When you were a kid, you waited for summer with barely contained anticipation and daydreamed during math class about all the amazing adventures you’d have. Now that you’re an adult and responsible for planning those adventures, you’re probably realizing it takes more than daydreams to pull together an eventful summer for your family. In Orlando North, we’re bringing back the fun of summer for visitors of all ages by giving you the guide to Central Florida’s top family-friendly activities. Keep reading and watch as your summer in Seminole County plans itself with water activities, beautiful sights, and delicious treats.
GO ON A HIKE THROUGH ORLANDO NORTH’S NATURAL WONDERS
Looking for a way to unplug and reconnect with nature? We suggest you pack your favorite snacks, apply sunscreen, and hit the trails that cover Black Bear Wilderness Park. This park is made up of wetlands that border the St. John River, resulting in beautiful scenery and a natural habitat for diverse wildlife. Make sure you bring a camera, because while you’re stretching your legs you may spot a famous Florida resident – the American alligator! As an added bonus, this serene landscape is completely free for hikers.
COOL OFF AT WEKIVA ISLAND
Anyone who’s spent time in Central Florida during the summer knows that it’s called the Sunshine State for a reason. If you’re looking for a place to escape the heat and enjoy refreshing water activities, Wekiva Island is the place to be. Deemed by locals as “Florida’s favorite watering hole,” this natural spring is known for its kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and interesting wildlife. If you get hungry after a day on the water, Without A Paddle Café is conveniently located so you can refuel before diving back into the fun.
SPOT WILDLIFE ON A BLACK HAMMOCK AIRBOAT RIDE
Orlando North may be a few miles north of the Everglades, but we still have countless wetlands and rivers for you and your family to explore. Reserve your spot on a Black Hammock Airboat Tour so you can spend the day on Lake Jesup enjoying the sights and seeing our area’s plentiful wildlife up close.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW AT THE SANFORD MUSEUM
Have you ever planned a day outdoors only to be met with one of our famous afternoon showers? The Sanford Museum helps you make the most of rainy days by offering free admission to exhibits that showcase our area’s proud history. School may be out, but your kids will have the opportunity to learn something new as they experience European and American paintings, local history, and an expansive sports collection.
RECHARGE AT NEW CITY COFFEE CO.
One of our favorite Seminole County stops is located in Downtown Lake Mary. At New City Coffee Co., the adults in your family can recharge with seasonal coffee flights and the kids can embrace their inner sweet tooth with freshly baked pastries and breakfast items. No matter your age, there is something for everyone to love at this local coffee shop.
CRUISE DOWN THE ST. JOHNS RIVER
Spending time with your little ones is always sweet, but sometimes it’s nice to slip away and enjoy a date night with your significant other. There’s no better place to get away to than a cruise along the idyllic St. Johns River on the Barbara-Lee. Not only does this excursion feature unforgettable views, but it also boasts gourmet food, live music, and a variety of times available for your convenience.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE AT CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO
While you’re bound to see creatures no matter where you go, the Central Florida Zoo has a more exotic collection of animals from all around the world. Located in Sanford, the zoo has over 100 different species of animals that will have kids and adults alike entertained. Beyond the normal animal enclosures, Central Florida Zoo also has giraffe feeding, a splash pad, and a zip line for the most daring visitors.
Summer should be a time of adventure and excitement, and we want to help Orlando North visitors of all ages get the most out of their vacation. While we’ve listed some of our favorite local activities, there are so many more destinations in Seminole County for you and your family to explore. We recently recruited locals to put together itineraries for their top activities and attractions in the area so you can do Orlando North like a local. Check out their itineraries here to find gourmet dining, outdoor adventures, indoor attractions, and so much more!