2. Shingle Creek Regional Park
Imagine exploring a nature park with no motorized train, animatronic creatures or faux folliage around. Instead, you explore by kayak, canoe, SUP or foot using your very own muscle power (imagine that). A paddling eco-tour through Shingle Creek will take you to the headwaters of the Everglades. You may spot bald eagles, wild turkey, great blue heron, yellow-bellied slider turtles, white-tailed deer, river otters – maybe even alligators. It’s amazing how this extensive parkland of picnic spots, hiking trails, boardwalks and waterways is hidden right in the midst of Orlando’s urban corridor.