Yesterday, my husband and I took the scenic Winter Park boat tour. We decided to do this for the morning of our 26th anniversary. Winter Park is a great area to go for restaurants, so we figured we would get lunch after the boat tour, and that's what we did.
The boat tour takes you on the Lake Osceola, which is located in the middle of Winter Park. It takes you through the beautiful canals, which have a canopy of trees over them. Those are the best part of the tour, but they only last a few minutes here and there. The rest of the boat tour is taking you out on the lake, where you get a look at some of the expensive homes that line the shore.
The captain of the boat tells you about some of the homes, including their values, what famous people owned/own them, or detail about their size, etc. He also pointed out numerous birds that we saw. It was interesting to hear about the homes and area. You also get to see the beautiful expansive campus of Rollins College. Some of the famous people who have had homes around the lake that you get a look at include Fred Rogers.
The scenic boat tour is $14 per adult, $8 per child. It leaves every hour, starting at 10 am. The tour is just under one hour long. If you will have a group of 10 people, call the morning of and have them reserve a boat for you. If you have less than that, you can still call and have them reserve tickets for you. They will hold them until 15 minutes before the boat is set to leave, then will open them up to others to purchase. The boat is a pontoon that is not covered, so be sure to take a hat and/or sunscreen if it's a sunny day.
This is a nice boat ride and worth checking out once if only to see the beautiful canals that it goes through. The canals were my favorite part, but I did also find it interesting to hear about the expensive homes along the water, as well as learn some of the history of the area. The scenic Winter Park boat tour has been around for over 82 years. My favorite part of this boat tour was the canopied canals. They are really neat to go through. There are some old trees lining them and they are just beautiful to see.
When we were finished with the boat tour, we went over and had a great lunch at the Winter Park Biscuit Company! Below are pictures and a video from our scenic boat tour. To get more info, click here.