There is no denying that Central Florida has become increasingly urbanized over the past years. Even so, there are nature escapes in Orlando that make it feel like you're not even in the city. You just have to know where to look.
Believe it or not, there are more than just theme parks here. Pockets of green fill the region, and you can take a lovely stroll throughout them.
Visit the arboretum of one of Florida's largest universities on Friday, immerse yourself into a lush park in downtown Orlando if you don't want to stray too far from the city.
There is plenty of green space in the area wanting to be explored. From the steamy tropical expanse of one of the state's more famous state parks to a little-known preserve, you will think you're in the wilds of Old Florida.
These six places in Orlando will have you one with nature, and forgetting the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bill Frederick Park
Admission: $5 per vehicle
Address: 3401 S. Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, FL
Why You Should Go: Even though this park sits in the heart of downtown, its 183-acres along Turkey Lake will make you feel as entered into a grassy meadow.
Address: 4312 Scorplus St., Orlando, FL
Why You Should Go: Sitting in one of Florida's largest universities, the UCF Arboretum is a natural wonderland that flaunts the beauty of Old Florida.
Little Big Econ State Forest
Address: 1350 Snow Hill Rd., Geneva, FL
Why You Should Go: Just north of Orlando hides this splendid state forest that provides a perfect getaway from the grind of urban life with lovely hikes for anyone's skill level.
Spring Hammock Preserve
Address: 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL
Why You Should Go: More than 1,000 acres of a pristine, luscious landscape is at your fingertips at this preserve. The park sits on the Cross Seminole Trail, a popular bike trail in the region.
Loch Haven Park
Address: 777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL
Why You Should Go: You can find this cultural and natural oasis in the middle of the city. Home to the Orlando Science Center, the park has long been an escape from everyday chaos.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Address: 1800 Wekiwa Cir., Apopka, FL
Why You Should Go: One of the more popular state parks in the Sunshine State, this spot has refreshingly cool springs to splash in, and a hiking trail through lush tropical fauna.
Make sure you get out and enjoy some fresh air at these amazing nature spots.