Retail options are plentiful in Altamonte Springs. Crane’s Roost Park, Crane’s Roost Lake, and the general area on State Road 436 east of Interstate 4 is known as the central area of the city. This is the area that borders Interstate 4, which is the main interstate highway for Central Florida connecting Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Tampa. An outdoor town center, called Uptown Altamonte, marks the central business district of the city. The lake is encircled by a one mile continuous walkway with
covered seating areas and benches. The 45-acre park includes a European-style plaza, cobblestone pathways, themed lighting fixtures and a choreographed fountain show.
This city center incorporates large-scale apartment buildings and high rise condominiums. The development also includes mixed-use shops and retailers, while the park area has a square for weddings, festivals, and city holidays. The spot has become popular with Altamonte Springs residents, and attracts visitors from nearby Longwood, Casselberry, and Maitland.
During recent years, Altamonte Springs has been a host city to several local special events in the Orlando area, including Red, Hot, & Boom, a major annual fireworks festival that takes place every July 3rd in celebration of Independence Day. The Red, Hot, & Boom event draws over 100,000 local residents and visitors annually from the entire Central Florida area, which includes appearances and musical performances by nationally and internationally known entertainers, and is Central Florida's largest Independence Day Celebration.