Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

Port de Soller Sunday 23 October 2016
October 23, 2016
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Dr Ron and daughter on Scenic Boat Tour

This Holiday Season I am visiting my daughter and her family in Lake Mary, Florida just north of Orlando. Yesterday we spent the afternoon in the charming town of Winter Park served by Amtrack and Sun Rail railroad lines as well as being easily accessible by car. The town is characterized by quaint shops and a variety of restaurants as well as a large green space park directly across from Park Avenue, the “main drag” of Winter Park Florida. Our focus today will be the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours whose departure dock is only a few blocks along Morse Avenue from Park Avenue.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

Waiting for the next tour boat

Waiting for the next tour boat

Each boat carries up to 18 passengers at $14 for adults and $7 for children aages 2-11 for a lovely narrated tour which lasts one hour. Details are available at scenicboattours.com.

Captain steers us through the canals

Captain steers us through the canals

Canals of Winter Park Lakes

Canals of Winter Park Lakes

Lake Mizell

Lake Mizell

The tour takes in the three beautiful lakes Osceola, Virginia and Mizell which are connected by a series of narrow canals expertly navigated by the captain of the boat who also offers commentary on the many historic homes which front the lakes including some of the buildings and dormitories of Rollins College located in Winter Park. The lakes are home to a variety of water fowl and other birds including Bald Eagles and serve as the basis for several water sports including boating, water skiing and the training site for the Rollins College competitive rowing team.

Water skier Lake Osceola

Water skier Lake Osceola

Lilly Pads Lake Virginia

Lilly Pads Lake Virginia

My daughter and her family and I found the boat tour to be a very pleasant, enjoyable way and informative way to spend a part of our afternoon especially because at this time of year in the north central part of Florida the temperatures are relatively mild and the humidity is low. If you and your family are visiting Disney World, Epcot Center or Universal Studios in Orlando, I would highly recommend a visit to Winter Park including an hour spent on the very enjoyable Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours.

Twilight Lake Mizell

Twilight Lake Mizell

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Dr. Ron
I am a 77 year old neurosurgeon who has had the "travel bug" for the past 36 years and who has been interested in photography as long as I can remember. My site is intended to convey the excitement that I feel when I travel, to my viewers in words and pictures. I also hope to provide my viewers with my recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, where to eat and generally my recommendations "if you go!"

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