5 Ways To Get Back To Nature At Walt Disney World

With so many exciting activities at the theme parks, many people don't realize that you can spend some time interacting with nature at Walt Disney World as well. Conservation and education were always important to Walt, and the company continues to find ways to offer some simpler pleasure to it's guests. Check out my 5 favorite ways to get back to nature in Disney.

Hit the Trail for Some Western Horseback RidingHit the Trail for Some Western Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding - An exciting array of outdoor activities can be found at the Tri-Circle-D, located in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun as you and your trusty steed venture off on a 45 minute guided trail ride through the area's natural (and a few man-made) wonders. Not ready to ride a horse on your own? Then check out the carriage rides also taking you through scenic natural woodlands of Central Florida.

Fishing Excursions - ESPN offers guided fishing trips on the lakes and waterways of Walt Disney World leaving from many of the resort's marinas. Book a two-hour excursion and cast your line for some relaxing fun on the Florida waters.

Zip Along on the Segway TourZip Along on the Segway Tour
Wilderness Back Trail Adventure - Leaving from the Meadows Bike Barn at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, this 2-hour adventure offers tours of the stunning pristine Florida Landscape on a Segway Personal Transporter. You'll roll down paths and off-road as you learn all about Fort Wilderness on this fun adventure tour!

Wild Africa Trek - Journey by foot deep into Animal Kingdom's Pangani Forest on a thrilling, privately guided expedition. This VIP safari brings you face to face with huge Nile crocodiles, hungry Hippopotamus moving deftly through their watery habitat. This is an adventure to send your heart racing as you, hike, climb, explore and encounter African creatures in their habitats.

Watercraft of All Sorts Are Available for RentalWatercraft of All Sorts Are Available for Rental
Watercraft Rentals - A fleet of watercraft is ready and waiting at resort marinas across the Walt Disney World property for vacationers looking to spend time on the beautiful Disney waterways. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, sea raycers, sailboats, and pontoon boats, are just a few of craft that you can rent to entertain yourself for a little while.

Do you have a favorite activity at Walt Disney World that helps you get back to nature? Aside from those mentioned above, you might want to look into the Behind the Seeds, or Gardens of the World, or Dive Quest Tours at Epcot. At several resorts you'll find carriage rides, and campfires, as well as just hanging out on the beach for your enjoyment.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite way to spend time with nature is!

JeffC wrote on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 01:33:

Joe surprised me with the horseback riding in 2005 - it was awesome! I just could not believe that we were at Disney with all the park activity and people, and yet it felt like we were in the middle of a quiet, secluded forest.

We also enjoy a slow stroll through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at AK.

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 20:52:

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When I was a kid horseback riding at Fort Wilderness was a must do for me every vacation. We also used to do a lot of canoeing through Fort Wilderness, I loved it!

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 20:57:

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When I was a kid horseback riding at Fort Wilderness was a must do for me every vacation. We also used to do a lot of canoeing through Fort Wilderness, I loved it!

Melissa Sue wrote on Sat, 01/07/2012 - 02:16:

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Someday, maybe for our "no-rope-drop" trip later this year, I'm totally going horseback riding at Fort Wilderness.

Kaygee10 wrote on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:57:

My favorite nature activity is DiveQuest. I've done it three times and each time there's always something new to see and experience. Swimming with the sharks and turtles is a great time and the numerous fish in the aquarium always give you something to look at. But, by far the coolest thing is being "on stage" in the Nemo and Friends aquarium. Waving to and playing with guests looking at the sea life or eating at the Coral Reef is a blast. It's a first class experience that all certified divers should do at least once. It's not the most strenuous or challenging dive you'll ever do, but it's one you'll remember.

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