Last time we visited Florida we sought our Lake Tibet Butler Preserve – visiting is free so we thought we would give it a go. The preserve is not a well publicized tourist attraction – it is a wildlife preserve in the main Orlando area. There are 4 miles of hiking trails – some of which are on elevated board walks and a really great Environmental Center (with aircon) where you should start your trip to get an idea of some of the wildlife you might see.
It was a really hot September day when we went, we were glad we had our sunscreen, hats and bottled water. I really liked the center, well set out, nice and cool, lots of info. Then we set off to explore. Maps are provided and the routes are well-marked. I was absolutely fine on the elevated boardwalk pieces of the routes, when it came to the ground level pieces, I was less sure and to be perfectly frank expected to see a snake at every turn. We didn’t. We did see one of the park rangers who told us he had lived in Florida all his life and had never yet seen any of the venomous snakes despite seeking them out!
On our day we saw and heard lots of birds. It was a really relaxing environment and a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and shopping malls.
I would recommend it for half a day. Take wellies (rubber boots) and binoculars if you have them to get the full experience.
Located off the CR535, exit 68 off I4.