3 things to do this summer in Central Florida
School’s out, summer has officially begun, and fun adventures await! With so much excitement offered throughout Central Florida, it’s no surprise to be called the Family Fun Capital of the World. Before you embark on your summer plans, check out the best Central Florida adventures without ever having to stand in a line at the theme parks.
1. A day in the great outdoors
To appreciate everything Florida has to offer, we must jump out of our comfort zones and explore where the mockingbird sings, the orange blossoms bloom, and the Florida panther roams. Visit these historical, educational, and thrilling places for the best outdoor adventures Central Florida offers!
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida offers lush landscape, a reflection pool, children's garden, and the Pine Trail Preserve hiking trail. Edward W. Bok believed it was “a spot of beauty second to none in the country,” and you can experience it all, 365 days a year for $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
In 1990 with a dream to preserve Florida’s natural landscape, Forever Florida began offering several fun experiences! From horseback riding, buggy rides, and zip lining, fun will be had by all! Be ready to see untouched Florida terrain, experience nature, and encounter native Florida wildlife, amazing scenery, and an adventure of a lifetime.
Are you ready for a good time? Spend your Friday night watching the greatest show on dirt! Suhl's Rodeo is a show that will not disappoint. With barrel racing, bronc riding, and bull riding, Suhl's Rodeo has something for everyone. Enjoy our western past from the comfort of a covered grandstand, full concession stand, gift shop, and bar! The show starts at 8 pm every Friday, March-October, rain or shine.
2. A day on the water
Florida may be known for our wild adventures, but we are a state surrounded by water. With over 200 natural springs and 30,000 lakes, our waterway fun is just as abundant!
Wekiva Springs is known for its emerald springs, lush tropical hammocks, and abundant wildlife. This unique park is minutes from Downtown Orlando and is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Take a splash in the 72-degree water or enjoy the view from a canoe or kayak!
Central Florida is home to the headwaters of the Everglades, and the only way to truly experience this pristine marshland is to climb aboard a Wild Florida airboat! Here you can catch a glimpse of eagles, turkeys, wild boar, roseate spoonbills, alligators, and other native species. Early morning, afternoon, sunset, or night airboat tours allow you to experience a different side of Florida you don’t often see.
A trip to Florida’s waterways would be incomplete without a guided largemouth bass fishing experience in Kissimmee, Florida! At Big Toho Marina, take advantage of breakfast and lunch at the restaurant, Bluegrill, and a playground for the kids. Lake Toho was voted one of the top 100 lakes in the country for topwater fishing, so be sure to check it out on your family vacation in Central Florida!
3. Flamingo Waterpark Resort
It’s the best waterpark resort in Kissimmee and is only available for Flamingo guests. Whether it’s the water slides, zero-depth kid's pool, Tiki Hut or the lazy river, we know that your family will have lots of fun in the sun! After all the exhilarating excitement, enjoy our on-site arcade, playground, and movie theatre. The Flamingo Waterpark Resort offers comfortable and convenient accommodations for all ages! From spacious family suites and character-themed kids’ suites to single accommodations for business travelers, this resort is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Central Florida’s unforgettable summer adventures await you and your family! Pack your sunblock and flip flops and head to the Flamingo Waterpark team’s favorite summer activities! Our list is sure to make this the best family vacation ever. We can’t wait to see you at the waterpark!