Kelly Park features a natural spring that’s always a cool 68 degrees, which honestly feels great in the middle of a Florida summer. You can rent tubes to float down the springs or you can bring your own, but they have to be less than five feet across. The ride takes about 25 minutes but you can go as many times as you wish. Just be sure to arrive early – the park will close when it reaches capacity, which is typically only an hour after opening on warm days.
Thinking of escaping the tourists? Head to the lush green landscapes that make up the best parks in Orlando. Not only will you get a scenic glimpse into Florida’s diverse flora and fauna, but you'll also get the chance to become one with nature – by which we mean you can float along a freshwater spring or bask in warm sunlit paths while exploring immaculate gardens. Whatever floats your boat.
The variety of parks in Orlando is what makes them so exciting. One moment you could be walking along a path lined with swans in the middle of the city and the next you’re biking along a trail stopping for a cold pint of beer before heading back out to finish the ride. And best of all, they offer a welcome reprieve from the city's theme parks, and a chance to work up an appetite for your next meal at Orlando's best restaurants and bars.
With all of that in mind, get ready to hike, swim, bike or peddle your way through these eight top parks in Orlando.
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