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Big Tree Park
761 General Hutchinson Parkway
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Phone:(407) 788-0405
 
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Big Tree Park is home to one of Florida's most famous natural landmarks. "The Senator" is a 3,500 year-old Bald Cypress Tree, believed by many to be the oldest living tree in the United States. The park also features a peaceful boardwalk through natural marsh lands and a picnic area for families to enjoy a special meal in a natural setting.
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Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Ave.
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Phone:(386) 775-3663
 
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Blue Spring State Park is an important refuge for the West Indian Manatee, one of Florida's most widely known endangered species. These peaceful creatures usually journey down the St. John's River to Blue Spring in November, and stay until the early spring. The best viewing times are in the morning and late afternoon, December through February. The 7,000 acres of wild scenery also allow plenty of space for camping, boating and swimming. The crystal clear spring is also well-known as a prime spot for snorkeling and SCUBA diving.
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Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail
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Phone:(407) 935-0002
 
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The Nature Conservancy and Disney partnered in 1993 to preserve 12,000 acres of natural habitat critical to the survival of many rare species. Visitors to the preserve can walk a 3-mile hiking trail or take an off-road buggy tour to see conservation in action. Lucky visitors can encounter Florida
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Kelly Park
400 E. Kelly Park Rd.
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Phone:(407) 889-4179
 
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This Orange County Park is filled with fun the whole family. Kids love this place, so be prepared. The major attraction is Rock Springs, which bubbles up from a rock outcropping and flows into a meandering stream. You'll find most visitors rollicking down the natural lazy river in a tube or on a float. There are also picnic pavilions and camping areas if you want to have a bite or spend a night under the stars.
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Lake Louisa State Park
7305 US Highway 27
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Phone:(352) 394-3969
 
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Set on the shores of Lake Louisa, Lake Louisa State Park offers a variety of activities to get you in touch with nature. The 4,000 acre state park offers fishing in four different lakes as well as designated trails for horseback riding. There are also campsites available for overnight guests. Visitors can see an abundance of wildlife along the trails, including White Tail Deer, Marsh Rabbits, Alligators and Bobcats. The marshy areas of the park are also home to many species of migratory birds.
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Rock Springs Run State Reserve
1800 Wekiwa Circle
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Phone:(407) 884-2008
 
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Rock Springs Run State Reserve offers 17 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails through a variety of native plant communities. As you travel, be on the lookout for Florida scrub jays, red-shouldered hawks and Florida black bears. Don't worry though, the bears are shy and won't bother hikers or riders. Call in advance, as trails are sometimes closed for maintenance.
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Tosohatchee State Reserve
3365 Taylor Creek Road
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Phone:(407) 568-5893
 
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Many different species call the diverse habitats in Tosohatchee State Reserve home. The marshes are a major waypoint for migrating birds, allowing for unique birding and photography opportunities. The wooded uplands are home to gray foxes, fox squirrels and a number of bird species, including bald eagles, hawks and owls. Park Rangers offer special tours and programs on a rotating basis, so be sure to call for details.
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University of Central Florida Arboretum
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
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Phone:(407) 823-3146
 
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The 80-acre UCF Arboretum is home to a staggering 600 plant species. Most native Florida species are on display, as are a number of exotic species introduced as a teaching tool for the University's biology programs. Native wildlife also abounds throughout the varied habitats. Visitors can walk themselves through a self-guided tour (maps available) or call in advance to schedule a group session, led by one the school's highly trained botanists.
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Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712
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Phone:(407) 884-2008
 
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Naturally refreshing springs are one of the main attractions at this state park. Divers can swim deep into the underwater trench, only to be pushed back to the surface by the gentle push of the spring. Canoeing is also especially enjoyable at this park, with so many lakes and streams to paddle down. The park also features boating, camping, hiking, picnic areas and fishing.
 
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