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Altamonte Springs

 

Altamonte Springs is a bustling city 10 miles outside of Downtown Orlando that has a lot to offer residents who love to shop and want transportation options.

The east Seminole County city is well represented with retail chains –the Altamonte Mall alone spans some 1.3 million square feet– and nearby shopping centers along State Road 436 make the city a major shopping destination.

The town has always had business as its core. Boston land investors established the Altamonte Land Hotel & Navigation Co. in 1882, according to local historians, and bought 1,200 acres along lakes Adelaide and Orienta to sell lots and build the Altamonte Hotel for winter visitors. The hotel burned down in the’ 50s. Altamonte Springs evolved into a premier Orlando suburb in the early 1970s.

The busy artery of S.R. 436/Semoran Boulevard runs right through Altamonte Springs, as does the SunRail commuter train. Lynx bus lines are plentiful. Downtown Orlando is just 15 minutes away (peak closer to a half hour), but while commerce booms here, the more sparsely suburban lures of Longwood and the pastoral farmlands of Zellwood aren’t far.

Recreation? Altamonte Springs has more than you might think. Eastmonte Park is home to multiple baseball fields, along with batting cages, and is the home of the Orlando Baseball Academy. The Lake Brantley Athletic Complex –which includes three 10,000-square-foot gymnasiums on the campus of Lake Brantley High School– server the community with a host of offerings from cheerleading to basketball to wrestling.

Cranes Roost is the city’s best-known park. Encircling its expansive lake, a 1-mile walkway beckons bikers and birdwatchers in the shadow of an elegant 62-foot tower. It’s also a regular hot spot for live music and holiday events. Such as the annual Red Hot & Boom fireworks celebration for Independence Day.