Sure, a getaway at The Celeste Hotel in East Orlando is the perfect excuse for some good old-fashioned Sunshine State R&R: lounging by our pool, taking a leisurely swanboat ride on Lake Eola, stealing away for a beach-hopping daytrip on the Space Coast.
But if you’re feeling like a bit more adventure, our whimsical, astrally inspired boutique hotel also makes the perfect springboard. Here are some ideas for cranking up the thrills—and tasting the wild side of Central Florida—on a getaway at The Celeste!
Take an Airboat Tour Through Central Florida Swamplands
Airboat rides are perhaps most iconically associated with the Greater Everglades, but as it happens the Orlando area—which, in point of fact, includes the uppermost headwaters of the Everglades in its hinterland—is also chockablock with these thrilling swamp tours.
Within easy reach of your Celeste Hotel guestroom or suite, for example, you’ve got Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, Wild Florida, Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, and Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours, to name a few options.
Or maybe you want to get off the ground and cruise through the canopy during your Celeste stay. Well, you’re spoiled for choices in the ziplining and aerial-tours department, with some prime possibilities including the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland, Seminole Aerial Adventures at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park.
Declare a Day of Nature Exploration & Outdoor Recreation
From kayaking and canoeing to hiking and biking, a Celeste Hotel home base puts plenty of great outdoor recreation and nature appreciation at your fingertips.
Walk the trails of the 1,650-acre Orlando Wetlands Park and indulge in some ace birding right in the City Beautiful. Go blackwater paddling in the subtropical outback of the Wekiva River Preserve State Park—maybe you’ll glimpse a Florida black bear!—or watch the winter gathering of West Indian manatees in Blue Spring State Park.
Or hoof along a portion of the iconic Florida Trail, an officially designated National Scenic Trail whose Orlando-area sections include surprisingly wild-feeling jaunts through multiple state forests, preserves (including the Spring Hammock Preserve just a hop, skip, and a jump from The Celeste), and wildlife management areas.
Daytripping Adventures on a Celeste Getaway to Orlando, FL
Fresh off the ziplines, hiking trails, or blackwater rivers, you’ll love having The Celeste Hotel—the University of Central Florida campus’s upscale Tribute Portfolio hotel—to return to. Fuel up in our outstanding Aurora restaurant, lounge by the pool, and marinate in the private luxury of your room or suite, admiring the space-inspired artwork as you do.