San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The park has something for every nature enthusiast; including self-guided interpretive trails, guided tours, wildlife discovery, fishing and so much more.
Winter Haven, Florida is a unique, Premier City. It has countless recreational, social and special events. The City recognizes the importance of a high quality of life to Winter Haven residents and visitors. The City strives to ensure outdoor activities for all ages and walks of life. Winter Haven has numerous nature parks, boat ramps, fishing docks and walking trails throughout the city.
Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park's 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study. The park also beckons visitors to camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe and hike. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well.
YMCA Camp Wewa is a co-ed camp, located 15 miles north of Orlando in Apopka, Florida. Orlando and all of its attractions (Disney, Universal, Sea World, etc.) are all within a 30-minute drive. Daytona Beach (The World's Most Famous Beach) is just a short 60-minute drive away. Camp Wewa opened in 1950, providing fun, safe, and rewarding camp experiences to campers and staff on the same site.
The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is a 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida. The Paddling Trail allows modern paddlers to navigate ancient paths in Southwest Florida by kayak or canoe where Calusa Indians once traveled, past pristine islands and waters teeming with wildlife.
The Warren W. Willis Camp is the centerpiece of the Florida Conference of United Methodist Church’s camping ministry. Located in Fruitland Park it has a wide variety of outdoor activities for youth. The camp offers Summer Day Camps, Summer Residential Camps and Retreats. Willis Camp features four lodges, eight cabins and five wilderness cabins. Additonal amenities include a challenge course, nature tours, hiking, canoeing, volleyball, basketball,4-square and fishing.
Hardee County Wildlife Refuge and Pioneer Park
The Hardee County Wildlife Refuge at Pioneer Park is dedicated to caring for rescued and rehabiltated animals. The vast majority of animals living at the Refuge are native to Florida. The staff are responsible for providing the animals with the best care possible. Each animal is treated to a proper diet and the best enviroment possible. Please join us for a tour of the facility on the elevated boardwalk.
The Florida Professional Paddlesports Association (FPPA) is a network of professional paddlesport outfitters and retailers whose purpose is to promote paddling in Florida.
Under the Oaks Park