The next time you are in Orlando check out Celebration, a small town planned and designed by the Walt Disney Company. The town took its overall plan and architectural inspiration from southern cities such as Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. Just a two hour drive south from Jacksonville, a visit to Celebration makes a great day trip or even a nice three day weekend. If you run out of things to do there's always Disney right next door.
Market Street & Town Center
The center of life in Celebration, Florida is the Town Center. Here are located shops, restaurants and public buildings. During the Winter holidays you can also let your kids try their hand at ice skating on an artificial ice rink and every night it "snows" on Market Street (although here the snow is really just foamy soap bubbles!) Your kids can also take a ride on a holiday train or you can your family can hop aboard a horse drawn carriage to tour the residential areas of Celebration.
Be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or a sweet treat at the bakery or ice cream shop.
You can also take a walk along the lake that fronts the Town Center called Lake Rinehart. Here you will find families and couples out for an evening stroll, teens skateboarding, toddlers learning how to ride their first bike, and father's teaching their sons to fish. The view of downtown Celebration from across the lake cannot be beat.
You can't leave Celebration without touring the many different residential areas of the town. The homes take their design cues from the historic southern cities of Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and New Orleans, Louisiana. You will see rows of town homes in the Savannah Square neighborhood that looked like they were plucked right out of Savannah. And Victorian gingerbread houses that seem like fantastical doll houses.