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The Location

Winter Park is small suburban city in central-Florida and half way between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, located within the Orlando metropolitan area. Established in the late 19th century, the city is home to beautiful museums, parks and lakes, a beautiful downtown shopping area and railroad station, and Rollins College. Forty minutes from the Orlando International Airport, the campus is located on Lake Virginia and features Spanish Mediterranean architecture, “an ideal setting” says the college president, “for liberally educating students to be global citizens and responsible leaders.”

Local Attractions

Cape Canaveral National Seashore: "The longest expanse of pristine shore in Florida," with several recreational opportunities and points of interest for nature lovers.

Rollins Museum of Art: "Set on the Rollins College campus overlooking beautiful Lake Virginia, the Rollins Museum of Art offers...more than 5,000 works ranging from antiquity to contemporary."

Dinky Dock Park: Located next to the main campus, this small park features benches underneath a canopy of cypress trees along a small beach on the lake.

Enzian: Enzian is a single screen cinema café and home of Eden Bar and the Florida Film Festival. A member supported, non-profit cultural organization, Enzian exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film.

Golf Courses: The Winter Park Country Club and Dubsdread are near the campus.  A listing of golf courses in the area is available here.

Harry P. Leu Gardens: A 50-acre botanical garden a short distance from Rollins.

Historic Hannibal Square: A short walk from your hotel, Hannibal Square is an historic area featuring shopping and dining opportunities.

Kennedy Space Center: "NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch."

Merritt Island bird watching: The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge consists of 140,000 acres, and "provides a wide variety of habitats:  coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals."

Morse Museum: The Morse houses "the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany....The Museum’s holdings also include a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, and decorative art."

Orange County Regional History Center: This museum located in downtown Orlando contains numerous exhibits detailing the history of Central Florida.

Orlando Museum of Art: "The Museum’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts."

Orlando Science Center: The OSC is a local science museum, containing several interactive exhibits and displays.

Paddleboard Orlando: Paddleboards are available for rent, and there are regularly scheduled paddleboard tours of the Chain of Lakes.

Park Avenue: "Park Avenue boasts more than 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and museums," and is a short walk from the Alfond Inn.

Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: "The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden is a short walk from the Alfond Inn and dedicated to preserving the works of Czech sculptor Albin Polasek, celebrating representational art and exhibiting regional and international artists.".

Scenic Boat Tour of Winter Park: The "Scenic Boat Tour is an 18 passenger pontoon boat ride on the pristine Winter Park chain of Lakes" which "guarantees plenty of swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns and a variety of flourishing sub-tropical flowers. Breathtaking views of opulent private homes and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores are also a key feature of the scenic cruise."

Theme Parks: There are numerous theme parks nearby.

Winter Park Village: Located a short distance from campus, Winter Park Village hosts several shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.


The conference tuition includes a reception on the first day, and a dinner on the 21st. Conference attendees will be responsible for other meals.

Winter Park is well-known for its culinary variety. Conference guests will be able to find restaurants, bars, and coffee shops close to cater to any appetite and price range. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options Sushi, Turkish, Mexican, Italian, French, and several others.  If you'd like to dine on campus, Rollins has a dining hall and a pub.

A list of popular local restaurants and cafes is available in our Conference Dining Guide.

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Carol Frost, Director
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. #2766
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2839