Summer is here and whether you live here or are just visiting, there’s plenty to do in Florida that won’t break your budget! Below you will find great options that can be enjoyed solo, as a couple or with the family. Get out in Central Florida and explore your options!
Water and Food!
I’m sure you know Florida has some of the best beaches in the world, but what’s local? We have some pretty spectacular beaches close enough to go for the day. Check out Clearwater and Daytona! Trying to stay away from the extra large crowds? Try Cedar Key or Cocoa Beach! Make a day of it and pack a cooler of goodies to cut cost on food.
Would you rather eat by a lake than drive to the beach? Lake and Marion County have a couple of sweet lake eats for you. Check out the “Florisiana” menu at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar and Grill in Weirsdale, where you can eat on the 1700 square foot wrap around porch or walk on the shore to the docks. There’s even a roped-off area for the kids to swim. If you’re looking to relax, it has great sunset views and live music. Alternatively, you can head over to Gator’s Dockside in Leesburg, where you are sure to spy a gator in the water off the docks! It’s a great spot to bring your friends and enjoy a night of great eats and good times. If you’re local and a boater, stop by via the lake! Both spots have slips for their patrons.
Sports Fans, Stop Here!
We have some incredible seasonal sports leagues that fire it up in the summer! Check out the Florida Summer Collegiate League, our very own Central Florida wood-bat league that draws talent from all over the country. With six teams, you are bound to find a game to see near you. Best part? They are so reasonably priced that you can probably take the whole family and eat for less than tickets to the movies!
Want to see some of the rising stars in soccer? Check out the PDL’s Ocala Stampede! Take a trip over to Ocala and check out the team with three Southeast Division Championships and one Southern Conference Championship under their belt. Last year they were a National Semi-Finalist. Who knows, this year you may see the National Champs in Ocala! If you’re closer to Orlando, you can’t miss seeing the Orlando City Soccer Club.
Flora and Fauna
We have some unbelievable parks in Central Florida that are either free or really affordable. Look up Kelly Park/Rock Springs or Wekiwa Springs in Apopka, or Harry P Leu Gardens in Orlando. You’ll see some fantastic wildlife and beautiful nature preserves.
Sip, See and Shop
For those of you looking for drinks, art, films or window shopping, Central Florida has some great options to choose from. Check out Orlando Brewing Company, Artegon Marketplace or the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Orlando. Looking to relax in a park with a movie? Enzian Theater/Eden Bar in Maitland is the perfect spot! FleaWorld (one of the leading flea markets in the U.S.) in Sanford is great for shopping and people watching. Of course, Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards in Clermont is always neat to see. There are also plenty of local museums to check out in our area!
There’s plenty to do in Central Florida! Take your pick and let us know in the comments below – Where do you plan to go? Have you ever been to any of these places? What did you think?