Orlando Wetlands Park a 1600-acre park located at 25155 Wheeler Road in Christmas. Take a tram tour with a park volunteer who points out different species of birds, numerous trees and aquatic plants. The Sabal Palm, Florida’s state tree produces berries that birds eat. The Bulrush and Cattail plants both aquatic plants can grow up to ten feet tall in shallow water. Over seventeen hundred alligators inhabit the park. Sometimes the eyes and snouts of alligators is all you can see the rest lies hidden just beneath the water. Listen to the grunting sounds of the pig frog.
Stop by the interpretative exhibits area and pick up a map and guide. Read about the different plants, mammals, fish and birds in the wetlands and a history of the early pioneers in the town of Christmas. While hiking in the wetlands you might come upon these different species.
Stroll along the dirt path in the wildlife garden and enjoy the different native plants that attract the many species of birds and butterflies.
Inside the educational building resides an alligator, a Striped Mud Turtle and a Florida Softshell Turtle. The alligator is on loan from the alligator farm. When he gets too big for the aquarium, he goes back to the alligator farm. Descriptions of the turtles, their diet and habitat found next to their aquariums. Private owners donated the mounted animals on display. Other items on display in the center. Birdhouses, books, t-shirts and postcards for sale.
I recommend the park; the park volunteers are very knowledgeable. Free entrance to the park, donations accepted. Hours of operation on the website.