Lake Kissimmee State Park will be the site of the Jethro Baits Team Bass fishing tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 5:30am – 3:00pm. You can visit the Jethro Baits website to download a register package.
Lake Kissimmee is described as Florida’s third largest lake and the park offers many activities including hiking, horse trails, camping and picnic areas.
De Leon Springs State Park is located 6 miles north of DeLand and within an hours drive of Orlando. On January 9-10, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. guests of the park will enjoy a Civil War encampment. This even will include showing how the soldiers drilled, slept and prepared their meals.
For more information visit De Leon Springs State Park
Visitors to Florida State Parks, including those in Central Florida near Orlando will be able to take advantage of the free admission to enter the parks on September 11-13 as part of the Statewide International Literacy Day on September 8th and National Library Card Signup Month.
Simply bring a library card, library book, or donate a book and as part of the State Park Literacy Month you will be allowed to enter the park for free! Central Florida literacy month activities include:
- Reading by the River
Blue Spring State Park
Sunday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This event will feature a book exchange and story time on the front porch of the historic Thursby House. Children can bring a gently used book and exchange it for another book. At 12:15 p.m., children of all ages can relax and enjoy a nature themed tale. For more information, call (386) 775-3663.
- Story Time with Debbie
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Saturday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy an interactive book with master storyteller, Debbie. “Amazing Things that Animals Do”, “Lovable Huggable Manatees” and “Truffala Trees that are Saved by the Lorax” are just a sample of the readings that will be shared with children of all ages. Regular park admission fees apply. For more information, call (407) 884-2008.
Take advantage of this no entrance fee special in September and enjoy a state park near Orlando.
State Parks near Orlando
If you visit Blue Spring State Park on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. you will be able to enjoy canoe and kayak races. You can contact the park for more information at 386-775-3663.
De Leon Springs State Park will be hosting a children’s cane pole fishing tournament on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. This event is open to children 15 and under.
Please contact the staff at 386-985-4212 or visit the park home page for additional details.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging Florida residents to take advantage of the natural, cultural and historic treasures that exist throughout the state. The Department has launched a 100 ways in 100 days campaign.
Visit Department of Environment 100 ways in 100 days page
There are many State Parks near Orlando for residents and visitors of Florida to enjoy. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection listed 14 reasons why you will love visiting a State Park in Florida.
The reasons include; mermaids, pancakes, weddings and bison. Visit the site to read all of the 14 reasons you should visit a State Park. Read More
Rinehart Road/Crossings Trail: Lake Mary, Orlando
Spruce Creek Canoe Trail: New Smyrna Beach
Tomoka River Canoe Trail: Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach
Wekiva River/Rock Springs Run Canoe Trail: Altamonte Springs, Orlando
West Orange Trail: Apopka, Winter Garden, Orlando
Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail: Dunnellon, Brooksville
Trails-at-a-Glance Near Orlando
Cady Way Trail: Orlando
Cross Seminole Trail: Winter Springs, Orlando
Econlockhatchee River Canoe Trail: Orlando, Oviedo
General James A Van Fleet State Trail: Clermont, Polk City, Lakeland
Hontoon Island State Park Trails: Deland
Lake Minneola Scenic Trail/Clermont Trail: Clermont, Orlando
Ocala National Forest – The Florida Trail: Ocala, Palatka, Umatilla
Daily Educational Programs at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446