Things to do in Sanford

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Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Orlando: Central Florida Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip the purchase lines with this admission ticket to Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens at Sanford. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the animals, attractions, and eateries without the fuss of in-person ticket buying and long wait times. Learn about different animals from all over the world as you watch species such as bald eagles, leopards, bears, giraffes, alpacas, monkeys, porcupines, otters, mongooses, and more thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience other enriching activities such as giraffe feeding, rhino encounter, and keeper chats, or indulge in some fun adventures such as searching for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens or exploring the Herpetarium to see reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world. Cool off from the Florida heat with an enjoyable time at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground or take a break at one of the various places to eat and drink.

Sanford: Mastodon Springs and Wekiva River Guided Kayak Tour

2. Sanford: Mastodon Springs and Wekiva River Guided Kayak Tour

Plunge into the Mastodon Springs and search for the fossils on this guided kayaking tour from Sandford. Search for local wildlife as you glide through dense vegetation. Keep your things dry with the included dry bag and stay hydrated with the included water.  Meet your guide and get set up with your high-quality kayaking gear. Listen as your guide gives you a paddling tutorial and a short safety briefing. Set off down the Wekiva River and keep an eye out for wildlife like West Indian manatees, wood storks, bald eagles, and sandhill cranes. Reach the Mastodon Springs where you cab explore the lush area around the springs, snorkel for fossils, or purchase a refreshment at the local beer garden. Relax and refuel with a light picnic lunch of charcuterie, chocolate, cheese, cold cuts, and cookies.  Learn more about wild Florida with your Florida Master Naturalist guide. Spot more wildlife as you paddle back to your meeting point in Sanford.  

Sanford: Guided SUP or Kayak Manatee-Watching Tour

3. Sanford: Guided SUP or Kayak Manatee-Watching Tour

Discover the wild nature just outside Disney and Universal Studios on this kayaking and standup paddling guided tour from Sanford. Learn how to use a SUP, hear fascinating facts about the wildlife you see, and discover Florida's rich history. Start your tour with an introduction to the standup paddleboard. Practice on land before taking it for a practice paddle just offshore. Once you're ready, head into the water and begin your day. If you prefer kayaking to standing up, join the tour in one of the provided kayaks. Push off and head into the water, making your way toward the beautiful cypress waterways. As you paddle, hear about the wildlife you see and the history of Orlando and Sanford. Paddle under old industrial railways and past green shores for a chance to see playful manatees in the water.

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