445 S. Volusia Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763-5807
Phone: (386) 775-7444
Fax: (386) 775-9887
Want to unwind and spend time with your kids? Or just want to relax and read a book? Then, a visit to this park won't fail you. The Dickinson Park is a beautiful facility located in Orange City, just across the U.S. Highway 17-92. The green surroundings and open space are sure to put you in a good mood. The picnic benches, fountains and beautiful trees give the park a pleasing look. Perfect for summer outings, the park also has various music programs and live performances. The highlight of the Dickinson Park is the Orange City Farmer's Market which is held on Fridays.
Blue Spring State Park, located north of Orlando in Orange City, offers visitors a more relaxed and natural Florida setting away from the crowded, noisy attractions and theme parks of the area. Spend an afternoon or plan an overnight stay here in a cabin or at a campsite to take in all it has to offer. The park encompasses over 2,600 acres, features the St. Johns Rivers biggest spring plus is the winter home and designated refuge to a large number of manatees. Activities and services of Blue Spring State Park include boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals, hiking/nature trails, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, wildlife viewing, playground area as well as a visitors center and concessions. Check their website for open hours.
Debary Golf & Country Club course designed by Lloyd Clifton is rated in Florida's top 50. The course is host to U.S. Open Qualifiers. Most holes are set away from the community by a buffer zone of dense woods and vegetation. Water comes into play on only two holes. The course features one of the toughest finishing holes in Florida with its 432-yard, par 4. This area favorite is worth the 30-minute drive north of Orlando. Debary Golf & Country Club is a semi-private facility that provides a warm, country club experience. Visit website for more details.
Nestled among thousands of oak trees, Victoria Hills is a marvelous golf course. Superbly designed by Ron Garl, the natural environs of the course are retained. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course offers golfers a naturalistic view and a good game of golf. From professionals to amateurs and even beginners can have a testing time with their "par" and "putts". You can also get golf instructions from talented PGA professionals. Check the website for more details on golfing lessons and tee timings.
The par is 70. Back Tees are 6032 yards and the slope is 121. Middle Tees are 5710 yards and slope is 118. The par is 71 for Forward Tees are 5185 yards and slope is 122. This is unquestionably an 'old-style' golf course. It may lack yardage, but it doesn't play short. The premium is on accuracy and placement. Trees and rough rim the fairways. Extremely small greens repel all but the most solidly struck shots. Deland Country Club has often been called a shot maker's course, and you will be required to use your imagination. This is a private golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
Playing golf at Glen Abbey is a pleasant experience. It is one of the many excellent courses of medium length and difficulty in central Florida. The course sits atop an elevated piece of land. It drains well, an important consideration during the rainy summer months. There is one par-3 that is long from the Blue tees. All the par-5s are at 500 yards or less. Most par-4s are in the 350- to 385-yard range. This is a semi-private golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated but not encouraged.
Deltona Club is a well-maintained 18 hole golf course. The course is visually impressive to look at. Designed by Bobby Weed, the course itself has various elevations to make the game more challenging. The Deltona Club is perfect for golfers of all skill levels, from weekend hackers to players who could turn pro if they desired. The Chuck Waltz Academy also operates onsite.
Located in the waters of the St. Johns River, six miles off the coast of Deland, this 1,600-acre park offers a rustic, scenic experience for nature-lovers. Hike through nature trails, take in the view from an 800-foot-tall observation tower, fish for bass or bluegill or bring a bike to ride the five miles of service road. Campsites and cabins are available. A visit to Florida is incomplete without a visit to Hontoon Island State Park.
The par is 72. Blue Tees are 6926 yards and the slope is 128. White Tees are 6020 yards and the slope is 119. Red Tees are 5271 yards and the slope is 121. This 1968 David Wallace designed course has no water in play. It's narrow and very hilly. Playing the Blue tees is work and the White tees are the way to go. Two of the par-5s are 520 yards and two are less than 500 yards. The par-3s run from 159 to 201 yards. The par-4s are short and interesting. Southridge Golf Course is a semi-private golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
ZOOm Air Adventures can be found inside of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It is located north of Orlando by beautiful Lake Monroe in Sanford. Choose from a number of package deals including various treetop adventures with or without Zoo admittance. There are three separate courses in various degrees of difficulty. Each one contains rope bridges, zip lines and a number of suspended platforms. ZOOm Air Adventures gives you a bird’s eye view from the treetops and offers an exciting and challenging journey through the forest canopy. It has a special kid’s course with height restrictions available. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Set in a park of more than 100 acres, this 21-acre zoo houses more than 400 animals. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is in fact a privately owned charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of exotic animals as well as species native to Florida. You'll encounter cheetahs, pumas, alligators, snakes, macaws, hawks, owls and many other animals. The zoo also offers a variety of educational and child-friendly classes and events.
Mayfair Country Club is a fascinating short course. Originally conceived by Donald Ross, the course would seem to have nothing difficult about it at first glance. However, the low slope rating is somewhat misleading. Overhanging and interfering trees and a wealth of sand traps give a golfer doubts on most shots. This is a semi-private golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated but not encouraged. The club is open all year round.