"ORLANDO MAP" Lake Eola Tip by Michael_D
Lake Eola, Orlando: 14 reviews and 20 photos
You can watch the sun rise over the Atlantic, hike Florida's version of desert, called scrub, open pinelands, explore a cypress swamp, and fish on a natural lake -- all within an hour from Orlando.
Here are some of the places I especially enjoy.
Hidden River Campground (1-407-568-5346) in Orlando offers canoe and kayak rental and a shuttle for $40 per person Camping is available in the Little Big Econ State Forest for $5 per night.
Disney Wilderness Preserve
This Disney experience 15 miles south of Orlando. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, has miles of trails through pine flatlands and a boardwalk to a serene lake. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. 1-407-935-0002, nature.org/florida.
Blue Spring State Park
In winter, manatees gather in the warm spring-fed waters in Orange City, 32 miles from Orlando. In addition to wonderful manatee-watching, swimming, scuba diving and canoeing are also available. Open 8 a.m.-sundown, $5 per vehicle. 1-386-775-6888, www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/default.asp.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Titusville, 45 miles east of Orlando, is the gateway to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Black Point Wildlife Drive - self-guided tour Admission is free. 1-321-861-0667, merrittisland.fws.gov/.
Cape Canaveral National Seashore
Just east of Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral National Seashore. 24 miles along the Atlantic. See shuttle launch pads, sanderlings, terns, brown pelicans. $5 per vehicle fee. 1-321-867-4077, www.nps.gov/cana/.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
This park, 20 miles north of Orlando, has a spring-fed creek that is fun to canoe, mountain biking trails . Open 8 a.m. to sundown daily. $3.25 per vehicle. 1-407-884-2008, www.abfla.com/parks/WekiwaSprings/wekiwa.html.
Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve
Near Lake Lizzie, about 30 miles south of Orlando. By foot or horseback. Open sunrise to sunset daily. Free. 1-407-343-3400 or 1-407-892-2397, www.floridabirdingtrail.com/.
Phone: +1 407-246-4484
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