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Posted by The Real Estate Reporter on Apr 20, 2020 5:00:14 PM

Fruitland Park, Florida: The History, The Charm, The Recreation & More

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Predating the Civil War, the town of Fruitland Park is one of Central Florida's most precious secrets and has some gorgeous historic sites. It's known as "The Friendly City" where neighborhoods are canopied with oak trees and the Old Florida feel is blended in beautifully with the new. 

Home to a quiet and tranquil community, Fruitland Park offers something truly special to its residents and visitors. Here's a closer look at the community & why it's such a sought-after city:

The Fruitland Park Name

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The name Fruitland Park was given by one of its first settlers because of the many nurseries and groves in the area. However, it almost didn't stick! 

From 1884-1888 the name of the city was changed to Gardenia at the postal authorities' request due to a similar town name already in the state. Fortunately, a railroad had already been put through 'Gardenia' prior to this name change, and all of the printed materials had 'Fruitland Park' on them.

During these four years, all freight had to be shipped to Fruitland Park while mail had to be addressed to Gardenia. As you can probably imagine, the confusion caused the name to eventually be changed back to the "Fruitland Park" we know and love today!

Location & Lifestyle

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Fruitland Park is located just northeast of Orlando and southeast of The Villages, Florida. Only approximately 3 square miles, it's part of serene Lake County and is on the western side of Lake Griffin and a body of water called Dead River.

The town truly has a southern charm feel about it, and while it may be small, it's booming with lots of life.


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Things to do in Fruitland Park include a variety of options, but most seem to really embrace the Florida lifestyle, sunshine, and the area's history.

The City parks include a municipal pool, skate park, baseball fields, and walking paths. A new library opened in 2019 and is a charming nod to old Florida and new Florida.

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Lake Griffin State Park has 577.63 acres of swampland and hardwood. The park connects to Lake Griffin and Ocklawaha River. Some of the favorite activities residents and visitors enjoy include boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, camping, and more. It's also home to the state's second-largest Live Oak tree which is estimated to be between 300-500 years old!

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Another local favorite is The Rose Plantation - a unique establishment known as one of the go-to fine dining restaurants for special occasions. It's set in a 1917 historic home overlooking Fountain Lake with a rose garden at its front and offers a lovely experience of American food and wine. 

Life in Fruitland Park

When exploring living options, homes can vary in 'style' and 'lifestyle' throughout the area. From historic and new home, waterfront or luxury, there's really something for everyone here, including several well-established neighborhoods and 55+ options as well.

Whether you're looking for convenience, charm, or something more - the lifestyles in Fruitland Park come with all there is to love about Florida living.

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