Thornton Park Main Street is made possible through the interest, efforts and generosity of The National Trust Main Street Center, the City of Orlando as well as our many members and volunteers.

Orlando Main Street Program

The City of Orlando recognizes the important role neighborhood commercial districts play in the overall health of the City’s neighborhoods.

Sound neighborhood commercial areas contribute to a good quality of life. It can be a positive attraction and a competitive advantage in retaining existing neighborhood residents and attracting new ones. To meet this need, the City of Orlando is offering business district revitalization support to Orlando neighborhood commercial districts.

Through the Orlando Main Street Program, districts are chosen using a competitive selection process. Each district receives financial and technical assistance and intensive training in the Main Street approach from Orlando Main Street and the National Main Street Center. In turn, each Main Street organization hires a full time Executive Director, raises matching funds, incorporates its organization and implements its programs according to an annual work plan.”

In 2012, Thornton Park District was awarded a Main Street Program opportunity. We have been making many positive changes ever since!

Thornton Park has a very cosmopolitan feel, as it is the location of exclusive restaurants, high-end fashion boutiques, and The Sanctuary, which has some of the most expensive condo units in Orlando. Other luxury condominium buildings in that area include The Waverly and 101 Eola.

It has also become one of the most desirable and expensive places to live in downtown, attracting young professionals and urban dwellers. As a result, the area has become a lively 24/7 neighborhood, with a diverse mix of people. Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando’s oldest cemetery, is located just south of Thornton Park in the Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood. Designed and plotted in 1880, it is the final resting place for many of the city’s founders.

The overall look of the neighborhood and creative reuse of existing structures serve as a reminder that this emerging community within walking distance of downtown is a reassured enclave.

Styles of homes range from 1920s bungalows to Craftsman-style structures to Tudor Revivals, all of them lining renovated brick streets with pristine landscaping. Adaptive reuse is also a calling card of the community.

Foodies, fear not! Thornton Park offers numerous pet-friendly dining options.

The Stubborn Mule has freshly prepared food and a selection of Mule Cocktails and craft beer. The outdoor patio is open and spacious and offers shaded seating if you’re looking to stay out of the sun.

Dexter’s is another restaurant that has dog-friendly outdoor patio seating. The quiet location makes it the perfect place to relax with an adult beverage or two. The drink menu includes wines, champagne, ports, and sherry. Are you hungry, too? The menu features seasonal options including brunch, lunch, and dinner plates.

Burton’s Bar and Grill is a laid-back bar with an old jukebox and a wide selection of beer. This dive bar is a favorite with locals. Play darts, jam out to your favorite song, or chow down on some popcorn.

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