Midterms are an extremely stressful time for about every college student with long nights in the library and exams on top of exams. Cramming a bunch of information into your head can be exhausting and tiring. However, a nice leisurely stroll or a bike ride away from the books and in some nice mother nature can be extremely beneficial and help you clear your mind. Below are a few parks where you can grab a breath of fresh air to help you relax.
Probably the most notable park in all of Orlando is Lake Eola. Even though it is located right in the heart of downtown Orlando, this park offers a quiet and serene feel. The sidewalk that circles the lake is almost 1 mile, really giving you time to enjoy the view of the lake and the downtown skyline. If you’re really feeling adventurous, Lake Eola offers swan boat rides where you get to paddle in a life sized swan (yes, a swan). Just a trip to this park can easily clear your mind.
J. Blanchard Park
Not located too far from the UCF campus, J. Blanchard Park is your stereotypical park. This park houses many different areas to walk, run, or even play some sports. With large open fields where you can play soccer, football, or any of your favorite sports, along with tennis courts, this park is a great place grab a few friends and enjoy a nice day. If you feel your inner child, this park also has multiple playgrounds and swing sets, because who said it’s bad to enjoy life like a kid sometimes?
Located right on the UCF main campus, this park is an easy walk from the library after long hours of studying. Lake Claire is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a chill way to spend your day. With beach volleyball courts to grills, it’s like a summer day but in the middle of school. If you’re a UCF student, with your student ID you can rent paddle boards and kayaks and go explore the lake. Lake Claire always houses good times and relaxing vibes.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
If you really need to get out of the grind of studying, Harry P. Leu Gardens gives you way more to look at than just your textbook. For $10, the park showcases beautiful flowers, plants, and even some wildlife, giving a colorful way to brighten your day. There is also a museum located in the gardens, so you can learn more about the history and how this park came to be. This park offers an array of events, so if you really want to get the most of your trip make sure to do some research on their website before visiting.
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