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Orlando Wetlands Park/Fort Christmas Picnic and Bicycle Ride


OFF ROAD — Picnic & Bicycle Ride!!  We will meet Sunday  at 12:00 NOON for a picnic lunch at Fort Christmas Park east of Orlando. (Bring your own food and drinks)  After lunch we will drive together about 2 miles to the Orlando Wetlands Park for a very leisurely ride on our bicycles for the rest of the afternoon exploring the trails and roads of the Orlando Wetlands Park. Sunset is at 6:05, so anyone so inclined can stick around to watch the go down over the ponds and lakes.


Fort Christmas was built in present day Christmas, Florida during the Second Seminole War. Construction began on December 25, 1837, with the arrival of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama volunteers. The re-created fort is thought to be within one mile of the original 1837 fort.

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GPS — 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, Christmas FL 32709

Orlando Wetlands Park

The trails and roads are hard packed sand and clay.  I don't recommend street/racing tires, but instead it is better to have wide/hybrid tires even if soft sand is rare in the park. This IS NOT a mountain bike trail. All flat and smooth !! If you have a camera, bring it. The photo opportunities are endless !!  This is a mostly sunny ride so bring water, a hat and or sunscreen to protect those sensitive skin cells. We will most likely ride about five miles or less at a very leisurely pace. This is a perfect  ride for the beginner or the experienced. Bring your 21 speed hybrid or an old rusty beach cruiser. They all will both work fine. The park closes during Dec and Jan and reopens on Feb 1st, so I have no idea what the crowds if any will be like. But we may have a great opportunity to see many migratory birds on this Groundhog Day 2014. Maybe the gators will see their shadows.


You can check out at this website for additional info about the Orlando Wetlands Park.

 http://www.orlandowetlands.org/Orlando Wetlands Park.

25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, Florida 32709


The Orlando Wetlands Park is a great to place to come out, relax and enjoy nature. The most popular activities are bird-watching, nature photography, jogging and bicycling. Nature enthusiasts will be greeted by 1,650 acres of hardwood hammocks, marshes and lakes. There are over 20 miles of roads and woodland trails through marshes, hardwood hammocks and along scenic lakes crisscrossing the Park. It's a great place for bird-watching, photography, jogging and bicycling.


Wildlife of the Orlando Wetlands Park

The open waters of the lake and marshes attract wintering waterfowl, wood storks, white ibis, black-crowned night herons, and other wading birds are common during the cooler months. Bald eagles, limpkins, and red-shouldered hawks, black vultures, and turkey vultures are year round residents in the Orlando Wetlands Park. Raccoons, river otters, white-tailed deer, alligators and bobcats can be seen along the roads and hiking trails.


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  • Bridgette

    It was a lot of fun and great people (it was a bit too hot in the sun, though - wished for cooler weather or clouds!)

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also many thanks to Joyce for taking Sharron under wing and giving her a personal tour of the wetlands via the golf cart.Thank you.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first bike ride outing with the Slackers, being from Ontario the 80 plus weather was a real treat,as promised by our most capable leader Carl who took a huge interest not only in Nature but the well being of the Group.Having walked directly into the group of strangers at the picnic I was made immediately to feel among long time friends.Thank you.It was fun sharing these few hours with you all and I look forward to the next biking/hiking/outing. Do keep me posted.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who knew such a beautiful place was in our backyard.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! A calm and peaceful place - saw bird species that we don't see much over on the east coast. Roseate spoonbills, coots, glossy ibis, green herons. Lots of alligators too.

    February 2, 2014

  • Carl R.

    Lunch was great and the ride was better !

    February 2, 2014

  • Dee

    What a great experience! I've never seen so many roseate spoonbills in one place! Thanks for organizing this Carl!

    February 2, 2014

  • Carla

    I'm sorry to miss this Carl - friend coming over today
    Last minute. I will look forward to awesome pictures

    February 2, 2014

    • Carl R.

      You will be missed....

      February 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We missed you Carla!

      February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great bike ride and weather today. Thanks Carl! Looking forward to your next bike ride.

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone,
    Just arrived from Ontario, Canada a week or so ago,this outing sure sounds like it will be much better than shovelling snow and all other associated winter tasks. Looking forward to meeting you all. I will hold Carl Reiche to the 83 degrees.

    January 29, 2014

    • Carl R.

      The 83 is a variable number...but I GUARANTEE you it will be warmer than anywhere in Canada. Glad you are joining us.

      January 30, 2014

  • Carl R.

    The weather for Sunday is forecast at 83 degrees. It should be a beautiful day!! As a bonus a large number of Roseate Spoonbills should be there to greet us!

    January 29, 2014

  • julian

    Hey,I have never heard of eating first and then riding!!!
    After eating ,I usually have a siesta!!!

    January 26, 2014

    • Carl R.

      Yeah, great idea...ride for several hours to burn calories, then stuff our face with a huge meal!

      January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to go but I have plans in Casselberry at 6pm, would this be workable?

    January 25, 2014

    • Carl R.

      If you drive yourself out to the park, you can leave anytime you like. So...yes, it should work!!

      January 25, 2014

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