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Ivanhoe Village (Orlando), Florida

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Just north of downtown Orlando and on the banks of Lake Ivanhoe, sits one of the city's hippest neighborhoods. Ivanhoe Village, long known for its antique shopping, has since welcomed many other trendy boutiques, eateries, and pubs to the community. The area got its start in the late 19th century as the nation's center of pineapple agriculture. Eventually, George Russell, the owner of these pineries, got out of the business and started a water park on the banks of Lake Ivanhoe. After a few years, the land was sold off for residential development. These communities would grow to become what we now know as Ivanhoe Village and nearby College Park. Today, the area is bustling with night life. Some high-rise towers have sprouted up around the area as well cementing the community's urban feel.

The Main Street for Ivanhoe Village is Orange Avenue, which also happens to be the main north-south thoroughfare in the city of Orlando. Most of the commerical activity can be found from Magnolia Avenue on the south end to Princeton Street on the north end. Other businesses can be found along Virginia Drive. One easy way to get there is to take I-4 to the Princeton Street exit and head east, which will bring you to the northern end of the business district. If traveling by SunRail, the AdventHealth station will be the closest. Nearby and within walking distance is Loch Haven Park, home to the Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Museum of Art. Be careful where you park in the area. Parking can be limited, and people have reported having their cars towed. Other nearby Main Street areas are Winter Park and College Park.

Photo Gallery Tour

We start our tour of Ivanhoe Village at the southern end of the community on Orange Avenue. Looking south we see the Welcome to Downtown Orlando sign. Ivanhoe Village, of course, is immediately north of Downtown Orlando. We'll turn around and head north along Orange Avenue, Ivanhoe Village's Main Street.
We start our tour of Ivanhoe Village at the southern end of the community on Orange Avenue. Looking south we see the Welcome to Downtown Orlando sign. Ivanhoe Village, of course, is immediately north of Downtown Orlando. We'll turn around and head north along Orange Avenue, Ivanhoe Village's Main Street.
Who knew Orlando had its own Statue of Liberty? At only 8 feet 4 inches, this one is not as tall as the most famous one in New York City. It was erected in 1953 by the Boy Scouts of America as part of a nationwide program that saw 200 statues planted across the country.
Who knew Orlando had its own Statue of Liberty? At only 8 feet 4 inches, this one is not as tall as the most famous one in New York City. It was erected in 1953 by the Boy Scouts of America as part of a nationwide program that saw 200 statues planted across the country.
The area's history is closely tied to nearby Lake Ivanhoe. Orlando Light & Water Company was established in 1897 on this site and used the nearby lake as a reservoir. Eventually, the city of Orlando bought the company and established the Orlando Utilities Commission. This building opened in 1923 to serve the commission. During the holidays, the sign above lights up.
The area's history is closely tied to nearby Lake Ivanhoe. Orlando Light & Water Company was established in 1897 on this site and used the nearby lake as a reservoir. Eventually, the city of Orlando bought the company and established the Orlando Utilities Commission. This building opened in 1923 to serve the commission. During the holidays, the sign above lights up.
As we continue heading north along Orange Avenue, we start to see some of the retail that Ivanhoe Village has to offer.
As we continue heading north along Orange Avenue, we start to see some of the retail that Ivanhoe Village has to offer.
Across the street is Gaston Edwards Park. It provides trails and access to Lake Ivanhoe for boating, paddle boarding, and other water sports. The area's history is tightly wound with the lake. During the 1910s, the area was home to a waterpark called Joyworld.
Across the street is Gaston Edwards Park. It provides trails and access to Lake Ivanhoe for boating, paddle boarding, and other water sports. The area's history is tightly wound with the lake. During the 1910s, the area was home to a waterpark called Joyworld.
Here we see one of the many exercise stations that are placed along Lake Ivanhoe in Gaston Edwards Park. The park is named after Dr. Gaston Holcombe Edwards who was chairman of the Orlando Utilities Commission, which had its headquarters nearby for many years.
Here we see one of the many exercise stations that are placed along Lake Ivanhoe in Gaston Edwards Park. The park is named after Dr. Gaston Holcombe Edwards who was chairman of the Orlando Utilities Commission, which had its headquarters nearby for many years.
This is another view of Lake Ivanhoe. In the distance, we see see some high-rise towers that are part of the northern edge of downtown Orlando. Also, on the right, in the distance, we see Interstate 4, crossing over Lake Ivanhoe.
This is another view of Lake Ivanhoe. In the distance, we see see some high-rise towers that are part of the northern edge of downtown Orlando. Also, on the right, in the distance, we see Interstate 4, crossing over Lake Ivanhoe.
You can find painted utility boxes like this one all around Ivanhoe Village. The previously mentioned Joyland waterpark was founded by George Russell who had grown pineapple farms in the area around the turn of the last century. At the time, Orlando was famous for having some of the best pineapples in the world.
You can find painted utility boxes like this one all around Ivanhoe Village. The previously mentioned Joyland waterpark was founded by George Russell who had grown pineapple farms in the area around the turn of the last century. At the time, Orlando was famous for having some of the best pineapples in the world.
Here we see another business along Orange Avenue. Just a little more history. George Russell grew pineapples in the area until that was no longer profitable. After that he ran a waterpark for several years, and finally after he closed that, he sold off much of his land in the area that today is made up of modern day Ivanhoe Village and College Park.
Here we see another business along Orange Avenue. Just a little more history. George Russell grew pineapples in the area until that was no longer profitable. After that he ran a waterpark for several years, and finally after he closed that, he sold off much of his land in the area that today is made up of modern day Ivanhoe Village and College Park.
Here we see Swanson's Ivanhoe Row, named for the owner Bob Swanson. The complex includes a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
Here we see Swanson's Ivanhoe Row, named for the owner Bob Swanson. The complex includes a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
Looking north along Orange Avenue, we see Swanson's Ivanhoe Row stretching on for the entire block. On the left is Gaston Edwards Park.
Looking north along Orange Avenue, we see Swanson's Ivanhoe Row stretching on for the entire block. On the left is Gaston Edwards Park.
Here we see a barbecue store in one of the courtyards in Ivanhoe Row.
Here we see a barbecue store in one of the courtyards in Ivanhoe Row.
The Hammered Lamb is a popular local pub and restaurant along Orange Avenue with plenty of covered outdoor seating.
The Hammered Lamb is a popular local pub and restaurant along Orange Avenue with plenty of covered outdoor seating.
This is the northern edge of the Ivanhoe Row collection of businesses.
This is the northern edge of the Ivanhoe Row collection of businesses.
Across the street we have another view of Gaston Edwards Park. In some stretches of Ivanhoe Village, you'll find businesses along one side of the street or the other. Here it is because of the lake. Further north, it is due to railroad tracks that run adjacent to the other side of Orange Avenue.
Across the street we have another view of Gaston Edwards Park. In some stretches of Ivanhoe Village, you'll find businesses along one side of the street or the other. Here it is because of the lake. Further north, it is due to railroad tracks that run adjacent to the other side of Orange Avenue.
Here we see some more shops. Today, the area has a wide array of businesses, but traditionally, Ivanhoe Village was known as an antiques mecca.
Here we see some more shops. Today, the area has a wide array of businesses, but traditionally, Ivanhoe Village was known as an antiques mecca.
If we poke our heads over a fence between some shops we see the railroad tracks along with this cool mural of the Orlando skyline.
If we poke our heads over a fence between some shops we see the railroad tracks along with this cool mural of the Orlando skyline.
And here we have a SunRail commuter train, roaring past. Ivanhoe Village is served on this line with a stop at AdventHealth, a hospital just north of the historic area.
And here we have a SunRail commuter train, roaring past. Ivanhoe Village is served on this line with a stop at AdventHealth, a hospital just north of the historic area.
On the banks of Lake Ivanhoe, is this restaurant in the thick of Gaston Edwards Park. This particular restaurant recently closed, but it won't be long before someone else snatches up this excellent location. Also, check out the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.
On the banks of Lake Ivanhoe, is this restaurant in the thick of Gaston Edwards Park. This particular restaurant recently closed, but it won't be long before someone else snatches up this excellent location. Also, check out the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.
This is an interesting historic building with a Greek restaurant on the bottom floor. Apartments rise up behind it along Lake Ivanhoe. The Lake House Apartments will be nine stories with offices and restaurants on the ground floor.
This is an interesting historic building with a Greek restaurant on the bottom floor. Apartments rise up behind it along Lake Ivanhoe. The Lake House Apartments will be nine stories with offices and restaurants on the ground floor.
As we continue heading north, we pass this restaurant on the corner of Orange Avenue and Virgina Drive. If you head east down Virginia Drive, you will pass by some more shops and restaurants.
As we continue heading north, we pass this restaurant on the corner of Orange Avenue and Virgina Drive. If you head east down Virginia Drive, you will pass by some more shops and restaurants.
Here we see a wide variety of colorful shops and cafes. Behind these shops, we see The Yard, another of the high-rise complexes sprouting up around Ivanhoe Village. This one will feature local businesses and a food hall.
Here we see a wide variety of colorful shops and cafes. Behind these shops, we see The Yard, another of the high-rise complexes sprouting up around Ivanhoe Village. This one will feature local businesses and a food hall.
This is the Lucky Lure, a nautical themed pub. It is housed in a long narrow building, due its location wedged in between Orange Avenue on the front and the railroad tracks in the back. It definitely gives this place a unique look.
This is the Lucky Lure, a nautical themed pub. It is housed in a long narrow building, due its location wedged in between Orange Avenue on the front and the railroad tracks in the back. It definitely gives this place a unique look.
Across the street is a gym, and past that a row of antique stores that the area is known for.
Across the street is a gym, and past that a row of antique stores that the area is known for.
Here's a close up of those stores, selling antiques and furniture.
Here's a close up of those stores, selling antiques and furniture.
More antique shops and interior design businesses line Orange Avenue in Ivanhoe Village.
More antique shops and interior design businesses line Orange Avenue in Ivanhoe Village.
This is another view of the building we were just looking at but from a different angle. Here we can see a mural painted along the side wall.
This is another view of the building we were just looking at but from a different angle. Here we can see a mural painted along the side wall.
Across the street are railroad tracks that run close to Orange Avenue. In some places along Ivanhoe Village, you only have businesses on one side. Behind the tracks is The Yard, a high-rise residential tower under construction. Many are looking forward to the additional foot traffic this will bring to businesses, but others worry about what will happen to the character of the area.
Across the street are railroad tracks that run close to Orange Avenue. In some places along Ivanhoe Village, you only have businesses on one side. Behind the tracks is The Yard, a high-rise residential tower under construction. Many are looking forward to the additional foot traffic this will bring to businesses, but others worry about what will happen to the character of the area.
We get to the intersection of Orange Avenue and New Hampshire Street. Here we see more businesses in brightly painted buildings. In the distance, the AdventHealth hospital complex towers over the area.
We get to the intersection of Orange Avenue and New Hampshire Street. Here we see more businesses in brightly painted buildings. In the distance, the AdventHealth hospital complex towers over the area.
Here is a sign welcoming people to Ivanhoe Village if they enter heading east bound on New Hampshire Street.
Here is a sign welcoming people to Ivanhoe Village if they enter heading east bound on New Hampshire Street.
This is Washburn Imports, an antique store with a unique feature. They have a pub inside serving food and drinks.
This is Washburn Imports, an antique store with a unique feature. They have a pub inside serving food and drinks.
We step inside Washburn Imports to check out this cool bar. Imperial Wine Bar serves food and drinks inside the antique store.
We step inside Washburn Imports to check out this cool bar. Imperial Wine Bar serves food and drinks inside the antique store.
As we continue heading north, we come across Ivanhoe Plaza, a small shopping center, containing several stores that have been in the area for a long time. For example, Rock and Roll Heaven has been here since 1979. Notice this parking in front of the stores is for Ivanhoe Plaza. Parking in the Ivanhoe Village area can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.
As we continue heading north, we come across Ivanhoe Plaza, a small shopping center, containing several stores that have been in the area for a long time. For example, Rock and Roll Heaven has been here since 1979. Notice this parking in front of the stores is for Ivanhoe Plaza. Parking in the Ivanhoe Village area can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.
Some more shops and restaurants. The Caboose Bar and Grill can attribute its name to the trains that run along the tracks behind it.
Some more shops and restaurants. The Caboose Bar and Grill can attribute its name to the trains that run along the tracks behind it.
The White Wolf Cafe & Bar is an award-winning gourmet bistro that has been in the area since 1991 when it first opened as an antique store.
The White Wolf Cafe & Bar is an award-winning gourmet bistro that has been in the area since 1991 when it first opened as an antique store.
We are at the corner of Orange Avenue and Vanderbilt Street. Ivanhoe Village lies just east of College Park. The two communities have tightly intertwined histories. College Park's road system is made up of streets named for famous colleges and some of them make their way to Ivanhoe Village, although usually cut off by Interstate 4, which runs between the two regions.
We are at the corner of Orange Avenue and Vanderbilt Street. Ivanhoe Village lies just east of College Park. The two communities have tightly intertwined histories. College Park's road system is made up of streets named for famous colleges and some of them make their way to Ivanhoe Village, although usually cut off by Interstate 4, which runs between the two regions.
Across the street, we see more businesses. Better Than Sex is a locally famous dessert restaurant. To the right, Fluent is a cannabis dispensary.
Across the street, we see more businesses. Better Than Sex is a locally famous dessert restaurant. To the right, Fluent is a cannabis dispensary.
We continue heading north along Orange Avenue to find another bar and a gay nightclub. The area is known for its nightlife and its LGBTQ-friendly environment.
We continue heading north along Orange Avenue to find another bar and a gay nightclub. The area is known for its nightlife and its LGBTQ-friendly environment.
We reach the corner of Orange Avenue and Harvard Street. Here we see more shops, including a skate shop and an antique store along with a rooftop lounge in the background.
We reach the corner of Orange Avenue and Harvard Street. Here we see more shops, including a skate shop and an antique store along with a rooftop lounge in the background.
More businesses along Orange Avenue, including several housed within some pretty interesting architecture.
More businesses along Orange Avenue, including several housed within some pretty interesting architecture.
Here we see a portrait studio within a small house that has a bit of a Caribbean flair.
Here we see a portrait studio within a small house that has a bit of a Caribbean flair.
Across the street, we see some historic buildings, but these are currently vacant. AdventHealth owns a lot of the property in the area, so it's possible these may be redeveloped in the future for medical usages.
Across the street, we see some historic buildings, but these are currently vacant. AdventHealth owns a lot of the property in the area, so it's possible these may be redeveloped in the future for medical usages.
We reach the intersection of Orange Avenue and Princeton Street and the northern limit of the Ivanhoe Village area. If you head west on Princeton Street, you'll end up in the center of the College Park commerical district. This is an interesting building. The wall is supposed to hide the fact there's a gas station behind it.
We reach the intersection of Orange Avenue and Princeton Street and the northern limit of the Ivanhoe Village area. If you head west on Princeton Street, you'll end up in the center of the College Park commerical district. This is an interesting building. The wall is supposed to hide the fact there's a gas station behind it.
Finally, if we continue heading north on Orange Avenue, we'll come across AdventHealth and also a SunRail stop. As you can see, there's construction happening all around, including on this campus. The Ivanhoe Village area continues to grow but also keeps itself firmly rooted in its history.
Finally, if we continue heading north on Orange Avenue, we'll come across AdventHealth and also a SunRail stop. As you can see, there's construction happening all around, including on this campus. The Ivanhoe Village area continues to grow but also keeps itself firmly rooted in its history.

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