Quality of Life

Winter Springs is a desireable location for young business professionals and their families. Exceptional "A-rated" schools, nationally recognized parks and trail system, low crime rates, and beautifully landscaped streets make the Winter Springs area a prime location to raise a family.

Location and Transportation

qualityoflife-location.jpgConveniently located less than 30 minutes to the beaches of Florida and World Class theme park attractions, Winter Springs also offers businesses easy access to domestic and global markets via two international airports and the deepwater Port Canaveral-making it easy for you or your business to "get there from here". Winter Springs is located just 10 miles north of Orlando in south-central Seminole County. The City enjoys a prime location on Central-Florida's roadway network, with easy access to U.S. 17-92-the commercial corridor for Seminole County-and State Road 417 (Seminole Expressway/Central Florida Greeneway), which links the City to Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike and the southern United States. State Road 417, also known as Seminole Way, is one of the newest "technology-corridors" in the state. Seminole Way connects the City of Winter Springs to the computer simulation, digital media and photonics industry sectors located at the nearby University of Central Florida, the medical technology and bio-technology industry sectors located at Lake Nona's Medical Center, and the aerospace technologies industry sector located at the Kennedy Space Center.

Quality and Diversity of Housing

The most often cited benefit by new City residents is the quality and diversity of the City's neighborhoods. Winter Springs boasts a significant inventory of both established and new residential neighborhoods that provide a range of housing options, from single family to apartments. Several of Central Florida's most prestigious residential addresses are found in the neighborhoods near the Tuscawilla Country Club, including neighborhoods such as Carrington Woods, Chelsea Woods, Chestnut Estates, Country Club Village, Fairway Oaks, Glen Eagle, the Reserve at Tuscawilla, Tuska Oaks and Winding Hollow. The magnificent Tuscawilla Country Club Golf Course meanders through several subdivisions offering golf-front property views and lifestyles. Townhomes and urban housing options are available in the Town Center.

Recreational Facilities and Programs

The City of Winter Springs is known for its top-quality parks and recreational facilities and programs. The City has developed nine park sites on over 125 acres for public use, including community and neighborhood parks, passive parks and a senior community therapy pool. In addition to great natural amenities and facilities, the City makes exceptional recreation programming available to its residents. Programs range from youth sports leagues and summer camps to adult softball, flag football, dance and fitness classes. Also, the Winter Springs Senior Center provides programs for the young at heart such as tai-chi, bridge, line dancing, yoga and monthly field trips to local attractions and events.

Sporting tournaments regularly host their local, regional, and statewide championships in Seminole County. The NCAA chose Seminole County to hold its first "green" tennis tournament in the nation, and the Babe Ruth Baseball League held all their local, regional and state games in the county attracting many teams and families to the area. Such sporting events contributed over $16 million dollars last year to the local economy.

From family picnics to ping-pong, baseball to ballroom dancing, you are never wanting for something to do in Winter Springs-the City offers activities for all ages! For more information about the City's parks and recreation facilities and programming, please visit www.winterspringsfl.org, or call the Winter Springs Parks and Recreation Department at (407) 327-6597.

Extensive Trail Network and Natural Resources

qualityoflife-trail.jpgLocated in Seminole County near Lake Jesup, the City of Winter Springs enjoys some of Florida's most scenic lakes, streams and forests. Birding, biking, hiking, fishing and boating are just some of the outdoor activities that the natural resources preserved in Winter Springs encourage. Recognized as a Florida Trail Gateway Community, the City is connected to the Florida Natural Scenic Trail System via its position along the extensive Cross-Seminole Trail. Additionally, as evidence of the City's commitment to its natural environment it continues its 21st year in recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA"

Primary Schools

qualityoflife-schools.jpgSeminole County Public Schools:
  • - $996 Million Impact
  • - Seminole County's Largest Employer
  • - Almost 6,000 Employees reside in Seminole County
  • - 56th Largest School District in the U.S.
The Seminole County Public School System is among the highest rated school systems in the nation. Over 80% of all high school graduates go on to pursue higher education in the form of two or four year degrees or advanced technical training. The district has spent more than $450 million on renovation and construction of new schools in the past ten years. In the past five years, more than $35 million has been spent on technology for the schools and classrooms. Winter Springs is home to five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Visit the Seminole County Public Schools website for in-depth information regarding each school at www.scps.k12.fl.us or call (407) 320-0000.

Higher Education

Winter Springs is less than 13 miles from the University of Central Florida (UCF), one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering 225 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media.

UCF's 1,415-acre main campus provides modern facilities with wireless capabilities. More than 53,000 students attend classes on UCF's main campus and its 11 regional campuses located throughout Central Florida.

The University of Central Florida has partnered with the City of Winter Springs to establish the UCF/Winter Springs Small Business Incubator. Learn more about our small business incubator on page 11, Opportunity Site One: Greeneway Interchange District.

Seminole State College (SSC) of Florida has a campus located in the nearby City of Oviedo. SSC is a full-service education provider offering four-year degrees and two-year college-credit degrees (A.A. and A.S.), specialized career certificates, continuing professional education, and an array of culturally stimulating events including theatrical and musical performances, planetarium shows, and culturally relevant guest speakers.