An 11-mile drive offers an up-close look at Florida’s wildlife

An 11-mile drive offers an up-close look at Florida’s wildlife

Want to get an up-close view of Florida’s wildlife without leaving your car? This hidden gem is for you.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive certainly won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a way to enjoy the great Florida weather while taking in the sights of wildlife, including over 360 bird species.

Pack your family and friends in your car and set out on this 11-mile one-way trip that takes you around Lake Apopka North Shore, where a former mud farm has been converted into a wildlife sanctuary, according to its website.

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Cars can drive and stop periodically to capture views and take photos and videos of what they see. You are bound to see many crocodiles swimming or basking on the bank during your trip.

If the pace is moving too fast for you, just stop at the designated pull spots. The speed limit is 10 miles per hour.

The trip can last anywhere from one to three hours depending on how fast you want to take the sights and how much wildlife you stop to spot.


(credit: Stacy Shanks)

The route is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and on 11 different federal holidays from sunrise to sunset. Entrance begins at 2850 Lust Road, Apopka, and closes one hour before sunset.

And the best news ever is free.

For directions and what else this area has to offer, click here.

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