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Explore Central Florida's natural beauty at the scenic lakeside Leu Gardens, home to an enormous collection of camellia flowers and a popular site of countless weddings. Leu's abundance also includes Florida's largest formal rose garden, a National Historic Home dating to the 19th century and multiple native and tropical gardens.

Take a walk on the wild side about 19 km north of Orlando at Wekiwa Springs State Park, where trails wind through native flora and through the park's Wekiva River - which was named by the Creek Indians. (Wekiwa means "spring of water" and Wekiva means "flowing water.") Launch a canoe for a peaceful cruise past turtles, otters and wading birds. You might even spot an alligator sunning on a rock.