The sweet scent of orange blossoms and honey drift through the outdoor market at Showcase of Citrus. The 2,500-acre, family-owned farm cultivates more than 50 varieties of citrus that guests can pick themselves or purchase in-store. After guests browse in the shop and sample citrus, a fleet of massive 4×4 monster trucks take them for safari tours throughout the estate. Don’t be shocked to spot cows, chickens, kangaroos, water buffalo and zebras during the tour.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Since 1989, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards has been bottling the rich flavors of Florida and creating a name for the Clermont region as a destination for wine connoisseurs around the world. Lakeridge features 75 acres of vineyards and an estate that hosts events throughout the year and offers complimentary winery tours and wine tasting seven days a week. Those lucky enough to live in Central Florida have a brief drive to enjoy this not-so-hidden gem.
Lake Meadow Naturals
Entering the gates of Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee, guests are greeted with a one-way gravel road lined with aromatic herbs. The road leads to a parking lot surrounded by enclosures filled with chickens, goats, turkeys, pigs and alpacas. Noting a drastic disconnect between farm and table, Lake Meadows Naturals educates visitors about where their food comes from. Shoppers can find humanely raised and natural meats, cage-free eggs and farm fresh produce at the on-site market, which also provides food to local restaurants.
The charm of Florida’s countryside can be found at Blue Bayou Farms, a family-owned, certified organic you-pick blueberry farm. Guests can stroll through the acres of farmland and pick organic berries, then visit the country-style general store to enjoy fresh-baked pies, homemade jams and moonshine sampling. These farmers take their berries from bush to barrel at the on-site Yalaha Bootlegging Co. moonshine and brandy distillery, which offers a variety of flavors derived from their homegrown blueberries.
Experience the vast Florida wilderness at Forever Florida, a working cattle ranch and 4,700-acre wildlife conservation area that offers ziplining, horseback riding, cattle herding, camping, cabin rentals and trail tours. Live a day as a ranch hand, herding cattle and shadowing the foreman, or spend a weekend camping while traveling on horseback through the natural beauty of Florida. After a relaxing stay in the woods, the zipline coaster, free-fall pounce or zipline race will satisfy extreme adventure-seekers.