Who doesn’t love a good adventure? I’m always up new adventures and searching for them is part of the fun. I especially like to find local gems or places that are not too far away. I recently posted a theme unit I did with my kiddos on Rocks and Minerals and featured this park. I want to tell you a little more about it here because its perfect for a quick learning adventure.
By the way, I plan on circling back to this unit later this year because there is so much to discover and it was a big hit with the kids. As part of this unit, I plan on visiting some of our local parks in Central Florida which we’ve not visited before. I’ll keep you updated on our travels. Whether you homeschool or not, these will be posts for you! Pack up a picnic and enjoy these local parks on the weekend! There is always an adventure waiting when you’re looking for some fun and learning!
Check out my upcoming posts on my favorite things to bring along when we are exploring!
Our latest adventure was Bill Frederick Park on Turkey Lake in one of Central Florida’s busiest cities, Orlando! Orlando has way more to offer than just theme parks. Take a look at some things you can do at this park with paying just $4 for the daily parking.
- Check out the farm animals. This is a nice little surprise to find at a local city park in Orlando. It’s an unexpected find. Since we were out there early, we were able to meet the person that feeds them and watch him go around and do his rounds making sure they were all feed. We saw horses, donkey, hens and roosters, cats, rabbits, peacocks, and a few more.
2. Enjoy beautiful butterflies everywhere! We saw at least four different types of butterflies along the trails. They were literally all over the trail fluttering around. It was beautiful!
3. Experience the butterfly cycle. We found an interesting display where the kids can experience the butterfly cycle in an interesting way.
4. Explore the trails and find local varieties of trees and shrubs. Read up on them when you come across informational signs. We came across these along the trail and inside one of the nature connect pavilions (a nice little spot for a snack and some water).
5. Enjoy the Nature Connect Trail near the Farm. This trail is a short loop with some interesting finds along the way. It could use a bit of TLC and updating but there is it is still a good safe trail for looking for butterflies, Florida trees and shrubs, and bird watching. I was surprised that we didn’t really see many birds on this particular day but I’m pretty sure there are plenty especially in the trails closer to Turkey Lake which we didn’t go on this particular day.
6. Enjoy the different playgrounds along the way. This park has several playgrounds and while the kiddos were more excited about the nature walk than the playgrounds on this day we spent a few minutes at two they found interesting.
We packed a picnic, lots of water and had plenty of fun searching for rocks and other interesting things along the way. We used our field notes, brought our field guides and tools mentioned in my previous posts about our Rocks and Minerals unit. This is definitely a park to visit. If offers areas for RV and tent camping and with 183 acres of land and a beautiful lake, there is plenty more to plan for. If fishing is your thing, it is “one of the top-five rated fishing lakes in the state of Florida!” Not bad for a day out with the kiddos at all! For more information about this park visit:
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on different types of hikes to do with your kids for fun and learning as you explore what your city or state has to offer. Do you have a favorite park in Central Florida you’d like us to explore? Which is your favorite park? I’d love to hear from you below or email me at email@example.com.
Until next time,