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Orlando Wetlands Festival in February, 2020.

Orlando Wetlands Park Festival
Fort Christmas Historical Park & Orlando Wetlands Park
Christmas, Florida

28.562047 — -81.022307

We are not moving forward with the 2022 Festival. Technical challenges and uncertainty around COVID so we thought it best to hold off another year. Hopefully we will be back in 2023. — Wetlands Manager

Click here for information about year round activities
at the Orlando Wetlands Park.

2020 information left online below so you can anticipate what it is like.

Festival hay ride.

Eagle exhibit at the Festival

A field trip at the Festival

The Orlando Wetlands Festival will be held on the third Saturday in February 2022 from 9am until 3pm.

Free event for all ages! Explore exhibits, guided hikes and tours, presentations, games, live animals, native plant give-away and more!

Since 2001, the Orlando Wetlands Festival has promoted community awareness of theOrlando Wetlands Parkand the importance of Florida's ecological and water resources. Bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun and learning!

The Festival spans across the Orlando Wetlands Park and Fort Christmas Historical Park. Shuttles will be available to take guests between the parks.

The event includes:

  • Free parking and admission
  • Local food vendors
  • Live animals
  • Native plant give-away (while supplies last)
  • Guided bus tours of the Wetlands Park
  • Guided hikes for Birders, Photographers and more
  • Bounce houses, games and activities for kids
  • Exhibits on wildlife, wetlands, "going green", and more
  • Prize drawings and silent auction
  • Live music and stage presentations for the whole family

Free admission and free door prizes! For more information: call Orlando Wetlands Park 407-568-1706.

Register for this completely free event here.

ForInformation: 407.568.1706 •

Directions: To get to the Park, take S.R. 50 to Christmas, Florida. Turn north onto 420, Ft. Christmas Rd. Continue north 1.8 miles. Fort Christmas Park will be on your left. Free parking will be located on your right across from Fort Christmas Park. The address is 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, Christmas, FL 32709.

Map locating the park and wetlands.


We will have volunteers at the wetlands all of the days of the Titusville Birding Festival.
January 24-29, 2018
The Education Center will be open and be giving cart tours.

Information on the
Orlando Wetlands Park
Christmas, Florida

25155 Wheeler Rd., Christmas, FL 32709-9257
Go North on Fort Christmas Road, past Fort Christmas, then right on Wheeler Road to the Park.

Friends of the Orlando Wetlands logo.
The Friends of the Orlando Wetlands (FOW) is a citizen support organization for the City of Orlando's Orlando Wetlands Park. Its mission is to work with the City of Orlando in providing educational opportunities to increase community awareness, support, and appreciation of the park and its wildlife.

The volunteer efforts include: hosting at the Orlando Wetlands Park Education Center, interpreting nature at the wetlands, including tram tours, developing educational materials for park visitors, maintaining the Education Center and its adjacent wildlife garden, conducting research on wetlands flora and fauna, and assisting at special events such as the annual Orlando Wetlands Festival.

Orlando Wetlands entrance sign

Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Anhinga Chick
Anhinga Chick
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
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History of Orlando Wetlands Park

In the mid 1980's, the City of Orlando's Iron Bridge Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant needed more overflow capacity than what was allowed in the Little Econlockhatchee River. In 1986 the City of Orlando purchased 1,650 acres and in July 1987, the 1,220 acres wetland treatment system was completed and reclaimed water began to flow from the Iron Bridge Plant. The system was designed to polish up to 35 million gallons a day of reclaimed wastewater. The water is conveyed through a four-foot diameter pipeline approximately 17 miles.


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Festivals are annual events. This page will be here even after the event.
You can anticipate a similar event next year. It will be updated when the new information becomes available.