Although Celebration, Florida has been ridiculed as artificial or fantasy—most likely due to its shared history with nearby Walt Disney World—the town is actually a perfect example of successful New Urbanism. The movement focuses on constructing communities featuring walkable streets and buildings with mixed uses in a style similar to traditional small towns. For example, houses tend to have porches in the front and garages in the back. Main Street buildings could have office space or condos located above retail or restaurants. Celebration was an early model of New Urbanism that can now be found in other communities across the country.
Ironically, Celebration's town center does not feature any roads called Main Street. Instead, Celebration's Main Streets are Market Street and Front Street, which fronts a scenic lake. Most shops and restaurants can be found along those two streets as well as a few on Bloom Street and Celebration Avenue. Celebration, Florida is located in Osceola County and is about 24 miles from Orlando, Florida and about 66 miles from Tampa, Florida. Celebration is just south of Walt Disney World. World Drive is the major north-south road in Walt Disney World with the Magic Kingdom at its northern-most point and Celebration at its southern-most point with Celebration Boulevard leading the way into Downtown Celebration. Once in Celebration, follow the signs towards Market Street to reach the downtown. The center of town is located at the intersection of Front Street and Market Street.
Shops line Front Street in Celebration, Florida.
Celebration is a showcase of neo-traditional architecture and design, including a walkable street layout.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll or even a book along the lakeside in Downtown Celebration.
Starbucks has an outdoor seating area for visitors to Celebration Town Center.
Interesting architecture and sidewalk cafes go hand in hand on Bloom Street in Downtown Celebration.
The Bohemian Hotel is within walking distance of Celebration's shops and restaurants.
The neo-traditional architecture is reminiscent of an American town in the south.
Downtown Celebration's focal point is its beautiful lake, a place for relaxation and recreation.
Most restaurants in Celebration provide outdoor seating. You can even bring your dog.
The intersection of Market Street and Front Street is the heart of Downtown Celebration.
Shops line Market Street in Downtown Celebration.
A wide variety of shops and restaurants can be found along Market Street.
The Celebration Preview Center (now a Bank of America branch) was a great way for potential buyers to get a view of the town.
Some architecture in Celebration, like this building on Market Street, has Caribbean influences.
The Celebration Town Hall is a stunning example of postmodern architecture by Philip Johnson.
Many buildings in Celebration combine Caribbean influences with neo-traditional design.
A splash park provides recreation to visitors of Downtown Celebration.
Sadly, this movie theatre designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates is currently not in operation.
It's not uncommon to see residents driving around in small electric cars.
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