It is incredible how many things that there are to not only do in Orlando but also just in Downtown Orlando alone.
As we have been highlighting different cool things that we did during our Visit Orlando takeover, we only just brushed the surface of what is there. It is the most incredible place to have a date night, as I mentioned with so many little shops to browse (as we all now that is MY favorite thing to do), restaurants, clubs and bars, museums, water activities on the lake or just chillin’ out, laying on the grass and having a picnic in the many beautiful areas around the lake.
We were afforded the amazing opportunity to experience some of the water activities on the lake during our takeover weekend.
First, we got to go paddleboarding. Now, neither Alessa or myself have ever been paddleboarding and it was something that we really wanted to do when we did our stay down south at Madeira Beach. This activity has become very popular and now we can see why.
Looking like an overgrown surfboard, these paddleboards are wider and a little longer and you…well.. paddle them, with an oar like paddle so that you can just make your way all around the lake. Whether you want to sit or stand, it is a work out, for sure, but one that I could definitely get used to. It was so beautiful and honestly, we will be doing this again many, many times. We went on their first run in the morning and that day they had a special Halloween themed paddle adventure so that you could dress up! You can even bring your dog if you like and many of those that where in our group did just that. I am not sure who enjoyed it more, us or the pooches!!
They also have a sunset paddleboarding time which we will come back and do as I can imagine how beautiful it must be on the water, sun setting, lights all around..ahhh.. yes..
If you would like to get more information on any of the things that we did during this weekend, all the links are at the bottom of the blog.
We also got to go on the Swan Boats. Now, if you are a native Floridian, I am sure that you have seen some kind of “rendition” of these but regardless, this was THE most fun that we have had in a long time!! This oversized floatation paddle boats seat two people and you most definitely need two to make it go! This was also a great workout at the same time, but paddling around the lake, saying hello to the swans (not sure they even cared) and seeing the lake from an0ther perspective was great. You can go up close to the fountain and get some great pics as well. The excursion is for 30 minutes and that gives you plenty of time to see things around the lake and even spend some peaceful time floating.
Scenic Boat Tour
Thanks so much to Cpt. Ron for being such a gracious and informative tour guide on the Scenic Boat Tour.
Located on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow manmade canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.
On any given tour, you have the opportunity to observe large cranes swooping waterside to snag a large fish or a lazy alligator languishing on a nearby bank. I also got to see Mr. Rogers old home and Tom Hank’s house. I never realized how many water ways and canals there were in Orlando! It was not only a great time as you get to “sail” with other people and have great conversation but learn a lot about the area and see some awesome wildlife at the same time. I totally recommend this if you are coming down to Winter Park or the Downtown Orlando area.
With so much to do and see, it takes a lot out of you, so relaxing on the cool grass under the huge trees along the lake’s perimeter was a well received treat for us. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, or on Sunday’s, you can hit up the Farmer’s Market and grab some tasty items and help support the local community. We grabbed some ice cream and took in the sights and sounds around us along with the breezes of the water. Of course, we had some web footed friends come along and hey, everyone likes ice cream right?
Our adventures on the water at Lake Eola were amazing and I whole-heartily recommend coming down the area if you are going to be in the Orlando area. It is a breath of fresh air–literally– and a great time for everyone in the family to connect and get away from the hustle and bustle that a lot of us deal with not only in the theme parks but in life. I you would like to check out some of our amazing adventures on Lake Eola, click on the video below and experience it while we were there.
Hours and Booking Information on the Exursions
Epic Paddleboats are located on Lake Eola. Prices range from $33/person to $75/pp according to the date and time of your excursion. Infants are allowed and must sit on their parents lap. They are not wheelchair accessible. For more information go to: https://epicpaddleadventures.com/home
For information regarding the swan boats on the lake and to get pricing and hours of operation go to: https://www.orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment/Directory/Lake-Eola-Park?
The Scenic Boat Tour offers a fleet of six 18 passenger pontoon boats. Admission is $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for children Taxes Incl.(ages 2 through 11) under 2 are free. Cash or Check Only! Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily except Christmas. You can find more information and how to book at: https://www.scenicboattours.com/