Orlando Loch Haven Park covers 45 acres and serves as the Orlando region’s premier cultural park. Nestled between three lakes, Lake Estelle on the north, Lake Rowena on the east, and Lake Formosa on the south, the park is located on North Mills Avenue and Princeton Street. The lawn area in the center portion of the park is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the lake views shaded by majestic oak trees.
One of Central Florida’s oldest and largest oak trees, “The Mayor,” is located in Loch Haven Park. Loch Haven is Central Florida’s premier cultural park. It is home to the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Fire Museum and the Orlando Garden Club. All offer programs throughout the year.
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Tucked away on a picturesque shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, the elegantly appointed Mennello Museum of American Art is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. The intimate museum uses its gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods.
The Orlando Fire Museum (formerly Orlando Firehouse #3) came full circle in 2002, returning to the custody of the Orlando Fire Department after a long lease with the Historical Society of Central Florida. The two-story, red-brick firehouse was initially located on Orlando Avenue (near Dade Street) in College Park from 1926 until 1978. When the new Station #3 was built in College Park, the Orlando Science Center moved the old station to Loch Haven Park. The old station had fallen into disrepair and faced an uncertain future. The Science Center, in cooperation with the Central Florida Fire Chief’s Association, immediately began exterior restoration. The interior renovation that followed transformed the old station into a fire museum.
Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) educational institution whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community support for the arts and the Museum’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region. Since its inception, the Museum’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective, the Museum, located in Loch Haven Cultural Park at 2416 N. Mills Ave., has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to developing first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, appearing in more than 125 performances each season. The Philharmonic’s mission is to foster and promote symphonic music through excellence in performance, education and cultural leadership.
As a professional Theatre for Young Audiences, Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) opened its doors on October 9, 2003. Each season promises to bring outstanding professional theatre to Central Florida based on classic and contemporary children’s literature. The REP, located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, is a place where young audiences can come and experience the adventure and creative wonder of watching their favorite characters come to life.
For more than 50 years the Orlando Science Center has been a place that inspires curiosity and exploration. Truly one of the great family destinations, the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way. For visitors, the Orlando Science Center is a must for your things-to-do-in-Orlando list. With four floors of exciting exhibits, planetarium shows, amazing giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the OSC is the perfect family destination.
With the Bard as its muse, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces bold professional theater, develops new plays and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich the community. The company creates theater of extraordinary quality that encourages the actor/audience relationship, embraces the passionate use of language and ignites the imagination. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a nationally recognized theater offering productions and education year-round for all audiences.
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