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Circle B Bar Reserve

The Circle B Bar Reserve is one of the best kept secrets of Polk County’s wilderness and nature preserve. Located on the shore of Lake Hancock, this environmental area boasts large numbers and varieties of wildlife and attracts visitors from all over.

Circle B is also home to Polk Nature Discovery Center. There is no cost to visit and your are only asked to respect the nature and wildlife, A wonderful place to reconnect to nature! For more information, please call 863-668-4673 or visit the website www.polk-county.net

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Fort Desoto National Beach

Fort De Soto Beach is an hour and a half drive drive from the Orlando Theme Park area. It is located on its own island – Fort De Soto Park. You will enjoy fine beaches, fishing, nature trails, camping, boating and many other activities.So pack a lunch, snacks, your swimsuit, sunscreen, chair, a good book, camera and be ready for an enjoyable day.

You can enjoy the beach sitting in your own beach lounger or in a kayak/canoe near the water’s edge. You will see and experience the natural beauty of this area for miles. You will see a large array of birds, sea life, wild life and plant life at Fort De Soto Park. This Park is full of historical markers for the history buff to enjoy. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent.This is the largest park in Pinellas County Park system with 1,136 acres of five islands (keys).  It was named America’s Top Beach in 2009 by Tripadvisor. Come and experience the real Florida and create family memories that will last for a lifetime!

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Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing  will  be enjoyed either on the East or Gulf Coast of Florida. Information on Deep Sea Fishing Charter Boats can be found online. The captain and crew of the charter boats will help make your BIG catch of the day!

You will see lots of fish, don’t forget the sunscreen and hats.  The charter boat company will provide everything that you need, just bring your sunscreen, hats and cameras for an exciting day on the water.

A local restaurant will cook up your catch of the day for you or you can bring it home and enjoy!   A day to remember for all ages!

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Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont

Lake Louisa State Park is located south of Clermont on Highway 27. A beautiful state park where you can see and experience the real Florida and take a day away from the hustle of the Theme Parks.

You will see many different birds like the Limpkin, Blue Heron, Sandhill Cranes, turtles, Feral Hogs, deer, and maybe an alligator.

Lots of hiking and bike riding paths to enjoy.  $5.00 fee per vehicle to enter.

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Air Boat Rides

If you want to see the real Florida, take a 20 minute ride from Orlando Theme Parks to Boggy Creek in Kissimmee! At beautiful Lake Toho, travel over the hundreds of acres of wetlands, skimming over the water and through the rushes at 50 miles per hour on a fantastic air-boat! While you enjoy the exhilirating ride, keep a lookout for alligators, blue herons, ducks and other Florida wildlife! Air Boat Rides.

If you are the adventurous type, sign up for a nightime Air-Boat Safari!

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Fishing

Florida is considered by many as the Fishing Capital of the World! Florida’s freshwater fisheries comprise 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals-with no closed seasons. From mangroves to salt marshes, crab to swimming scallops, Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World.”

Make sure you get your recreational fishing license. Annual recreational fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license. You can apply for a license online by clicking Fishing License