With COVID-19 rising and businesses closing, it’s getting easier to feel trapped inside your home. Those with children and other family members in the house are likely looking for an escape to this newfound reality. It may seem like there is nothing open and nothing to do, but fortunately in Central Florida we are blessed with some amazing landscapes and outdoor opportunities that can give you the exact escape you’re looking for! Here are some places to visit that are still open, outdoors and have quite the view!
Leu Gardens is a 50 acre botanical garden very close to the heart of downtown Orlando! Their gardens include a rose garden, a butterfly garden, tropical plants, a boardwalk on the lake, a museum and so much more. It’s the perfect place to get some fresh air and take some quality instagram pictures! Face masks are required in the indoor spaces and they are cashless to reduce contact. You can see their website for more information here.
Bok Tower Gardens
Still wanting to visit more gardens? Head out west about 45 minutes and arrive at Bok Tower Gardens! With over 200 acres of gardens and hiking trails, you can spend all day stretching your legs and seeing the beauty that Central Florida’s environment has to offer. There is an endless amount of flowering and tropical plants to see and places to go. Facemasks are required indoors and when interacting with staff. You can view their website for more information here.
Dream Catcher Horse Rescue
Dream Catcher Horse Rescue is located in Clermont, Florida and is a non-profit rescue center for horses that require rehabilitation or rehoming. All of the money made returns directly back to care for the horses! They offer trail riding, horseback riding lessons and pony rides for the little ones. Riding is by appointment only, so visit their website here to book your appointment and learn more about this amazing organization!
The Canyon Zipline and Canopy Tours
Head north towards Gainesville for a thrilling adventure you would least expect from the Florida landscape; zip lining and canopy tours! This is the only true canopy tour you can take in Florida and they have tours viewing gorgeous canyons and lakes. One tour even includes a 1,100 foot long zipline over Lost Spring Lake. Face masks are not required outdoors, but guests are encouraged to utilize personal safety methods. You can view their website here for more information.
Lukas Nursery is a great place to stroll and look at beautiful plants, purchase quality gardening materials or visit their butterfly conservatory for some fun butterfly encounters! They are conveniently located in Oviedo, Florida and it is a great place to take the family. You can see their website here for details on pricing and days available.
Winter Garden Farmer’s Market
The Winter Garden Farmer’s Market is still open for the summer every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. They have a wide range of produce, locally produced goods, plants, and so much more. This is a great place to support local businesses during the current crisis, purchase super fresh produce and enjoy the Florida weather. Face coverings are required and social distancing is encouraged. Check out their website here for more details on products available and safety measures.