Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit organization focused on rescuing, raising, rehabilitating, and releasing injured or orphaned Florida native species and providing education about preserving local wildlife and ecosystems.
Big Tree Park
- 930 N. Thornton Ave Orlando FL
Big Tree Park is located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchinson Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 in Longwood. It also serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail. The park is a step back in time and a popular tourist destination. Walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp as you make your way on the boardwalk to the former sight of "The Senator": an approximately 3,500 year old National Champion Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.
Bill Frederick Park & Turkey Lake
Bill Frederick Park covers 183 acres of land alongside Turkey Lake, one of the top-five rated fishing lakes in the state of Florida. The park is designed for nature lovers and provides families, organizations and community groups with several recreational activities and scenic views.
Blue Springs State Park
- W French Ave. Orange City FL
- (386) 775-3663
Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John's River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.
Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run
- 400 East Kelly Park Rd. Apopka FL
- (407) 254-1902
Begin in downtown Orlando with a leisurely walk around Lake Eola. It?s less than a mile around the lake, just enough to work up an appetite for some of the outdoor cafes and restaurants which ring this downtown landmark.
- 512 East Washington St. Orlando FL
- (407) 246-4484
Lake Eola Park is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park.
West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades
The West Orange Trail is the premier rail-trail in all of Central Florida, if not all of Florida. In addition to the incredible West Orange Trail experience, riders get the chance to ride through one of the coolest downtown?s around in Winter Garden. Come for the West Orange Trail, stay for the Bikes & Blades experience.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
- 1920 N. Forest Ave Orlando, Florida,
- (407) 246?2620
Welcome to beautiful Leu Gardens! Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission.
- 8777 County Rd 535, Orlando, FL
- ?(407) 876-6696
With a big, beautiful nature center and trails that are well-groomed, Tibet-Butler Preserve offers a spot of wilderness in the dense urban mass to the west of Orlando.The trail system loops through many of the major habitats found in this region, including longleaf pine forest and scrub, bayhead swamp and cypress-lined lakeshore. These are gentle interpretive walks, perfect for families to get their kids outdoors and listen to the hoot of a barred owl or the cry of an osprey within earshot of the train at the Magic Kingdom.
Fort Christmas Historical Park
Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the 'Cracker' architecture of East Orange County. The houses are interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
- 1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL
- (407) 884-2009
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring.