and more specifically, to assist families whom God has called to teach their children at home and do so in a manner which honors God.