With its famous theme parks, abundant green space, perfect weather, and fun festivals, Orlando is one of the most family-friendly cities in the country. While there are tons of exciting things to do at every turn, it’s also important for families to find tucked-away neighborhoods that offer great amenities and attractions close to home. Luckily, neighborhoods like these are abundant throughout the Orlando area. Here are our top three picks!
Best Family-Friendly Neighborhoods Near Orlando
1) Lake Nona
Lake Nona touts itself as being “a community of and for the future,” and part of that mission is making sure the next generation has plenty to do, see, and experience! With various neighborhoods that offer single-family homes, walkable neighborhoods, parks and playgrounds, and on-site schools, all that you and your family need for a fantastic futuristic life is right here in Lake Nona. Here are just a few of the family-friendly perks this master-planned community offers:
Boxi Park at Lake Nona: An outdoor family and dog-friendly venue constructed from repurposed shipping containers and featuring restaurants, beach volleyball courts, and a live entertainment stage.
Lake Nona Schools: Lake Nona has four onsite Orange County Public Schools and they’re all highly rated!
Nemour Kids’ Run: This fun run is part of the larger Run Nona 5K event and brings out everyone in the community! After the races, neighbors enjoy a family fun festival and signature block party.
Events and Activities: From the Fourth of July celebration and the Lake Nona Pineapple Festival, to the annual holiday festival, there’s no shortage of lively, amazing events for the whole family to attend — right in the neighborhood!
Living in Lake Nona, FL
Summerdale Park is a neighborhood of four and five-bedroom, single-family homes within Lake Nona. With a variety of floor plans, including one and two-story homes, spacious interior layouts of up to 3,628 square feet, and the option to select your design finishes, you’ll love your new home in the middle of one of Orlando’s most exciting and innovative communities.
Laureate Park features single-family homes surrounding a 7,000-acre resort with kid-friendly pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, and parks. There’s no more mundane daily routine when you live in this lively neighborhood.
If you live in Florida and have small children, you know that trips to Disney World will be a regular occurrence! When you live in the city of Clermont, it’s easy to hop onto Hwy-27 or SR-50 to get to the happiest place on Earth whenever you want. Even though your kids will try to convince you otherwise, you won’t be able to visit the Magic Kingdom every weekend, but there are tons of other fun activities to do right in Clermont. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park offers climate-controlled play, the Plaster Cottage guides your kids in unleashing their inner artists, and Showcase of Citrus offers hours of exploration, citrus picking, and grove-related activities. Of course, in Central Florida, there are always plenty of lakes and parks for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Living in Clermont, FL
Hartwood Landing is a thriving community of 321 single-family homes with a variety of floor plans and lot sizes. The entire family can take advantage of the year-round beautiful Orlando weather with a sparkling swimming pool and cabanas that are perfect for lounging.
3) Winter Springs
Winter Springs is a popular Orlando suburb for young families, and it’s no surprise why. With water parks, theme parks, green space, indoor recreation centers, art studios, skating facilities, and playgrounds, there’s a lot to keep kids busy! Plus, you’re only an hour away from all the beaches and scientific exploration of Florida’s Space Coast.
Living in Winter Springs, FL
Seminole Crossing is a new luxury townhome community that offers three-bedroom homes, open-concept floor plans, and a maintenance-free, townhome lifestyle. On busy evenings full of homework and after-school programs, there’s no need to stress about dinner — just walk across the street to Winter Springs Town Center and grab some food to go. This community is also connected to a 23-mile trail that runs through Winter Springs and is perfect for family bike rides or stroller walks.
For more information on living in Orlando and choosing from any of these family-friendly neighborhoods, please connect with a Dream Finders Homes sales specialist.