Whether you are new to the area, just visiting Osceola County or a lifelong resident, there are many things to do around Osceola County that get you moving and teach you about all we have to offer. From hands on history lessons to low-impact exercise activities we've got a list of seven things you might enjoy this summer when looking for activities around Osceola County.
1. Hike Shingle Creek Regional Park.
The park offers 200 acres of wildlife, nature and history all rolled into one. It is located off of west U.S. Highway 192, a tranquil piece of old Florida hidden in the hustle and bustle of tourist country. At the Shingle Creek Regional Park you can walk or hike the trails, canoe or enjoy the wildlife encounters in the myriad of conservation areas. You might get a glimpse of wild turkeys, yellow-bellied slider turtles or white-tailed deer while there. Be sure to check out our post on 5 plants to avoid when walking the trail.
2. Visit the Welcome Center.
After you’ve explored the trail, cool off with a visit to the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum that is located just minutes away. The center has four exhibits that focus on the swamplands, pine flatwoods, oak hammock and lakefront habitats of Florida. The exhibits are interactive while the center also offers access to Shingle Creek for more outdoor adventures.
3. Walk the Lakefront Parks.
Both of them. In Osceola County were are lucky to have two beautiful lakefront parks, one in Kissimmee and one in Saint Cloud. The St. Cloud Lakefront Park was revamped a few years ago and offers many amenities such as a bike path, boat ramp, picnic pavilions, fishing pier, sandy beach front, public restrooms and more. The Kissimmee Lakefront Park is currently undergoing an overhaul set to be complete in late 2014. The fresh new look offers wide open spaces for visitors to enjoy and many of the same amenities the Saint Cloud lakefront has to offer.
4. Exercise your way around Harmony's Trail.
12.5 miles of trails and pathways great for walking, biking and jogging. The trail winds its way through the community of Harmony and along Buck and Cat Lakes. Along the trail you can find posted fitness signs that offer ideas on how to keep fit, just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring your water!
5. Stroll through Downtown Kissimmee for the sculpture walk.
This self-guided tour is a free and unique experience of artwork by local artists. These pieces bring beauty and art to the outdoors for residents and visitors to enjoy while dining and shopping in the historic downtown area.
6. Take the Driving Tour.
Brochures are available at the Osceola County Welcome Center that will guide you through the historic parts and newly built parks of our beautiful community. What better way to see the sights in on a hot summer day in Florida? Crank up that AC while you tour the area!
7. Visit the Twin Oaks Conservation Area.
Twin Oaks is a newly opened conservation area that is named after two large century-old live oaks that greet greet fisherman as they enter the area. Visitors can enjoy Lake Tohopekaliga from the shore by fishing from the pier or by using the ADA accessible canoe and kayak launch, a first of its kind in the area. The area is also set up for hiking and horseback riding, with watering stations set up for horses on both ends of the property.