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“Disappointing display of azaleas; pleasant location on the lake”

Kraft Azalea Gardens
Ranked #6 of 50 things to do in Winter Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

The advertising says the azaleas are in bloom from January through March, so visiting at the end of January seemed like a good bet. We were shocked by the paucity of azaleas. They were few and far between, as if the gardens had been attacked by a flood or virus and were in need of refurbishing. When you visit a public garden you expect a lush display of gorgeous flowers; but there are much more beautiful azaleas all around the grounds of Rollins College in Winter Park. There was the unexpected advantage of getting to see many huge and beautiful homes while en route to Kraft Azalea Gardens, but we noticed with surprise that whoever is doing the gardening for these wealthy homeowners prefers to shave their azalea bushes into flat-top hedges, allowing only a few blossoms to sneak in between the leaves.

Thank francaise
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

While this small park is not exactly a "destination" attraction, it is a beautiful place to visit if you are visiting the Orlando metropolitan area and looking for a scenic, and free, attraction. Google maps got us there with only one wrong turn on our part, but the neighborhood is so beautiful even the detour was interesting.

This park located along the shoreline of Lake Maitland. It is called Kraft Azalea Gardens, and while the azaleas were beautiful,I was actually more fascinated with the many gigantic, old cypress trees.

The terrain is pretty level with a sidewalk that get you to the heart of the park. There is free parking in front of the park and it should be accessible to most people even if their mobility is limited. Benches are available to rest or relax and enjoy the scenery. Birdwatchers should enjoy the park and pet waste stations are available so dog walkers can clean up after their pet. Restrooms are also available.

This would be a great place to relax and unwind in a very scenic and natural setting.

1  Thank Doug R
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

Our granddaughter was just married here. Small intimate park by lakeside was scenic and near poetic. Great spot for the event. Only downside , not in the control of the park, was the noise from air traffic. With Orlando International not far away, it seems like aircraft were passing overhead about every four minutes.

Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

Is a scenic public park, which is bordered by Lake Maitland on the north and west of the park.
Enjoy the beauty and enormous cypress trees throughout the park. The park is open from 8 am till dusk every day.
The park is ideal for those that prefer a sunset wedding ceremony.
Pets are allowed on a leash.

Thank mountain22
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice relaxing park to go sit and watch the birds fly by. Watch the boats, Rollins crew team, see a wedding take place. Just a neat natural place.

Thank 4AllHart
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