Lake Iola is a landmark attraction in Orlando. It is located in a free park in the center of the city. Many citizens can be seen running and exercising. We were on Sunday when we went, and roadside parking was free. There are many swans and waterbirds in the park. The water quality is clear and transparent. It's very pleasant.
Located in downtown Orlando, Florida, Lake Iola Park is a good place for quiet and leisure in the city. Enter the lake area, along the lakeside path, you can see all kinds of water birds living in the lake, there are squirrels running everywhere, after rain, the lake, leaves and grass tips are with water droplets, the air is wet and fresh, sometimes jogging, walking dogs, sitting by the lake, experience the harmony of the city and nature.
This classic Orlando locale is for nature lovers and fun-seekers a like. The park has a little something for everyone, including boat rentals, a Sunday farmer’s market and scenic views perfect for an afternoon bike ride, morning jog or picnic. Be sure to check out their “Movieola” movie nights on the park every other Friday between May and August, as well their concert schedule at the classic Walt Disney Amphitheater. For animal lovers, there is no shortage of wildlife (yes, you can feed them…the appropriate food!), particularly within the bird species. Aside from the lovely Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park is dotted with lovely architecture and a gorgeous natural landscape. For those who want fun on a dime, be sure to check out this local treasure.
4.5 stars from trip advisorphone 407-246-4484512 E Washington St., Orlando FL 32801-1941Great place for walking, watching all the various birds and signature swans. Lighted fountain at night. Has some wildlife.The scenery is captivating. Farmers market during the weekend. Seasonal Christmas Decorations, etc...
If you’re looking to run around a fairly short loop, this is one of your best bets. Lake Eola is in the heart of downtown with gorgeous scenery (think art sculpture, large trees, and a fountain in the lake). The path is 0.9 miles around the lake, and it’s a fun route for a quick run or a couple of miles. I like this spot because I can people watch on my run, but sometimes it can get a bit crowded with families and people out for a stroll around the lake.
You can schedule a picnic, bring your dog and a frisbee, or simply stroll around the park and enjoy the Florida sunshine. It doesn't sound like much excitement for the kiddos, but I assure you, there's lots to look at and plenty of green space to run around and play. You can even rent a fun swan paddle boat and venture out into the lake!