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.