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Central Florida Bucket List for Fall

manatees at Blue Spring State Park in Central Florida

With autumn comes fewer tourists and less sweltering temperatures, making now the perfect time for locals to explore the beauty of Central Florida. Below, we rounded up seven ideas that the whole family will love.

Central Florida Attractions

  • Visit the manatees at Blue Spring State Park: Thanks to the constant 72-degree spring water, Blue Spring State Park is home to one of the largest winter gathering sites of manatees in Florida (pictured above). This impressive creature depends on warm water for survival and cannot tolerate water temperatures lower than 68 degrees for long periods of time. Here, visitors can view over 500 manatees from the boardwalk, which stretches a third of a mile from the St. Johns River to the headspring.

  • Spend a day at Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando: This 18,000 square-foot farm, located on the hotel property that includes The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, is one of the largest farms open to the public in Central Florida. During Fall on the Farm, visitors can wander through the pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, and get lost in the corn maze. There are also seasonal arts and crafts, including pumpkin carving and painting workshops. Stop by the farmers market to pick up some locally-produced and homemade treats, like honey, jam, and barbecue sauces and rubs. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Pack a picnic for Wekiwa Springs State Park: The park, located just minutes from downtown Orlando, offers guests the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful outdoors. Bring along a basket filled with your favorite treats to enjoy after swimming, canoeing, hiking, or horseback riding.

  • Hop on a helicopter tour: Want to see your home city from a new perspective? Take a private helicopter tour! On the 25-minute ride, you’ll look down on Old Town, Sea World, Universal Studios Florida, Disney Springs, and more, all while the pilot shares details about the area’s development and history.

Family-Friendly Fun in Winter Park

  • Explore Mead Botanical Garden: Walk through the charming old oak trees and gardens for a look at the natural beauty of Winter Park. Join Tai Chi In the Garden or Yoga in the Garden for a little exercise and vitamin D. During the first weekend of November, the garden hosts the GROWvember Fall Fest & Plant Sale, which features plant vendors, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and more.

  • Head to the Winter Park Farmers Market: The Farmers Market in Winter Park in the best spot to grab produce and plants in Central Florida. Held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park West Meadow, vendors include 7 Rivers Food, Che Bella, Kelly Shannon Floral, Prairie Farms Organics, and more.

  • Go house hunting: If you live nearby and have been hoping to become a Central Florida resident, now is the time! At The Urban Dog Group, we provide professional and caring real estate services to ensure you find a property perfect for all members of your family, including your pets. We take pride in our beautiful community and donate a portion of the proceeds from each transaction to The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando or to an animal rescue charity of the client’s choice.

Let The Urban Dog Group help you with your real estate needs. Contact Christine Elias at


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