Frequently Asked Questions
What government agency oversees the Park?
The Park is a facility of the City of Orlando, Public Works Department, Wastewater Division.
How old is the Park?
The Park began receiving reclaimed water in 1987.
Can I drive my car through the Park?
No. Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for staff.
What is your phone number?
What are your hours of operation?
The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.
What is the location for the Park?
The street address is 25155 Wheeler Rd., Christmas, FL 32709.
What forms of payment does the Park’s Education Center accept?
Cash as well as checks made out to Strengthen Orlando, Inc.
What is your admission price?
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
What does it cost for parking?
Parking is free.
Are reservations required for tram tours?
No. Tours are on a first-come first-serve basis. Large groups should call at least 4 weeks ahead to check to see if your group can be accommodated.
Can I rent the tram?
No. The tram is to be driven by Park staff and volunteers only. Tram tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays only.
How big is the park?
Orlando Wetlands Park is 1650 acres with 1200 of that consisting of man-made wetlands for water treatment.
How long does it take to get around the park?
It depends whether you walk, bring your bike or take a tram tour. The average visit is about 2 to 4 hours. There are miles of berms. So please pick up a map, especially if you are walking.
Can I purchase food or drink?
Yes you can on Fridays and Saturdays when there is an attendant in the Education Center. Soft drinks and water are available.
Where can I buy lunch?
There is no nearby restaurant, but there are soft drinks and water available in the Education Center which is open on Friday and Saturdays only. Many visitors bring drinks and a picnic lunch.
How many alligators are at the Park?
A 2015 estimate was over 1700 alligators.
Can we feed the animals at the Park?
Absolutely not! This creates a danger for yourself and other visitors. Alligators and other potentially dangerous animals that lose their fear of humans will need to be euthanized.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not permitted at the Park. There are many hundreds of alligators present.
Is the Park handicap accessible?
Some facilities are. The parking lot has reserved spaces. The Education Center is accessible as are some picnic tables.
Can I have a special event at the Park?
Groups should contact the Park well in advance at 407.568.1706 to see if their event can be accommodated.
What kind of special events do you have?
Once a year, the Park sponsors the Orlando Wetlands Festival held at Ft. Christmas Historical Park. In addition, there are occasionally classes offered on some nature topic or on nature photography.
What are the best days to visit?
Any day is good. Tram tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays only. Summer can be very hot on the berms.
What is in the area for overnight lodging?
Lodging is available near the intersections of SR 50 and I-95 to the east as well as at SR50 and Alafaya Trail to the west.
Can I bring my stroller, wheelchair or electric service vehicle?
Yes you can. The Park seeks to include guests of all ages and physical abilities, although it is important to note that not all park locations are wheelchair or ESV accessible. Electric service vehicles are only allowed on the berm roads for disabled persons.
What is the average length of stay for visitors to the Park?
Visitors usually stay at the park from 2 to 4 hours. There are many miles of berm, so you can plan a hike length to suit you.
What should I wear to the Park?
Proper dress is important. The berms are very open and so exposure to sun and wind are always possible. A wide brimmed hat is recommended as are closed-toed shoes to help avoid fire ants, sand spurs, etc.
Does the Park have public drinking fountains?
Yes we do. Drinking fountains are located on the east side of the restrooms. There is also a water bottle refiller.
Does the Park have a Lost & Found?
Yes. If you have already left the Park for the day and realized you lost an item, you may call 407.568.1706 to inquire.