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South Central Region

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Our South-Central Region is more urban, encompassing the St Johns River as it traverses Lake Monroe, passing the city of Sanford, just north of Orlando. Before the railroads, Sanford FL was an important river port. Today, the Sanford Historical District has become an entertainment hub for the greater Central Florida area.


Chases on the River (formerly Otters on the River)... www.chasessanford.com   4380 Carraway Pl, Sanford FL 32771

Just west of Lake Monroe, Chases is set back from the river at the Port of Sanford in the facility formerly named Otters. Some outdoor tables overlooking the boat basin and marina, but only a narrow view of the river. A big attraction here is the resort-size swimming pool and patio bar, immediately next to the restaurant. Eat inside or out. The inside is being renovated, with the bar area enlarged and booths removed. We'll revisit at a later date to view progress. (Updated: June 2020)


Gators Riverside Grill... www.gatorsriversidegrille.com   4255 Peninsula Point Sanford/Osteen, FL 32771 (southwest side of SR 415 bridge)

Nice view on the river by the SR 415 bridge, next to a marina and just before Lake Monroe. All outdoor seating, mostly covered, with fans. Grassy riverbank provides dockage for small boats and jet skis. Florida casual, live music 4 days per week, daily soup special.


St. Johns Rivership "Barbara Lee"... www.stjohnsrivershipco.com  433 N. Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 (Lake Monroe Harbour Marina)

The "Barbara Lee" is asternwheeler paddleboat offering lunch and dinner cruises. Designed to replicate steamers that once plied the St. Johns River between Jacksonville and Sanford, it features wrought iron railings and large wooden paddles. 5 decks offer different vantage points and room to roam.



St. Johns River Steak & Seafood... www.stjrss.com   550 N. Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 (in marina just past the sternwheeler)

Dining on the water by, the Monroe Harbour Marina, just past the sternwheeler. Lakeside pavilion and rotating local musicians.


520 on the Water (former site of Wolfy's Lakefront Bar & Grill)... www.venue520onthewater.com 520 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 (west side of marina, opposite sternwheeler)

Wolfy's has closed after more than 30 years as a local favorite in Sanford, FL. The location is now home to 520 on the Lake, a special events and wedding venue. We haven't visited the interior yet, but online photos indicate extensive renovation. (Updated: April 2020)


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