Boxi Park in Orlando’s Lake Nona

Orlando’s Lake Nona Community

Think you know Orlando? If you’ve only visited our theme parks and attractions, you’re only getting half the story. Head out from our tourism district, and you’ll delight in hidden-gem communities that are local favorites thanks to incredible dining, entertainment, ecotourism adventures and much more — including Orlando’s Lake Nona, just minutes from Orlando International Airport. See why you’ll want to make it part of your plans the next time you’re in Orlando!

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Getting to Know Lake Nona

Glass House by Tom Fruin in Lake Nona
Tom Fruin’s “Glass House,” a Public Art Installation in Lake Nona (Courtesy Lake Nona)

Located approximately 25 minutes east of International Drive, and officially inside Orlando city limits, Lake Nona is home to some of Orlando’s top sports, entertainment and dining. As one of the fastest growing and most innovative communities in America, the 17-square-mile area is recognized for its groundbreaking innovations around technology, mobility and wellbeing.

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The smart and connected community’s advanced technology infrastructure and commitment to collaboration has drawn visionary companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe, including Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, HCA Healthcare, and The Walt Disney Company.

But it’s not just businesses who are flocking to Lake Nona. The community’s thriving cultural landscape, engaging public art installations, weekly events, world-class sports facilities, miles of trails and public parks, and signature dining and entertainment options make Lake Nona a must-visit destination for Orlando visitors and locals alike.

Lake Nona Farmer's Market
Saturday Farmers Market in Lake Nona (Courtesy Lake Nona)

At the heart of the community, the Lake Nona Town Center offers a mix of retail, dining and entertainment options interconnected with iconic public artwork, walkable spaces and the community’s Move Nona autonomous shuttles. In fact, Lake Nona is one of the first communities in the country to offer shuttle service using autonomous vehicles. Since launching in 2019, the all-electric shuttles have carried more than 30,0000 passengers, making Move Nona the largest and longest-running autonomous vehicle program in the county.

The Lake Nona Town Center also hosts hundreds of events each year, including a weekly artisan and farmers market with live entertainment every weekend. From the annual Run Nona 5K to one of the region’s most sought-after holiday and cultural celebrations, Lake Nona is a perfect place to party.

Lake Nona is a sought-after destination for large-scale amateur and professional athletic tournaments thanks to its world-class sports facilities including the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus (the largest tennis campus in the world with 100 courts!) and Tom Fazio-designed course at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Top organizations, including the LPGA, NCAA and USA Volleyball, host large-scale events within the community.

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As a result, Lake Nona continues to attract new residents, as well as visits from a growing number of Central Florida locals and tourists. In fact, The Walt Disney Co. likes the area so much that they have announced plans to relocate approximately 2,000 jobs from their California headquarters to brand-new offices in Lake Nona!

The exterior of the Lake Nona Wave Hotel at night
Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando

Once you see what Lake Nona has to offer, you’ll want to make it part of your travel plans, too — and starting in early 2022, you can stay at a hotel that’s as forward-thinking as the community itself. Offering a luxury lifestyle experience, the Lake Nona Wave Hotel will be among the most innovative in the world with many future-forward amenities, from View Smart Windows that use predictive intelligence to respond to outdoor conditions, voice-automated in-room controls, TOTO smart toilets, Healthe Inc. Cleanse Solutions to keep surfaces sanitized, keyless entry, and more. All guests also will have access to the 130,000-square-foot Lake Nona Performance Club fitness center, which includes the first-of-its-kind Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa overseen by world-renowned integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Guests and Lake Nona visitors can also indulge in the hotel’s innovative food and beverage program led by a talented team of culinary masters. The hotel’s signature restaurants and bars — Bacán, HAVEN and Living Room Bar — will each offer a distinct dining experience from morning to late night, making Wave one of Florida’s most culinary-centric hotels.

It’s the perfect base of operations for adventures not just in Lake Nona, but throughout Orlando!

Dining & Entertainment in Lake Nona

Exterior of Canvas restaurant in Lake Nona
Canvas Restaurant & Market in Lake Nona (Courtesy Tavistock Restaurant Collection)

Over the past decade, Lake Nona has enjoyed a surge in dining options covering a wide range of cuisines. For instance, at Canvas Restaurant & Market, Executive Chef George Yiu serves a new American menu with a focus on seasonal, regional produce and fresh seafood. This waterfront restaurant is also an ideal place to watch a gorgeous Florida sunset.

People dining at Chroma restaurant in Lake Nona
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen (Courtesy Tavistock Restaurant Collection)

Nearby, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen focuses on tapas-style small plates and an extensive bar menu, including an impressive range of wines on tap and craft beers. The open-kitchen interior creates a vibrant environment that’s perfect for wining and dining, but there’s also much to be said for the restaurant’s covered patio and outdoor lounge that provide views of Lake Nona Town Center’s community art installation, “The Beacon.” Every night, Town Center visitors are captivated by different digital illustrations that illuminate on “The Beacon” tower’s 6-story display.

A few glasses of beer from Park Pizza & Brewing Company
Park Pizza & Brewing Company in Lake Nona (Credit: Tavistock Restaurant Collection)

You can also grab a gourmet slice and locally produced beers at Lake Nona’s Park Pizza & Brewing Company. They serve wood-fired pizza and house-brewed craft beer in a laid-back, family-friendly environment with open-air seating options.

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A group of people gathered inside Boxi Park in Lake Nona at night
Boxi Park in Orlando’s Lake Nona District

For even more dining variety, visit Lake Nona Town Center’s Boxi Park, a deconstructed food hall built from repurposed shipping containers. Here, one-of-a-kind food and beverage counters are complemented by a stage for live entertainment, sand volleyball courts, a kids’ playground and more. The only challenge is deciding what to order! Take your pick from tacos, lobster rolls, burgers, ice cream and more, as well as wine, beer and cocktails. Don’t worry about eating too much, as you can always burn off the calories with a volleyball match or two! Speaking of which…

Sports & Recreation in Lake Nona

An overhead view of people playing at the beach volleyball courts at Boxi Park in Lake Nona
Sand Volleyball Courts at Boxi Park in Lake Nona

Stellar dining and endless entertainment aren’t the only reasons to visit Lake Nona, as the area also offers ample opportunities to enjoy Orlando’s great outdoors. A quick game of volleyball at Boxi Park is a good place to start!

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A boy playing tennis at Nemours Family Zone at USTA National Campus
Nemours Family Zone at USTA National Campus in Lake Nona

If tennis is your racket, head to the USTA National Campus. In addition to hosting professional and collegiate matches throughout the year, this world-class facility offers numerous opportunities to learn and play for visitors of all ages and skill sets — including professional-grade courts that are free to use with a reservation in the Nemours Family Zone!

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A view of the golf range at Drive Shack in Lake Nona
Drive Shack in Lake Nona

Leave Lake Nona with the perfect golf swing courtesy of Drive Shack. Offering an innovative take on the sport, this venue turns golf into fun games like ShackJack, which is based on classic blackjack, and Monster Hunt, where you destroy monsters to save a princess. After your game, take a break with mouthwatering food and beverages on the outdoor deck overlooking Lake Nona.

The obstacle course on the water at Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona
Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona

You can also make a splash at Nona Adventure Park with water-based, family-friendly adventures. Between the inflatable aqua park and obstacle course, wake cable course, ropes course, climbing tower, and rock walls, it’s one of the most exhilarating ways to play when you visit Lake Nona.

And as should be clear by now, you’ll definitely want to experience this community the next time you’re in Orlando — especially when you consider that it’s less than 30 minutes from Walt Disney World® ResortUniversal Orlando ResortSeaWorld® Orlando and just about everything else you want to do in the Theme Park Capital of the World, plus its proximity to Orlando International Airport. We’ll see you there!