Imagine a winter bursting with shining sun, warm weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities. I’m happy to tell you, it exists. While most of the nation is bundled up indoors, visitors of Lake County, Florida, are unpacking short-sleeves and enjoying snow-free fun outside. Here, winter is the perfect time to explore outside-the-box activities and connect with the burgeoning growth of nature. The best part? We’re here to help you along the way. So pack your bags, leave the sweaters at home, and come along as we experience the warm wonders of Lake County.
With winter comes new harvests from our U-Pick farms. Grab the kiddos and gather a take-home bundle of delicious produce from any of our open-to-the-public farms. Here are a few to get you started.
The Showcase of Citrus is a family-operated ranch covering 2,500 acres. Stroll through the groves and pick fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and more. Stick around to feed the animals, enjoy time on the playground, scour the gem mine or take a tour on the monster truck. Before you leave, dip into the Old Time Country Store for jams, jellies, sauces, and juices. Psst! These make great holiday gifts!
Some people say the smell of strawberries evoke happiness. Put the theory to test as you stroll the bountiful fields of strawberries on the vine at Far Reach Ranch. Pluck a bushel of the sweet and juicy fruit to take home and enjoy. Graham Farms also harvests oranges and a selection of veggies, so be sure to load up.
Though the family of Southern Hill Farms has been cultivating land for generations, they’ve only recently expanded their fields to include fruits and vegetables. Make an entire day of fun with the family on a tractor-pulled wagon ride, playground, picnic space, and even live music and food trucks on weekends.
The land of 1,000 lakes gives new meaning to outdoor activities. The pure nature of our environment creates ample opportunities to immerse yourself in adventure everywhere you look. Take a peek at some of our favorite outdoor activities, but remember, it doesn’t stop here!
Explore the water with help from our local outfitters. Climb into a kayak and glide your way through our countless blueways. You’ll quickly discover the abundance of wildlife, vast greenery, and incredible views you just won’t see from land. Browse through our Paddler’s Paradise for routes, tips, and tricks to start your journey.
Cast a line and reel in a fresh catch from land or water! There’s certainly no shortage of fishing holes in Lake County, so pack up your supplies and sunscreen to head out for a day (or more) of incredible fishing. Check out our guide to boat rentals, marinas, fishing charters, and tackle shops to plan your next fishing escape.
Land excursions go from remarkable to incredible when you do them on horseback. Trot over to our local stables for guided tours covering more than 150 miles of equestrian trails, including options for relaxing lakefront rides and adventurous treks into the forest. Or bring your own horse for personal adventures set at your own pace and preference.
Bring your binoculars and settle in for some of the best birdwatching opportunities in Florida. New to the field? Birding and nature tours are here to get you started. For the novice, we’ve compiled a list of the best birding spots for you to peek-a-boo into the lives of our feathered friends. Check out our tips & tricks, bird checklist, notable birds, and more with our online birding guide.
Come for fun, and stay awhile! There’s more than enough happening this season and every season. Book a room at any of our boutique hotels and resorts, scenic lakeside rentals, charming bed and breakfasts, or rustic campsites for an experience your family will love.