May 15th, 2011 12:36 PM by Karyn Smith
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be interested to know that Osceola County has the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the continental U.S. It’s also one of the country's few re-introduction sites for the endangered Whooping Crane. You and your kids can spot some of these awe-inspiring birds at Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve, the Osceola County Environmental Center, and in the Wildlife Management Areas of Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes, Three Lakes, and Triple N Ranch—all Great Florida Birding Trail sites near Orlando and the Central Florida region.
If you live to fish, be sure to drop a line into the lakes of Kissimmee, famous for their views and abundant bass. Lake Tohopekaliga, conveniently located in downtown Kissimmee, is known to avid fisherman around the world and is a fantastic place for boating, birding, and picnicking along the water's edge. You can also head over to East Lake Toho in St. Cloud for a full day of free family fun revolving around a beach, a playground, and several lakefront fishing spots including a tranquil fishing pier with a gazebo. It’s also a great place to settle in with a good book.
Take one day of your vacation to slow down the pace and just enjoy all of the freebies that the area has to offer. You’ll discover a different side of Kissimmee … the heart of Florida.