If you’re like us, the top of your New Year’s resolutions list reads “travel more” but where do you start? If you can’t wait for Spring Break but don’t know where to go or what to do, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. From traversing trails in the Black Hammock Wilderness Area to admiring unique pieces at the Sanford Art Walk, Orlando North, Seminole County has something for every foodie and adventurer. Keep reading to learn about some of our locals’ favorite activities and hotspots so you can give your family a trip they’ll never forget.
Take a Hike at Wekiwa Springs
After hitting the books hard this semester, hit the trails with your family at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Just minutes from downtown Orlando, this oasis has emerald waters perfect for travelers looking to cool down as the season heats up. Explore the spring in a canoe or stretch your legs on the trails ranging from 8/10 of a mile to 13.5 miles. Pick your own adventure and start exploring one of the Sunshine State’s most impressive natural wonders.
Cool off at Wekiva Island
Affectionately coined “Central Florida’s favorite watering hole,” Wekiva Island is more than a natural spring — it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Your family can plunge into the pristine waters with kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, reserve a cabana to act as your home base, and refuel at the famous Without A Paddle Café. No matter how you spend your day at Wekiva Island, visitors of all ages are sure to have a blast.
Try Something New at Elev8 Fun Sanford
Elevate your family’s Spring break at Elev8 Fun Sanford, an indoor amusement park in Sanford that has enough thrills to keep your kids entertained for hours. With go-karts, bowling, laser tag, an arcade, a ropes course and more, the question isn’t “What is there to do?” it’s “How are we going to do it all?”
Experience the Thrill of Kelly Park
Can’t get enough of the great outdoors? Luckily for you, Orlando North, Seminole County has no shortage of natural beauty for you to explore. Our next stop on the ultimate Spring Break trip is Kelly Park, which is most widely known for being a natural water park, where visitors can tube down the narrow, rushing channel of Rock Springs. If you’re looking to stay dry without missing out on the fun, you can experience the best this wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary has to offer as you walk the Kelly Loop Trail, a path that shows off the park’s stunning features.
Admire the View on the Sanford Art Walk
On the third Saturday of every month from 6 – 9 p.m., the Historic Sanford Welcome Center invites the public on a walking tour of the top art venues in charming Downtown Sanford. With live music setting the soundtrack for the evening, you can see special art pieces created by artists far and wide and close to home. If you’re looking to take a souvenir home, these art pieces will also be available for purchase during and after the event.
Stop by the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Home to over 350 animals and more than 100 different species, the Central Florida Zoo will excite every traveler in your group! You may even learn something new as you see animals you know and discover a few you don’t. If you’re looking to stop and smell the roses on your vacation, you’ll also want to check out the Botanical Gardens. This curated space features some of the gorgeous flora that gave our state its name. Beyond the flora and fauna, your family can have some high-flying fun with the Seminole Aerial Adventures Zipline Courses.
Pack Your Bike for Black Hammock
Black Hammock Wilderness Area is 700 acres of diverse ecosystems and beautiful views located along the shores of the impressive Lake Jesup. Grab your bikes and explore the miles of trails and boardwalks created so you can take a front row seat to some of the best sights in Central Florida. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the park’s favorite residents, including the American alligator, barred owl, white-tailed deer, bobcats and more.
Whether you’re racing down the channel at Kelly Park or racing to the finish line at Elev8 Fun, there is no limit to the excitement you can have on your Spring Break vacation in Orlando North, Seminole County. With so much to do, our pro planning tip is to let each family member pick the one thing they want to do most so you can make the most out of your time within our county lines. Don’t worry if you don’t hit everything — you’ll just have to come back for Summer Break!