Just east of Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando is the stylish neighborhood of Thornton Park. The area’s historical homes, cute bungalows, and cobblestone streets give the area an old-world European feel. The streets are lined with cafes and shops and Lake Eola Park is only a couple blocks away. Whatever your interests, Thornton Park is a haven for dog lovers and their four-legged friends.

Image Courtesy of MBK

Image Courtesy of MBK

Foodies, fear not! Thornton Park offers numerous pet-friendly dining options.

903 Mills Market has freshly prepared food and a selection of craft beer. The outdoor patio is open and spacious and offers shaded seating if you’re looking to stay out of the sun.

Dexter’s is another restaurant that has dog-friendly outdoor patio seating. The quiet location makes it the perfect place to relax with an adult beverage or two. The drink menu includes wines, champagne, ports, and sherry. Are you hungry, too? The menu features seasonal options including brunch, lunch, and dinner plates.

Burton’s Bar and Grill is a laid-back bar with an old jukebox and a wide selection of beer. This dive bar is a favorite with locals. Play darts, jam out to your favorite song, or chow down on some popcorn.

Farmers Markets
Fresh produce. Beautiful flowers. Homemade trinkets. Who doesn’t love spending a weekend morning exploring the aisles of a local farmers market?

The Orlando Farmers Market is held every Sunday at Lake Eola Park. Vendors sell fresh produce and arts and crafts. But that’s not all. Several booths sell homemade pet treats, pet supplies, and pet travel accessories.

If you are willing to drive, hop in your car and head over to Winter Park. On Saturdays, the Winter Park Farmers Market takes place at the old train depot. Stroll down aisles lined with fresh produce and plants. While you enjoy the renowned kettle corn, your dog can meet new friends as the farmers market is very popular with the K-9 crowd.

As if Thornton Park couldn’t get much better, they now have their very own farmers market! Fresh! is held every Wednesday evening near Lake Eola Park from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, and yes, it’s dog-friendly.

Image Courtesy of Wendy Kurtz

Image Courtesy of Wendy Kurtz

Outdoor Space
Residents of Thornton Park have Lake Eola, an oasis within the heart of bustling Downtown Orlando, right on their doorstop. Feed the majestic swans or take Fido for a run around the lake. If you’re in the mood for something with more of a city vibe, simply walk over to the commercial district for some window shopping. Some boutique owners even have water dishes outside!

Thornton Park is a thriving district within Downtown Orlando where dogs and their owners alike will experience a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We highly recommend exploring the Thornton Park area next time you are out with your pooch.

Are you moving to Thornton Park? Give Olde Town Brokers a call at 407.425.5069 so we can tell you about the most pet-friendly options.