Longwood Florida

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Longwood is full of the old Florida charm while being a thriving city with a healthy atmosphere for growth and business development. It has all the advantages of a comfortable, safe, small town with proximity and facilities of a larger, dynamic metropolitan area like Orlando. Add to this the excellent weather of Florida and the nearby internationally known attractions it is indeed almost paradise.

This lovely city of five square miles area in Seminole County is among the oldest, dating roughly from the end of the Second Seminole War. Fourteen thousand multicultural people have made this historic city just north of Orlando their home. Winter Springs, Apopka, and Casselberry border Longwood. Longwood developed when the threat of Seminole Indian attacks in the Central Florida area in the early 1800's receded.

The success and prosperity of the early settlers of Longwood in growing oranges and other crops in the area attracted more northerners to move there.

Longwood boomed with entrepreneurs, small business owners, churches, and schools. Many of these early buildings are part of downtown Longwood. A significant number are on the National Register of Historic Places. The space industry and the development of Walt Disney World and other attractions in the region during the 1960's and 1970's brought in more prosperity.

The City of Longwood encourages commercial and industrial growth and there are approximately 465 acres devoted to commercial use and about 355 acres for industrial purposes within the City. Today it is attracting new and dynamic industrial enterprise.

Not all is work in this lovely city. Longwood is home to a number of excellent golf courses and clubs.

Lake Center Yoga Orlando in Longwood is a popular yoga school. The Aiguille is climbing center featuring over 6,500 square feet of climbing surfaces suitable for all ages. A giant warehouse is filled with multi-colored climbing surfaces shaped like arcs, cliffs, domes and plateaus and offers climbing classes, summer camps for kids and birthday party packages.

Rolling Hills Golf Course has a wonderful private club dating from 1925. The picturesque golf course features the subtle architecture of the early 1900s. The short course has greens with many twists and turns, even on short putts. Another popular golf course is the Alaqua country club. The Wekiva Marina on the scenic Wekiva River marina offers canoe and kayak rentals, pontoon excursions, sightseeing cruises, and a fine American and Greek restaurant.

Do not miss the Big Tree Park was donated to Seminole County by Senator M.O. Overstreet and dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929. The park boasts of "The Senator," a 3,500 year old, 138-foot bald cypress tree one of the oldest and largest trees in America. Longwood Memorial Gardens, a municipal cemetery is a five-acre oasis featuring live oaks, southern red cedar trees, crape myrtle trees, and Washington palms. City of Longwood plans to add a scatter garden, a water feature, and some additional shrubbery.

Longwood abounds in fine restaurants. Enjoy an excellent Middle Eastern buffet dinner at Ali Baba Restaurant and be entertained by belly dancers.

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