Fort Christmas Historical Park

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Looking for a nice place to explore and learn some history with the kids? Take them to Fort Christmas Historical Park. Located outside of Orlando, the place is just 50 minutes from Port Orange, and around an hour from other cities in Volusia County. It's a nice place to stop by if you will be in the area. It is just a couple of minutes down the road from Orlando Wetlands Park, which is a great place take a hike, as you are almost always going to see some alligators there.

Fort Christmas Historical Park is located at 1300 N Fort Christmas Road in Christmas, Florida. The park offers free admission. The grounds offer numerous historical buildings that you can explore. They are buildings that were brought there to be put on display, but were at one time used in the community. There are houses, a school, post office, pioneer homes, farm machinery, and more. The buildings are set up as they would have been during the time they were being used. As you roam the buildings you can see antiques from each period, as well as learn about the time period and what the building was used for. 

One of the most interesting things to me was reading a board of memories. There were numerous adults who had went to that school as children and they shared a memory from attending it. The stories were interesting, as was seeing all the authentic items that are in each building.

There is also a fort to explore at this historic park. Fort Christmas is a replica of the original that was used during the Second Seminole War. The replica is fun to explore, and each area is set up like a museum, so you can learn about a variety of facts from the time and see authentic artifacts.

The park also offers sports fields, restrooms, and tables, so you could pack a picnic and have some lunch after exploring the various buildings. If you are heading here during cooler months, you could take a short hike at Orlando Wetlands Park, and then stop here for a picnic lunch, and then to explore the buildings. If you are in the area, it's well worth stopping off to explore Fort Christmas Historical Park. They are open 8 am to 8 pm during the summer, and 8 am to 6 pm during the winter. Every December, they host a big holiday celebration that includes activities, vendors, and more. For more information, call them at (407) 254-9310.

Pictures from our stop at Fort Christmas Historical Park:

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Take the SunRail to Sanford Station for the zoo

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Starting Monday, June 3, ride SunRail to the Sanford Station and catch a ride on Choo Choo to the Zoo, a free shuttle that will take you to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!
 
This service will be provided to riders from the Sanford SunRail Station to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens through Friday, August 9, 2019. Choo Choo to the Zooshuttles will be available on weekdays (Monday–Friday), at select times between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
 
Riders who show their SunRail ticket or SunCard at the Admissions Window will receive a 20% discount on single-day Zoo admission or admission for the Upland or Rainforest course at Seminole Aerial Adventures.
 
"We’re excited to once again partner with SunRail, the City of Sanford, and the Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to offer Choo Choo to the Zoo,” said Dino Ferri, CEO of the Zoo. “The beauty of this service is that it encourages the use of public transportation in our community, which is great for conservation, all while giving folks another way to come enjoy the Zoo."
  
For train times and additional information about Choo Choo to the Zoo, visit SunRail.com.
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