Looking for places to go with all the theme parks and attractions shut down? Whatever is a person to do in Central Florida without them? Perhaps you have been overlooking Central Florida’s natural resources. There just happens to be a plethora of places you can visit that are both beautiful and exciting. Why not put a few of these on your list for visiting this summer.
Just in case you didn’t know, Florida State Parks are operating now, as of May 21, 2020. Follow this link for safety updates: https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/safety-updates
LEU GARDENS is home to a “50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando.” Their stated mission is to “promote the awareness and understanding of plants.” LOU GARDENS is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. Please visit their website for Covid-19 restrictions at https://www.leugardens.org. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please check website for any early closings.
KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE RESERVES
Dubbed as “The Show of a Lifetime” on their website, the KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE RESERVES is located at 33104 NW 92nd Ave., Okeechobee FL 34972 for a cost of $4 per vehicle. You may visit the reserve from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. If you need further information, visit their website at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/kissimmee-prairie-preserve-state-park or else call 863-462-5360.
So, what’s all the fuss about? The KISSIMMEE PRARIE RESERVES is home to “many rare, threatened and endangered species”. There you can see and photograph the species natural to Florida such as the grasshopper sparrow (listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1986), the crested caracara (listed as threatened since 1987) or the Florida burrowing owl (listed as threatened since 2016)).
BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK
BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK is the largest spring on the St. John’s River, covering more than 2,600 acres. Besides being home to the West Indian Manatees, you may be able to spot wading birds, ospreys, eagles and kingfishers. With the water’s year-round temperature of 72 degrees, you can swim, snorkel, engage in boating, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving or even “hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail.” BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK is located at 2100 W French Avenue, Orange City FL 32763 with operating hours of 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days at a cost of $6/per vehicle. Please visit their website for Covid-19 restrictions. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park. Their phone number is 386-775-3663
RAINBOW SPRINGS is located at 19158 SW 81st Pl Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432, Phone number (352) 465-8555. Please visit their website for Covid-19 policy https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/rainbow-springs-state-park
Activities at Rainbow Springs include tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. - Sunset, 365 days. Their website describes RAINBOW SPRINGS as having “Ornamental gardens, man-made waterfalls and sloping hills [which] are visible reminders of the springs’ more recent past, when the land was home to a mining operation and a privately-owned tourist attraction.”
Why not comment to this blog with some of the places you may know about that I haven’t mentioned.
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