This city in Florida is the county seat of Seminole County. Sanford is located on Lake Monroe, at the mouth of the St. John’s River. Sanford is 20 miles northeast of Orlando. The area was settled by Native Americans in the early 1800s. Sanford is a university town as it is home to the Seminole State College of Florida. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are also located in Sanford. The entire downtown area of Sanford has been declared a historic site.
The economy in Sanford is diverse. It is largely based on tourism, with the Orlando Sanford International Airport, and a large historic downtown and residential area. The economy is also dependant on the state college. The Aeroism Flight Academy is headquartered at the Orlando Sanford Airport. Downtown businesses include the Ritz Theater and the Princess Theater. There are many locations in downtown Sandford for serviced offices.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Sanford’s has a Riverwalk situated along Lake Monroe. This walkway has benches set along the lake, running beside the Sanford Monroe Harbor Marina. The harbor is home to a historic paddle wheel ship. One thing that should be done if you are in the area is to take an airboat ride. These guided nature tours will take you into the heart of local lakes and let you see the natural setting from an entirely different perspective. A very unique local entertainment venue is Little Fish Huge Pond. This is a combination art gallery, live music venue, and bar. The host live bands, fashion shows, and drag queen events. The Emerald Hen Pub is an English pub where you can raise a pint, play darts, pool or checkers, and just relax. For a laidback tropical vibe, try the West End Trading Company.
The nearest major airport to Sanford is Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB/KSFB). Offering international and domestic flights it is 4 miles from the town’s center. A second choice is Orlando International Airport (MCO/KMCO), offering international and domestic flights from Orlando, Florida just 34 miles from Sanford. A third choice is Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB/KDAB) located 36 miles from Sanford. Amtrak’s Auto Train ends at Sanford. This auto/passenger train runs between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia offering a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. There is bus service in the area for connections to other Florida and US locations. Sanford is located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Florida State Road 417. Lynx offers some public transportation in Sanford.