Teeming with old Florida charm and young Florida vibrancy, Orlando North, Seminole County offers visiting athletes, sports planners and fans a variety of nature-based attractions, eclectic dining and an emerging microbrew scene, plus a year-round calendar of festivals, events and sports tournaments. Outdoorsy adventurers can jump on one of the area’s hiking and biking trails while sports fans take in a few games at the county’s top-of-the-line Boombah Sports Complex. Foodies and culinary travelers looking to wet their whistles and fill their plates should swing through Sanford, where the meals are mouthwatering and the craft beer taps are flowing. The historic city and county seat has one of the “region’s hottest food scenes,” according to the Orlando Sentinel and boasts a unique and far-ranging spread of culinary experiences that cater to every appetite.
With more than 2,000 waterways, discover a wide array of thrilling outdoor activities, including paddling in clear freshwater springs and rivers, airboating among alligators and zooming through an aerial zipline course. Enjoy a thrilling airboat ride on Lake Jesup and learn about the eco system and the birds and beasts who call it home. Cool down at Wekiva Island where the river is a constant 72 degrees and you can swim, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, volleyball, fish or just plain relax. Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and even participate in giraffe feedings and rhino encounters. Also at the zoo is ZOOm Air Adventures, a zipline adventure course that allows kids and adults to explore perfect natural habitats from an animal’s perspective—in the air traveling from tree to tree by zip lines and suspended rope bridges. Seminole County is also home to some of Florida’s best natural attractions, including the Wekiva River, one of only two National & Wild Scenic Rivers in the state of Florida, the St. Johns River, Wekiva Springs State Park and Lake Jesup to name just a few. With more than 30 parks and preserves the area is a favorite destination for hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife study, nature photography and more. There’s something for everyone whether you are a nature lover or adventure seeker.
And even if you’ve visited here before, know there’s always something new to discover. Opening summer 2018 are such venues as Altitude Sanford—a cutting edge trampoline park; Henry’s Depot–an open-air culinary collective of food vendors in the historic Sanford train depot; The Old Jailhouse restaurant–in, you guessed it, Sanford’s old jailhouse; and The Sullivan, A Public House–Irish themed bar and grill, among others.
Competitive sports have called Seminole County home for almost a century, from the early spring training games of the New York Giants and Boston Braves to the training grounds for Major League Soccer’s local franchise, Orlando City. Today, the county offers an array of sports and training facilities for amateur tournament play, including the 102-acre Boombah Sports Complex at Seminole County.
And getting here is easy via Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport , aboard the Amtrak Auto Train or via auto on I-95 and I-4; and you’ll save 30 percent on accommodations compared to Orlando hotels. All this and it’s just a short drive to area theme parks and beaches too.
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