Things to do in Orlando on earth day

5 Places To Visit In Orlando This Earth Day

Take this Earth Day to enjoy what Orlando has to offer!


April 22nd is International Earth day so, in honor of this day where we celebrate our planet earth, it is on us, the people who inhabit the planet, to make an effort to keep her clean and well treated. Though we do live on such a large planet and it may seem like an impossibility to try and help the entire planet on just one day, but there is something you can do. Keeping the planet clean by picking up any stray trash you see on the ground is one of the many things you can do to help, but also there is an even easier thing you can do in Orlando for your planet. That is going outside and taking the day to enjoy what mother nature has to offer, luckily there are some fantastic places right here in Orlando for you to do just that.

1. Lake Eola.

Take a stroll around the beautiful Lake Eola located in the heart of downtown Orlando. Take a swan boat out on the lake you or maybe on Sunday go and enjoy the local farmers market. You can a moment to sit near the water and watch the swans. Lake Eola is the perfect playground for you to sit back and relax with nature.

2. Shady Park.

Centrally located in historic Hannibal Square is a shady park. It is a fairly large and quiet park and really has so much to offer you this Earth Day. Enjoy sitting along the park's path with its many benches that the city has provided and just take in the sounds of the birds, or squirrels running up the trees. Or maybe you can go sit by the fountain and take in the breeze, it's the perfect place for you to take your friends, family or loved ones to enjoy the day.

3. Central Park.

Central Park, is Winter Park's place to be when thinking of spending this Earth day outside with your friends and loved ones. Conveniently located on Park Avenue right in the heart of the downtown shopping district, not only can you go out and enjoy the spacious 11 arcs of land for a quiet picnic, but you can also opt into enjoying one of the many restaurants facing the park. Sip some wine and watch the bees buzz around the bushes and the birds nesting in the trees.

4. Kraft Azalea Garden.

If you are going to explore the outdoors this earth day, why not stop by Kraft Azalea Garden, located on the shore of Lake Maitland. Park hours are from 8 a.m. until dusk all year around. While walking through the garden you'll notice the incredible cypress trees and beautiful stone pillars looking over the waterfront. It is a beautiful sight to take in and really dive into what nature has to offer.

5. Boat Tours in Winter Park.

Maybe sitting and watching nature while having a snack isn't your style. Why not take things this earth day out to the waters? Head down over to Scenic Boat Tours located on East Morse Boulevard. You and your friends can float along the chain lakes while watching the sunset, take in all of the beautiful views while looking at what beautiful scenery Orlando has to offer, and possibly discussing your new approach towards a greener lifestyle!

While it is a beautiful notion to take one day of the year to celebrate the planet and what she has to offer us, we must remember to appreciate the beauty of the world offers us every day.

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Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.


If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.

1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.

I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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