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SuZ Besecker, a mom of two who blogs at Not Your Typical Mommy,
shares one of her family’s latest adventures in Central Florida. 

I haven’t been to Winter Garden in years. But the other day I packed up my kiddos and made the trek (26 miles from Longwood). Our goal was to hit a local bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale (RIP Here Be Dragons Bookshoppe!) and take in the sights. And I must say, I was impressed!

The place has completely changed since my younger years. There are tree-lined streets with quaint stores and delicious restaurants tucked everywhere. In the heart of the downtown area there is a huge fountain and benches to relax on.

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Photo by Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

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Photo by Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

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Photo by Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

After we got our intended business out of the way, we noshed on yummy pizza at the Winter Garden Pizza Company before heading to the Central Florida Railroad Museum. There’s no charge for admission (although donations are always welcomed) to visit the five rooms full of historic railroad elements. The collection has everything from photos, dinnerware, signs, and even a restored caboose! My girls loved playing with the train table, but what kid doesn’t?

Photo courtesy of  Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

Photo courtesy of Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

Photo courtesy of SuZ Besecker

Photo courtesy of SuZ Besecker

After we got our fill of trains, we wandered on foot over to the Heritage Museum (also free, donations encouraged) and learned about some of the great citizens that have lived in Winter Garden as well as learned about the importance that the citrus industry has brought to the town.

Photo courtesy of Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

Photo courtesy of Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

Photo courtesy SuZ Besecker

Photo courtesy of SuZ Besecker

And what better way to end our adventure than with ice cream! We visited Scoops Old Fashioned Ice Cream and then called it a day.

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Overall, Winter Garden is a fantastic little city to visit for the day. The girls didn’t even get a chance to visit the splash park and I didn’t get to peek in all the antique shops. But you know what that means, another trip!

IF YOU GO: Both the railroad museum and the heritage museum are open daily from 1 to 5 p.m.  Address: The railroad museum is located at 101 South Boyd Street and the heritage museum is a few blocks away at 1 N. Main Street. Phone: 407-656-0559 (railroad museum) and 407-656-5544 (heritage museum).

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