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!
There’s something magical about a trip to Orlando, Florida—especially for the visitor that comes with the intent to immerse themselves in the world of all things Disney. This theme park world capital is home to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and more, bringing in millions of visitors each and every year from across the map in the name of fun. While Orlando is world-famous for its bright and colorful theme parks, it’s location also puts it in the heart of some truly breathtaking landscapes.
If your travel plans bring you this way and you’re also interested in learning more about the natural beauty that surrounds you, it’s easy to put together an itinerary that includes amazing natural attractions in Orlando to enjoy. Consider skipping the parks and rides for a day and heading out into nature instead. It’s a great option when you’re in the mood for a refreshing look at what this region provides thanks to Mother Nature alone.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Sprawling over 50 acres of land, the Harry P. Leu Gardens are a great place to explore and experience the best of tropical gardens in the Orlando area. Located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, the Harry P. Leu Gardens offer up a collection of scenic trails that wind through tropical forests, plants, flowers, and several ponds and lakes to create an inspiring look at foliage that thrives in Orlando. Oaks and camellias stretch into the sky across the garden grounds while conifers, ferns, florals, and citrus trees make up the remaining gardens. The Harry P. Leu Gardens lends itself to being attractive to native butterflies and the butterfly garden is a great addition to the experience. The entirety of the garden and on-site historical home originally belonged to Harry P. Leu and his wife Mary Jane. The property was donated to the city of Orlando in 1961 and continues to be a space of learning, education, and, tranquility within the otherwise bustling city.
Orlando Wetlands Park
When cities and nature work in tandem, amazing things can happen as proved by a stop at the Orlando Wetlands Park while you’re in town. Situated at 25155 Wheeler Road in nearby Christmas, Orlando Wetlands Park covers more than 1,600 acres of land filters reclaimed water from Orlando and nearby cities using advanced treatment techniques. The park is open daily between sunrise and sunset and doesn’t require an admission fee to access. Motorized vehicles are not allowed within the wetlands park parameters, making it a safe haven for wildlife of all types. Many visitors come this way to enjoy observing herons, fish, butterflies, and the wide variety of local and migratory birds. The Orlando Wetlands Park includes access to many trails to enjoy on foot, allowing nature to thrive and visitors to observe it safely and securely.
University of Central Florida Arboretum
Orlando is a city brimming over with theme park fun, educational stops, and city center entertainment venues. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this layout is that within this man-made destination, nature still has the ability to thrive. The best example of this is found at the Arboretum sitting within the parameters of the University of Central Florida. Located at 110 Apollo Circle, the UCF Arboretum sprawls over 80 acres of land within the center of the city providing a lush space where nature is highlighted at its very best. Over 600 species of plants are found within the arboretum as well as a wide variety of specialized gardens bringing regional flowers to life in a colorful and impressive display.
Walking trails connect the gardens, trees, and waterways, offering up a space for students and the public alike to admire the foliage and find a sense of peace and calm. The Arboretum was opened in 1983 by President Trevor Coulbourn. His goal was to create a space where nature took center stage and learning to love plants, flowers and wildlife became an integral part of student life. The Arboretum also functions as a hands-on laboratory for students allowing them to cultivate vegetable gardens and work on plant identification skills. Both local and global plant species are on display at the Arboretum as well as an organic garden that thrives at the hands of volunteers from around the city.
Enjoy the Best of Orlando
Whether you’re in town for the theme parks, city center fun, or can’t wait to enjoy getting into nature, Orlando is a city worth exploring time and again. When you’re ready to head this way with a suitcase in hand, make sure you’re booked into accommodations that keep you close to the best of it all. Contact the team at Global Resort Homes today to learn more about our vast collection of rental options in the area that bring comfort, convenience, and style in abundance. We’re excited to welcome you to sunny Florida and can’t wait to turn those travel dreams into vacation plans.