Orlando Wetlands Park in Christmas, Florida, is one of my favorite places in the world! It’s beautiful, easily accessible, teeming with wildlife, and free! Located just 25 minutes from my home in east Orlando (and only 45 minutes from Disney World, FYI) these beautiful wetlands have alligators, ducks, anhingas, herons, eagles, hawks, vultures, turtles, frogs, fish, otters, and more! I’ve seen multiple alligators each time I’ve visited.
My favorite bird? The Roseate spoonbill. After several visits to the park I was able to see these beautiful birds up close. I love their bubble-gum pink feathers.
One of my other favorites, and a regular at the Orlando Wetlands Park, is the anhinga.
Vultures are another oft-sighted resident of the wetlands. On a long hike when I was all by my lonesome, I came across this big flock of them and was a little intimidated. They are kind of scary looking up close. But vultures are cowardly — they only feast on dead things. The whole lot of them quickly moved out of my way. 🙂
The Orlando Wetlands Park has an interesting backstory. Read it in detail here.
Do yourself a favor a take a few hours out of your day to visit Orlando Wetlands Park. You will love it!
Have you been to OWP? Post in the comments below!