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Tourism

Even with the excitement of Orlando attractions just around the corner, the Oviedo-Winter Springs area holds its own when it comes to tourism. From ecotourism and agritourism to developing retail sites, dining and year-round events for all ages, there’s never a shortage of things to do in this Central Florida region.

Ecotourism is an attraction growing in popularity in the Oviedo-Winter Springs area, with its profusion of winding rivers, sparkling lakes, lush forests and wildlife. Several trail systems in Seminole County draw hikers, while wildlife enthusiasts visit the Chuluota, Econ River and Black Hammock wilderness areas. Plus, airboat tours on Lake Jesup invite patrons to view the area’s unique wildlife, notably the alligator population, which hails as the largest among any lake in the state.

Agritourism

Agritourism is also a prevalent feature of the Oviedo-Winter Springs area. Hayrides, barbecues, fishing, nature walks and more are discovered throughout our area. For those with a green thumb, a trip to one of our many area nurseries is a must. They are filled with native plants, exotic plants, fruit trees, palms, indoors plants and much more. One such nursery, Lukas Nursery, hosts the Butterfly Encounter, a tour that guides guests through an indoor butterfly garden, home to hundreds of butterflies and flowering plants.

In addition to these great attractions, the Oviedo-Winter Springs area hosts a number of exciting, family friendly events throughout the year. The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Taste of Oviedo street festival in March; Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout, a Florida Bar-B-Que Association sanctioned BBQ competition; and the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, a juried fine arts, jazz and wine festival in the fall. Further notable events include the Scottish Highland Games in January, Great Day in the Country craft fair in November, regularly scheduled Movies in the Park events and various holiday celebrations.

After a long day of shopping or sightseeing, hungry patrons pile into one of the area’s many delicious restaurants. Eclectic menus feature southern home-style dishes, fresh seafood, delectable barbecue, American favorites and for the health nut, all-natural gourmet foods. Options also include flavorful ethnic cuisine, including Seafood, Italian, Greek and Mexican. Accompanying the fine foods discovered in the local dining establishments are reasonable prices and excellent customer service — your dining experience in the Oviedo-Winter Springs area is bound to be memorable.

Visitors planning to spend more than one day in Seminole County choose among several charming bed and breakfast inns and national brand hotels, many of which are located adjacent to the University of Central Florida.

Shopping

Shoppers can take a trip through historic Oviedo, which is planned to undergo redevelopment, with construction of the mixed-use new downtown. Oviedo Mall is a well-known retail destination in the area, featuring more than 60 stores and restaurants and anchored by three major department stores. Further shopping abounds throughout the ever-growing Winter Springs Town Center at the intersection of S.R. 434 and Tuskawilla Road.

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