Parks & Gar­dens

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BLUE SPRING STATE PARK‒ Cover­ing more than 2,600 acres, this park is pop­u­lar for fish­ing, div­ing and swim­ming in the sum­mer months. www.flori­das­tateparks.org/blue­spring. 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, 386.775.3663.

FOR­EVER FLORIDA‒ This work­ing cat­tle ranch con­tains nearly 5,000 acres with 10 miles of hik­ing trails and eco-ad­ven­tures like zi­plin­ing and horse­back rid­ing. www.forever­florida.com. 4755 N. Ke­nansville Road, St. Cloud, 407.957.9794.

HARRY P. LEU GAR­DENS ‒ This 50-acre botan­i­cal gar­den is a maze burst­ing with color and un­usual green­ery. Take a guided tour of the South­ern­styled grounds, chill at a con­cert or just stroll through the gi­ant bam­boo, man­i­cured lawns and the world’s largest col­lec­tion of camel­lias. www. leu­gar­dens.org. 1920 N. For­est Ave., 407.246.2620.

KELLY PARK‒ Rent a tube and float down a river fed by Rock Springs. The 3/4-mile ride through re­fresh­ing 68-de­gree crys­talline wa­ter takes 25 min­utes. $5 per vehicle. 400 E. Kelly Park Road, Apopka, 407.254.1902.

LAKE EOLA PARK‒ Pop­u­lar down­town pub­lic park for strolling and feed­ing ducks. A play­ground and swan-boat rentals are on site. Trendy restau­rants, bars and shop­ping are steps away. www.city­ofor­lando.net. 195 N. Ros­alind Ave., 407.246.4485.

WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK‒ Swim or snorkel in the crys­tal-clear fresh­wa­ter spring. Also en­joy fish­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing or horse­back rid­ing. $6 per vehicle. www.flori­das­tateparks.org/weki­wasprings. 1800 Wekiwa Cir­cle, Apopka, 407.884.2009.

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