If there is one thing that Apopka, Florida is rich in, it’s natural resources, if the number of parks in the city is any indication. Feel free to spend your time in the city exploring the different parks there.
Read on to find out the best things to do in Apopka, France:
1. Paddle your way through King’s Landing
King’s Landing offers canoe rentals to visitors who want to explore Wekiva River, one of the few remaining pristine riverine systems in the state. Originally destroyed by the hurricanes which hit the state between 2004 and 2005, it was subsequently re-opened under new management. Taking a canoe down the river will not transport you to a peaceful, more serene state, it will also be bringing you back in time, as the same river route was taken by Native Americans in days past. Canoes can be rented overnight for those who want to stay in one of the three campsites along the river. Do note, however, that separate fees are applicable for camping in the area.
Address: 5722 Baptist Camp Road, Apopka, Florida
Price: from 10 USD
Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, 7 am – 6 pm
Contact: +1 497 886 0859
Website: King’s Landing
2. Have fun in the water
Apopka is home to two parks where you can swim: Wekiwa Springs State Park and Kelly Park. Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities to visitors, including hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking. The highlight of Kelly Park is to go tubing at Rock Springs, a natural spring in the park. Tubers can go on the Rock Springs Run, in which they ride a tube from the beginning of the spring to the main swimming area. You can bring your own or rent from within the park. Water shoes are highly recommended here for those who plan on going swimming or wading here, given that some of the rocks there can be sharp.
As with other areas in Florida, alligators can occasionally make their way into these parks. However, there are rangers ready to warn people to stay off the water in case of sightings. Do make sure to follow their instructions to avoid untoward incidents.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Address: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida
Website: Wekiwa Springs State Park
Address: 400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, Florida
3. Play sports
If you prefer sports on land than in water, don’t worry, because there are also other parks where you can do so. For instance, Kit Land Nelson Park, named after the sister of the longest-serving mayor in Apopka, has its own racquetball and tennis courts. It also has a playground for younger kids to play at. Magnolia Park, on the other hand, has its own volleyball and basketball courts and baseball fields. It also has campsites for those who want to spend the night on the grounds.
Kit Land Nelson Park
Address: 10 S Forest Avenue, Apopka, Florida
Contact: +1 407 703 1784
Address: 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka, Florida
4. Explore Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Fans of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or horseback riding can do in this state reserve, which comes with several miles of trails for these activities. During their exploration, they may spot a variety of wildlife, including bears, snakes, and tortoises. While Rock Springs Run State Reserve has its own campsites, there is no jump-off point at Rock Springs Run State Reserve to access these. Instead, visitors will need to rent a canoe at the Wekiwa Springs State Park in order to reach these two campsites.
Note that these campsites are primitive. Reservations will need to be made should you wish to spend the night here. There is also a campsite for equestrians.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Address: 30601 County Road 433, Sorrento, Florida
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Website: Rock Springs Run State Reserve
5. Take your furry friend to the Doctor’s Dog Park
If you have a dog with you and worried you won’t be able to exercise your pet while in Apopka, don’t fret because you can bring him/her to the Doctor’s Dog Park, which has plenty of room for your furry friend to play around. The park also has a pet shower and water fountains for pets, while it has benches for owners.
Doctor’s Dog Park
Address: 21 N Highland Avenue, Apopka, Florida
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to dark
Access: Doctor’s Dog Park is behind Edwards Field
Contact: +1 407 703 1784
6. Go horseback riding at Clarcona Horse Park
If you want to visit a park that is intended exclusively for horseback riding, you can drop by Clarcona Horse Park, a public equestrian park. Horse riders of all ages are welcome here. If you don’t have a horse but simply want to observe those going on a ride, you can visit there to watch the horses being brought through their paces by their riders.
Clarcona Horse Park
Address: 3635 Damon Road, Apopka, Florida
Access: From County Highway 435, go west on McCormick Road and then north on Damon Road
Contact: +1 407 866 6255
7. Take your kids to Apopka Station
Apopka Station is a small park with its own playground. The ground is covered with rubber matting so kids can play on these safely. Parents can sit on one of the benches as they watch their children playing. They can also bring packed food with them for the family to share, as there are picnic tables and even a grill in the park.
Address: 111 South Forest Avenue, Apopka, Florida
Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Contact: +1 407 654 1108
8. Calm your mind by visiting The CATalyst
The CATalyst takes stress relief in a different direction. It aims to help bring visitors attain inner peace by making them face wild cats such as lions, tigers, and leopards, from behind a fence. The theory goes that your close encounter with these animals will help you attain better focus, helping you become calmer and more composed.
Address: 4609 West Ponkan Road, Apopka, Florida
Contact: +1 407 257 0922
Website: The CATalyst
9. Meet birds of prey at the Avian Reconditioning Center
If the close encounter with the cats at The Catalyst has not whetted your appetite to have a close encounter with wild animals, you can visit the Avian Reconditioning Center. The institution provides a presentation to guests on the birds they currently have in custody. Do note, however, that a two-week reservation is required for this.
Avian Reconditioning Center
Address: 323 West Lester Road, Apopka, Florida
Price: Free admission
Opening Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September to May and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June to July, or by appointment
Contact: +1 407 461 1056
Website: Avian Reconditioning Center
10. Traverse Lake Apopka Loop Trail
We re-visited the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, an "eco-biking" destination in Orange and Lake Counties - a new section goes...Posted by BikeFlorida.net and BikeOrlando.net on Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Lake Apopka is Florida’s fourth largest freshwater lake. Originally serving as a sportfishing site, pollution unfortunately led to the destruction of the lake ecosystem. Today, efforts continue to rehabilitate the lake. As a result of these, wildlife has once again made this their home. The Lake Apopka Loop Trail covers over 32 kilometers (20 miles) of ground for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. While coursing through the trail, visitors may see a variety of wildlife residing there.
Lake Apopka Loop Trail
Address: 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka, Florida
Contact: +61 407 886 4231
Website: Lake Apopka Loop Trail
A fun-filled visit
Thanks to its key location, Apopka is laden with various natural resources, and the city has taken advantage of this by highlighting these through its numerous parks. Have a fun-filled day in this picturesque city in Florida.
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