2016 Family Favorite Winners: Outdoor

Wekiwa State Park

Wekiwa State Park

Swimming Hole and Canoe/Kayaking Spot

WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK
1800 Wekiwa Cir., Apopka
407-884-2009
floridastateparks.org
Wekiwa’s crystal-clear waters are begging for you to jump in! Maintaining a chilling 72 degrees year-round, the springs are the perfect place to cool off on hot summer days. Swimming is open from 8 a.m. until the park closes, and there is now a hydraulically powered swim lift available for swimmers who need assistance getting in and out of the water. Flotation devices are welcome. Bring your snorkeling gear and see the wildlife come to life.

Camping Site

FORT WILDERNESS AT WALT DISNEY
4510 North Fort Wilderness Trl., Lake Buena Vista
407-824-2900
disneyworld.disney.go.com
This campground is fully equipped with four types of campsites, unique recreation opportunities and direct transportation to the parks and pools. Campsites are available for families with tents, campers and even 45-foot RVs, allowing for 10 guests per site. Each campsite has privacy-enhancing landscaping, water, cable and electrical hook-ups for a true glamping experience. Public bathrooms, including showers and bathing areas, are located throughout the campgrounds. Pets are welcome!

Hiking Spot for Kids

DISNEY WILDERNESS PRESERVE
2700 Scrub Jay Trl., Poinciana
407-935-0002
floridahikes.com/disneywilderness
You may not spot Mickey Mouse among the 12,000-acre conservation area, but you will be able to feast your eyes on the natural beauty that rests right here in Central Florida. This trail offers a 2.5-mile hike with beautiful Lake Russell sitting pretty for your enjoyment. Resting benches and picnic tables are available on the trail for you, so take a rest and enjoy the pine trees and tall grasses surrounding you.

Boating Spot

WINTER PARK CHAIN OF LAKES
407-599-3399
cityofwinterpark.org
The Winter Park Chain of Lakes offers residents and visitors an easy way to spend their afternoons and weekends fishing, tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, going on leisurely boat rides and more. Boat ramps are available for public use, and some lakes in quieter locations are designated “No Motor Boat Lakes.”

Bike Trail

SEMINOLE WEKIVA TRAIL
100 E. 1st St., Sanford
407-665-2001
seminolecountyfl.gov
This trail, built on the original Orange Belt Railway, offers 14 miles of biking, running, walking and rollerblading. Picnic tables, restrooms, water fountains and sports fields are scattered along the trail. You can enter the trail at multiple trailheads. Visit Seminole County’s website to plan your adventure.

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