Known as a place of peace and inspiration, Sholom Park attracts thousands of visitors monthly who come to enjoy one of North Central Florida’s most beautiful natural attractions. The 44-acre, privately-owned park is open to the public 365 days of the year, admission-free. Approximately 100 different species of plants and trees adorn its landscape with bursts of color and character, creating spectacular views of flora and fauna. A few of Sholom Park’s highlights include a formal garden, azalea trail, prairie trail, ginger garden, koi pond with bog filter, pergebo trail, labyrinth, olive tree promenade, enchanted forest, open air stage and gathering pavilion. Paved walkways meander throughout the park, winding through mature oaks, hickories, sweet gums and longleaf pine trees, allowing guests to move from one trail or feature to the next. Numerous benches and resting areas allow for opportunities to contemplate the peaceful surroundings. Sholom Park’s purpose is to provide a tranquil place where each individual may experience true contentment, thanks to the foresight of its visionary, Sidney Colen. Colen’s dream was for Sholom Park to be a seed of peace that grows within all those who visit. The park continues that hope today through responsible land stewardship. The park is a popular location for weddings, special events, nature watching, photography, and a variety of classroom excursions. Sholom Park officially opened October 17, 2004. The park was built by the Horticultural Arts and Park Institute, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) organization, which is supported by contributions that are tax deductible to the extent of the law. This non-profit organization continues to be responsible for the maintenance and management of Sholom Park.