From the outside, it looks like any other suburb in Florida. Filled with homes, apartments, and shopping centers, Lake Nona in Orlando has all of the same amenities as other neighborhoods in Central Florida. Take a deeper look, however, and you'll see this isn't your normal neighborhood.

When Lake Nona was conceived and built, unique public art displays popped up around the center of the neighborhood.

The end result is a fantastic display of visual art that you'll rarely find in other Orlando-area suburbs.

Even better, all of the public art on display here is within walking distance of each other.

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Looking through a kaleidoscope

One of the neighborhood's more popular restaurants is the Canvas Restaurant & Market.

One reason for the restaurant's popularity is the large stained glass house that sits right in front of the eatery.

The house was the creation of Tom Fruin, who is famous for his "kaleidoscope houses."

This particular kaleidoscope house is one of the defining art installations within the Lake Nona Town Center.

It's a very simple design, but it also brings captivating and relaxing energy for diners of the restaurant.

You'll get an even better treat at night when the kaleidoscope house lights up.

What do a beacon, a silver dog, and a code wall have in common? 

When you head to park your car at the Lake Nona Town Center, you can't miss them.

You'll first notice the huge silver dog that appears to stand guard of this unique parking structure.

The second thing you'll notice is the actual garage the dog is standing guard of.

The outside of the parking structure resembles a giant code. The Code Wall is actually a message written in binary code.

The third thing you'll see is the giant beacon that springs to life at night with interactive art.

A pink tree grows in Lake Nona 

A little walk from the Code Wall and you'll see this tree stand out.

The tree is painted hot pink and was the creation of Samantha's Walls, a local artist who has painted numerous canvases around Orlando.

According to Lake Nona Social, the tree died of natural causes, but the tree can still be seen, sticking out in vibrant color next to its neighbors.

It's just one more visual art piece that makes the Lake Nona area unlike any other suburbs.

With all of the public art installations, you can go on a scavenger hunt to see which ones you'll find next.

Lake Nona Public Art

Price: FREE

Address: Lake Nona Town Center, 6855 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, FL  

Why You Need To Go: Go on a personal walking scavenger hunt to find the unique art installations in this Orlando suburb. 


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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