Area Tours

Birdwatching at Lake Apopka

7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Join the Orange Audubon Society to explore the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, a state property which was originally popular with anglers and later converted for shallow marsh farming. The lake was later reclaimed from farmers to restore water quality in Lake Apopka. This large property in the middle of the Florida peninsula has hosted more than 360 bird species. The newly opened Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive traverses berms through the restored wetlands. Regularly seen in November are Sora, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Wood Stork, American Bittern, Sandhill Crane, Wood Duck, Mottled Duck and Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Duck, along with most of North America’s wading bird species. Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon are also often seen, along with Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Orange-crowned Warbler and Ovenbird. Possible sightings include Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet and Least Bittern. As many as 13 sparrow species have been seen, including rarities like LeConte’s and Clay-colored. Unique flycatcher species like Ash-throated, Western, Cassin’s, Tropical, Scissor-tailed and Vermillion, as well as Say’s Phoebe and White-faced Ibis, are out-of-range birds that have been repeatedly seen. Groove-billed Anis were seen as recently as 2015. Past rarities have included Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Eurasian Kestrel, Wilson’s Phalarope, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Whooping Crane, White-cheeked Pintail and Ross. With such a large restoration area on the shore of Florida’s 4th largest lake, rarities frequently show up. Several experienced birders with spotting scopes will accompany the group. For maps, birding checklist and further information, see the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive page, and for a sample of bird species seen see the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Facebook page.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tour will depart and return to the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.

 By 15 August By 19 September On-site
US$30 US$40 US$50

Kennedy Space Center Tour

CANCELED

 

Everglades Airboat Tour on Cypress Lake

2:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a closer look at birds, alligators and exotic wildlife as you glide through 4,200 acres of untouched nature preserve on an exclusive airboat ride. The swamp is free of any development and is 100% pure Florida wilderness. After your hour-long ride, you can have your picture taken while holding a baby alligator and explore the park. The Wildlife Park gives guests the opportunity to watch, touch and even feed some of Florida’s native land-dwelling animals and various species of tropical birds.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tour will depart and return to the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.

By 15 August By 19 September On-site
US$96 US$108 US$120