Occasionally, we find urban parks operated by county and municipal governments that offer high quality nature experiences. We visited one of those this past weekend. Lake Lotus Park is a 150-acre nature preserve operated by the town of Altamonte Springs. There is a playground and picnic shelters with restroom facilities - these are set back from the lake in a forest that somewhat resembles a subtropical jungle. From there a boardwalk takes you to the lake where it widens out into a very large fishing area and then back into boardwalk again before looping back to the picnic area. There are actually a couple of different loops but none are very long. I found the "you are here" signs to be a joke, but never fear, you can't really get lost as all paths lead back to the picnic area.
Playground at Lake Lotus Nature Park
Monday through Wednesday the park is closed to the public in order to provide STEM focused field trips to Seminole County Public School students called Altamonte Springs Science Incubator program. The rest of the week it is open to from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. It is a lovely place to get away from the congestion of the greater Orlando area and experience nature. No dogs or bikes are allowed. Parking is located on the other side of Maitland Avenue. It is only a short walk via an underpass into the park or visitors can ride the tram.