Like a Local: Biking Your Way Through Orlando

Bicycling in Orlando

From scenic routes to rolling hills, Orlando has a bike trail for everyone.

By Sarah Sekula

Orlando was recently named as the No. 1 city in the United States for recreation, and it comes as no surprise. From year-round sunshine and gorgeous parks to over 150 miles of paved trails, Orlando has plenty of outdoor options for everyone, including cycling enthusiasts of all kinds.

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Enjoy a Bike Tour in Orlando

If you love to hop on a bike and explore your surroundings, bike tours provide a wonderful way to get to know Orlando from a different perspective during your stay. You can easily explore the beauty of downtown Orlando, enjoy the scenery of Winter Park (think lakes, canals and tree canopies galore just 20 minutes northeast of Orlando), and have fun riding through the technical dirt trails in Apopka (a short 30 miles northwest of Orlando).

One of my favorite routes goes along the Urban Bike Trail through Orlando's Loch Haven Park, home of "The Mayor" — a stately live oak tree that was around when the Constitution was signed. Because there are museums nearby (The Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Museum of Art), you are also treated to outdoor artwork along the way. After your tour, if you are craving more, ask for a digital route you can follow on your smart phone.

Another great option is the 22-mile-long West Orange Trail, which takes you through urban and suburban parts of Orange County. Be sure to plan a pit stop in historic Winter Garden (just 14 miles west of Orlando) for ice cream and a splash pad for the kids. For a grownup indulgence, treat yourself to craft brew from Crooked Can Brewing Company located inside Plant Street Market (also in Winter Garden), a food market featuring more than 20 local vendors.

If You Go

Elite Road Bike Rentals: Bikes can be delivered and picked up from your hotel. And tour guides are available for small or large groups.

West Orange Trail — Bikes & Blades Co.: All bikes and trailers can be rented from the Winter Garden shop to ride the 22-mile-long West Orange Trail. Rentals are delivered to your hotel for a nominal fee or included in a group tour package.

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Sarah Sekula is a national travel correspondent who enjoys telling others about Orlando's hidden gems. She works as a travel writer, social media influencer and video host, and her assignments for USA Today, CNN.com, ESPNW.com, NBC.com, GoEscape and Islands.com have taken her to all seven continents. Follow her adventures via social media @wordzilla (Twitter) and @sarahsomewhere (Instagram).

 

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