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Fall in Central Florida: Enjoy the Outdoors

One of the reasons people are drawn to Florida, especially in the fall and winter, is the temperate weather. While Orlando might not have quite the same fall color display as some other northern states, we make up for it with warmer temperatures that let you stay outdoors and enjoy the still beautiful natural scenery, as well as the fun outdoor activities. If you’re staying at one of the Kissimmee FL resorts like FantasyWorld this fall, here are some of the favorite outdoor activities.

Orlando has a bunch of great parks, such as Mead Botanical Garden, Bill Frederick Park, Lake Eola Park, and Lake Ivanhoe Park. Why not spend a relaxing day taking in the views, going for a leisurely walk, and having a fun picnic. Thanks to the full kitchens in each FantasyWorld villa, you can stop by a local grocery store (or have Publix groceries delivered)  and prepare a picnic perfect for your family. As your friends back home endure colder temperatures, you can be outdoors dining in the sunshine!

While it does get cooler on the water in the winter, even in Florida, the temperatures during the fall are more than bearable and you may need only a light sweater if you want to take in some sort of boating activity like one of the exciting airboat rides. You’ll find quite a few airboat operations right in Kissimmee, just a short drive from FantasyWorld. See some Florida nature and wildlife, all while skimming over the top of the water in a memorable boat ride.

You’ll also find a variety of fall-themed events and festivals taking place right now. The Showcase of Citrus Ponderosa in Clermont is a little further out, but is a lot of fun and runs from October 1-November 27, 9 am to 7 pm daily, with free admission. There are a variety of fall-themed arts and crafts, outdoor games, hayrides, and plenty of delicious autumn-themed food and drink.

There’s also the Corn Maze Orlando, which is featuring a “Mission to Mars” theme for this year’s event, which enables visitors to get some extra “space” inside the big maze. The Corn Maze runs through November 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day) from 10 am to 6 pm. Masks are required and tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for children, must be purchased in advance from cornmazeorlando.com. If you’re worried about getting lost, you’ll be happy to know there’s a new mobile app that can help guide you back easily.

Finally, consider a trip to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford. You’ll find more than 500 animals representing roughly 200 species here, including elephants, llamas, cheetahs, apes and a whole house full of reptiles, not to mention the botanical gardens with beautiful plants that will still be pretty impressive, even in the fall. Masks are required for anyone 13 or over and encouraged for those younger. Also, pre-purchased tickets are recommended, for set dates and times, allowing for proper social distancing. While there are some modifications to displays and activities, there’s still plenty to enjoy, from viewing the animals to the exciting Seminole Aerial Adventures, where you get a tree-top view of things using ropes, nets, zips and more to get around.

Of course, there are theme parks, nature parks with great walking and hiking trails, and a variety of events further out if you don’t mind an hour’s drive. With temperatures still usually in the 80s, there’s not much you can’t do outside in Orlando and the surrounding area. Best of all, when you stay at FantasyWorld, one of the leading Kissimmee FL resorts, you’ve got a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities right there in the resort!

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