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Lakeshore Exploration: A Central Florida Resident’s Path to Adventure

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The locations of all Simple Life communities are thoughtfully chosen. We make sure to develop our communities to be amenity-rich inside our gates, but also nearby outside excursions, adventure, and entertainment. Our first community, The Village, is nestled in Flat Rock, North Carolina, between 5 and 30 minutes away from lots of dining, shopping outdoor activities, and rich history. The Hamlet, just across the street from The Village, was a result of the popularity of the Village, so its residents get to enjoy the same spots. And yes, our Central Florida community was built with the same mindset! We wanted to offer everything a Central Florida resident would enjoy.

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Lakeshore, our first Florida community in Oxford, is centrally located with proximity to most of what Florida is known for. The sunshine state is loved for its beaches, theme parks, sports teams, and more. Residents at Lakeshore have the luxury of living driving distance from it all! Here we’ll break down some of the nearby attractions that you’ll get to enjoy as a Central Florida resident!

Springs and State Parks

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of being a Central Florida resident is the proximity to gorgeous fresh water springs and state parks. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fix of various activities from kayaking and snorkeling to biking and hiking.

Wekiva Springs State Park

Wekiva springs is 61 miles away from Lakeshore, with over a dozen activities and experiences. They have bicycle trails of different difficulties, birdwatching, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Even if you spend several days at Wekiva Springs Sate Park, you might not do it all! Spend a day and pick a couple of activities or camp for a night or two and check more items off of the list.

Natural Florida springs.

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs truly is a gorgeous spot to visit! Known for its crystal clear waters, it is a short 31 miles away from Lakeshore. A perfect sunny day trip in the summer! Visitors come here to swim and snorkel, and most popular, tubing! A shuttle will drop you off with a tube and you can enjoy a leisurely float two miles down the river.

Silver Springs

Even closer to Lakeshore is Silver Springs! 20 miles down the road lies America’s largest springs. This is the perfect location to enjoy a glass-bottom boat tours, where you can learn about the park and look at all the wildlife beneath the surface in a totally new way. If you want to get closer to the water, rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe!

Central Florida Resident Favorite Theme Parks

Florida is the theme park capital of the world, that is no secret. When you become a Central Florida resident, you have easy access to most of them. What some don’t realize is how close to Lakeshore the state’s best theme parks are! Nothing sounds like more fun for everyone than Disney World and Universal Studio!

Central Florida residents enjoy many theme parks in the state.

Walt Disney World

Disney World is only 60 miles away from Lakeshore. The estimated 47 miles of land is home to four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, and hundreds of restaurants. The four main theme parks all offer a unique, fun experience depending on which you choose. 

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is where the fairytales, fiction, and fan favorites live. It consists of several different “lands,” from Tomorrowland, which is based on the future, innovation, and progress, to Fantasyland, home to the characters and stories of the most beloved Disney movies.

Hollywood Studios

Formerly MGM, this is Walt Disney World’s newest theme park. Are you a fan of pixar movies or Star Wars? This is the park for you! This park is home to the most thrilling rides of any Disney park.


While Epcot does have some great rides, you should go for the cultural experience offered by the World Showcase. Walk “around the world” and eat, drink, and shop in countries like France, Norway, Mexico, Germany, and Japan. This park is typically a favorite for adults, as it caters less to children. However, it is still a great spot for the kiddos with many fun rides!

Animal Kingdom

As its name suggests, Animal Kingdom is home to many different species of animals. Did you know that the park is broken up into sections determined by continent? Guests can see all of the animals, attend unique themed dining experiences, and go on roller coasters, boat rides, and see shows.

Universal studios is well loved by central Florida residents.

Universal Studios

Down the road from Disney and 56 miles from Lakeshore is Universal Studios! This awesome park is composed of two theme parks and a water park. Universal and Islands of Adventure are parks designed for all ages- with lots of thrill rides as well as slower, character-based rides that the kids love. If you are an epic movies and TV shows lover, you should enjoy yourself! It is your chance to spend some time in different worlds such as Harry Potter’s.

Shopping Spree For Central Florida Resident

Also located in Orlando is some of the best outlet shopping you will find in the state. If you love a good deal, you should stop at The Orlando Vineland Outlets and Orlando Premium Outlets. Just a day trip away are some great finds and big savings!

For a luxury mall experience, the Mall at Millenia is located 55 miles away from Lakeshore. This is a smaller, indoor mall, home to department stores like Bloomingdales and Macy’s, popular shops like Bath & Body Works, Express and Banana Republic, as well as high-end shopping, including Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Classic Florida Beaches

Its a given that anywhere in Florida has proximity to beaches. However, all of the beaches offer very different experiences. Make sure to do your research and pick the best location for your day!

Florida beaches are coveted destinations.

Cocoa Beach

114 miles away lies one of the biggest tourist destinations in Florida. If you are looking for the full Florida beach day experience, one with beachfront causal dining, margaritas, music, tents, and umbrellas, this is your spot. You will definitely have a blast if you are looking for a lively beach day!


Clearwater Beach is on the Gulf, and while it is a popular location, it is a pretty chill and laid-back beach. This is a great spot to rent a beach house for the weekend and recharge. The water is calm and the sands are white, something you can expect to find along the gulf!

Satellite Beach

This is one that most people haven’t heard of. It is just south of Cocoa, and it’s usually pretty empty. This is where you go to have a nice quiet day. Bring your book and some lunch, and take the time to relax. 

There are many sports teams that central Florida residents root for.

Sports That Central Florida Residents Love

Florida is home to many popular collegiate and professional sports teams- especially in Central Florida. Between Tampa and Orlando, you can see the Buccaneers, Lightening, Rays, Orlando City, Gators, Bulls, Knights, and Magic. In North Florida, we’ve got the Jaguars and Seminoles as the most popular, and in South Florida, you’ll find the Hurricanes, Heat, and Dolphins.

That covers football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer. Most of the arenas and venues double as concert venues, so you’ll never be lacking in live entertainment as a Florida resident!


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