Winter Springs, located north of Orlando and south of Sanford, covers an expanse of beautiful landscape in Florida. Nature lovers are in for a treat, while families and couples flock here for the laidback atmosphere and closeness to attractions. You could say that Winter Springs is the outskirts of Orlando, where travelers can hang their hats for the night before visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Walt Disney World in the daytime.
Winter Springs offers numerous things to do and see, and also offers several popular restaurants of varying cultures and authentic cuisines. Stefano’s Trattoria, for example, is an Italian restaurant that serves up delicious, homemade raviolis, fried calamari, caprese, and canolis [to name a few].
Here are recommendations for fun things to do in Winter Springs, FL
Central Winds Park is the largest park in Winter Springs, with dozens of acres dedicated to professional ball fields, entertainment pavilions, playgrounds, picnic areas, dog parks, and nature trails. You can walk to the docks on Lake Jesup to see alligators, play a round of soccer in one of the open fields, or hike the Cross Seminole Trail. The average visitor spends three hours at a time in this park, simply exploring or watching a ballgame.
Be forewarned though that mosquitoes are everywhere in the summer evenings, so apply bug spray before venturing to this park in hot weather.
The Black Hammock Wilderness Area is another Winter Springs favorite for nature lovers. Mostly reserved for hikers, there are nature trails spread over 700 acres, with plenty of mile markers and chances to see local wildlife. There is also an on-site restaurant, gift shop, and pick-your-own strawberry patches.
The inner city of Winter Springs is home to more wildlife, parks, and nature preserves than hotels, so you might have to travel a bit outside of the main city to find a good place to stay the night. We suggest Hyatt Place Lake Mary, Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-UCF, Comfort Suites UCF, and Best Western Orlando East Inn & Suites.
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Hyatt Place Lake Mary
The Hyatt Place Lake Mary, situated on South International Parkway, is a favorite that caters to all categories of road-weary travelers. Each room is unique in design but similar in comfortable, pleasant amenities, such as a walk-in shower, free toiletries and fresh, fluffed towels, a mini fridge, and a super-comfy, queen-size [or king-size] bed. Suites also have sitting rooms that are equipped with entertainment stands, plump couches, and a dining nook.
As for the rest of the hotel, the Hyatt Place features a breakfast area and on on-site Starbucks. There you will have a divine, free breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and jams, and an assortment of pastries and breads. After breakfast, relax by the swimming pool.
Or, digest while you drive 4 miles to the Seminole Wekiva Trail to hike the afternoon away. There is a small entrance fee for a parking space, but you have the whole day to hike, swim, play, and observe the beauty of Florida’s landscapes. Be sure to pack a nutritious lunch, comfy shoes, and plenty of water.
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-UCF
Among the best hotels in Winter Springs, FL and situated seven miles from the inner city, Homewood Suites is a classic stay, where the cliché of “home away from home” rings true. While there are attractions in the area, your entertainment is covered at the hotel. Shoot some hoops on the basketball courts, swim in the outdoor pools, lounge in the hot tubs, or work up a sweat in the fitness center.
There is a small grill area by the pool where you can bring your own hamburgers and hotdogs for a small barbecue with your family. Breakfast is free and delicious, with an assortment of cereals, fruits, waffles, bacon, bagels, yogurts, coffees, juices, and pastries to tide you over until lunchtime.
Homewood Suites features include free high-speed internet and full-size kitchens for every room. If you want something a little more fun than a local park, take a trip to the Boing Jump Center, located 2.5 miles from the hotel. Shell out a few bucks for an entrance fee and spend all day jumping and playing on massive trampolines and bouncy floors.
Comfort Suites UCF
Comfort Suites UCF, seated just off of Challenger Parkway, is an affordable, comfortable favorite among locals and travelers alike. The hotel offers lots of amenities for their guests, such as a free breakfast of waffles, bacon, and coffee, served up in a breakfast nook of comfy dining accommodations. Other features include free high-speed internet, free parking spaces, a swimming pool and hot tub, an on-site fitness center, and laundry services.
There is also a business room with internet access for business professionals or traveling companies. Room-wise, guests love the beds the most. Mattresses are plump and plush, covered with clean, fresh linens that online reviewers compare to warm sunshine.
For dinner, be sure to visit the local mom-and-pop restaurant, Bubbalou’s Bodaciious Bar-B-Que. From pulled pork, to barbecue chicken, or even sliced beef brisket, everything is served piping hot and slathered in homemade barbecue sauce with a side of mac and cheese and garlic toast. Save room for homemade banana pudding.
Best Western Orlando East Inn & Suites
Centered to the side of East Colonial Drive, Best Western Orlando East Inn & Suites is an older hotel but updated with modern amenities. Convenient to numerous parks and attractions, the hotel provides a daily free hot breakfast, free high-speed internet access, business meeting rooms, a swimming pool, an on-site workout center, and self-serve laundry facilities.In your room, you can expect an accommodating and comfortable arrangement of toiletries, a plump bed, plush pillows, clean linens, fresh towels, and cable access on a flat-screen television. In other words, all the luxuries you need for a weekend away from home.
If you want a little fun and adventure, take a drive to Maui B’s Paddleboard, located 3 miles from the hotel on South Semoran Boulevard. First you learn to keep your balance, then you venture on a guided paddleboard tour with a professional paddleboarder.
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