As the mild autumn weather approaches, it’s time to get out and enjoy Central Florida’s lakes and wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or it’s your first time on the water, Orlando has plenty of lakes for you explore. Check out some of our favorite ways to get out and explore nature on boats, kayaks, and paddleboards.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours
If you don’t have much boating experience but still want to get out and explore the waters, consider taking a guided tour. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours offers an hour-long tour of three lakes and two canals, along with wildlife sighting opportunities. You’ll depart from Lake Osceola and your tour guide will take you on a tour of large Florida estates, lush tropical plants, Rollins College, and more, while sharing tidbits of the area’s history. The boat is uncovered so bring hats and ponchos for light rain if necessary.
Swan Boats at Lake Eola
Once you feel comfortable on the water, check out the adorable swan paddle boats at Lake Eola. Your peddling feet propel the boat through the water as you explore this iconic Orlando lake alongside actual swans and other wildlife including turtles, fish, and birds. Perfect for family outings or romantic dates, the boats are just $15 for 30 mins and require no reservations. Each swan boat can seat up to five people. There is also a wheelchair accessible boat.
Guided Tours at Shingle Creek
For a close up look at Florida’s natural treasures, try kayaking on Shingle Creek. Regardless of your kayaking background, The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek has a tour for you. Beginners can enjoy guided tours through cypress forests and pioneer villages, while skilled kayakers can test their abilities on a rapids tour. You can also rent your own kayaks, if you prefer. As the headwaters of the Everglades, Shingle Creek offers amazing opportunities for observing some of Florida’s unique wildlife and ecosystems. If you have your own gear, check out myfwc.com/boating for a list of boat ramps and safety precautions and rules in Florida.
SUP Yoga on Lake Kilarney
Truly adventurous souls will want to try traversing Orlando’s lakes via paddleboard. Although your knowledge of stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, may be limited to posts by Instagram celebrities, you too can try out this exciting sport. In fact, you can take it a step further and try SUP Yoga. At Paddleboard Orlando, a beginner-friendly class teaches you the basics of practicing yoga on a paddleboard. All you need is a desire to learn and a sense of humor.
Once you’ve mastered basic paddleboarding skills, you can rent paddleboards and explore on your own. Rent your own at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek or check out our previous blog about paddleboarding in Orlando for a list of rental locations.
Centrally Located Orlando Hotel
With over 30,000 lakes in Florida, there’s always somewhere new to explore. When you stay at Rosen Inn International, you’ll be centrally located and just minutes away from all the action. Our mini-marts in the lobby are perfect for picking up last minute items, while perks such as free parking and free Wi-Fi mean there’s more in your budget for outdoor fun. To book your Orlando vacation, call 407-996-1600.