8 Ways You Can Make the Most of Your Summer

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Have you and your family been brainstorming ideas about how to have fun this summer? Today I’ll provide you with a list of free or inexpensive suggestions about how you can make the most of the season.

If you like the outdoors:


  • Try taking the kids to the splash pad in the downtown waterfront area—it only costs $2!

  • At Lake Louisa, there are nature trails, like the West Orange Trail, to hike as well as kayaks and canoes to rent.

  • The Showcase of Citrus is another great opportunity for fun. There are places to take photos, take a ride in a huge 4×4 monster truck, see exotic animals, and, of course, you can try fresh-picked citrus. You can buy local jams and jellies right off of Highway 27.

  • If you like, try the Lake Catherine Blueberries Farm, where you can pick in-season berries. As well as tasty berries, they have playgrounds, food trucks, and on Friday nights, they have a happy hour and live music.

  • Be sure to check out the Winter Garden farmers market that takes place on Saturdays just off of Plant Street. If you can’t make it Saturday, Clermont also holds a farmers market on Sundays.

Now, perhaps you’re looking for something in the order of a date night—we’ve got you covered, too:


  • Painting With a Twist and Plaster Cottage are great ideas for a date or a girl’s night out. You can paint creative designs as well as form and fire your own pottery.

  • The historic Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden is a great opportunity to grab a nice dinner and see a play.

  • The Crooked Can & Plant Street Market contains a number of different shops and restaurants, making for a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

Hopefully this list gave you a few good ideas about how to enjoy the summer on your own, with your family, or with your significant other. If any other ideas or questions, send them my way! I hope to hear from you soon.