Seminole County, just a 15-minute drive northeast from downtown Orlando, is a natural choice for a relaxing change from the hustle and bustle of the traditional Orlando attractions.
Begin your day at Wekiva Springs State Park with a canoe trip down the lazy Wekiva River. Paddle downstream and soak in the natural offerings of this pristine tributary of the St. Johns River meeting real Florida natives including otters, deer, alligators, opossums and a vast array of birds along the way. Open daily 8 a.m. to sundown, visitors should allow 4-5 hours for nature explorations. For more information, call 407-862-1500.
Satisfy your taste buds with a delightful lunch at Two Blondes & A Shrimp restaurant. Located in a turn of the century telegraph building overlooking historic downtown Sanford, this eclectic eatery offers great seafood and a charming ambiance. For more information, call 407-688-4745 or visit www.TwoBlondesAndAShrimp.com.
Next, take a seat for a matinee or evening production at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. Built in 1923, this beautifully restored theatre is located in the heart of historic downtown Sanford. Featuring musical and theatrical acts from national and local talents, theatre-goers can enjoy classic musicals, opera, ballet, comedy and much more. For ticket information and show schedules, call 407-321-8111 or visit www.WayneDenschPerformingArtsCenter.com.
Jump-start the day with a unique, educational experience and a journey through history at the Museum of Seminole County History.
The Museum highlights Seminole County, the historical gateway to interior Central Florida via the St. John’s River. All artifacts housed in the Museum have been graciously donated.
Located on US17-92 in the City of Sanford, the Museum of Seminole County History is open Tuesday through Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $3.21 for adults and $1.07 for children. Tours are available upon request. For more information, call 407-665-2489 or visit www.SeminoleCountyFL.gov/leisure/museum/.
Bring the day to a close with an evening of fine dining at Maison et Jardin restaurant. With an exquisite menu that changes daily and a wine list boasting more than thirteen hundred selections, this elegant dinner setting is the perfect conclusion to the perfect day. Group dining and flexible budgets are available. For more information, visit www.maison-jardin.com or call 407-862-4410.
Wake up with the animals at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Explore the world of nature with more than 300 animal species including elusive cheetahs, clouded leopards, towering elephants, colorful mandrills, beautiful macaws, and fascinating reptiles. Check out the newest adventure at the zoo, ZOOm Air, a zipline activity allowing visitors to explore the treetops from an animal’s perspective. Guided 3 hour tours may be pre-arranged, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org or call, 407-323-4450.
Kick back and catch a glimpse of the natural wildlife that lines the banks of the St. Johns River with a luncheon or dinner cruise onboard the Rivership Romance. Indulge in the richness and total relaxation of this 110-foot triple-decked, steam boat. With fresh-cooked entrees prepared to order, this mouthwatering experience is like no other. Advance reservations are required and visitors should allow 3-5 hours. Bus parking is also available at the dock. For more information, visit www.rivershipromance.com or call, 407-321-5091.
For more information and assistance, please contact the Seminole County CVB at 1-800-800-7832.
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