Skip to main content

Welcome to the new Parramore Website!

Parramore Picks: Must-Do Experiences

Written By: Amber Gutman

If you’re visiting the Parramore District of Downtown Orlando, here are some experiences that you don’t want to miss out on! 

Learn the history & culture of Parramore through experiences!

Parramore’s roots trace back to the late 1800s, when the district established itself as the center of Orlando’s segregated Black community. The founding residents of this neighborhood hailed from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds that laid the foundation for Parramore’s evolution over the ensuing decades, shaping it into a haven for numerous cultural luminaries and a pivotal arena for key civil rights struggles in Central Florida.

Wells' Built

Photo Credit: Wells’ Built Hotel

Wells’ Built Hotel Museum

No historical tour of Parramore would be complete with learning about the Wells’ Built Hotel. While the hotel has undergone a transformation from a hotel to a museum, it now showcases memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community, including exhibits on the Civil Rights movement and a collection of African art and artifacts. Dr. William Monroe Wells constructed the Wells’ Built Hotel to offer accommodation to African Americans at a time of segregation when lodging was scarce in other parts of Central Florida. Throughout the segregation era, this hotel played host to numerous renowned African American performers. You may be surprised who you’ll see on the hotel ledger: names like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and even Ray Charles!


Photo Credit: City of Orlando

Tinker Field

The original field and buildings at Tinker Field, situated in Orlando’s historic Parramore district, were established in 1922, with the ballpark’s dedication taking place on April 19, 1923. Renowned for its size, Tinker Field was often compared favorably to the New York Yankees’ field. Over the years, it hosted legendary Baseball Hall of Famers like Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his sole speech in Central Florida, titled “Integration Now,” from Tinker Field’s pitcher’s mound on March 6, 1964. Recognizing its cultural significance, the Orlando City Council designated the historic baseball diamond and field as a landmark in 2015.




Downtown Arts Collective

The Downtown Arts Collective is dedicated to nurturing creativity and serving as a valuable resource for artists globally. Located in the Parramore District adjacent to Downtown Orlando, it operates as an artist-run studio, gallery, and school. Each month, the collective presents exhibitions featuring photography and contemporary art in its vibrant studio space.


Photo Credit: Blue Swan Boulders

Blue Swan Boulders

Blue Swan Boulders offers customers the chance to engage in the exhilarating activity of bouldering, a rope-free form of rock climbing. Alongside its expansive 7,000 square feet of climbing terrain, Blue Swan boasts a well-equipped gym featuring cardio machines, weights, and a convenient locker room. Additionally, the gym has plans to introduce group classes like yoga in the future. Members can enjoy access to all of Blue Swan’s facilities until 10 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends, although reservations are highly recommended due to peak evening hours.


Where to eat


Photo Credit: The Monroe


The Monroe

At the heart of Creative Village, The Monroe endeavors to encapsulate Orlando’s rich history through its decor, menu offerings, and community engagement. The Monroe takes inspiration from the welcoming ethos of Dr. William “Monroe” Wells, a prominent civil rights leader and iconic figure in Orlando’s past. Proudly supporting the Wells’ Built Museum in the historic Parramore neighborhood, they provide a window into Orlando’s African American heritage and honor Dr. Wells’ enduring legacy.


Gastro Bar

The District GastroBar greets guests with an innovative design, reminiscent of a modern speakeasy, featuring curated vintage elements and unique Prohibition-era artwork. Beyond the entrance, historical accents like antique bronze tin ceilings and 1900s brick walls blend seamlessly with custom vintage lighting. Inside, patrons discover distinct dining spaces, a spacious bar area, and a charming open-air patio, alongside a women’s restroom exuding a salon-inspired vibe complete with antique perfume bottles. Owner KC Preston and menu creator Andre Walton have embraced the shared plate dining trend, positioning The District GastroBar as a trailblazer in the realm of gastronomy.


Nikki’s Place

If you want to experience food that feeds the soul, look no further than Nikki’s Place. Since 1999, Nikki’s Place has been dishing out authentic soul food flavors and offering catering services for special events in Orlando, Florida. They deliver the genuine essence of Southern Cuisine through time-honored home-cooked dishes. As a black family-owned business, Nikki’s Place specializes in traditional Southern dishes and treats every visitor like family, embodying the true essence of hospitality. Whether dining in, ordering takeout, or catering an event, Nikki’s Place ensures that every experience is filled with warmth, flavor, and the comforting feeling of being home.


Nikki’s Place


Where to shop


Palmer’s Feed & Seed

Want chickens? Yes, that’s right– live chickens for eggs! You can get some at Palmer’s. Established in 1947, Palmer’s Feed Store stands as a third-generation, family-owned business nestled in Parramore. Beyond being a hub for home supplies, animal feed, and lawn and garden essentials, Palmer’s takes pride in its diverse product range. From gardening tools, hardware, and animal feed to live farm animals, fishing supplies, construction materials, and more, Palmer’s has got you covered. 


Photo Credit: Orlando City

Inter Co (Exploria Stadium)

Discover the beating heart of Orlando’s sports scene at INTER&Co Stadium, an architectural marvel unveiled to the world in March 2017. Home to the electrifying matches of Orlando City in the MLS and Orlando Pride in the NWSL, it’s a must-visit destination for sports enthusiasts. But beyond the thrill of the game, this stadium offers a poignant journey through Orlando’s resilient spirit. Wander through the renowned safe-standing supporters’ section, affectionately called “The Wall,” or find solace in Section 12’s rainbow-colored seats, a touching tribute to the Pulse Nightclub tragedy victims. As you explore, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and indulge in the stadium’s exclusive “Orlando Made” culinary delights. From riveting World Cup Qualifiers to the prestigious MLS All-Star Games, every event hosted here promises an unforgettable experience, making INTER&Co Stadium an essential stop on your Orlando itinerary.


Photo Credit: Kia Center

Kia Center (Amway Center)

Seeking something fresh? Look no further than the newly christened Kia Center! Formerly known as the Amway Center, this vibrant hub is the heart of Orlando Magic basketball. The renaming, in partnership with Kia America effective December 20, 2023, marks more than just a change in name – it’s a fusion of cultures and innovation. Imagine new signage lighting up the skyline, EV charging stations paving the way for the future, and vehicle displays showcasing cutting-edge technology. And let’s not forget about the Kia Terrace hospitality lounge, where you can experience the spirit of Orlando’s diverse community firsthand. Kia’s commitment as a ‘Champion of the Community’ resonates deeply with Orlando’s inclusive ethos and growth mindset. This renaming isn’t merely a business decision; it’s a celebration of Orlando’s dynamic cultural tapestry, blending tradition with forward-thinking ideals. It signifies Kia’s dedication to becoming an integral part of Central Florida’s fabric, echoing Orlando’s global allure as both a tourist destination and a cultural hotspot.

Parramore Events

Parramore's Upcoming Events


The Historic Parramore District

Written by: Savannah Perez In the heart of Orlando, the Parramore District stands as the oldest and largest African-American neighborhood of the city, with a…

Read More

A Haven for Cats in the Heart of Orlando: An Interview with…

Written by: LaQuita Brown  | Photography: Angela Ramirez Parramore Avenue is home to many thriving businesses that help enrich the Orlando area– but did you…

Read More

So Much Good in the Hood: Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs and New I…

Written by: Daysia Peoples Every vibrant tapestry of a community will have essential stitches that threads the neighborhood together. For Parramore, one of these is…

Read More