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3 Ways to Enjoy Nature in Orlando

Exploring nature offers a whole host of health benefits that you might not even know about! Exposing yourself to new sights, natural sounds and fresh air will lift the mood and enhance emotional well-being.

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A worker and parrot from the Central Florida Zoo
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With so many things to do outdoors in Orlando FL, it would be a shame not to see what the area has to offer for typical nature enthusiasts. We recommend visiting the following places for a glimpse of wildlife and nature:

  1. Bok Tower Garden –  A music summer concert series commences at this garden each year. Located on 1151 Tower Boulevard, it is a national historic landmark and features a nature trail and artwork.
  2. Central Florida ZooThis 116-acre zoo sits on 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 Sanford and it is currently celebrating its 40th birthday. Why not celebrate with the team by attending camps, classes and groups? It is home to 400+ animals, including mammals, amphibians and birds.
  3. Lake Eola Park Attend the free outdoor movie series, rent swan-shaped paddle boats and eat at Relax Grill at this park on 512 E Washington Street.

The Altis Sand Lake community is located a short distance from things to do outdoors in Orlando, FL. Contact us for more information about living in the Dr. Phillips area.


Slip and Slide this Summer at Aquatica Orlando

If you enjoy experiencing a thrill at theme parks and want to cool down this summer, consider spending a day at one of the many waterparks in Orlando! Wave pools, raft rides and waterslides can be found at Aquatica Orlando, which sits close-by on 5800 Water Play Way.


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This one-of-a-kind waterpark offers something for children and adults, and it is the ultimate spot for animal lovers. Should you be planning a vacation, choose one of the packages on offer.

Alternatively, reserve a cabana and relax for a bit, before checking out the following thrill rides:

  • –Tassie’s Twisters
  • –Omaka Rocker
  • –HooHoo Run
  • –Dolphin Plunge
  • –Taumata Racer

For family fun, hop on the lazy river at Loggerhead Lane or swim through high tides along Roa’s Rapids. Other waterpark attractions include Cutback Cove, Big Surf Shores and Walkabout Waters. After a day of activities, tuck into some munch at the Mango Market, Waterstone Grill or Banana Beach Buffet!

Buy tickets online now and you could save $10 on a day ticket. Call 407-351-3600 to inquire about VIP admission and swimming lessons.

Are you looking to live near attractions, theme parks and fun waterparks in Orlando? If so, be sure to contact us at Altis at Sand Lake to learn more about living in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando.


Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Orlando

It’s less than a month until Independence Day, so why not start planning for 4th of July events in Orlando? The city will be full of life on this electric holiday, with fireworks displays, music concerts, parades and many other festivities set to commence.


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If you want to get involved in the patriotic fun, we recommend attending one of the following star-spangled shindigs:

Fireworks at the Fountain

Lake Eola Park will fill with people on Saturday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for this free event, which will feature Orlando Concert Band performances. You can find the park 10.6 miles away on 512 East Washington Street.

Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando

Family-friendly activities, rides and shows can be enjoyed at SeaWorld Orlando, which is 3.5 miles away on 7007 Sea World Drive. Stop-by this Independence Day to watch fireworks launch in time to patriotic music.

Red, Brick and Boom at LEGOLAND Florida

Drive for just under an hour to 1 Legoland Way, where you can explore Lego-built cities and wear 3D glasses to witness awe-inspiring fireworks!

The Altis at Sand Lake residences are ready to rent before these 4th of July events in Orlando commence. To learn more about living in Orlando, be sure to contact us to apply.


How to Keep Cool while Exercising Outdoors in Florida

Central Florida can get very hot during the summer months, with temperatures averaging 90 degrees. And with such high heat and humidity levels, a lot of residents struggle to keep their cool when exercising. This is why it’s imperative to be properly prepared for workout sessions to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.


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A girl cooling off after exercising

There are a number of illnesses associated with heat exhaustion, such as heat cramps, heat syncope and heatstroke. Some signs to look out for include dizziness, nausea, unusual heart rhythm, fatigue and irritability.

Here are some health and fitness tips to help you get that beach body safely:

  • –Stay out of direct sunlight. Run along shaded paths and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and neck.
  • –Take it easy and don’t do too much too soon. Over exerting yourself will tire you out and may result in you taking longer to recover.
  • –Hike, run or bike gradually. Increase the distance covered each time you head outdoors.
  • –Drink plenty of water before, during and after the workout routine.
  • –Exercise in early mornings and/or evenings, because it’s cooler. The hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. are the hottest time of the day.

You can break a sweat inside our indoor fitness center, so why not become a resident this summer? Contact us at Altis at Sand Lake to check availability of our Orlando apartments.

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Check Out the Best Patio Restaurants in Orlando

Tucking into fine food while admiring a nice view is something that a lot of us enjoy doing. With so many patio restaurants in Orlando to choose from, you won’t have trouble tracking down a new restaurant where you can enjoy a meal outdoors.

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There are a number of eateries that offer Al Fresco dining throughout the seasons. Here are just a few that residents in the Dr. Phillips area will find nearby:

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree CafeTake a drive to this cafe which looks and feels a lot like a beer tent at Oktoberfest. Set in a quiet location, it offers live music and German classics, like schnitzel.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and SteaksSand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row recently welcomed this new addition, which is located under a mile away. Private dining is available and the menu features ocean-fresh favorites, like Cold Water Lobster Tail.

Gargi’s Lakeside Italian Ristorante

A 15-minute drive is all it takes to get to Gargi’s Lakeside Italian Ristorante. If you like Italian cuisine, gaze at views of Lake Ivanhoe while tucking into classics like Chicken Florentina.

The Altis at Sand Lake residences are located close numerous patio restaurants in Orlando. Contact us to learn more about the Dr. Phillip’s area.


Exercise Green Thumbs at Altis Sand Lake’s Community Garden

Gardening is a therapeutic pastime that many of the residents at our luxury apartments in Orlando enjoy. From planting bulbs to adjusting soils, there are many duties a green-fingered resident will have. With summer just around the corner, it’s not surprising that the community garden is becoming a popular hangout spot.


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Garden plots are filling fast and this is why we advise residents to make the most of limited space with the following gardening 101 tips:

  • –Interplant – Interplanting, otherwise known as intercropping, is an old-fashioned method for enhancing soil fertility and promoting plant cooperation.
  • –Succession – Following one plant with another is an effective way of maximizing a garden’s yield. There are various approaches, such as growing two crops simultaneously.
  • –Vertical – Grow as many fruits, vegetables and plants in your plot as possible by introducing trellising, hex wire netting or wooden pallets.
  • –Design – Think outside of the box by planning out a circle in the center of the plot. Allow 3-4 feet of room around the circle, so that you can properly read all areas of the garden.

Community gardens come standard at Altis at Sand Lake. To learn what else we have to offer at our luxury apartments in Orlando, be sure to contact us with your questions.