Orlando, how we love you! Your nature, your landmarks, and your lakes! Yup, we’re blogging about the best lakes in Orlando and you’ll be surprised how many gorgeous lakes are there for us to sit by, swim in, and enjoy. We spent a fun few days checking them out and had some of the best picnics we’ve ever had! So without further ado, let’s get to the list.
Lake EolaWe’ll kick off our blog with Lake Eola. It’s been with us for a long time but has remained unchanged throughout Orlando’s vibrant history. It’s in the center of Downtown – literally surrounded by Thornton Park, South Eola District and the Central Business District. The fountain there is just gorgeous and the swan boats make for an incredibly fun time or a romantic date. It’s open from 6am-Midnight and even if a swan boat isn’t your thing, the sidewalk circling the lake is .9 miles long – perfect for walking/exercising. Oh and every Sunday from 10-4 is the Orlando Farmer’s Market in the Lake’s south-east corner. Along with local vendors there’s also a beer garden, mimosa bar and live music.
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Turkey LakeNext up is Turkey Lake which is rated amongst the Top 5 fishing lakes in Florida. It’s open from 8am through 5pm but from April to October the hours are extended until 7pm. This lake hosts lots of events; from the upcoming Clover Dash to the OARS Invitational Regatta. They also have rental cabins and tent camping with a 36 site RV campground. It’s all part of Bill Frederick Park which covers 183 acres.
Lake KillarneyHave you checked out Lake Killarney? Located in Winter Park, you can make your away around it via paddleboard (check out Paddleboard Orlando). There’s another nearby lake that you can also paddleboard around too; Lake Virginia. This second lake comes with access to Winter Park Beach (also known as Dinky Dock) which allows you to set up a beach chair while drinking in the sun, the sand, or the waters.
Kelly Park/Rock Springs RunFinally, we headed to Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run which, if you love tubing, you’ll already know! Kelly Park has a free-flowing spring and there are areas to kayak and canoe in too. Admission is $3 per vehicle and you can rent tubes there too. There’s 245 acres and they’re open from 8am-8pm (in winter they close at 6pm).
So with all this knowledge, it’s now up to you to figure out which park you want to hit first! The best lakes in Orlando include some of the best lakes in the world so go enjoy them! back