Into the Briarpatch. Start off the day with a delicious breakfast at Briarpatch in the chic neighborhood of Winter Park. Choose from sweet options like lemon raspberry cream pancakes or a Nutella waffle, or go savory with a jumbo lump crab scramble, served with your choice of grits and biscuit (you are in the South, after all).
Park Avenue. The main drag of Winter Park is charming Park Avenue, which is dotted with more than 140 boutiques and cafes. The kids can blow off steam in the beautifully landscaped Central Park, situated on the avenue itself — don’t miss the rose garden on its southern end.
Be Ravenous. A few blocks off Park Avenue is The Ravenous Pig, a James Beard Award-nominated gastro-pub. The Lunch Bento Board with soup, tomato salad, choice of slider and fries, and a chocolate chip cookie is sure to be a hit with the kids. The adults can tuck into options like the Fig Salad with smoked ricotta and Lamb Burger with tzatziki.
Boat Tour. Get to know Winter Park better from its chain of lakes. The Scenic Boat Tour takes out up to 18 passengers hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see a more hidden part of the neighborhood — the waterside.
Glass Full. The Morse Museum boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany works, including his jewelry, pottery, paintings, and art glass and lamps. See the chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Exposition and objects from Tiffany’s own Long Island Estate, Laurelton Hall.
Thai Up. Before you head back to the resort, swing by Krungthep Tea Time for a Thai twist on sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and teas. The almost encyclopedic list of teas and tea-based specialty drinks is a treat in itself, but the High Hats will entrance the kids with combinations like Battle: Cookies’n Cream ice cream, Kit-Kat, Ferrero, crushed peanut, chocolate syrup, chocolate powder, and waffle cone.
Set Up Camp. Guests in executive suites can move out the rollaway bed to be replaced with a fun-filled camping setup. The staff will pitch a premium tent with a feather bed (blanket and pillow, too). Then the fun really kicks in with the addition of a book, stuffed animal, and S’mores-themed pastry with a welcome card. If your child loves the tent, you can buy it to take home.