Natural Attractions

The Orlando Area Boasts Plenty of Natural Attractions

Listed below you will find a partial list of many of the natural attractions Central Florida has to offer visitors and residents alike. Located close to all the man-made attractions in Central Florida is a fantastic variety of natural beauty for you and your family to enjoy. Skip a day at the theme parks and embrace a day at one of these great parks and gardens. Some are even free!

BIG TREE PARK, Unfortunately the Senator, one of the oldest and largest bald cypress trees in the United States was destroyed by fire in 2012. This park still hosts “Lady Liberty” another large bald cypress (approx. 2000 years old) and is a great park to visit for a quick site-seeing stop. Open: 8 a.m.-sunset daily; off U.S. Highway 17-92 on General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood; free; 407-665-2161.
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BOK TOWER GARDENS, and carillon tower, Education and Visitor Center, also “Wish You Were Here” postcard exhibit (through Sept. 30): 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 3 miles north of Lake Wales at County Road 17A and Tower Boulevard; $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 863-676-1408.
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HARRY P. LEU GARDENS, trails and botanical gardens, butterfly sanctuary: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando; $7 adults, $2 grades K-12 (free 9 a.m.-5 p.m. first Mondays monthly); 407-246-2620.
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HOWELL BRANCH PRESERVE, wetlands and recreation facility: 8 a.m.-sunset daily; 1205 W. Howell Branch Road, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3334.
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NATURE CONSERVANCY’S DISNEY WILDERNESS PRESERVE, hiking trails: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 10 miles south of Kissimmee on Pleasant Hill Road; free (donations accepted); 407-935-0002.
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ORLANDO WETLANDS PARK, with hiking trails and tram tours: sunrise to sunset daily; 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas; free; 407-568-1706.
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TOSOHATCHEE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, fishing, hiking and camping: 8 a.m.-sunset daily; 3365 Taylor Creek Road, Christmas; $3 per person; 407-568-5893.
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ARBORETUM, nature preserve featuring seven botanical environments: sunrise to sunset daily; University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail, Orlando; free, with $3 parking fee; 407-823-2761 weekdays.
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WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK, 8 a.m.-sundown daily; 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka; $6 for 2-8 person vehicles, $4 single occupant vehicles, $2 pedestrians or bicyclists; 407-884-2008.
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