Orlando’s Parramore District
Part of the Orlando Main Streets program, Parramore District is the destination’s oldest and largest African American neighborhood. Home to major sports venues, historic attractions, acclaimed dining and more, this downtown district proudly preserves and embraces its history, heritage and heart while reaching for the future. See what it has to offer the next time you visit Orlando.
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Founded in the late 1800s, Parramore formed the heart of Orlando’s Black community during the segregation era, forging a distinct identity characterized by its residents’ rich ancestry. You can dive into the area’s past at the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture. Originally constructed in 1921 as a hotel that catered to African American travelers in the then-segregated South, the building is named after its founder, Dr. William Monroe Wells. It features memorabilia of Orlando’s African American community, displays of the Civil Rights movement, and African art and artifacts.
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Sports play a key role in Parramore’s modern character. MLS’ Orlando City Soccer Club and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride play at Exploria Stadium, which also hosts special soccer (or association football) matches. Just down the street, catch the NBA’s Orlando Magic, ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and NAL’s Orlando Predators at the Amway Center.
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Dining and shopping can also be found in the Parramore area, which is the city’s only commercial National Register Historic District and home to Orlando’s new Creative Village, created in partnership with the University of Central Florida. Top eateries here include The Monroe (in honor of the Wells’Built founder’s middle name), Foodies Cafe and Nikki’s Place Southern Cuisine.
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Starting at dusk, you can catch a nightly light show at the district’s newest amenity, Luminary Green Park. And before or after your meal, check out popular Parramore retailers such as Chloe Lane Embroidery, Neu Blooms, Palmer Feed Store and Popcorn Junkie, among other reasons to visit.
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