As summer fades into fall and the weather begins to cool down across the map, autumn in central Florida continues onward with plenty of warm days and options for outdoor adventures! The combination of fantastic theme parks, downtown excitement, nature-focused fun, and amazing temperatures makes Orlando a fabulous place to set your travel sights any time of year—but particularly appealing in the fall. Whether you’re a solo traveler hoping to escape the early fall chill, a couple that finds their best bonding moments under the sun, or a family looking for a place to enjoy a getaway that everyone will love, Orlando is sure to have something for you. When you’re ready to plan that Orlando getaway that includes stops beyond the theme parks, the following are just a few of many options to include on your itinerary.
Hike or Bike the Seminole-Wekiva Trail
While the weather is still warm in central Florida in the fall, it’s decidedly more comfortable than in the middle of the much more humid summer months. This makes it the perfect time to take to the trails that run through and around Orlando while you’re in town. If you’re taking a fall day away from the theme parks and can’t wait to lace up your hiking boots or enjoy your surroundings on two wheels, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail is a must! This trail offers up 14 miles of paved pathway running through urban centers and the outskirts of Seminole County. Most adventurers spend an hour or two on the trail, admiring the towering trees in off the beaten path portions of the route or taking in the bustling city centers when the path winds through more populated areas. The majority of this path is both shaded and wide, making it a great place to ride in tandem with family or friends. Beautiful views of the Wekiva River along the way bring nature to life along the route which can be accessed at the San Sebastian Trailhead.
Have an ATV Adventure
If your idea of the ideal fall getaway to Orlando comes complete with some adrenaline-pumping fun, this is the perfect place to hop on an ATV and enjoy an off-road journey with family and friends. There are a variety of local companies that provide hourly and daily rental options when you can’t wait to hit the dirt trails in style. Amongst them, Revolution Adventures in nearby Clermont provides guests with over 230 acres of land to explore on four-wheels. Options to rent ATVs or amphibious vehicles gets guests up close to nature while also indulging that need for speed. In addition to the off-road fun, Revolution Adventures provides options to enjoy fishing, archery tag, and clay pigeon shooting on-site. Revolution Adventures is located at 4000 State Road 33 and is open Monday through Sunday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm with a reservation.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Central Florida is home to an incredible variety of native flowers and plants. Many of them can be enjoyed in one single stop when you make time for a trip to the Harry P. Leu Gardens during your fall Florida getaway. This sprawling destination covers 50 acres of land and can be found at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Complete with walking trails, lovely lakes, and a collection of towering Camellias and Oaks, this is a stop where guests can also enjoy meticulously cared for gardens as well. Donated to the city of Orlando in 1961 by Harry P. Leu and his wife Mary Jane, visitors today can savor time surrounded by seasonal colors and combinations of blooms that are sure to inspire and change throughout the year.
Book Time with the Team at Paddleboard Orlando
The beauty of a fall Orlando getaway is that options for on the water fun are still abundantly available to be enjoyed! Central Florida has much in the way of man-made fun, but it’s also an oasis of inland waterways that are designed by nature to be explored. For those visitors looking to make the most of time savoring and exploring the great outdoors, while getting in some exercise too, booking a rental, class, or tour with the team at Paddleboard Orlando is the way to go. With over 35 years in the business, the team at Paddleboard Orlando brings local insight into each and every excursion on the water. This company offers up paddleboard rentals for those looking to enjoy independent adventures as well as guided tours at Wekiva Springs. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available at this destination upon request.
Savor the Stay
There’s nothing like planning an exciting trip to Orlando and having amazing accommodations to keep you cozy while you’re here can elevate the experience from start to finish. Contact Global Resort Homes today to learn more about our property options in the area and to start planning your next amazing Florida adventure!