Explore close to home: 4 must-try Central Florida social distancing activities

November 4, 2020

Learn how you can explore the natural beauty of Central Florida while practicing social distancing


Practicing social distancing is one of the key ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. While going out for some fresh air is necessary for your physical and mental health, it can be challenging to find activities where you can practice social distancing. 

The good news is that Central Florida is full of stunning outdoor spots where you can safely relax, unwind, and soak in the natural beauty.


Continue reading to learn our top four ways you can explore Central Florida while also social distancing.


Central Florida social distancing activities


Visit the beach 

With access to beautiful beaches on both coasts of Florida, visiting the beach is an easy and convenient option for both locals and visitors alike! 

Some popular Central Florida beaches on the east coast include: 

  • Cocoa Beach 
  • Daytona Beach, and 
  • New Smyrna Beach.

The west coast also has many beautiful beaches including: 

  • Clearwater Beach 
  • Anna Maria Island
  • St. Petersburg Beach, and 
  • Treasure Island. 

Whichever one you choose, all of these beaches in Central Florida are great for relaxing, swimming, surfing, boating, and more––all of which you can enjoy at a safe distance from others!


Central Florida social distancing activities


Venture out to scenic nature trails 

Central Florida is full of scenic trails that are great for hiking, biking, and exploring. 

Our top park suggestions include: 

  • Bill Frederick Park in Orlando
  • Ocala National Forest
  • Hontoon Island State Park in DeLand 
  • Split Oak Forest in Orlando, and 
  • Lake Apopka North Shore in Apopka.

Along with hiking trails, some of these state parks also have easily accessible waterways for activities such as boating and fishing.


Central Florida social distancing activities


Explore the botanical gardens and local parks 

Central Florida contains many parks and botanical gardens that are large enough to practice social distancing while enjoying the beautiful scenery. 

Our top picks are:

  • Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park 
  • Leu Gardens in Audubon Park 
  • Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, and 
  • Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando (pictured above).


Central Florida social distancing activities


Visit the natural springs 

Central Florida has some beautiful springs that are perfect for a picnic, swimming, canoeing, and more. 

We suggest visiting: 

  • Blue Springs State Park in Orange City 
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka (pictured above)
  • De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs 
  • Rock Springs Run State Reserve in Sorrento.

If one day just isn’t enough, some of these state parks also have a campground where visitors can stay for longer. 


Even when social distancing becomes an idea of the past, these activities are a great way to explore beautiful parts of Central Florida that are off the beaten path. 

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