If there's one thing we try to do on the weekends it's getting out to enjoy nature and the blessing of having year-round warm weather. If you're not looking to be out in the heat though, you can take a little safari in your car at Lake Apopka's Wilderness Drive.

This 11-mile 1-way drive will wind you through gorgeous wetlands and flatlands with some trees dotting the trail. While you can't hike this path as it's for motor vehicles only, you're free to step out and snap a gorgeous photo of your view at the pullover areas.

The landscape on the drive offers the most perfect horizon backdrops for your photos and some fantastic clear sightlines of wildlife - and you're sure to see a lot of it.

Of course, you're bound to see a Florida gator loving his home in the ol' Sunshine State, but also plenty of birds; according to the St. John's River Water Management District's Website, there are over 360 different species of them scattered throughout the landscape - you may even get lucky and see a colorful peacock up close.

You'll also see other various small critters here like turtles, raccoons, and rabbits - all enjoying their natural habitat.

If you're feeling extra brave, you can snap some of the craziest photos of the gators doin' their thang here but sometimes you see something that surprises you. One Google user managed to snap a photo of a bobcat roaming the path; you never know what you'll see on your Florida Safari.

After you've finished the wildlife drive or you want a more active day out in nature, you can get out in that sunshine on the additional 2.6 miles of hiking and biking trails awaiting your exploration.

Whether you're wanting to trek the trails or simply drive on through, nature and wildlife lovers will be left with nothing but gorgeous views of the Sunshine State's natural beauty.

Lake Apopka Wilderness Drive

Address: 2850 Lust Rd, Apopka, FL 32703

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Federal Holidays.

Why you should go: Keep cool in your car and still enjoy the beauty of nature on an 11-mile drive. You can stop and hop out for photos of the stunning landscape, and even observe some of Florida's native wildlife. Additional 2.6 miles of biking/hiking trails also available if you really want to explore the entire area.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, always respect the environment.

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