Leu Gardens Orlando
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, Fla. 32803
Tel: +1407 246 2620
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Lake Eola ParkLake Eola Park is an oasis of calm and greenery amid the vast sprawl of the city of Orlando. Lake Eola Park hosts many events throughout the year including art festivals and performances of Shakespeare.
101 N. Rosalind Ave,
Orlando FL 32801
Tel: +1 407-246-2827
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DeLeon Springs State ParkLocated approximately one hour north of Orlando, DeLeon Springs State Park has quiet streams and natural springs to explore by foot or by boat. American Bald Eagles are frequently spotted here as well as Anhingas, Egrets and turtles.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Blue Springs State ParkBlue Springs State Park is perfect on a hot summers day. The refreshingly cool springs are always at 72 degrees and are crystal clear. Great for swimming, snorkelling and even diving. The park has camping facilities, guided tours, picknicking areas and miles of hiking and cycling trails. (This is a popular Florida park, so be sure to arrive early. On busy days the park will close if capacity is full).
Lake Louisa State ParkOne of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, Lake Louisa sits in a 4,000-plus-acre park that also contains the Green Swamp. The various environments offer a variety of nature activities. Swim, hike, bird-watch, picnic, fish, canoe or take part in the nature-study events offered. Wildlife is abundant, so keep your eyes open during your travels. If you own a horse, you're welcome to bring it along; the park boasts a number of equestrian trails. Admission: $4.
Lake Kissimmee State ParkGuests visiting this 6000-acre park will enjoy fishing, picnicking, camping and bird watching, as well as 13 miles of winding hiking trails. Fish for bass, catfish or other fish, or relax in one of 60 campsites. With over 200 species of birds and 50 species of plants, this park offers great outdoor relaxation. All campsites offer electric and water hookups.
Fort Christmas Historical ParkAlthough it sits on only 25 acres, this spot offers visitors the chance to get involved in some active recreation and to explore Florida's historic past. The park's centerpiece is a replica of a fort built on Christmas day, 1837, to protect European settlers during their war with the Seminole Tribe. An on-site museum houses military and Seminole artefacts. The site also houses a restored pioneer home and sugarcane mill, both graced with historical farming equipment. Once you've soaked in your fill of history, have some fun on the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts located in the park.
Hal Scott PreserveFor an all-day getaway, consider a trip to this lovely spot. The park offers nearly 9000 acres of unspoiled Florida wilderness. Hike miles of trails along the scenic Econlockhatchee River and perhaps spot some of Florida's famous wildlife along the way. If you prefer more active recreation, consider making use of the preserve's off-road bicycling trails, fishing spots and horse trails. If you want to spend the night, the preserve does offer camping facilities (tents only). The park is located one mile west of SR 520 on Maxim, to Bancroft, South to Paddock, West to Dallas; follow signs.
Howell Branch Nature Preserve and ParkThis 52-acre preserve offers a meandering nature trail perfect for quiet hikes. Stroll through wetlands, taking in the educational displays that dot the path. You may encounter native Florida birds, such as herons and egrets, and, if you're lucky, a deer or two. Leashed pets are allowed. All in all, this is a nice spot for a one or two hour getaway.
Tibet-Butler PreserveThis 440-acre preserve offers opportunities for the whole family to learn about Florida's fragile ecosystem. The on-site Vera Carter Environment Center houses a variety of exhibits on local flora and fauna, and also hosts a plethora of environmental programs, many of them geared toward children. If you're looking for a great way to spend a lazy day, consider a stroll down the miles of trails offered on the preserve, which meanders through pristine wilderness.