Every once in a while, everyone could use some time away from the hustle of life and a chance to focus on fun and adventure instead. That’s where a trip to sunny Orlando, Florida comes in. While this inviting vacation destination is certainly a welcoming place for travelers to enjoy year-round, there’s something exceptionally exciting about a visit here in the summer. This time of year, there’s every opportunity to add a plethora of outdoor fun to your itinerary, whether you’re looking for wide open green spaces, can’t wait to get on the water, or prefer to dive into the urban scene and shop open-air markets. No matter what your preferences might be, you’ll find it’s easy to access the fun here. The following are a few of the many routes to spending fun time outdoors this summer in Orlando alongside family and friends no matter when you arrive!
Explore the Orlando Urban Trail
Sometimes summer sightseeing in the great outdoors is best done on two wheels. Whether you’re a visitor to Orlando with a passion for cycling or you’re just looking to see as much as possible while pedaling at your own pace, renting a bike and hitting the Orlando Urban Trail is always a good idea. The city itself is packed with parks and recreation spots to enjoy and the Orlando Urban Trail conveniently winds its way through many of them. You’ll see “The City Beautiful” come to life in authentic style as you make your way through destinations like Loch Haven Park, Mead Gardens, and Ivanhoe Village too. Enjoy as much time as you’d like on the trail in good company and don’t be surprised if this activity makes it onto your itinerary a time or two during your stay.
Visit the Harry P. Leu Gardens
Often referred to as simply the “Leu Gardens” by locals, the Harry P. Leu Gardens are a great place to relax, unwind, and stroll through nature at its colorful finest in Orlando this summer. From the fresh air and fantastic water features throughout this 50-acre stop to the picturesque pathways, towering trees, and gorgeous garden beds, it’s hard to find a place where the lush scenery doesn’t inspire. If you’re looking to expand your garden-hopping fun in the city, the Harry P. Leu Gardens is a great starting point for exploring more of Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District. If you’re looking to stay more on-site, you’ll want to be sure to check out the event calendar before you head this way because the gardens often host everything from plant sales and live music performances to workshops and even outdoor movies in the summer. It’s a one-stop shop for outdoor fun that everyone in your entire traveling crew is sure to love.
Add a Farmers Market Stop to the Itinerary
When you’re in the mood to be outdoors but you want to indulge in a bit of local retail therapy as well, adding a farmers market stop to your itinerary this summer is a must. The good news is, there are plenty of options to choose from. There’s a weekly farmers market at Lake Eola where you can find fresh produce, some sample bites to savor, and browse beverage selections on-site too. If you’re looking to explore nearby Winter Park, their farmers market is held downtown weekly on Saturdays between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. This farmers market is known and loved for its variety of fresh fruits and vegetables alongside flowers, sweet treats, handcrafted goods, and beyond. The Windermere Farmers Market held on Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm is another inviting option when you’re excited to explore more.
Try an Airboat Tour
For Orlando-bound travelers looking to enjoy outdoor activities that pick up the pace and adventurous vibes, booking an airboat tour with Boggy Creek Adventures in nearby Kissimmee is a good place to start. Open from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm daily, this outdoor recreation company invites guests to hop onboard an airboat alongside a knowledgeable captain and guide to explore Florida’s wetlands brimming over with sightings of gators, eagles, turtles, and more. If you book this outdoor adventure with little ones in two, you can customize the adventure to include stops at Lorelei’s Critter Collection and the Lily’s Butterfly Garden too. Of course, if you’re simply hoping to fly across the surface of Lake Toho at sunset, that’s an option as well.
Book Your Stay in Sunny Orlando Today
When your adventures bring you to Orlando and you’re looking for luxurious, comfortable, and inviting accommodations to top off your experience in style, Casiola Orlando has you covered. Take time to browse our exciting property options available today and know that when you land on the home-away-from-home you love, it’s no more than the click of a button away! We look forward to welcoming you to a lovely trip with these summer activities in Orlando.