If you’re planning a visit to Sanford Florida, you’ll want to spend a little time planning out some fun activities to do while you’re there. Here’s a review of a half dozen great locations to visit in this great little Florida town, and the activities available at each place.

Visit the Central Florida Zoo

If you want to have an entertaining and educational experience with your family, you need to check out everything that’s available at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. In operation since 1964, this tropical zoo includes more than 400 animals, a unique “insect zoo”, an aerial adventure course, an Air Adventure Park and a Tropical Splash Ground. Also available is a children’s zoo with domestic animals, a huge selection of beautiful flowers in the botanical gardens, as well as the largest collection of venomous reptiles in the Southeast United States.

See a Show at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center

As a valued host of quality live theater and concerts in the Sanford Florida area, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center has been in business for more than 80 years. With 585 seats in the historic downtown area, this theater boasts favorites every season such as “A Chorus Line”,  the “Sanford Jazz Ensemble”, and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.”. They also offer sponsorship packages and season tickets. If you’re looking for a great evening out with good quality acting and entertainment, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is the place to be.

Enjoy a Day along the Shores of Lake Jesup

Lake Jesup is a part of the St. Johns River, and boasts the title of being one of the biggest lakes in central Florida. Approximately 16,000 acres across, Lake Jesup includes open water as well as floodplains. The Thomas Jesup Bridge spans across the lake and enjoys the prestige of being one of the longest free-standing bridges. With a large variety of species, including the densest population of alligators in Florida and a large population of eagles, visitors to the lake are sure to see plenty of wildlife in action. Surrounding the lake are a variety of restaurants, fish camps, and boat tours for visitors who want to enjoy the scenery and fresh lake atmosphere.

Visit the Little Big Econ State Forest

Surrounding the unique Big Econ State Forest is a roaming corridor connecting the Econ Basin and the Tosohatchee State Preserve along the St. Johns River for nearly 100 miles. This creates a perfect environment for a huge variety of wildlife, including species such as:

●gray foxes

●river otters

●wild turkeys

●migratory and resident waterfowl


●white tailed deer

●bald eagles


●shorebirds and wading birds

●sandhill cranes

●wood storks


Besides all the wildlife to see, this versatile state forest includes recreation opportunities galore. Whether you want to go canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, riding mountain bikes, fishing, observation or bird watching, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your group. Enjoy camping and getting back to nature in this beautiful wooded reserve.

Step Back in Time at the Sanford Grammar School

An historic building built in 1902, the Sanford Grammar School is on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. Inside the school is the Sanford Student Museum and Public History Center, which has educational and historic exhibits. Some of these exhibits include items describing early pioneer life in the area, Native American settlements, antique household items, handmade dolls, early educational materials, and items from the local African American neighborhood of Georgetown. With programs focusing on local school groups during the day, the museum is open to the public on several afternoons per week.

Visit the Museum of Seminole County History

Another historic site to visit is the Museum of Seminole County History. With interesting artifacts donated by local residents, this museum highlights the uniqueness of central Florida history. When you visit this museum you will be presented with information and stories about the predecessors of today’s Seminole County residents. See documents, pictures, maps, and histories about the people who lived in this area many years ago, including lots of information about their cultures, life stories, and interesting tidbits that make their cultures unique.

This list is only a small sampling of a few of the best things to do in Sanford Florida. To find more wonderful things to do when you visit this great little town, consult an online map of the area and look for entertainment, sightseeing, restaurants, and tourist attractions nearby. Articel contributed by Charlie Withers, independent travel blogger and wine officionado. Follow him on twitter ot read his blog 

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