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Things to Do in Celebration, Florida

After making movies and building theme parks, Walt Disney had another lifelong dream: to build a model town. Nearly 30 years after his death in 1995 his dream was realized in the town of Celebration, Florida, just a few miles south of Walt Disney World's main gate. Visiting the town today, you'll see some of the Disney-esque touches with picket fences, manicured lawns, bike paths, public spaces, ping-pong tables and rocking chairs. The downtown area is home to a post office designed by architect Michael Graves and about a dozen shops and restaurants centered around a lake. A walking and biking trail invites locals and visitors to explore scenic boardwalks and neighborhoods. The town of Celebration is worth a day exploring and admiring for its charm and new-urbanism ideals.

TIPS:

  • From Walt Disney World, take World Drive south to Celebration. The town can also be accessed from exits 62 and 64 from I-4.
  • Celebration is dog-friendly with parks, a dog bakery and pet-friendly dining options.
  • While it's a planned neighborhood, Celebration is not gated and most areas are open to visitors.
  • A community farmers market is held at Lakeside Park every Sunday until 3 pm.
  • Food Truck Friday events are held the second Friday of the month at Town Hall.
  • Special events are held frequently, from nightly snowfalls at Christmas to exotic car shows.
  • Halloween and Christmas are especially fun times to visit as residents pull out all the stops with elaborate decorations. 

 

Celebration Golf Club

This course’s magnificent par-72, 7,028-yard championship layout was designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. Amenities include a double-sided aquatic driving range and the Windmill Tavern.

Market Street in Celebration

Spend a day exploring the town that Disney built and perusing the shops along Market and Front streets. Market Street Gallery and Soft As Grape provide the perfect souvenir.

Celebration Surrey

This family-owned business provides tours of Disney's town of Celebration in an old-timey car and rents bicycles, including two-seaters, for kids and with kids carriages, by the hour. It's a great way to explore the town's lakes, woodlands and neighorhoods.

Lakeside Bar and Grill

Hearty cuisine with Florida flair aims to please every diner. Angus burgers and steaks are countered with chopped salads and flat breads. Start with a fresh, specialty cocktail. B, L, D (daily).

Columbia Restaurant

Flavorful seafood, paella, the 1905 salad and sangria made tableside are among the favorites at this casual upscale Mediterranean restaurant decorated in hand-painted Spanish tile and old family photographs. L, D (daily).

Celebration Town Tavern

This local hangout specializes in New England-style foods such as fish and chips and Maine lobster rolls. Sit outside overlooking the lakefront. L, D (daily), Br (Su).

Kilwins

Since 1947, Kilwins has been creating the freshest treats and ice cream, from caramel corn and fudge to dozens of different ice cream flavors and homemade waffle cones. L, D (daily).

Orlando Balloon Rides

Put this on your bucket list. The largest passenger ride operator on the Eastern seaboard offers daily flights at sunrise in the Disney area, followed by a champagne toast.

Melia Orlando Hotel

Located in Celebration village, minutes from the theme parks. The hotel features 240 luxurious 1 and 2 bedroom suites complete with living areas, kitchens and furnished balconies. The property features a lushly landscaped infinity pool and several dining options on location.

Mirasol

This Celebration condominium provides a convenient home for tourists and residents. Walk to shops and restaurants and enjoy community amenities such as swimming pools, boardwalks, bike paths and the lakefront.