Orlando North, Seminole County offers so many things to do — outdoorsy, culinary, cultural, and more — that a tour could be just the thing. They’re ideal diversions if you’ve planned several days at theme parks. In addition to giving you a break from the crowds, you’ll be able to experience open-air natural Florida adventures, quaint downtowns, craft beer tastings, boutique shopping, gallery-hopping, and even a spooky stroll. Here are a few tours we recommend:
ViVo Tours & Charters offers a terrific excursion called “A Day Away in Seminole County” that’ll give you an exciting (and relaxing) overview of Orlando North’s adventures and charms. A luxury motor coach picks you up at your hotel, then you’re off for a few sweet bites at Kneading Sweets Bakery in DeLand. Next up is a stop at the beautiful Sanford Auto Train station, the route’s southern terminus. The engineer will show you through a few cars and give you an overview of a typical day in the life of a train that transports people (and their vehicles) up the eastern seaboard.
Just a few blocks away is Historic Downtown Sanford, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour. You’ll see the city’s 28 buildings on the Historic Register, stop in quaint shops and galleries, and then sit down to a sumptuous lunch. After you’ve gotten your fill, it’s time to get the sun in your face and the wind in your hair. You’ll hop back in the coach for the short ride to Black Hammock Adventures, a rustic Old Florida compound on the shores of Lake Jesup. That’s where you’ll embark on an airboat ride in and around the lake — over seagrass, through thick green canopies and out into the open water, all the while on the lookout for wildlife, especially gators. A tour guide will narrate your entire trip, and answer questions.
Your Day Away in Seminole County will have you back at the hotel by 5 p.m., just in time for an invigorating dip in the pool.
There are several other ways to experience downtown Sanford, Seminole County’s hub of culture, culinary and small-city exploration. Historic Downtown Sanford Tours & Experiences offers an array of curated adventures to help you do Sanford — as a solo, couple, family or in a larger group. For the full effect, choose from two 2-day/1 night weekend packages that include a stay at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, historic self-guided walking tours, plus vouchers, food and drink at such Sanford landmarks as The Tennessee Truffle, Wondermade Desserts, Magpies Modern General Store, Magnolia Square Market, The District Eatery Tap & Barrel and Celery City Craft brewery.
The company also offers the Discover Historic Sanford: Half-Day Experience, which sets you up with a four-passenger golf-cart for a four-hour, self-guided tour of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Half-Day Experience also includes vouchers for The Tennessee Truffle, Wondermade Desserts and Magpies.
The City of Sanford was incorporated 142 years ago, so it only makes sense that there might be a few ghosts hanging around. A spirits expert will take you on a Historic Ghost Walking Tour, regaling you with tales of supernatural experiences in the downtown area, and a — if you dare — a stroll through a haunted building. Be sure to sign up for the option that includes a flight of post-tour beers at Celery City Craft, so you can calm down after your ghostly adventure!
However long you set aside to experience Orlando North, Seminole County, these tours will introduce you to our eclectic destination and help maximize your vacation time.