Explore the best of Seminole County just minutes from the castles and crowds at Orlando’s attractions. With miles of scenic rivers, cycle trails, beautiful parks, unique dining and some of the areas best craft brew pubs, ‘Orlando North’ has just what you’re looking for!
Here are our 10 of our favorite things to do in Seminole County:
1. Wekiwa Springs State Park
Relax, splash & explore the delightful surroundings at Wekiva Springs State Park, one of Florida’s most beautiful natural attractions and just 16 miles from downtown Orlando. Adventure by canoe or kayak – or hike 25 miles of trails. Maybe just a simple picnic – or a camp out? The azure waters of these springs have been a popular leisure retreat since the 19th century – come early as the park fills up fast May through October.
2. Zoom Air Adventure Park
Zip lines and more! Get a bird’s eye view of the terrain below as you trek through the trees on dancing logs, tight wires, rope bridges, nets, and suspended disks. Life up in the canopy is a blast and you can enjoy nearly 100 challenges, including zip lines that are over 500 feet long!
3. Cross Seminole Trail
Take a 23 mile journey stretching from Orlando’s densely populated outskirts to the sleepy bedroom communities of Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Lake Mary. Jog, walk, bike or roller blade and take a breather from the hustle and bustle.
4. Black Hammock Airboat Tours
These tours provide a thrilling airboat ride on Lake Jesup, with one of the biggest alligator populations in Florida. Swish across the water through secluded coves and visit the famous Bird Island where hundreds of different species gather, including bald eagles. After the ride maybe enjoy your favorite cocktail on the lakeside terrace, where you are sure to catch a gorgeous sunset.
5. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
A 116-acre zoo and botanical garden located in Sanford, this piece of Florida History was established in 1923. It still has a very small-family owned feel, even though it has grown tremendously since that time. Dedicated to education and conservation, you will feel good about visiting.
6. St. Johns Rivership Company
From its home port on Lake Monroe in Historic Downtown Sanford, the “Barbara-Lee” cruises the St. Johns River while providing one-of-a-kind lunch and dinner cruises. Experience Florida’s wildlife, its beauty and its warmth all while enjoying the great onboard cuisine and live entertainment.
7. Limo Cycle
Round up your family and friends, grab a seat, then blaze down the street at 5 miles per hour (7mph with a stiff tailwind).
In the pub crawling,15-passenger, pedal powered “limo”, you’ll visit area pubs, local craft breweries and see the beautiful, historic Downtown Sanford lakefront.
8. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
Since 1997, Jeanine Taylor has offered the best of contemporary folk art in an atmosphere of authentic Southern hospitality. The art gallery is dedicated to preserving the culture of Florida, and the pieces you will find there are some of the most unique you will ever see.
9. Wops’ Hops Brewing Company
Downtown Sanford has become a mecca for beer enthusiasts. This brew pub is located in the 100 year old (and reportedly haunted) historic D. O. Brown Building. It has a tasting room, full kitchen and beer garden where you are able to relax and enjoy hand crafted artisan ales, mead and an assortment wines.
10. The Imperial at Washburn Imports
Is it a furniture store? Is it a bar? How about the best of both worlds!? The Imperial has a great vibe to sit around and chat with friends or dip into one of the craft brews they have on tap. But better still enjoy the artistry of watching their mixologists create a craft cocktail. Furniture shopping by day and fun times drinking at night.
Whether it’s browsing the local art and shops, tasting the local brews, or cruising down the river, Seminole County is an oasis in Central Florida that you will fall in love with.