Orlando’s Less Talked About Neighbor, Sanford
Posted on May 17, 2012 by sguese
Most travelers arrive to Orlando-Sanford International Airport and quickly head out for greener, Disney pastures in Orlando. However the other counterpart of the airport, Sanford, is worth a visitor’s time. Set up in Seminole County in Florida, the city perches on the southern shore of Lake Monroe at the head of navigation on St. John’s River. So take a moment to pause in Sanford and then head for Orlando. You won’t be sorry.
Central Florida Zoological Park
One of Sanford’s main appeals is its Central Florida Zoological Park. The only zoo in the Orlando area naturally houses plenty of animals. Visitors can catch a glimpse at over 400 animals. The zoo is also home to the southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles. However most come to the Central Florida Zoological Park to take to the skies on the aerial adventure course, Zoom Air Adventure.
Bettye D. Smith Cultural Art Center
Housed in a historical pre-1925 building, the Bettye D. Smith Cultural Arts Center has been restored to its original 1920s glory. The facility with its vintage architectural design puts on art shows, social gatherings and meetings.
Those looking for an overview of Sanford should hit up the Sanford Museum. The museum details the life and times of the city and its founder, Henry S. Sanford. The museum also shows the 19th century decorative arts that belonged to the Sanford family. Sanford’s manuscripts and library are also on display.
Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium
Baseball fans will appreciate the Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium. Located just south of Lake Monroe, the stadium has played host to some of the greatest names to play the game including Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. It was built in 1951 to serve as the spring training home of the New York giants.
Those with an interest in education will find Sanford played an important part in Florida’s schooling. The Student Museum tells of the fourth oldest school in continuous use in Florida. The building was the first high school in what was then Orange county. Even if your school days are long behind you, the Romanesque Revival style architecture is well worth a look along with the recreated log cabin and 19th century classroom.
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