Orlando residents that often enjoy outdoor activities each year; it’s just one of the reasons so many Northerners often take a long retreat to Florida to escape the frigid struggles of winter, most likely booking a trip to the heart of Central Florida, Orlando. Whether you are a local resident or a tourist, we have an exciting list of outdoor opportunities for those that often enjoy these kinds of activities! Florida features a hot and humid climate perfect for hiking.
Many of us would love to join one of the native springs, specifically the Rock Springs at Kelly Park, would definitely be an ideal place to start. Or you could try the stand up paddle boarding at Paddleboard Orlando, they are experts when it comes to training beginners, and their adventurous expedition might lead you across canals or into clear blue water of one of our urban lakes, where the manatees do their underwater routines. You will soon see that Orlando has more than enough outdoor adventures to satisfy anyone!
Let’s begin with a list of the best wildlife outdoor parks in Orlando.
Wekiva Island is a wildlife preserve that sits on the edge of Wekiva Springs Road. The atmosphere is very relaxing, with many guests enjoying the water, sun, volleyball and other sports, live music, and a very cool blazing fire pit. Canoes and kayaks are available for renting where anyone can choose to explore and observe florals and experience animals in their natural habitat. Not only will you be able to enjoy the weather, but you can get food and drinks at the Tooting Otter where they include beer and wine, served on the weekends! “River-banas” are also available for rent to take your experience to the fullest.
SHOWCASE OF CITRUS
Owned by four generation of citrus farmers, Showcase of Citrus is the original activities you have to do at least once, home to 13 varieties of distinct oranges, not including the lemons, limes, tangerines and outstanding ruby red grapefruit. You can pick them yourself or grab a bag from the country store, but a wise word of advice, you might want to check out the Monster Truck Eco Tour while you’re here. B esure to watch for gators in the canals as you pick and enjoy a refreshing orange juice before you leave!
ORLANDO URBAN BIKE TRAIL
The Urban Bike Trail is biking passage that runs roughly 2.5 miles from Ivanhoe Village. The path is on the outskirts of an old rail route once called the “Dinky Line” and takes walkers, joggers, or riders past urban lakes with wildlife observing opportunities with opportunities to visit one of Loch Haven Park’s art or science museums to learn the history of culture. It is definitely a great exercise and a new way to see the city in a different perspective.
Kelly Park is a beautiful Florida haven, which has an extremely green landscape. Kelly Park is a natural spring that gets water from a crevice at the bottom where the water is naturally crystal blue, which exhibits water courses, and at the right angle, you can see just about the bottom of the spring. Kelly Park contains different activities such as camping, hiking, and a swimming hole at the end of the creek’s run, but the most common activity is the lazy, float trip which lasts about three-quarters of a mile and roughly 30 minutes without stopping. Be sure to bring your own tube or rent one from a several vendors who offer it outside the park.
BLACK HAMMOCK ADVENTURES
The Black Hammock Adventures is located on Lake Jesup, which is an enormous lake that is known for having more alligators than any other lake in the state of Florida! The Black Hammock Adventure is an old-Florida attraction that is part of the wildlife exhibit, where you can ride on an airboat or a pontoon purveyor. Airboat rides leave daily, a pontoon is slower, more stable, and very relaxing. Not only does it have outdoor activities, but they have a restaurant bar called the Black Hammock Restaurant with one of the best sunset viewing experience in Central Florida. Be sure to try out the fried gator tail and weekend sunset cruises. Call the office for details.
PEACE OF MIND KAYAK TOURS
Peace of Mind Kayak Tour is hosted by a local outfitter throughout Central Florida and Merritt Island but excursions through the chain of lakes in Winter Park can take bold adventurers through a 2 ½ experience of majestic landscapes and the history that you’ll never forget. You may ask for a map, in which they will be happy to provide, but it’s unnecessary as the water passages have direction signs on them, making it impossible to get lost. Tours of the Little Econlockhatchee and other excursions are available, be sure to call or check website for details.
Paddle boarding is a unique way to way to see the aquatic terrain, flora and fauna of Central Florida. So if you’re looking for a different experience of an outdoor activity in Orlando, then you need to try the waterborne Paddleboard Orlando! They are professional first-time trainers who offer beginner lessons and peaceful, fun expeditions to a wide range of Orlando’s lakes and canals. You can also sign up for manatee or moonlight paddles, group or private lessons, and even nighttime bioluminescence trips. By the way, no equipment or experience necessary. Orlando Paddleboard is a passionate process; they want to get you as hooked and ready to go as soon as possible!
WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK
Wekiwa Springs offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to experience a part of Florida minutes from the Orlando theme park area, that is quickly waning as time continues. Come join Florida’s natural beautiful park in Wekiva Springs State Park where you can hike through wild, diverse ecosystems, paddle the famous Wekiva River, camp, or horseback on weekends. Do not forget to bring your camera as you may run into little wild animals such as turkeys, black bears, deer, and many distinct species of birds. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent and guided tours are also available at Wekiva Springs, and Guided trail rides are about an hour long and $25 per person.
Forever Florida is a 4,700-acre conservation for wildlife with nine varied subtropical environments home to alligators, black bears, deer, and literally hundreds of species of birds, and even the infamous endangered Florida Panther. Forever Florida is also home to the Rattlesnake which is the first zipline roller coaster in the United States! While zooming through the canopy can be thrilling, there is also much to be said for sightseeing the landscape at ground level via horseback or in the coziness of the Coach Safari suitable for all ages.