The Park is not open to vehicular traffic. The most popular activities are bird-watching, nature photography, jogging and bicycling. Nature enthusiasts will be greeted by 1,650 acres of hardwood hammocks, marshes and lakes. There are over 20 miles of roads and woodland trails crisscrossing the Park. Dogs are not permitted at the Orlando Wetlands Park.
NO LONGER CLOSED Nov to January - this changed in 2016.
What an amazing park! We biked the roads (berms around the ponds), on our hybrid bikes, the northwest corner is the most difficult to bike with some overgrown roads. Its also the least scenic, so just stick with the main loop and be amazed. We were there in June and the number of birds were amazing. Cant wait to go back in winter when all the migrants are down.
Take lots of water as there is little shade
Make sure you go to the Overlook - a large dirt mound and from the top you can see 360 view of the park. What a gem of a park.
This has to be one of my favorite hiking places here in Central FL! It's absolutely packed with wildlife of all kinds that don't mind you being there and will go on with their daily chores right in front of you! Beautiful landscape that really shows the awesome side of natural Florida. However, it is not for those that are afraid of gators, snakes, or other wildlife. You will see them, and during the warm steamy mornings there will be plenty of them out to greet on the walkways as they warm up for the day. So keep that mind if you're not looking to get up close and personal with Florida's wildlife. Get to know your FL snakes beforehand, we've come in contact with both harmless and venomous types. Respect their space and they will mind their own. We tread lightly and have never had an issue with any animals. No pets allowed, obviously... way too many gators and snakes that may not enjoy fido in their habitat. But, plenty of people go out with horses and bikes. Everyone is very polite and it's never all that crowded out there. It's a fantastic place for nature photography folks. The walkways are fairly hard packed sand, very solid and easy to walk on, and there's a few nice little sitting areas to take a rest before continuing on the trails. Not too much tree coverage, so bringing a good amount of water, sunblock, light clothes, and a hat/sunglasses are a must. Lots of shortcuts available if you're only looking to be out there for a little bit, or you can hike around the entire area and spend the day out there. It's worth it!