Travel in the Sunshine State has a rich history as a destination where families go to relax and restore in the sunny outdoors. For generations, families have journeyed to Florida to escape cold weather and create wonderful memories of family togetherness and fun. Naturally, the sun is king in Florida and the lush and plentiful citrus groves are the state’s crown jewel. Head off the beaten path during your next visit to Orlando by visiting an orange grove, where you can pick your own fun.
Showcase of Citrus (SCOC) is a family-owned and operated estate located on US Highway 27 in Clermont, next to Lake Louisa State Park and just 15 minutes from Disney World. Visit them online or call 352-394-4377 to plan an entire day of family fun. There is so much to do at SCOC, you might just make it a favorite stop every time you come to the Orlando area. Admission is free, although fees are charged for some of the offerings.
The star of the show at SCOC is of course, the citrus! Pick your own and choose your favorites. With more than 50 varieties, there is something to please the palate of every fruit lover in your family. Take a break, put down a blanket and lay out a picnic in the grove amidst the lush fragrance of citrus blossoms. Drop by the Country Store, where you will find farm market favorites like jams, jellies and sauces. Also available are a selection of handcrafted soaps and bath products and farm-fresh honey and other bee products.
Tour the 2,500-acre estate aboard massive, specially-designed 4x4 trucks. If you don’t have kids in tow, you can also enjoy a wine tasting featuring the full-bodied, deep, rich flavors of citrus, tropical and berry wines.
Sure, your trip to Florida will probably involve the excitement of theme parks, high-end entertainment, and world-class dining and shopping. But there is still plenty of family-friendly Old Florida to enjoy. And what could be more warm and homey than gathering your family in an orange grove for a day of simple, old time fun?
Orlando is the perfect family vacation destination. Book your visit with us at the CLC Encantada and Regal Oaks Resorts in Kissimmee. Stay here and discover the off-the-beaten-path Florida, where you can create vacation memories that will linger in the minds and dreams of your family for years.