Trout Lake Nature Center
Sunday is the only day that both my husband and I have off, and that we can do things together as a family. We try to explore new places, but we don’t have a lot of money.
Today we explored the Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, FL. I visited the Nature Center once on a field trip in 7th grade…that was QUITE a long time ago so I didn’t remember many details.
I went online, found that not only was the Nature Center open on Sundays…but it was free. We were sold!
The Scenic Route
I went on the website, clicked “Directions” and let GPS guide us…not such a great idea! We ended up in the middle of a mobile home park. I wonder how many people have made the same mistake.
We finally found the correct directions, and headed in.
So Much to See
The Nature Center is SUCH a cool place. The compound contains trails, picnic areas, educational displays, a museum, and a swinging bridge.
The boys had fun on the boardwalk. The snake skin was a little scary…since that means a snake is somewhere close…and I LOVED the beautiful flowers.
First, we observed the displays. The boys saw so many different animals close up, such as alligators, bobcats, foxes, turtles, and bears.
Then we explored the trails, which wind around the whole property. We saw a baby alligator, and plenty of birds and lizards.
We saw HUGE oak trees with massive trunks. The boys were amazed that the trees were hundreds of years old.
It was awesome to see how tall the trees grew.
Next, we visited the museum. Displays were set up with animals, nests, animal poop (the boys’ favorite part), and bones. Tanks were set up with a yellow rat snake (that hid from us the whole time), and a red rat snake. He was VERY friendly.
We spent an hour and a half total exploring and had SO much fun! It’s definitely going to be added to our list of family fun activities.