Seminole County is your unforgettable escape into the wild-right next to Orlando. Come paddle pristine rivers and hike scenic trails. Cruise sparkling lakes filled with wildlife or swim in natural springs. Whether relaxing or exhilarating, it's always rejuvenating. Best of all, enjoy luxury hotels for substantially less than Orlando resorts. Seminole County's unspoiled wetlands offer fishing the way you've always dreamed it could be. Local waters teem with crappie, bream, bass and more. Puzzle Lake offers one of Florida's best largemouth bass locations. The St. Johns River gives way to Lake Harney, the top choice for shad seekers, then bleeds north into the dense paradise of picturesque Deep Creek. Look for crappie tournaments on Lake Monroe, and plan to find your fill of panfish and more. You'll also find plenty of boat access and experienced local guides. Natural springs, pristine lakes, fascinating wildlife, challenging sports - it's all a walk in the park here in Seminole County. More than 30 parks and preserves make the area a favorite destination for hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife study, nature photography and more. Superb facilities make it easy to enjoy your day, including boardwalks that wind through wetlands and provide a glimpse of fragile ecosystems; pavilions and grills for picnic and barbeques; rentals for canoes, kayaks, inner tubes and fishing poles; courts for every sport - even sand volleyball; paved trails and playgrounds. Pets can enjoy Seminole County parks, as there are several dog parks throughout the county such as Paw Park in Sanford.Paddle the Wekiva River - one of only two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in Florida - and you're sure to see a wealth of wildlife. The Wekiwa Springs State Park offers 42 million gallons of pure fun - that's how much crystal-clear water wells up daily from the main spring, where you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking or tubing. Take a scenic lunch or dinner cruise along the historic St. John's River. Spot alligators on an exhilarating airboat ride on Lake Jesup. You can even learn to sail and rent sailboats at the Monroe Harbour Marina in Sanford. Bring your own boat and you'll find an abundance of ramps to quickly and easily get you on the water. And if you don't have your own craft in tow, there are a variety of great rentals and charters available.