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Orlando Nature Parks vacation rentals

Central Florida and the Orlando area are known for not just theme parks, but also for the large number of beautiful natural parks as well. A family trip to one of these great Orlando nature parks can include swimming, hiking, fishing and a close up view of Florida’s majestic and diverse wildlife. They make for the perfect alternative to theme parks, and cost only a fraction of the price. Below are some of the most noteworthy and popular natural experiences in the Orlando area:

  The Nature Conservancy: Disney’s Wilderness Preserve

The Nature Conservancy and Disney partnered in 1993 to preserve 12,000 acres of natural habitat critical to the survival of many rare species. Visitors to the preserve, one of the most widely known Orlando nature parks can walk a 3-mile hiking trail or take an off-road buggy tour to see conservation in action. Lucky visitors can encounter Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and a number of other species as they travel through.

2700 Scrub Jay Trail Kissimmee, FL 34759

(407) 935-0002

  Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park was home to one of Florida’s most famous natural landmarks. “The Senator” was a 3,500 year-old Bald Cypress Tree, believed by many to be the oldest living tree in the United States, but it was tragically lost to vandalism. Still, this gem among Orlando nature parks also features a peaceful boardwalk through natural marsh lands and a picnic area for families to enjoy a special meal in a natural setting.

761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood, FL 32750

(407) 788-0405

  Lake Louisa State Park

Set on the shores of Lake Louisa, Lake Louisa State Park offers a variety of activities to get you in touch with nature. The 4,000 acre state park offers fishing in four different lakes as well as designated trails for horseback riding. There are also campsites available for overnight guests. Visitors can see an abundance of wildlife along the trails, including White Tail Deer, Marsh Rabbits, Alligators and Bobcats. The marshy areas of the park are also home to many species of migratory birds.

7305 US Highway 27 Clermont, FL 34714

(352) 394-3969

  Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Rock Springs Run State Reserve offers 17 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails through a variety of native plant communities. As you travel, be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, red-shouldered hawks and Florida black bears. Don’t worry though, the bears are shy and won’t bother hikers or riders. Call in advance, as trails are sometimes closed for maintenance.

1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL 32712

(407) 884-2008

  Wekiwa Springs State Park

Naturally refreshing springs are one of the main attractions at this state park. Divers can swim deep into the underwater trench, only to be pushed back to the surface by the gentle push of the spring. Canoeing is also especially enjoyable at this park, with so many lakes and streams to paddle down. The park also features boating, camping, hiking, picnic areas and fishing.

1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL 32712

(407) 884-2008

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