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7 Artsy Photo Ops Around Orlando

7 Artsy Photo Ops Around Orlando

By Yasmene Warren

They don’t call Orlando “the City Beautiful” for nothing. O-Town is brimming with Instagrammable photo ops that are must-clicks for your camera. Get ready to say “cheese!” when you see our list of Orlando’s seven most artsy spots for photo ops.

1. Murals in Mills 50

Known as the intersection of creativity and culture, Mills 50 is home to some of Orlando’s artsiest photo ops. Venture outside of downtown Orlando and find the city’s most well-known intersection: Mills Avenue and Colonial Drive (SR 50).

A red Bull mural in the Mills 50 District in Orlando.
Image Credits to mills50.org Artist: Andrew Spear. Location: Mills & Lake Highland.

The walls of the businesses that make up Mills 50 are decked out in some of the most stunning murals the eyes can see. Find each dressed in a vibrant palette of colors that paint a perfect fit for every photographer.

2. Lake Nona Sculpture Garden

Part of Lake Nona’s public art program is the city’s Sculpture Garden, a rich botanical collection of world-renowned sculptures that make for aesthetically pleasing photo ops.

Immerse yourself in the artful display of timeless pieces that are sure to add an iconic, avant-garde touch to your photos.

3. Milk District Murals

Minutes from Mills 50 is Orlando’s famed Milk District, which is home to an array of murals and street art installations. Most murals are located on the walls of local Orlando businesses, from hair salons to tattoo shops. 

Each mural is painted by a different artist, all of which possess a unique art style that makes the Milk District stand out from other neighborhoods in Orlando. Flick up next to the colorful cans of milk to show your love for both the city and art.

4. Hannibal Square in Winter Park

Winter Park is a beautiful city by itself, but neighborhoods like Hannibal Square really make it shine bright among the rest. This stylish area offers vintage architecture with clay-colored roofing and walls draped in verdant vines and greenery, giving your photos a classy yet aged touch.

5. Lake Eola Park

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando is Lake Eola Park, the center of all things local to the City Beautiful. In addition to its picturesque lake views, it’s also got a lush landscape, a vivid rainbow amphitheater, and lively swan boats that make for great photo ops.

Swan swimming in Lake Eola at downtown Orlando are among great photo ops.

You could rest against the bridge with the lovely Lake Eola pictured behind you or sit beneath a shady tree, letting the natural hues of green breathe life into your photos.

6. Harry P. Leu Gardens

Become one with nature when you step into Orlando’s pinnacle of horticultural excellence: Harry P. Leu Gardens. Each month, new flowers are in bloom. You can expect to see heliconias, roses, hibiscuses, yellow poincianas, and even bananas this July at the gardens.

Pretty flowers against vibrant greens make for stunning photography scenes no matter what time of the year you stop by.

7. Thornton Park Central Garage

You might be wondering what could possibly be photogenic about a parking garage, but once you see the one in Thornton Park at 9 N Eola Drive, you’ll understand why we sent you here.

A graffiti-like mural painted on the walls of the Thornton Park Central Garage in downtown Orlando.

The walls of the Thornton Park Central Garage are beautifully decorated with unique, eccentric murals painted by a variety of local Orlando artists.No two walls are the same in this garage. Whether you’re aiming for a more grunge vibe or you want something that screams “bold,” Thornton Park has you covered.

BONUS: Poolside Photo Ops at Rosen Plaza

While you’re staying with us in Orlando, capture the moment from the comfort of your hotel, Rosen Plaza. We have a luxurious, crystalline pool that’s great for more than just swimming.

A brunette man in swim trunks and blonde woman in a red one-piece swimsuit standing against rocks in front of a waterfall at the swimming pool at Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Our pool’s picturesque waterfall makes an ideal photo backdrop for any vacationer. Get your flicks clad in your best swimsuit as our luxurious waterfall beautifully flows behind you, ensuring your photos are nothing short of Instagram-worthy.

Find our hotel amid the bustling entertainment hub of International Drive, near Interstate 4 to get you to all of Orlando’s best photo ops in minutes.

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