Within moments of Orlando, Maitland is a quaint Florida city with more nature-made beauties than man-made wonders. Sure, there are a few museums and a cool arts scene, but most of the best things to do are outdoors—which equals fun for families, nature lovers, and adventurers.
Florida is home to a slew of natural wetlands and marshes— several of which you can find in and around Maitland. Of course, with wetlands comes the creatures that live there, such as gators, big snakes, and ginormous turtles. So, admire and have fun but use caution and common sense when stepping into this natural terrain.
As aforementioned, Maitland is within minutes of Orlando. Therefore, many travelers find it easier to avoid the tourism in Orlando by rooming in Maitland in the evenings, then snagging a shuttle bus to big-time attractions outside of the city in the daytime.
Looking for fun things to do in Maitland? Try these activities!
However, if you want something that you can do in the heart of Maitland, take a perusing stroll through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Historic and small, the museum boasts a ginormous, family-friendly collection of artworks, from Tiffany jeweled collectibles, to special exhibits from local artisans, like potters, sculptors, and designers.
This is American artwork, so expect many colorful pieces—some symbolic of American history. Most guests love the stained-glass windows in the beautiful sunroom, as well as the nature paths in a glorious botanical garden on the museum grounds.
For fun geared more towards nature and sunshine, the Kraft Azalea Park is a lakefront place to picnic, walk, and simply ponder the beauty around you. One of the most-visited Maitland parks, this one sits on 5 acres of gorgeous forests and nature paths, complete with rest benches, dog-walking trails, and huge Cypress trees. The Exedra Monument is seated lakeside, allowing visitors to peruse the structure at their leisure. Guests cite this park as being a great place for nature photography, or kayak and canoe send-offs.
Or, if you would prefer a more traditional park experience, take a short drive to Sanlando Park on West Highland Street. This park features classic playgrounds for both older children and toddlers, as well as basketball and tennis courts. Plus, there are hiking trails, nature paths, dog-walking areas, volleyball sands, horseshoe games, and lots of picnic benches and rest areas underneath ginormous shade trees.
Lake Lily Park offers spectacular views! Built on 5 scenic acres, the park features a wedding gazebo, tranquil boardwalk, children's playground, jogging trails, a museum and really nice lake with a centerpiece fountain. There are also shaded picnic tables so take along a snack or lunch and relax while here.
There are over 40 dining options in Maitland!
Maitland is small in comparison to surrounding Florida cities, so there are fewer attractions. However, there are plenty of places to eat and experience good old-fashioned southern cuisine. With over 40 restaurants in Maitland alone, guests are sure to find something they love to chow down on.
Gordon’s Be Back Fish House, for instance, is a family-friendly classic in Maitland. Located on East Kennedy Boulevard, this rustic restaurant serves up traditional southern fare with a fresh, local seafood spin.
While the restaurant is famed for their homemade hush puppies, fried shrimp, and coleslaw, the most enjoyed and highlighted dish is the old-fashioned southern-fried catfish. Plus, their authentic southern sweet tea is best by the gallon and served ice-cold.
There are numerous places to stay in and around Maitland, especially if you plan to visit the surrounding cities during the day. Some top-ranked hotels in Maitland include the Extended Stay America, Sheraton Orlando North, Homewood Suites Orlando-Maitland, and Lake of the Woods Resort.
Stay at one of the best hotels in Maitland!
Extended Stay America
There are three Extended Stay America hotels in Maitland but the one on Summit Tower Boulevard is famed for being the best in the city. Top-rated with 4 to 5 stars from over 140 TripAdvisor reviewers, this hotel has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for their cleanliness, convenience, affordable prices, and general awesome atmosphere. Past guests have referred to this hotel as a home away from home, which you can see in the homey amenities.
Accommodations include well-maintained and clean queen-size rooms with comfy, plump beds, a spacious and well-kept bathroom, complimentary toiletries, and a well-equipped kitchenette. For fun, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Or, challenge a few of your fellow guests to an adrenaline-pumped game of tennis on the on-site courts.
Sheraton Orlando North
The Sheraton Orlando North Hotel is located on North Lake Destiny Road, less than half an hour from the fun of Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
Considered the outskirts of Orlando, this Maitland hotel provides peace for travelers interested in visiting Orlando attractions during the day. With a beautiful outdoor swimming pool that helps beat the famed Florida heat, this hotel is a family favorite.
Other accommodations include an on-site restaurant with a full-stocked bar and well-furnished lounge, free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, room services, a fitness center, and a relaxing and luxurious hot tub. Room-wise, expect all of the comforts of home, like clean sheets, fresh and fluffed towels, and free basic cable.
Homewood Suites Orlando-Maitland
Voted the number one hotel in Maitland, courtesy of TripAdvisor reviewers, Homewood Suites Orlando-Maitland is a family-friendly, beautiful hotel, located on Southhall Lane. The free daily breakfasts are a big hit, as the kitchen staff serves up hot and cold favorites, like waffles, bacon, eggs, cereals, oatmeal, fresh fruits, and fresh-brewed coffee.
Further amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, shuttle bus services, laundry and dry-cleaning services, room service, and conference facilities. Be sure to take in dinner and a show at the Enzian Theatre, which is less than 2 miles from Homewood Suites.
Lake of the Woods Resort
Lake of the Woods Resort is on South Highway 17-92. Situated lakeside, the hotel offers beautiful views of Florida’s natural scenery with gentle breezes coming off the lake to cool guests during the summertime. Basic but comfortable, the resort provides simple accommodations with excellent customer service. Notable amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, free high-speed internet, and free cable access with basic channels.
Other accommodations, room-wise, include a fridge, microwave, clean linens, fresh towels, and a comfortable, pillow top bed. This resort is ideal for a night or two of relaxation before exploring Maitland and other parts of Florida. For a quick lunch or dinner, check out China Feast—less than half a mile from Lake of the Woods. Past visitors to the restaurant love the seafood and beef combo plate with fried rice, egg rolls, and fresh veggies.
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