Uncover hidden gems in Orlando and beyond with things to do at SunRail stops throughout Central Florida.
All aboard for adventure! Discover must-dos and hidden gems on an off-the-rails SunRail journey from downtown Orlando and beyond. From Poinciana to DeBary, here are some of the best things to do at each stop.
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Orlando, like many great cities, owes much of its early development to the growth of the rail system. As the rails extended into the area, new towns and communities such as Winter Garden and Winter Park sprang up around the lines, creating a network of interconnected towns and cities that helped drive economic growth and prosperity in the region.
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Today, this rich rail history lives on in the form of SunRail, a state-of-the-art commuter rail system that offers residents and visitors alike a fast and convenient way to travel throughout central Florida. From the bustling heart of downtown Orlando to the suburban gateway towns of Poinciana and DeBary, SunRail provides an efficient transportation experience that reflects the city's vibrant past and promising future. With 16 stations spanning 49 miles of track, your next adventure is just around the corner. Here are some of the best things to see, do and eat along the way.
Note: Keep in mind that the SunRail is a commuter rail with limited evening hours. Apart from select weekends, SunRail operates Monday through Friday only, with varying schedules for each station. Check SunRail’s website for complete details on hours of operation during your visit.
Starting in the heart of Orlando, adjacent to downtown Orlando’s City District and Parramore District, LYNX Central Station is a convenient gateway to downtown Orlando shopping, museums, restaurants and entertainment venues. It’s also the perfect place to begin your SunRail adventure, with LYNX bus transportation and north and southbound SunRail routes leading to even more unbelievably real fun in Orlando and beyond.
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Immerse yourself in local history at the Orange County Regional History Center, then head to the Creative Village to snap a selfie or two with the iconic Orlando trellis at Luminary Green. This unique gathering space, the center of innovative urban district, pays homage to Orlando’s past while looking forward to the future.
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You can also grab a bite and see some cool automotive history at Ace Cafe Orlando, have a cozy coffee date at Foxtail Coffee, dine on French-inspired fare at DoveCote Restaurant, or chill out on the backyard patio of The Monroe. Then, head back to LYNX Central Station to get this SunRail party started. If you’re visiting downtown on a night when SunRail runs till 10 p.m., you can also rock out to live music at Ace Cafe, The Vanguard, The Beacham or sister venue The Social, all located within half a mile of LYNX Central Station
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Explore Orlando’s charming neighborhoods and nearby cities on a northbound journey from downtown Orlando, including stops in Ivanhoe Village, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford and DeBary.
Things to Do Near the AdventHealth SunRail Station
Located between downtown Orlando and historic Winter Park in the Ivanhoe Village Main Street district, the AdventHealth SunRail station is ideal for exploring Orlando’s unique neighborhoods. Take a short scenic walk to Loch Haven Cultural Park for your daily dose of culture. The park is home to the Orlando Museum of Art, The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Science Center. It’s also home to the Orlando Fringe Theater Festival from Orlando Fringe every spring. You can also take a rideshare to Harry P. Leu Gardens, nestled on the shores of Lake Rowena.
Grab a drink at Imperial Wine Bar or The Bandbox (non-alcoholic), then stroll over to Lake Ivanhoe for lake views, vintage shopping and dining with an eclectic, ultra-local vibe. Try Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe or MICHELIN Recommended restaurant The Pinery for locally inspired lakeside dining; Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company for inventive craft beer, street parties, and events; or The Hall on The Yard for nine diverse culinary offerings in a single swanky food hall.
Things to Do Near the Winter Park SunRail Station
The Winter Park SunRail station is conveniently located on Park Avenue, a charming street brimming with unique boutiques, diverse dining options and celebrated museums and galleries. Park Avenue, Hannibal Square and the surrounding areas are also home to beautiful lakes, gardens and photo-worthy enclaves with a classic old Florida feel.
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Tour the city’s lakes and canals aboard the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, grab a bite to eat on Park Avenue or in nearby Hannibal Square, then visit The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to see the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. More notable Winter Park museums include the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, the free-to-visit Rollins Museum of Art, and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden.
Things to Do Near the Maitland SunRail Station
The Maitland SunRail station is a short walk from acclaimed restaurants, museums and entertainment, most notably the Art & History Museums — Maitland. Comprised of four different museums, including the first place in Florida to be designated a National Historic Landmark, the museums offer an engaging look at Maitland history and more.
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Also in Maitland are the Enzian Theater, home of the Florida Film Festival, and The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Along with a permanent Holocaust in History exhibit, the Center provides rotating films, lectures, and exhibits designed to inspire conversation and encourage a safe, welcoming community.
Delicious dinner options include traditional Italian fare at Antonio’s, classic American cuisine at Luke’s Kitchen & Bar (headed by James Beard-nominated Chef Brandon McGlamery), and scratch-made dishes at Outpost Kitchen, Bar & Provisions.
Things to Do Near the Altamonte Springs SunRail Station
Explore Crane’s Roost Park and uptown Altamonte, both located 1 mile from the Altamonte Springs SunRail station, or take a car to Wekiva Springs for a day of outdoor fun. Crane’s Roost Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including fireworks spectaculars, art festivals and outdoor movies. It’s also convenient to several awesome dining options, including Seasons 52 at the Altamonte Mall, Antica Pizzeria and Twin Peaks across the bridge, and Terra Mia a short drive away.
Throughout the Halloween season, you can also experience top-tier thrills at A Petrified Forest Scare Trail, located half a mile from the station in Casselberry. Just remember to check the SunRail schedule beforehand to confirm the latest departure times, since the trains close somewhat early.
Things to Do Near the Longwood SunRail Station
Longwood’s Historic District is packed with charming homes, unique architecture and small-town eateries, and the SunRail station takes you right to the center of the action. Take a self-guided historic walking tour, relax at Reiter Park, and enjoy art shows, gaming and brewery tours at Hourglass Brewing, where you can also try your favorite local brews in ice cream form.
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Big Tree Park is nearby, with a trailhead leading to walking, cycling and jogging opportunities on the scenic Cross Seminole Trail. If you’re up for a short car ride, Wekiva Springs is also easily accessible from Longwood. Stop at local favorite 4 Rivers Smokehouse — Longwood along the way for slow-smoked barbecue, homestyle comfort food and mouthwatering desserts.
Things to Do Near the Lake Mary SunRail Station
The Lake Mary SunRail station is steps from downtown shopping, dining and recreation around Lake Mary’s Central Park. Share a seasonal coffee flight at New City Coffee Co., visit the Lake Mary Museum, enjoy family-friendly entertainment at First Friday Park Parties, and more.
Additional options by car include Timacuan Golf Club for championship golf and Colonial TownPark, a breezy outdoor shopping center with diverse dining options. Try Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Lake Mary, F&D Cantina, or Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub for fantastic eats with a great atmosphere.
Things to Do Near the Sanford SunRail Station
Two miles from the SunRail station, historic Downtown Sanford is packed with trendy breweries and restaurants, boutiques, and live entertainment, accented by the scenic Sanford RiverWalk. Try Tuffy’s Body Shop for live music, Theater West End for intimate live theater, or The Ritz Theater, built in 1923, for plays, concerts and events.
Among downtown Sanford’s diverse, delectable dining options are Hollerbach’s German Restaurant, food hall Henry’s Depot, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, The Old Jailhouse Kitchen & Spirits (an actual historic jailhouse), Brix & Mortar Urban Winery, Suffering Bastard Tiki Bar, the Celery City Craft Beer Garden, and dozens more to suit your palate.
Another great day trip option is the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, where you can see over 350 animals, explore 23 acres of native gardens and even go ziplining at Seminole Aerial Adventures. The Central Florida Zoo is located 3 miles from the SunRail Station via the Sanford RiverWalk, or 4 miles by car.
Things to Do Near the DeBary SunRail Station
Located 30 minutes north of Orlando, the DeBary SunRail station is surrounded by beautiful parks and trailheads for a scenic getaway. A trailhead directly across from the station leads to hiking, fishing and swimming at Gemini Springs Park, with two additional trailheads on either side should you choose to explore the general area.
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Additional nature escapes include Blue Spring State Park, the Seminole State Forest and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, all located within 10 miles of the station. The northernmost stop on the SunRail, this section is also notable because the tracks pass over the beautiful St. John’s River. At 310 miles long, it’s the longest river in Florida, starting near the town of Vero Beach and ending near Jacksonville in the Atlantic Ocean.
Returning now to our starting point of Lynx Central Station, here are some of the fun things in store if you journey south, including stops at Church Street, Orlando Health, Sand Lake Road, Meadow Woods, Tupperware, Kissimmee and Poinciana. Some stops are more walkable than others.
Things to Do Near the Church Street SunRail Station
Once a major transportation hub, Church Street Station is a beloved Orlando landmark with multiple clubs, restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. Enjoy eclectic live theatre at Fringe ArtSpace by The Orlando Fringe or catch a drag show at Hamburger Mary’s, then venture further downtown to discover elaborate themed bars and speakeasies, lively nightlife and performing arts, and diverse dining options.
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Choose from themed bars like Cocktails & Screams, speakeasies like Mather’s Social Gathering, or the SkyBar Rooftop Terrace at AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown for brews with a view. For date night, you can’t go wrong with a decadent meal at Kres Steakhouse or The Boheme. For a daytime visit, head to Lake Eola Park to take a self-guided sculpture tour and paddle the iconic swan boats.
Top entertainment options include world-class performances from Orlando Ballet, Opera Orlando, Orlando Philharmonic and various touring acts at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; concerts, sporting events and more at Amway Center and Exploria Stadium; and budget-friendly laughs at SAK Comedy Lab. The Wells’Built Museum, CityArts, and Terrace Gallery at City Hall are also close at hand for a taste of local culture and history.
Things to Do Near the Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station
Built in 1926 as part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station is your gateway to Orlando’s SoDo District, a walkable area known for its high-tech hospitals, historic homes and beautiful lakes. Stock up on unique Orlando-inspired and locally made gifts at Maffrey’s Good Goods, have lunch at Delaney’s Tavern, and soak up the sun at nearby Lake Beauty. The park is home to a touching Pulse Memorial Paver Garden, and a permanent Pulse memorial and museum will soon be built nearby at the original Pulse nightclub site.
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Things to Do Near the Sand Lake Road SunRail Station
A commuter station near Orlando International Airport, the SunRail station is within easy driving distance of prime shopping at The Florida Mall®, Central Florida’s largest shopping center. With over 250 retail, dining and entertainment concepts, including regional exclusives American Girl, Carlo’s Bakery and Crayola Experience, shopaholics won’t want to miss this stop. The Florida Mall is also home to luxe accommodations at The Florida Hotel, perfect for those early-morning flights.
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Another fun option within walking distance of Sand Lake Station is Orlando Watersports Complex, where you can waterski, wakeboard, tackle a 10,000-square-foot aqua park and more. Finally, Sand Lake Station is the closest SunRail stop to Universal Orlando Resort, where you can enjoy a full day of adventure.
Things to Do Near the Meadow Woods SunRail Station
Located a few miles southwest of Orlando International Airport, this residential commuter station offers an express FastLink bus to the tech-forward Lake Nona neighborhood. Discover vibrant public art, delicious dining options, exhilarating outdoor thrills, world-class sports and more just a short ride away.
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Heading in the opposite direction, Discovery Cove®, SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica® Orlando are a short drive from the Meadow Woods station, as are incredible dining, spas and outdoor amenities at sister properties JW Marriott Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in Grande Lakes.
Things to Do Near the Tupperware SunRail Station
Part of the Tupperware Brands World Headquarters, the Tupperware SunRail Station is a short drive away from Gatorland — The Alligator Capital of the World®. See legendary reptile shows, a free flight aviary, and thousands of alligators and crocodiles. You can even soar over a gator-filled marsh on the Screamin’ Gator Zipline, if you’re feeling bold.
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Things to Do Near the Kissimmee SunRail Station
Close to attractions, outdoor adventure and vibrant city life, the downtown Kissimmee station offers endless day trip possibilities. Start at Kissimmee Lakefront Park for beautiful views over Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho to locals), and check out the Monument of States, a quirky unity landmark made with stone sourced from all 50 states.
Explore charming downtown Kissimmee on foot or hop aboard the Kissimmee Connector, a free weekday shuttle service that stops at the historic Osceola County Courthouse, City Hall and several other key points of interest. Downtown highlights include prohibition-style entertainment at 3 Sisters Speakeasy, an 18,000-foot antiques market, diverse family-owned eateries, and the Kissimmee Valley Farmer’s Market, which occurs on the first Friday of each month. Osceola Heritage Park, which hosts events and markets throughout the year, is also a short drive away.
If adventure is calling, bring your bike and explore the 6-mile Kissimmee Loop Trail or spend the day hiking or kayaking at nearby Shingle Creek Regional Park. Take it easy on an airboat tour from Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, which offers small or private wildlife tours of Florida’s serene waterways.
Things to Do Near the Poinciana SunRail Station
The last stop on our SunRail journey, Poinciana is the gateway to dozens of Central Florida attractions and ecotourism adventures, including the Old Town Entertainment District, Fun Spot America — Kissimmee, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, and more within ten miles of the station. Explore a pioneer village at the Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum, soar over Central Florida on a Sky Pirates Ballooning ride, or take a lakeside boardwalk stroll at Celebration Town Center. LYNX bus transportation is also available from Poinciana to Walt Disney World® Resort via the Disney Springs® Transfer Center throughout the day.
When does SunRail run?
SunRail trains currently run Monday – Friday only. During morning and evening peak hours, trains operate every 30 minutes. During off-peak hours, trains operate every 2 – 2-1/2 hours. SunRail trains do not operate on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. A full schedule is available at SunRail.com.
How much does SunRail cost?
Pricing is zone-dependent, and ranges from $2 – $5 for a one-way ticket or $3.75 – $9.50 for a roundtrip journey. SunRail makes stops in Osceola, Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and each county qualifies as one zone. Children 6 and under ride free.
How do I redeem my ticket and board the train?
There are three ticket validation units at each SunRail station. Tap your pass to the reader prior to boarding, wait for it to turn green, and then tap again when exiting at your destination. If you lose your ticket or forget to tap off, you may be charged the maximum one-way fare of $5.
What time should I arrive at the station?
SunRail advises passengers to be properly ticketed, tapped on and ready to board at least five minutes prior to the train’s scheduled departure time. SunRail recommends arriving at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
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