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
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Families from across the world alongside Disney enthusiasts of all ages make their way towards Orlando, Florida year after year in impressive numbers. Over 20 million visitors stepped through the entrance to Magic Kingdom alone in 2019—breaking previous years’ records with ease. While Orlando is known and loved for its exciting theme park stops, it’s also a destination rich in history. For those that have a heart for exploring more of the stories that make up the destination, there are plenty of historical Orlando attractions to add to your itinerary.
Early Area History
While Orlando is a place that welcomes visitors with open arms today, in the early 19th century, the story was very different. During the Seminole Wars, Fort Gatlin was constructed just south of the city to protect early settlers from potential attacks. The Jernigan family is credited with being the most prominent of establishing settlers in this area and by 1840, the city was named after them. By 1850, the settlement was growing northward and even included a post office. By 1856, the settlement of Jernigan included 85 residents and officially changed their name to Orlando. History provides a few potential reasons for this name change ranging from a local judge naming the city after an admired colleague to a potential naming based on a Shakespeare character, just to name a few.
Orange County Regional History Center
The town of Orlando was officially incorporated in 1875 but its history stretches back centuries to a time when First Nation groups called the land home. Visitors to Orlando looking to learn more about this rich history will want to make a stop at the Orange County Regional History Center while they’re in town. Located at 65 E. Central Boulevard in the heart of downtown, this museum is built into the Orange County Courthouse which holds historical status in and of itself. Inside the museum, visitors can enjoy browsing a collection of displays and exhibits that stretch back nearly 12,000 years in time to highlight local and regional history. From tribal history and major battles through settlement and modern architecture, this museum is charged with preserving and presenting the area’s story in a seamless fashion. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. Admission cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 5 and up.
Orlando Fire Museum
Establishing a thriving city takes time, and one of the most important parts of the process is making sure there are emergency services firmly in place to protect citizens. Whether you’re a visitor that’s interested in the history of firefighting or are traveling with little ones with a passion for this dynamic profession, a stop at the Orlando Fire Museum promises to please. Situated at 814 E. Rollins Street, the Orlando Fire Museum is built into a restored firehouse dating back to 1926. Situated within the greater Loch Haven Cultural Park, the museum is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and offers up tours that highlight the city fire department’s history. The firehouse was in service from 1926 to 1978 but opened up as a museum in 2002. Inside, guests will be able to browse displays that include everything from a 1926 fire engine to exhibits that highlight the evolution of firefighting gear and tell the tales of major city fires too.
The Mennello Museum of American Art
Art is a fantastic medium for capturing the passage of time and commemorating major moments through painting, sculpture, and design. The best of it all can be enjoyed with a stop at The Mennello Museum of American Art when you’re in Orlando on a historical journey. Found at 900 E. Princeton Street, The Mennello Museum of American Art is a dual museum and sculpture garden where guests can enjoy admiring work of both traditional and contemporary artists. While the work of Earl Cunningham is continuously on display, guests can also find collections that feature the most innovative of sketches, photography, sculpture, and beyond. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.mm with opening hours adjusting on Sundays beginning at noon. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 6 and up.
Capture the Fun of Orlando
When you’re ready to make your way to Orlando and can’t wait to capture the fun and thrill of it all, having just the right accommodations in place can make all the difference. Reach out to Global Resort Homes today to learn more about our many rental property options in the area that keep you close to those places you want to learn about and explore while living in comfort and style. We can’t wait to welcome you to sunny Florida soon!