Ad­ven­tures Abound

So you’ve set a res­o­lu­tion to stay ac­tive this year, but in no way are you limited to your ho­tel’s tread­mill. We’ve pro­vided 8 ways for you to get out­side and ex­plore pock­ets of Cen­tral Florida par­adise as you fit your work­out in with all plea­sure and no

Where Orlando - - Where Now - BY JESSICA IN­MAN

1 CHAN­NEL YOUR IN­NER COW­BOY OR GIRL

At Dis­ney’s Fort Wilder­ness Re­sort and Camp­ground, Tri-Cir­cle D Ranch, is ap­pro­pri­ately dubbed “home of the hap­pi­est horses on Earth.” But you don’t need to stay at the re­sort, or even visit Walt Dis­ney World, to em­bark on the 45-minute horse­back trail rides of­fered there. Sim­ply sad­dle up for safety and rid­ing in­struc­tion from one of two trail guides. For guests un­der 9, pony rides are also avail­able for $5. www.dis­ney.com

Go horse­back rid­ing

2 STAND-UP PAD­DLE BOARD­ING ON A

SCENIC LAKE Stand up pad­dle board­ing cou­ples non-im­pact ex­er­cise with a full-body work­out, not to men­tion a one-of-a-kind view of Cen­tral Florida’s spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­ways. Pad­dle­board Or­lando’s “Friendly First Timers” class in­tro­duces be­gin­ners to the sport. Within 15 min­utes, the group is on the wa­ter, headed to Lake Mizell in Win­ter Park. The course is de­signed to pre­pare stu­dents for Pad­dle­board Or­lando’s “SUP-faris,” such as the Crys­tal River Man­a­tee ex­pe­ri­ence. www.pad­dle­boar­dor­lando.com

3 CA­NOE OR KAYAK AT A STATE PARK

Wildlife and out­door ad­ven­ture reign at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Tra­verse the 13 miles of hik­ing trails across the prop­erty and you may en­counter deer, bald ea­gles or black bears. A Na­tive Amer­i­can term for “bub­bling wa­ter,” Wekiwa is an ap­pro­pri­ate name for the springs that churn out any­where from 43 to 45 mil­lion gal­lons of fresh wa­ter daily. Take a dip in the wa­ter be­fore you rent a ca­noe, kayak or pad­dle board to ex­plore the Wekiva (“flow­ing wa­ter”) River. www.flori­das­tateparks.org/weki­wasprings

4 DOWN­TOWN WORK­OUT

Tucked into the high-rise bank build­ings and cor­po­rate head­quar­ters of down­town Or­lando, an oa­sis of oak trees and green space sur­rounds Lake Eola. On your scenic stroll around the lake, be sure to catch a glimpse of the black and white swans that re­side there. For the most unique per­spec­tive of the park, how­ever, hop in a swan paddleboat with up to four fam­ily mem­bers or friends, check out the foun­tain at the lake’s cen­ter, and en­joy the vis­tas of the city’s ar­chi­tec­ture. Ev­ery Sun­day, a free yoga class is of­fered on the lawn along with a sea­sonal farm­ers mar­ket. www.city­ofor­lando.net

5 CLIMB FLORIDA’S TALLEST LIGHT­HOUSE

Forgo the ho­tel’s stairs-tep­per and head in­stead to the his­toric beach town of Ponce In­let, just 80 min­utes north­east of Or­lando and the home of the state’s tallest light­house with 209, calo­rie-burn­ing steps. Tours are of­fered daily, or on the night of the full moon, the “Prin­ci­pal Keeper” and his as­sis­tant, both don­ning tra­di­tional garb, lead guests to the top of the tower, and even into the lens room, where a bird’s-eye view of the sea­side awaits as the sun sets and moon rises. www.pon­cein­let.org

6 BIKE THE OR­LANDO UR­BAN TRAIL

Run­ning 3 miles long, from Mag­no­lia Av­enue in down­town Or­lando to Mead Gar­den, Or­lando’s Ur­ban Trail is a well­tended se­cret. A walk along the trail will ac­quaint you with dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the city, and mark­ers ev­ery quar­ter mile will en­able you to keep track of your progress. Ex­er­cise equip­ment avail­able at Lake Ivan­hoe en­ables you to skip the gym and opt in­stead for an out­door route show­cas­ing com­mu­nity and lo­cal fla­vor. www. city­ofor­lando.net

7 JOG CEL­E­BRA­TION’S

BOARD­WALK Just a few miles from Walt Dis­ney World is the town of Cel­e­bra­tion, per­fect for spend­ing a day. Be­hind the Bo­hemian ho­tel is a bi­cy­cle stand where op­tions range from tra­di­tional bikes to four-per­son sur­reys. If you’d rather set out by foot, a wooden board­walk through palm forests and scenic wet­lands links each of the town’s five quaint vil­lages. www.cel­e­bra­tionsur­rey.com

8 TRAIN LIKE A CIR­CUS PER­FORMER

At Or­lando Aerial Arts, stu­dents of all lev­els are in­vited to try their skills up in the air by us­ing silk ropes, hoops and other ap­pa­ra­tus sus­pended from the ceil­ing. Be­gin­ners learn how to wrap and climb to aerial poses while more sea­soned stu­dents learn artistry and chore­og­ra­phy. Strength train­ing, pro­fes­sional tips and stretch­ing are a part of the classes. Pri­vate lessons for in­di­vid­u­als and groups are also avail­able. www.or­lan­doaeri­alarts.com

Climb the Ponce de Leon Light­house

Ex­plore Lake Eola

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