Looking for outdoor activities to enjoy with your family and friends? Become a local with us and explore these hidden gems around Central Florida–scout’s honor, you won’t be disappointed you did.
Whether you’re a Florida native, a snowbird or a visiting vacationer, one of the best parts of being in Florida is enjoying year-round sunshine. There is an endless amount of local, outdoor activities to enjoy around Central Florida, from tree top excursions and botanical gardens, to salty waters and cool springs.
So grab the sunscreen, fill-up your water bottles, invite your friends and fam and let the adventure begin. We’re sharing a few of our favorite outdoor activities you can enjoy year-round!
Bear Gully Creek
Looking to escape the concrete jungle of downtown Orlando and get a little more down to earth? Well then Bear Gully Creek is just what the local ordered. From paddling and boating to fishing, hiking and camping, this hidden piece of Seminole county is perfect. We all know mother nature can be unpredictable sometimes, so be sure to check out their website to get all the current details, such as water quality levels and more.
Zebras and sloths and Watusi–oh my! While the chances of you encountering lions, tigers and bears aren’t likely, you are likely to encounter several other species. In fact, Wild Florida’s mission is to provide an unforgettable Everglades experience that promotes a connection with animals while inspiring education and conservation. Their story starts in 2010 when they sought to preserves a few pieces of private property on Lake Cypress and have grown to create educational attractions, including:
- Airboat tours
- Safari rides
- Wild gator park
- Animal encounters
- Drive-thru safari park
- Chomp House grill
- Animal shows
If you’re looking to learn a thing or two while getting lost in the everglades, Wild Florida is what the local has prescribed for you!
Let’s face it–Florida is FLAT! But, it does have a few hidden hills nestled in the city of Clermont. Which also happens to be the city home of Revolution Adventures.
If you’re looking to get a little mud on the tires–and on your T’s–then Revolution Adventures is your destination for the day. You can choose from several excursions and activities, including:
- Mucky Ducks
- Myakka off road adventure
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
If you’re a fan of boutique shops and cute cafes then Winter Park is just the place for you. While a stroll down Park Ave. is a fun activity on its own, a boat tour gives you an entirely different view of this quaint city.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours provides you with an hour-long guided cruise on Lake Osceola through 3 of 7 lakes and 2 narrow man-made canals. If you’re looking for a change of pace, you should reserve your spot on Winter Park’s Scenic Boat Tours
Deland is known for its historic and quaint feel, but have you ever wandered to DeLeon Springs? This is by far a hidden gem in nature where you can go birding, hop on a boat tour, enjoy a picnic, snorkel, take a dip in the cool water and more.
Hear a little rumble in your tummy while you’re out? No worries, just take a seat at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, which is one-of-a-kind! But, you’ll want to get there early because seating fills-up fast at this local hibachi-style breakfast spot.
You may have thought you’ve gone to California or Virginia, but you’ll actually be at Lakeridge Winery in Clerment; you remember, the hilly city we mentioned earlier. If you are looking for a fun and budget friendly outdoor, indoor activity, then you’ll absolutely fall in love here. If that wasn’t enough, did we mention the view that overlooks 80+ acres of planted vineyards, among the first production of native muscadine grapes.
Join a complimentary wine tasting and tour to learn about the history of their videyard and the wine making process, and don’t forget to shop around their retail store while you’re there. Depending on the day, they also have local events and markets you may even want to plan your tour and tasting visit around.
Whether you’re a Florida native, a snowbird or a visiting vacationer, become a local with us and enjoy these outdoor activities with your family and friends, download our Orlando Guide for more local spots to explore today.
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