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Outdoor Activities in Orlando You Can Enjoy

  • March 06, 2023
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This one is for all the people who are tired of sitting at their desks all day or staying inside all day.

We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor activities in Orlando that are guaranteed to make you smile, push yourself, and most importantly, enjoy your life! These activities are great for date night or for the entire family—how versatile!

Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best outdoor activities in Orlando for your next sunny day plans!

Swim with the Dolphins

Who knew you could swim with the dolphins in Orlando? This is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Central Florida, making it one of the best outdoor activities in Orlando. Head over to Discovery Cove for a day of relaxation and adventure.

What’s included in your day of play at Discovery Cove? Swimming with Dolphins is a given. You also get to experience snorkeling adventures, equipment included, white sand tropical beaches to relax, unique & up-close animal experiences, plus unlimited food and beverages!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7AM—5PM
Tuesday | 7AM—5PM
Wednesday | 7AM—5PM
Thursday | 7AM—5PM
Friday | 7AM—5PM
Saturday | 7AM—5PM
Sunday | 7AM—5PM

📍 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821

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Pet an Alpaca

You read that right! There’s an alpaca farm in Clermont where you get up close and personal with these cute animals. You get to feed and pet alpacas and llamas and play with the babies too!

Tours are by appointment only and available almost every day. To comply with the CDC guidelines, they are only allowing small groups at a time. To book your appointment, call (352)223-9459!

Visit a Natural Spring

One of the best things about living in Central Florida is the access we have to so many springs. Springs in Orlando are the perfect place to go on a hot summer day and kayak, go tubing, or just go for a swim.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites springs in the Orlando area:

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Go on a Safari Ride

This will be your wildest ride yet! Wild Florida is open for a drive-thru safari! At the Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park, you will discover over 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely from the comfort of your own car. It’s the perfect activity for the entire family to enjoy.

Hours & Location

Monday | 9AM—6PM
Tuesday | 9AM—6PM
Wednesday | 9AM—6PM
Thursday | 9AM—6PM
Friday | 9AM—6PM
Saturday | 9AM—6PM
Sunday | Closed

📍 3301 Lake Cypress Rd, Kenansville, FL 34739

Enjoy an Outdoor Movie

Grab some popcorn because it’s movie night! Head over to À La Cart for Movie Monday to see some of your fave films on the big screen. This is the perf movie night because you’ve got so many choices for your movie snacks and sips.

Grab a poke burger from Poke Kai or sliders from Smoke and Donuts. Your options are limitless! Plus, at each movie night, À La Cart hosts a raffle so you can walk away with an awesome prize? Count us in! 


View their events calendar!

📍 À La Cart

Go on a Hike

Another wonderful thing about the Sunshine State is all of the beautiful Orlando nature trails. There are so many hiking trails, biking trails, and walking trails.

If you want to get your workout in for the summer or just enjoy a relaxing walk, these are the trails to check out:

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Find Fresh Produce at the Farmer's Market

Who doesn’t love farm-fresh produce? Spend your Saturday morning perusing through zucchini and tomatoes to find exactly what you’re looking for. Plus, these farmer’s markets feature lots of other vendors selling all sorts of tasty treats and beautiful home decor, clothing and accessories, and more!

Two of our fave markets are the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market and Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Check them out and support your local farmers by grabbing some delicious, fresh food.

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Stay Cool at the Water Parks

Summer is heating up, and one of the best outdoor activities 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!

Visit a Garden

How about you stop and smell the roses? Another way to explore Florida’s natural beauty is by visiting a garden. It’s important to connect with nature and just relax during this time. There are a lot of gardens in Orlando where you can do that.

Here are some awesome Central Florida gardens you can visit:

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Kelly Park Rock Springs Run

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.

Hours & Location

Summer | 8AM—8PM
Winter | 8AM—6PM

📍 400 E. Kelly Park Rd. Apopka, FL 32712

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Face your Fears at Gatorland

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!

Hours & Location

Monday | 10AM—5PM
Tuesday | 10AM—5PM
Wednesday | 10AM—5PM
Thursday | 10AM—5PM
Friday | 10AM—5PM
Saturday | 10AM—5PM
Sunday | 10AM—5PM

📍 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837

Play a Round of Mini Golf

Another fun, family-friendly outdoor activity is mini-golf. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors while socially distancing and enjoying a little competition. Plus, we have so many cool spots around.

Here are some of our favorite mini-golf courses in Orlando:

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

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.

Hours & Location

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday | 8AM—12PM
Wednesday | 8AM—12PM
Thursday | 8AM—12PM
Friday | 8AM—12PM
Saturday | 8AM—1PM
Sunday | 8AM—1PM

📍 7625 Sinclair Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34747

Revolution Off Road

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.  It’s hands down one of the top outdoor activities in Orlando. 

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.

Hours & Location

Monday | 9AM—4PM
Tuesday | 9AM—4PM
Wednesday | 9AM—4PM
Thursday | 9AM—4PM
Friday | 9AM—4PM
Saturday | 9AM—4PM
Sunday | 9AM—4PM

📍 4000 State Road 33 Clermont, FL 34714

Get Up and Go Kayaking

Local kayaking tour companies are the perfect way to get outside and do something different! Enjoy a tour with Get Up and Go Kayaking through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes and Rock Spring Runs!

It’s the perfect way to spend your day!

Hidden Palms Ranch

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.

Hours & Location

Schedule your tour online and pick your time.

📍 1410 Oakway Sanford, FL 32773

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards

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!

Hours & Location

Monday | 10AM—5PM
Tuesday | 10AM—5PM
Wednesday | 10AM—5PM
Thursday | 10AM—5PM
Friday | 10AM—5PM
Saturday | 10AM—5PM
Sunday | 10AM—5PM

📍 19239 US 27 North Clermont, FL 34715

Ready to Explore the Great Outdoors, Orlando?

We’re already planning our next outdoor adventure, care to join us? If you said “yes,” make sure to share all the pics you take during your outdoor adventure in Orlando by tagging us @StuffToDoInOrlando. And stay up  to date with all things Orlando by following us @StuffToDoInOrlando on InstagramFacebook and TikTok!

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Kailey Boyer is an Arizona native, currently living her best life in Orlando, Florida. She’s passionate about hunting down and sharing all...