Locations

 

McDonald
Canal Pavilion

24600 CR 448A

Mount Dora, FL 32757

Meeting Place for
Trips 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11

 

Ferndale Preserve

19220 County Rd 455

Clermont, FL 34715

Meeting Place for Trip 2

 

University of Florida
Mid-Florida Research
and Education Center

2725 S. Binion Rd
Apopka, FL 32703

Location for Friday
and Saturday Keynotes
& Dinners

 

Magnolia Park
2929 S Binion Road
Apopka, FL 32703

Meeting Place for Trip 7
and the Lake Apopka
Wildlife Festival
and Birdapalooza,
including Beginning
Birding with the Simpsons

Seminole State Forest
SR 46, Bear Pond Trailhead
Mount Dora, FL 32757
This is the South Entrance,
just West of Wekiva River
Bridge. Approximately
14 miles West of Sanford.

Meeting Place for Trip 6

 

Lake Lotus Park
1153 Lake Lotus Park Rd
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Meeting Place for Trip 9

 

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
Second Location for Trip 9

 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

2803 Lust Rd

Apopka, FL 32703

For Trips on Your Own

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay During the
Birdapalooza Birding Festival

 

Hotels

Please note that it is "high season" for hotels in Central Florida. You can find less expensive rates closer to the International Drive or SR -192 tourist area, but it will take more time to get to the field trip sites.

 

Orange Audubon Society has negotiated a limited number of group rate rooms at two hotels that are no more than 35 minutes from the field trip start location for many of the trips, the McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

 

There are also some limited camping options, listed below.

 

The two hotels are the Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando-Apopka and Fairfield Inn and Suites, Ocoee.

 

Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando-Apopka

321 S Lake Cortez Drive

Apopka, FL, 32703.

Travel time from hotel to McDonald Canal Pavilion (meeting place for Trips 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11) - 22 minutes without traffic estimated, no tolls, 14.7 miles

 

Limited group rate prices for this event are: Queen/ Queen Guestroom: $129 + 12.5% tax. Two queen beds.

King Studio Guestroom: $139 + 12.5% tax. One king bed, pull out couch and small seating area.

All guest rooms have complimentary high-speed internet/ Wi-Fi, large LCD screen TV's with HBO, a mini-refrigerator and microwave. The complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available starting at 6 am. In the lobby is a 24 hour coffee station with assorted flavored creamers. A 24-hour fitness center, private outdoor pool area and hot tub, business center, and laundry facilities are amenities of this location.

Reservations, if still available, must be booked 60 days in advance (by November 20th). Earlier booking is recommended as the number of rooms being held is limited. Following registration for the festival, you will be sent the hotel registration links.

 

Fairfield Inn and Suites Ocoee

10971 West Colonial Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761

Travel time from hotel to McDonald Canal Pavilion ((meeting place for Trips 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11) - 29 minutes without traffic estimated, tolls, 14.7 miles

 

Limited group rate prices for this event are:

Queen/ Queen Guestroom: $145 plus sales and occupancy taxes of 12.5% (subject to change). All guest rooms have complimentary high-speed internet/ Wi-Fi, large LCD screen TV's with HBO, a mini-refrigerator and microwave. The complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available starting at 6 am.  A 24-hour fitness center, private outdoor pool area and hot tub, business center, and laundry facilities are amenities of this location.  Call the (407) 573-1010 number to register under the group rate (rooms are limited). Reservations, if still available, MUST be received by December 19, 2016.  Following registration for the festival, you will be sent the hotel registration links.

 

Camping

Orange County has several nearby parks with RV/tent sites  available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations will be accepted no more than 45-days prior to your stay.  Contact the park directly at the numbers below.

 

Site rental, per night  for non Orange County residents is $ 23.00;  for non Orange County Seniors (55 and older) 
is $17.25 per night;  for Orange County resident is $18.00;  for Orange County Seniors (55 and older) is $13.50
per night.

 

Magnolia Park, 2929 South Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703, 407-886-4231

Magnolia Park has 18 RV/tent sites.

 

Trimble Park, 5802 Trimble Park Road, Mt. Dora, FL 32757, 352- 383-1993

Trimble Park has 15 RV/tent sites

 

Kelly Park/Camp Joy, 400 East Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712, 407-254-1902

Kelly Park has 26 RV/tent sites

 

Clarcona Horseman’s Park, 3535 Damon Road, Apopka, FL 32703, 407-254-9010

Clarcona Horse Park has 28 RV/tent sites

 

Lake County also has several camping areas near the Lake Apopka North Shore

Locations and Where to Stay