If you are an outdoors person, there are many different activities for you to partake in Central Florida.

Central Florida is no further than 90 minutes from multiple beaches. If you like calm, clear beaches then the gulf on the West Coast is for you. If you like waves, surfing, water boarding, then the East Coast is for you. Central Florida has access to both sides with minimal travel. Both sides are great for boating, fishing, sun bathing, snorkeling, and all sorts of fun beach activities. Want to get away from the land for awhile? You can also board a cruise ship at of the Port of Tampa.

If you prefer smaller bodies of water, Central Florida hosts hundreds of lakes with spectacular views. Lakeland has multiple lakes in the downtown area including Lake Parker, Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Mirror and others. Auburndale is built around Lake Ariana, Lake Lena, and Lake Mariana, but also hosts more other lakes. Lake Kissimmee, Lake Alfred, Eagle Lake, and Lake Hamilton towns built around their namesake.

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Map

The Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven has 10 lakes connected by canals, 10 on the North Chain and 18 on the South Chain, most of which lie within the city of Winter Haven. https://visitcentralflorida.org/top…

It seems you are never more than 10 minutes from lake access. Because the lakes are a central focus of most towns in Central Florida, several events are held on and around the lakes throughout the year. The lakes also provide plenty of room to go boating, fishing, skiing, canoeing, water boarding, and have tail gate parties.

Natural Springs of Central Florida

In addition to oceans and lakes, Central Florida also has natural springs including Crystal Springs, Artic Springs and Lithia Springs where you can swim and play in the crystal clear waters. Many people take their lunch break by the natural springs or make a day trip and have a picnic at the parks surrounding the springs. The springs are between 45 and 90 minutes from Lakeland.

If you love the outdoors, but water is not your preference, then you may want to visit one of the many nature preserves where you can view wild animals and birds in their natural habitats. You can also visit one of the several State Parks in Central Florida where you can camp in a tent or bring an RV for an overnight stay if one day is not enough for you. https://www.floridastateparks.org/p…

Looking for more physical activity than a casual stroll around the lakes, through the nature preserves, or state parks? You can also go hiking in Central Florida. While Florida is not known for large hills or even mountains, you can still get a good workout hiking through the trails. http://floridahikes.com/central-flo…

Citrus Hiking Trails

No matter what you like to do outdoors, Central Florida provides plenty of natural landscape for you to enjoy yourself. I may be a little biased, but I think Central Florida provides one of the better natural settings to do most anything you enjoy outdoors, except for maybe snow skiing and bob sledding. For those activities, you will have to go much further North.

For more information about Central Florida, go to https://visitcentralflorida.org/ If you would like information about moving to Central Florida, contact me at 863-271-7882. Check back soon for more exciting things you can enjoy in Central Florida.

RYAN SELLS FLORIDA HOMES·FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017