This one is for all the people who are tired of sitting at their desk 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!
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:
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!
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:
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:
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.
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!
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:
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!
Find Fresh Produce at the Farmers 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Explore the Great Outdoors!
We’re already planning our next outdoor adventure, care to join us?
We can’t wait to see all the pics of you enjoying these awesome outdoor activities in Orlando and soaking up that Florida sun. Make sure to tag us @StuffToDoInOrlando in all your pics! Stay up to date with all things Orlando by following us @StuffToDoInOrlando on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok!