Social Distancing Activities for Spring Break 2021 In Orlando
There is no better time to enjoy the great outdoors!
When considering spring break in Orlando, most people think of crowded theme parks, standing in line to meet their favorite cartoon or movie characters, or paying a little extra to get on the next ride sooner. But central Florida is not just about theme parks. It is also known for its scenic beauty, rich wildlife, watersports, and fishing. In fact, Orlando boasts over 100 lakes, and it is less than 90 minutes from Atlantic Ocean hotspots like Daytona Beach and Palm Bay.
Visitors who want a break from the parks or those who just want to immerse themselves in the warmth and scenic beauty of central Florida will not be disappointed by the marshes, lakes, rivers, and beaches in and around the Orlando area. Tourists and locals alike have a plethora of options for enjoying all that the natural world provides, and experiencing the beauty and variety of the Florida landscape by spending some time on the water also offers a safe, socially distanced alternative to some of the more traditional theme park options. Our friends over at Boatsetter have a wide variety of boating options for all your Central Florida Spring Break activities.
Central Florida Fun on the Water
Boating in central Florida offers a number of tried-and-true ways to break up with the winter blues while soaking up the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air. Below we share a few ways you can get out on the water no matter what your budget, and you may be surprised to note that most options are more cost-effective than a day at any theme park!
Wakesurfing, Wakeboarding, or Tubing
Did we mention all the lakes in Orlando? A lake that is popular with out-of-towners, as well as native Orlandians, is Big Sand Lake. Like many of the area’s larger lakes, Sand Lake is a great spot to try out wakeboarding or to take the kids tubing. Jet skis, paddleboards, and other watercraft appeal to kids of all ages.
Adventure seekers may want to charter the nine-passenger Super Air Nautique SV211, where they can experience all the thrills of roller coasters and waterslides at their own pace with their friends and family. Not sure if you are ready to captain a boat? Many boat rentals offer the option of chartering the boat with a captain, like this 25-foot luxury Chapparal that can accommodate up to 12 passengers and all sorts of amenities guaranteed to keep you and your family entertained for hours.
Swimming, Without the Chlorine
If heart-racing watersports are not your cup of tea, consider renting a boat from Boatsetter that functions as a private, floating lakehouse, like the Yamaha Fish Sport. Designed for easy gatherings with its open center console, up to six people can head up through the natural springs, kick back on Lake Apopka, or cruise any of the chains of lakes that are spread throughout the Orlando and Central Florida area.
Since the Fish Sport and similar vessels are jet-powered, there is no propeller to worry about as the family takes advantage of the rear swim platform. Or, for those seeking a more raucous day, head out with a group of friends to the local sandbar, but don’t forget to bring cold drinks and something to grill while you crank up the tunes and live that lake life. Many smaller lakes and waterways are also great for kayaking or canoeing, but be sure to check local posting before swimming or wading.
So Many Fish, So Little Time
What would a Florida experience be without some fresh fish? For a relaxing day of freshwater fishing, there is no better way to kick back than by renting a spacious pontoon boat and setting out in search of largemouth bass (just avoid the jetskis) on Lake Fairview or one of the many lakes known for bass and trophy fish in the Orlando area. Many rentals include poles, tackle, and, well, just about everything but the bait, so reel in those Florida moments by catching your supper for the night.
If you are looking for a more intimate, guided experience, head to Ormond Beach for the best of intercoastal and saltwater fishing. Whether you are a first-time angler or a salty old dog, your captain will make sure you have everything you need to spend an unforgettable day on the water.
Just over an hour from Orlando lies Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canaveral National Seashore, so consider spending a science day exploring the Space Center or trying to spot the not-so-elusive Florida gator. Merritt Island and the unfortunately named Mosquito Lagoon are home to over 300 bird species, including the brilliantly pink, unforgettable, roseate spoonbill that flock to the mangrove fields to mate.
If the sea is calling, you know you must answer. Let the salty air rejuvenate you and the lapping of waves against the hull rock the tension away. Take in the natural beauty of the Florida coastline by spending a day cruising the water of the Atlantic in a 26-foot Robalo, located on the intercoastal waterway and only minutes from the ocean. Remember to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen!
Whatever your Spring Break plans are, our friends at Boatsetter have an option for you!