Day Trip Ideas for a Green Vacation in Orlando
For our purposes, we’ll focus on activities and sustainable attractions that support the environment. There are many eco-friendly activities in Orlando that often do not get front page coverage. Although there are certainly more conservation ideas in Central Florida, here is a brief list of ecotourism suggestions as a starter for the Orlando area:
Central Florida Zoo
3755 N.W. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford, Fl Admission: $10.95 adults, $6.95 for children 12 and under. A great low cost activity for the whole family.
Florida Eco Safaris
4755 N. Kenansville Rd., St. Cloud, Fl; Attractions include a thrilling zipline ride over wetland areas, coach
safari or horseback safari. Admission varies based on activity. This attraction is within 20 minutes from most
vacation home rentals.
Florida Audubon Society for Birds of Prey
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, Fl; Admission: $5 adults, $4 children under 12. This is primarily a rehabilitation
facility for birds with educational and conservation exhibits.
Florida State Parks
Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Fl; The closest state park is Wekiwa Springs in Apopka, Fl. Admission: $6.00 per vehicle. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking in a beautiful natural setting as well as fishing, swimming and picnicking. This is roughly a 45 minute drive from Kissimmee.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando; Admission $7 adults, $2 children. This green attraction features a large camellia collection, vegetable and herb garden, butterfly garden and the largest formal rose garden in Florida.
Kissimmee Farmers Market
This is held in Downtown Kissimmee, FL in Toho Square (corner of Darlington Avenue and Pleasant Street every Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This market features local grown produce, plants, flowers and handmade items.
Ridge Audubon Society
200 North Crooked Lake, Babson Park, FL. The society’s nature center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center features education, birding and nature trails. This attraction is a 45 minute drive from most vacation homes.
Check-out some of our earliest posts last year relating to Low Cost Ways to Green Your Vacation Home and a
more general informational post on Greening Your vacation Home. If any readers have other green activity ideas
to submit, please provide comments on the blog.
One final note about green travel ideas in Orlando. We’ve recently noticed that a few car rental companies are
renting hybrid vehicles. Enterprise Car Rentals, Fox Rentals and Sunshine-Rent-A-Car all show hybrid
rentals available in Orlando on their websites.