Sanford is known as the "Historic Waterfront Gateway City" and sits on the southern shore of Lake Monroe. It is home to Seminole State College of Florida and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, as well as Orlando-Sanford International Airport, which provides an alternative to those who prefer not to fly directly into the busy pace of Orlando. It attracts tourists with its charming character, culture, and multitude of trails. Of course, like any old town, it has more than a few ghost stories, including the ghostly hitchhikers who are said to appear near a patch of I-4 that was paved over 4 graves.
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.
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.
Orlando Sanford International Airport is "SFB": Simpler, Faster Better! Located in Sanford, Florida, only 25 minutes north of Orlando. It includes 2 terminals, one for international flights and the other for local flights. All the amenities of a large airport with small airport service catering to the travelers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Featuring over 500 animals representing 205 species, aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park, Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, and the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles.
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!
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".
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Breezeway is a local hotspot among Sanford natives, boasting an impressive menu with every cuisine you could crave. Enjoy a warm summer night with friends on the patio while enjoying live music and karaoke, or cozy up with a date indoors with a bottle of wine. Whether you’re looking for the catch of the day or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll find everything you need for a good time at the Breezeway.
The District is a downtown Sanford eatery with a thoughtfully-inspired menu forged with locally sourced ingredients, providing a sumptuous and creative dining experience for lovers of traditional American fare. They also offer an array of carefully selected wines as well as craft beer and their own signature cocktails, designed as a perfect pairing for their inventive menu.
Purveyors of the most extraordinary hand-crafted goods reclaimed in Indonesia and India by day, and provisioners of boutique wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails by night, the Imperial is a neighborhood bar designed as a living conversation piece. With three locations in Orlando, Winter Park, and Sanford—with Sanford being the only with liquor—there is an adventurous night out within reach of most locals in the Orlando-Sanford metro area. Sit amongst the exotic tables or atop some plush, silk pillows whilst having a drink, or ask your retailer about acquiring a one-of-a-kind piece to start your own conversations at home.
Tuffy's in Sanford is a bottle shop, lounge, beer garden, and cidery. It offers some of the most creative, old-world styled, no-sugar-added, dry-hopped ciders. Outside in the beer garden, you can find poke bowls, courtesy of Da Kine, and some very interesting seating amongst an incredibly open concept. Tuffy's also hosts its own tiki bar, as well as a variety of craft beers both on draft an in bottles.
UCF was founded in 1963, and has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation. With over 64,000 students and offering more than 200 degree programs in 13 colleges, and locations throughout Central Florida (Altamonte Springs, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Valencia West), plus online programs, UCF offers something for everyone.
The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center was first built in Sanford in 1923 as the Milane Theater. It has since been through many restorations and renames until its final restoration was completed in 2014.
If you’re looking for a new way to satisfy for your sweet tooth, head over to Wondermade in historic downtown Sanford for a sweet treat. The café is known for their delicious marshmallow concoctions and handcrafted ice creams. Grab a scoop of a tried and true flavor, or step on the wild side with avocado ice cream to cool down on a hot summer day. There’s a decadent treat for everyone at Wondermade.
Wop's Hops is a pioneer in Sanford's booming craft beer industry. Since becoming the first microbrewery to open its doors in Sanford, FL, the brewery has churned out some very creative and original offerings such as their cream ales, and more recently their crafts that have been used in their barrel-aging program. Coupled with a unique Italian food menu, you're sure to get a one-of-a-kind experience at Wop's Hops.