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Best Parks to Visit Near Central Florida Golf Destination

Unique Resident at Lake Idamere in Beautiful Lake County, Florida

Close to sunny Orlando, lies Mission Inn Resort, a central Florida golf destination. Just a short distance away is beautiful Lake Idamere Park, home to a diversity of wildlife including one very old resident, the Gopher Tortoise. In addition to all the usual signs in this park, such as Children’s play area, or Do not feed wildlife, you will notice another rather unusual caution sign that reads, “Gopher tortoise crossing”.


Lake Idamere Park

Located in Lake County, Lake Idamere Park is 45 acres of century old oaks and a diversity of wildlife including 20 species of butterflies, 85 species of birds, Scrub Lizards, and Gopher Tortoise. Native to Florida and dating back thousands of years, the gopher tortoise is a key species to the community around it. Named for its digging abilities, this tortoise has shovel like front legs that it uses to dig wide burrows which serve as a refuge for it and others members of its ecosystem.

Things To Do at Lake Idamere Park

Lake Idamere Park is an ideal place to rejuvenate with an exhilarating hike or refresh with a leisurely stroll amidst Mother Nature. The two mile trail is great for hikers of all ages wanting to get into shape. At one point there is a pier jutting out over the lake where you can catch your breath and take in the beauty of the area. For those wanting to picnic or do a cookout, there is a picnic area with grills and tables. There’s also a unique dog park designed with three sections for different sizes of dogs. Here you can walk or play with your canine friends in the quiet of a beautiful country setting.


Relax Back At Mission Inn Resort

After you’ve spent the afternoon rejuvenating in the Lake County landscape, wind your way back to Mission Inn Resort & Club for a relaxing dinner at El Conquistador or La Hacienda. Choose from superb seafood and other elegant entrees accompanied by sumptuous sides.

Or, begin your day with a hearty breakfast and then challenge your golf skills with a morning round of exceptional golf in central Florida on El Campeon. Awarded #1 Top Florida Golf Course in 2015 by Golf Advisor, this course has elevation changes of over 85 feet, undulating fairways and many holes with water play.

After tallying the scores and getting some refreshment, make your way to Lake Idamere Park for a relaxing afternoon.

An unparalleled central Florida golf destination, Mission Inn Resort offers the quality of accommodations and activities that help you really get into the swing of things. And don’t forget to check out the nearby parks. Like some of the wildlife residents, we think you’ll definitely dig ’em!

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