Once known as “Celery City”, Sanford, FL is a great little city to visit for an afternoon. We spent our time in the historic district and both feel it’s the perfect “20-hour town”.
More history of Sanford Florida
Things to do in the Historic District of Sanford, FL
- Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens – this is on our list for the next time. We pulled into the parking lot and saw a lot of small children. We are in the “kid-free” zone so decided to skip it for now. From what we saw, it looks great! Small zip line in the parking lot, a little train, and of course animals.
- Sanford Museum – Learn more about Henry Shelton Sanford and how the town came to be. The Chase Gallery also features Sanford natives who made it big in sports.
- Waterfront Playground – Sanford playground is one of the nicest I’ve seen. With a kid’s water fountain (sadly closed due to COVID at the time of writing this)and several picnic tables and grills available, it’s a happy place along the waterfront.
- Famous Tiny Boathouse – how adorable is this??? We both thought it was so freaking cute and we’re happy to see you can book it through Airbnb (see VRBO for other boat experiences)
- St Johns Rivership Co – Take a lunch or dinner cruise on the Rivership, Barbara-Lee. Delicious food and spectacular views.
- Mural at Gallery on First – see if you can find Louie! We were lucky enough to meet the real Louie.
- Ritz Theater / Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center – History, history, history! This theater has been around since 1923 and has gone through many transitions. It has now been renovated and operates as a community theatre. Pretty cool.
- Bars – Nightlife wouldn’t be as fun without a few bars! Make sure to check out The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar, The District Eatery Tap & Barrel, and our favorite, The Old Jailhouse Kitchen & Spirits
Shopping & Dining
There are quite a few spots along the main street in the historic district of Sanford where you can pop in and shop. If you are an antique or thrifter, you will love this place! Same goes for dining. There is a large variety of sandwich shops to fine dining. Our favorite lunchtime place is the Corner Cafe – the best lattes we’ve ever had! They are also known for their Cubans and French Onion Soup.
Would we go back to Sanford Florida?
Absolutely! In fact, we drive by this exit a lot as we go to other places in Florida, and often we will just get off the highway and take a walk along the main street or the waterfront. It’s got a hometown feel with interesting sites. Both of which we love!
Check out our other posts about Florida for tips and fun things to do!