The wilderness is calling, and we must go! Orlando has so many great places to explore the outdoors this summer, and there is something for everyone.
Check out this list of over ten fun, outdoor activities in Orlando, then grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and head outside!
Stay Cool at the Water Parks
Summer is heating up, and a great outdoor activity in Orlando is cooling down at one of the many water parks in the area! There’s always a water park nearby, no matter where you are in the Orlando area.
Island H2O Live is Orlando’s newest water park that is all about cutting-edge technology to maximize your fun—while Volcano Bay takes you back to the tropics with thrills and chills.
The giant volcano along I-4 has become an instant addition to the central Florida skyline. So head on over to Aquatica to check out the park with the most waterslides in Orlando, or spend the day at the all-inclusive Discovery Cove surrounded by a tropical oasis and swim with dolphins.
Ride Fast on the Orlando Urban Trail
Considered the spine of Orlando’s trail network, the Orlando Urban Trail runs from Lake Highland to Mead Gardens in Winter Park and is about a 3-mile ride. Passing by various restaurants, bars, and gardens downtown, it’s a great trail to hop on and hop off at your leisure.
You’ll also pass by six lakes, two bridges, the Orlando Cultural Park, and the Gaston Edwards Trail. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bike, your rollerblades, or your sneakers and hit the trail!
Few things have become staples of central Florida quite like Gatorland. Considered the gator capital of the world since 1949, Gatorland provides affordable family fun where you can see thousands of alligators, crocodiles, birds, and more. They also have rotating alligator exhibits, a petting zoo, and an observation tower, so you never know what you’re going to see at Gatorland!
Gatorland is the perfect place for outdoor fun in Orlando, and if you’re brave enough, you can even try the Screamin’ Gator zipline, where you’ll fly over Nile crocodiles and the alligator marsh!
Nona Adventure Park has it all with climbing towers, waterslides, inflatable obstacle courses, and a wakeboarding cable! Located in Lake Nona, Nona Adventure Park is a water-based family entertainment center with a 60ft climbing tower/ropes course, inflatable aqua park/obstacle course, wakeboard cable park, and rock climbing. So bring the whole family as there’s something for everyone!
Climbing, wakeboarding, and playing can definitely work up an appetite, so enjoy some refreshments at the Splashes Bistro to satisfy your hunger while still enjoying the park.
Cool Off in the Natural Springs
Just north of Orlando, natural springs are the perfect place to explore on a beautiful summer day. Jump into the 72-degree water and cool off, or bring a tube to float down the crystal clear water. Blue Springs is the manatee capital of the world during the winter months, so make sure to get there early to witness the gentle giants. Try the De Leon Springs in Volusia County to take an eco-boat tour to visit the fountain of youth, or travel to Wekiwa Springs for kayaking or canoeing down the Wekiwa River.
Before you go, check the location’s hours, and make sure to get there early. (The parks tend to reach capacity on the weekends during the summer!)
Canoeing or Kayaking on the many lakes, rivers, and streams in Orlando is a great way to spend the day outdoors. Bring your own or inquire with one of the many places where you can rent canoes or kayaks to paddle around town.
If you need to rent a canoe or kayak, we suggest Get Up and Go Kayaking. They are the first 100% transparent kayaking company in Florida, and they can help you enjoy a beautiful clear kayak tour on many of Orlando’s beautiful waterways! If you’re lucky enough, you might even see something swim beneath you!
Even though those crazy coasters in Orlando can give you a rush, nothing beats drive-by or up-close-and-personal experiences with some pretty crazy creatures at Wild Florida, just 45 minutes away from our major theme parks.
It doesn‘t get more savage than being in the wilderness—and after living in the concrete jungle of downtown Orlando, you sometimes have that urge deep down to tap into your wild side. Want to learn more about our experience? Check out how we tapped into our WILD SIDE!
Although it’s connected to a natural spring and you can kayak there, we thought Kelly Park in Apopka deserved its own spot on the list because there is just so much to do! With swimming and tubing now open, you can spend a nice Orlando day outside floating down the river and cooling off in the 72-degree water.
Be sure to get there early so you can secure your spot! You can bring your own tube or rent from outside vendors. Kayaking renting is available, along with campsite reservations for overnight stays.
Do you have what it takes to take on the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park? Strap on your harness and head to trees, ’cause this course is not for the faint of heart. You’ll be climbing high up through 97 aerial challenges and flying through 2 giant zip lines!
Some of the obstacles include Tarzan ropes, 50 ft ladders, wobbly suspended bridges, swinging logs, hanging skateboards, and of course, zip lines. Reservations are strongly required, and it’s a great team-building activity to do with a group. Be sure to check out their website for specials and group deals.
If the rev of an engine is your favorite sound, be sure to check out Revolution Off Road. Located in Clermont, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows you to ride on ATVs and jeeps, along with offering fishing and archery classes.
Hop on one of their ATVs and travel through their winding courses of dirt and mud on over 200 acres of land. Learn how to operate off-road vehicles in a safe and fun experience while still 4-wheeling it through the muddy terrain. Then, clean yourself off and learn how to skeet shoot, target archery, archery tag, or bass fishing on the property afterward.
In Sanford, Hidden Palms Ranch offers private horseback trail tours through the beautiful Lake Jesup Conservation Area. Enjoy a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando and take in the beautiful old Florida trails lined with live oak trees and Spanish moss.
If you have a little one who is not quite ready for a trail ride, they do offer a horse experience where you can meet, pet, and ride a horse in a less intimidating manner. Hidden Palms Ranch is the perfect outdoor escape.
Is this Napa Valley? Nope, just Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Florida’s largest winery. Located in Clermont, you can sample homemade Florida wine, take a behind-the-scenes tour, as well as stroll through their vineyards for the perfect Instagram picture!
The wine tour and sampling are free, but you’ll probably want to stick around and buy a glass a few bottles to take home. In addition, they are always having weekend events, live music, and vendor pop-ups, so make sure to keep in touch with their website and social media!