Published On: October 21, 2019

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Stay at Lake Nona

Orlando, Florida is world-famous for Disney, Universal Studios, and its […]

Orlando, Florida is world-famous for Disney, Universal Studios, and its many theme parks, however this vibrant city has so much more to offer beyond its typical tourist attractions. Take Lake Nona, for instance, one of the new and fast-growing Orlando communities that is rapidly grabbing the attention of both local and international tourists. Just 15 minutes away from Orlando International airport, Lake Nona offers a unique vibe and a range of different entertainment options from the cities’ typical attractions. Whether you’re looking for a day of family fun and adventure, an evening of youthful nightlife, or a romantic weekend escape – Lake Nona has something for everyone. Here are some of the best things that you can do in Lake Nona to make the most of your stay. 


Drive Shack

Avid golfers will love this high-tech driving range – offering a variety of fun games designed to improve actual gameplay. While the adults get some serious practice in, the kids will have a blast playing interactive games like Monster Hunt, where they get to kill monsters by hitting them with golf balls. At Drive Shack, each guest or group gets their own bay where they can play and relax in private. 


USTA National Campus

If tennis is your game, then you won’t want to miss the US Tennis Association’s National Campus. It is the biggest tennis campus in the world, housing an amazing 98 courts! Not surprisingly, this is a popular choice for major tennis tournaments, and you might get to watch a few games while you’re there. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of some of the tennis pros that play here. They also offer lessons for both adults and kids.


Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

The Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation center that cares for injured wildlife, particularly species native to Florida, before releasing them back into their natural habitat. The refuge is the perfect place to take your kids to nurture their love for animals and nature. During holidays like Christmas or Easter, the Refuge holds specialty events that make the experience even more memorable.


Lake Nona Wave Hotel

The Lake Nona Wave Hotel is a state-of-the-art luxury hotel, packed with architectural and tech innovations unique even to your typical 5-star accommodations. Experience cutting-edge technology like smart toilets, voice-automated room control, windows with predictive intelligence and self-sanitizing surfaces. The wave boasts two fabulous restaurants and a cocktail bar as well as fitness center and a stunning, lush, tropical sculpture garden. The cost of booking these magnificent accommodations is well worth the experience. 


Chapman’s U-Pick Berry Farm

The Chapman’s U-Pick Berry Farm is a wonderful option for locals and tourists pining to taste some of the most delicious berries Florida has to offer. Berry picking season at the Chapman farm is open during springtime and is heaps of fun for both kids and adults. Owned and operated by the Chapman family, the farm covers 20 acres, so rest assured you’ll find an abundance of berries even late into the season. You can bring home the berries that you pick at only $3.50 a pound.



Canvas is arguably one of the best breakfast or brunch spots in Lake Nona. Soak up a stunning view of the lake while you enjoy your morning coffee or fruit smoothie on their adorable patio overlooking the water. If you prefer indoor seating, they also have an air-conditioned dining area where you can stay cool even in the height of summer or stop by in the evening for dinner and enjoy a charming, romantic meal in the heart of Lake Nona.


Heroes Community Park

Outdoorsy families and couples will love Heroes Community Park. This spacious venue offers a playground for kids and four multi-use sports fields as well as access to the Orlando Southeast Trail, a 13-mile-long trail perfect for cycling. It is a wonderful location for an outdoor birthday party thanks to its wide expanse of greenery and the pavilions for public use if you prefer to stay in the shade. 


Moss Park

Another highly recommended outdoor venue, Moss Park, is the perfect choice for camping by the lake, either during the day or overnight. You can bring a camper or set up a tent – either would be fine. There are also plenty of water activities to enjoy, like canoeing or kayaking, and swimming, of course! It’s a family-friendly location and it is highly recommended that you take your children for this unique outdoor experience. 


Boxi Park

Boxi Park is your one stop shop for a day of family fun or an evening of energetic nightlife. This outdoor venue has a unique setup because the restaurants and bars are all made from repurposed shipping containers! They sell a range of delectable food options, from lobster rolls to tacos to burgers and more. Offering an impressive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails, there really is something for everyone. Work up an appetite with a match on the sand volleyball courts while the kids enjoy the (recently expanded!) playground or grab a couple of friends and drink, eat, and dance the night away to live bands that perform every Thursday through Sunday night.


Nona Adventure Park

Those looking for an exciting, action packed, and family friendly day of adventure need look no farther than Nona Adventure Park! Spending the day with friends and family at Nona Adventure Park could be the highlight of your stay in Lake Nona. Satisfy your craving for fun and adventure at the inflatable obstacle course, get an adrenaline high climbing the ropes and rock walls, or ride on the water to your heart’s content at the Nona Wake cable park. After a day of sun, fun, and adventure recharge with a delicious meal and a drink (or two) at the Splashes Bistro. Nona Adventure Park also a hosts fabulous group events and birthday parties for all ages. This family friendly theme park is one you won’t want to miss!



Whether you’re a family looking for some exciting family friendly activities to include on your Disney Vacation, a couple or a solo traveler looking for a weekend of rest and relaxation, or you’re local exploring all that Orlando has to offer, Lake Nona truly has something for everyone.

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