The Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is a scenic nature center on the west side of Orlando, popular among hikers for its various trails. Home to the Vera Carter Environmental Center, visitors can tour a variety of exhibits and displays before heading out on a trek.

The well-maintained trails loop through many of Florida’s major habitats, including pine forests, a swamp and a lakeshore lined by cypress trees. Elusive fauna and wildlife also make this preserve their home such as the barred owl and river hawk. The preserve includes a picnic area, a butterfly garden and a sandbox – all located near the nature center. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

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Located just 10 minutes from Walt Disney World®, the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is similarly known for its various education programs. Classes take place almost every weekend and last about an hour, covering topics such as turtle nesting and the importance of recycling. Visitors are encouraged to sign-up early as there’s limited availability. The nature preserve is located off I-4 exit 68, on County Road 535.

Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

Location: 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836, USA

Open: Daily from 8am to 6pm

Phone: +1 407-254-1940

Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveler