Located 20 miles northeast of Orlando, Oviedo is a growing city that has maintained a small-town feel to it. The rural roots of Oviedo can be seen in the chickens that roam freely in the downtown area, much like rural towns of the last century. Despite its rural background, progress and development in the community are quite visible in places like the Oviedo Marketplace shopping mall, the Seminole Community College along with such activities as airboat rides.
Located 20 miles northeast of Orlando, Oviedo is a growing city that has maintained a small-town feel to it. The rural roots of Oviedo can be seen in the chickens that roam freely in the downtown area, much like rural towns of the last century. Despite its rural background, progress and development in the community are quite visible in places like the Oviedo Marketplace shopping mall, the Seminole Community College along with such activities as airboat rides. Part of the charm of living in a community like Oviedo is its proximity to Orlando and its multiple, world-famous attractions.
The Seminole County Public Schools District has been designated as High-Performing School District for 5 consecutive years. With a mission to give students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in life, the district undeniably provides quality education to students in the area. 93.1% of schools in the district earned A/ B grades and their high schools were ranked by the Newsweek Magazine among the top 4% of the nation average.
Wondering if there is any recreation within the city? Be prepared to be charmed by the historic Oviedo Masonic Lodge, part of the history of Oviedo. Visit the weekly Farmer's Market for a taste of fresh local produce and vegetables. Stay fit while having fun at LA Fitness and Planet Fitness, complete with facilities for basketball, racquetball, swimming and more. Play golf at the Twin River Golf Club, dubbed as the hidden gem of Oviedo, or enjoy hayrides, barbeques, nature walks and fishing at the Big Oaks Ranch. Go for an exciting airboat ride to see the exotic wildlife of the area or hike and bike along the Cross Seminole Trail to explore the scenic locations around the city. Get cozy under the blankets with family and friends while enjoying the Free Movie under the Stars event or visit Santa at the 'Santa Clause Is Coming to Town' celebration.
Watch a movie at the Regal Cinema or spend the entire day shopping at the Oviedo Mall, a complete entertainment experience for the whole family. End the day with delectable dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in the city. You can even enjoy great food at fair prices at 'The Townhouse', a restaurant that has become a traditional icon in the city since the 1950's. Enjoy the extensive Italian menu at Peppino's Ristorante Italiano. Their delicious, one-of-a-kind pizzas, salads, soups and pastas are definitely worth a try.
Formally incorporated as a City in 1925 with a population of 800, Oviedo has roots that date back to just after the Civil War in 1865 when homesteaders came to the area along the shores of Lake Jesup to begin new lives.
Prior to the arrival of these adventurous souls, including former slaves, and immigrants from Europe, primarily Sweden, the area that is now Oviedo was populated by the Timucua, a clan of native Americans who were a part of the Seminole tribe. No evidence of the early Timucuan settlements remains today; their hunting grounds and villages disappeared just prior to the establishment of the Lake Jesup Community, which decades later gave way to modern housing developments, shopping centers, parks, recreation facilities, conservation areas and interstate roadways that can take travelers across the state.
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