Orlando is known for its marquee theme parks. And it’s certainly true that the bastions of entertainment and amusement draw millions of visitors to our area annually. But alongside Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter, Central Florida is home to a fantastic array of cultural and outdoor attractions that beckon visitors to see the broader picture. Just north of downtown, charming Winter Park is home to the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, one of the areas oldest attractions. Relax on this one-hour narrated tour through the lakes and canals of beautiful Winter Park. Spot native wildlife, including birds and alligators, and see majestic waterfront homes along quaint canals as you learn the history of this sophisticated community, all for $14 for adults and $7 for children.
In nearby Apopka, enjoy another type of water adventure in Kelly Park, as you rent a tube and float down a river naturally fed by Rock Springs. After you complete the three-quarter mile float on the swift, crystal clear creek, which takes around 25 minutes, dry out in the sun on the beach or enjoy hiking the park’s trails. One word of advice: the park fills up quickly on the weekends, so arrive early. Admission is $3 per vehicle for one or two people and $5 per vehicle for three to eight.
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