kelly park is located six miles north of downtown apopka. it's name derives from dr. howard kelly who gave the land for the park to orange county in 1927. the park has a spring and run that flows ten miles to the wekiwa river. rock springs get's it's name from the large limestone rock that it flows under. rocks springs offers picnic areas, camping,...more
the captain and the cowboy is located in the 1905 eldrege-mcbride house a mile east of downtown apopka on US441. the property that the restaurant is on was once a seminile indian camp and later was the martin's pond plantation. dr. tom mcbride bought the eldrege house in the 1940's and it was apopka's first hospital. the eldrege-mcbride house was...more
Other than the few locally owned pubs, Apopka doesn't offer much in the form of nightlife. But, because of it's central location, Apopka is less than 20 minutes from some of the hottest spots central Florida has to offer. Church Street Station, Pleasure Island (Disney World), City Walk (Universal Studios), International Drive, and all of the surrounding cities provide almost every type of entertainment from Jazz Clubs to Country Bars. My favorite is a Country Bar named 8 seconds.
8 seconds offers dancing, D.J.'d music, live bands, live bullriding, drinks and lots of good times.
Dress Code: Dress Code is casual although the majority of the patrons where attire that is customary to Country Bars. Jeans and nice shirt are recommended for men, and ladies usually where jeans as well, but often are found in skirts and shorts and a variety of tops. Boots are preferred for dancing and riding and footwear should be considered greatly depending on the activities you might engage in.
No we don't have to worry about earthquakes or moose, but we do have other things to watch for. Please remember that Florida has lots of swamp land and many of the areas are surrounded by lakes or water of some sort. And the urge to dive into a beautiful calm lake is too tempting. But please do not swim in undesignated swimming areas and never swim at night or alone. Alligators are indigenous to Florida and they just might have the urge to help you remember where you left your common sense. Watch for water moccasins (deadly), they are commonly mistaken for black racers who are basically benign. Watch where you are walking no matter what time of day or year but especially during spring and summer.
Picture is of an alligator hiding out at Paynes Prairie.
Be careful of some establishments that offer horseback riding. The cost is about $25 per person per hour. Check the horses you will be riding prior to paying for your trail adventure. Unfortunately, many of the horses used are not well cared for and are trail trained to where they go a certain speed and very rarely do they detour from what they do every day. My advice is to do some research, spend a little more money and get what you really want, open spaces to walk, trot, or gallop and horses that are well cared for and tame.
Lake Apopka. One of the largest lakes in central Florida, but goes unnoticed because of its location and the inability to provide tourists with the desire to swim, boat, or water ski. Lake Apopka is the man source of water for the farming community that is so vital to the city's economy. Long before I can remember, Lake Apopka has been considered a 'dead lake'. Although the lake has given new material for theories in recent scientific studies, no one has been able to bring the life of the lake back. It is a beautiful lake and can be viewed best just off of SR 441 on Apopka Vineland Rd.
Visit the natural springs. Rock Springs State Park is located in Apopka and offers a day of fun, camping, canoeing and picnicing. If you're there in the Spring time catch the Art and Foliage Festival, Summertime offers the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival and Winter time you have the Parade and winter carnivals.
Fondest memory: I miss the Saturday morning Christmas Parades. All the children in their costumes and the parents on the sidewalks watching. The bands in their uniforms playing the holiday music, the hometown atmosphere and the friendly smiles of everyone you pass.