If you’re buying a golf course home for sale in Orlando, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of amazing parks, preserves and refuges all around the city. These are three of our favorites for a day outdoors with kids, family or friends.
3 Places to Enjoy Florida’s Natural Beauty in Orlando
Spend time in the great outdoors and enjoy some of Florida’s most spectacular natural displays by visiting Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Tibet-Butler Preserve or Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Nestled at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, Wekiwa Springs State Park is the perfect place to bike, camp or ride horses. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail, miles of trails and water activities such as swimming, canoeing and fishing. There’s a playground near the picnic area, and you can snorkel in the shallows of the lake (but not in Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run or the Wekiva River).
Pets are allowed at Wekiwa Springs State Park, as long as they’re on a hand-held, 6-foot leash at all times and you keep them out of the swimming area.
The beautiful Tibet-Butler Preserve, located at Winter Garden and Vineland Roads in Orlando, has so much to offer kids and adults. It’s home to the Vera Carter Environmental Center, which provides several exhibits and displays that help you enjoy and understand the area’s natural beauty. Check out the Trailblazer Program, in which you hike 20 miles in the preserve and stop by the preserve office to pick up a copy of a bird checklist – birding is exceptionally popular here.
Dogs and bicycles are prohibited at the Tibet-Butler Preserve.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day, and you can see a huge variety of birds, fish and even endangered species in the park. You’ll also find bobcats, otters, manatee, deer and alligators – and if you’re lucky, you’ll see sea turtles basking on the beach of the Canaveral National Seashore. The park itself has been around since 1963, a year after NASA bought the space for the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
You can fish, birdwatch or stroll along six hiking trails. Seasonal hunting is available, as well. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle for entry into Black Point Wildlife drive and the boat ramps.
Are You Looking for a Golf Course Home for Sale in Orlando?
We’d love to help you find your dream home in Orlando, so when you’re ready to explore your options, call us at 407-529-4621.
In the meantime, check out these communities: