Winter Garden is 14 miles west of downtown Orlando, 80 miles northeast of Tampa and 60 miles west of the spacey city of Cape Canaveral. This central Florida location in western Orange County, Florida is the perfect place to rent an RV. The name “Winter Garden” originated from an event when a tomato seed from a railroad worker’s lunch sprouted and grew in the winter season. Winter Garden has a warm and humid subtropical climate which previously provided ideal conditions for citrus farming, especially orange groves. From rails to trails, the old railway was converted to what is now called “West Orange Trail.” The juicy landscape, just south of Lake Apopka, is filled with a variety of wildlife and recreational opportunities and begs for visit with the Winter Garden RV trailer rental. When you book an RV in Winter Garden, you can traverse the quiet woods to the quaint and historical city of Winter Garden. The trails and city are easily accessible via walking or bike riding while you leave the Winter Garden camper rental behind to explore.
The Great Outdoors
There are a variety of trails in and around Winter Garden that any RV renter would enjoy. One of the most popular is the West Orange Trail, which is 22 -miles in length. This trail covers what was previously a railway. Parks along the trail include Chapin Station, Winter Garden, Lake Brim Park, Oakland Nature Preserve and the Butterfly Garden. If you care to take your Winter Garden rental motorhome adventure farther east, Orlando, FL is in close proximity.
At Killarney Station, you'll find bike rentals, restrooms and water, and have the opportunity to step away from the home away from home that is your Winter Garden rental RV. From here, the route leads northeast through Oakland, one of the oldest municipalities in Orange County, before hitting downtown Winter Garden. The trail goes right down the middle of Main Street in Winter Garden, and grants access to many of the downtown restaurants, shops, bike stores like the popular Winter Garden Wheel Works, coffee shops, and ice cream stores.
The Orange County Parks & Recreation Division created a multi-purpose trail suitable for walkers, cyclists, and joggers. The trail varies from wooded terrain to greenspace, and from residential areas to the heart of downtown. There are mile markers along the way, so you know how far you have traveled. Maps are also available at most of the stations and information boards along the trail provide useful information about the flora and fauna you might see along the way. This is a great way to see Winter Garden, Florida in a different and unique way. It is a nice change from the busy theme parks and outlet malls. It’s well worth a visit if you are looking to take a break from the usual attractions and want something different to do.
If you feel like taking your Winter Garden camper rental on a quest outside of the city, head north to Juniper Springs Recreation Area. It is known for its clear freshwater spring and is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest. Do not miss a kayak or canoe trip down 7-mile Juniper Run. You can rent a canoe from the concessionaire, so no need to worry about bringing your own. Set up your Winter Garden motorhome rental and enjoy swimming, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking and camping at this breathtaking recreation site.
Winter Garden RV Resort is located near Lake Apopka and is only a 15-minute drive to Orlando. It also is only a 10-minute drive to Killarney Station, which is located on the southern trailhead of the West Orange Trail. The resort’s amenities include full hookups, internet, laundry, free parking, pool, and is pet-friendly. You no longer need to leave your fuzzy friend at home; this resort even has a dog park! Shopping is close. If you need supplies for the Winter Garden RV rental, there is a plaza right across the street for convenience. The location is close to all of the activities Winter Garden has to offer.
Exploring the City
With buildings dating back to 1890, the city of Winter Garden has maintained many of the historic structures in its downtown area. The historic downtown is rich in culture and architecture. There are plenty of unique shopping and dining opportunities. The downtown farmers market, held every Saturday morning, is rated as one of the best markets of its kind in central Florida. Shop and dine within the Historic Downtown District while you leave the Winter Garden RV rental at a nearby RV resort. There is also a Walmart Supercenter about 9 miles south of Winter Garden. Winter Garden is untouched by large corporations with various chains and is home to mostly small businesses. Some noteworthy activities downtown include the Garden Theater, live music at the plaza on Fridays, history museums, the SoBo Art Gallery, shopping and dining at Winter Garden Village. Or, get more of an urban experience and take the Winter Garden RV camper to one of Orlando’s premier shopping districts.