Recreation and Wellness Center

The Outdoor Adventure Trips Program provides students an opportunity to enhance their experience at UCF by providing fun and enriching outdoor experiences. From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of trips for students to choose from.

Even if you're new to the outdoors, the Trips Program has something for you. Experience the beauty of the Florida wilderness or travel to must-see destinations across the country; all while making new friendships and learning new skills. So if you're ready to rise with the sun, step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime, sign up for a trip today! Sign up for our trips at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

The OAC is room 154, located on the first floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center, just past the racquetball courts, down the long hallway, across from the RWC Wet Classroom and Men's locker room entrance to the lap pool.

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Day Hike @ Black Bear Wilderness Area - Sanford, FL

Saturday, August 25th, 2018 – Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders and transportation.
Sign-Up Period July 27th, 2018 – August 20th, 2018

Black Bear Wilderness Trail is a new hiking location in the community that provides a 7.1-mile loop along the St.Johns River. This hike is mostly shaded and overlooks marshes, canals, and occasional views of the river.

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Wilderness First Aid @ Chuluota, FL

Saturday, August 25th, 2018 – Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Cost $265
Capacity 12
Includes This trip is not let by UCF's Outdoor Adventure staff, but rather REI. Sign up at REI's website.
Sign-Up Period August 1st, 2018 – August 24th, 2018

This is a two or three day introductory course covering a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors.

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Alexander Springs Snorkeling @ Alexander Springs, Florida

Sunday, August 26th, 2018 – Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period July 30th, 2018 – August 21st, 2018

A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool become a natural water park when visitors come to picnic, swim and snorkel at Alexander Springs. This trip takes participates snorkeling in this spring which boasts crystal clear water and is abundant with fish, wildlife and vegetation.

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Caving and Providence Canyon @ Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve

Friday, August 31st, 2018 – Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Cost $45
Capacity 12
Includes experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period July 31st, 2018 – August 22nd, 2018

Tumbling Rock Cave is one of Alabama’s finest caves. With over six miles of surveyed passage, it offers beginning and experienced cavers alike a true wild cave experience. Participants on this trip will camp and trek in the cave, and hike through the Providence Canyon. Don’t miss out on our most exciting caving trip of the year!

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Intro to Mountain Biking @ Santos Trailhead

Saturday, September 1st, 2018 – Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 1st, 2018 – August 30th, 2018

Ocala National Forest offers a mountain biking trail that is different than any trail in Central Florida. With winding paths through forested areas, hills that provide beautiful views, and bluff drop offs that add a fun element to the ride, the Santos bike trail is a good introduction for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st time!

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First Year Student Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Mosquito Lagoon

Friday, September 7th, 2018 – Friday, September 7th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 2nd, 2018 – August 31st, 2018

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! This trip is specifically for first year UCF students who are looking for a little adventure here in Florida. During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Mosquito Lagoon

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 – Friday, September 7th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 3rd, 2018 – August 31st, 2018

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence!

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International Coastal Clean-Up and Beach Day @ Ormond Beach

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 23rd, 2018 – July 30th, 2018

During this exciting trip with Outdoor Adventure, you will be able to have a relaxing day at Ormond Beach and contribute to an international clean-up effort that supports our oceans and helps keep them clean!

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Learn to Stand-Up Paddleboard @ Banana River

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 – Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 24th, 2018 – August 31st, 2018

Banana River is a lagoon system that is located on the east coast of Florida which has a diverse habitat of drift algae, oyster bars, salt marshes, and mangrove swamps. This trip takes participants along a 3.5-mile route that ends in a paddle through a beautiful section of mangrove tunnels where trip leaders will teach about the life cycle of a mangrove tree. A great introductory trip to paddle boarding where experienced trip leaders will teach you how to stand and paddle!

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Whitewater Rafting and Hiking @ Columbus, GA

Friday, September 21st, 2018 – Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Cost $50
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 27th, 2018 – August 31st, 2018

Known as the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world, the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA is most often described to be as "Wild as Colorado and Warm as Costa Rica". This is a 2.5 mile, man-made run which offers the perfect combination of fun and adventure that is unlike anything else on the east coast! After a day of whitewater excitement, we will spend the rest of our trip hiking in Providence Canyon State Park, dubbed as the "Little Grand Canyon" because of its steep-sided, colorful canyons of carved sandstone.

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Learn to Surf 1 @ Tom Renick Park

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 – Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 31st, 2018 – September 7th, 2018

Learn to surf at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach! OA will teach you the basics of surfing, no experience necessary!

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Bike Your Park Day @ Orlando

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 – Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 4th, 2018 – September 13th, 2018

Join other UCF students and thousands around the world on September 29th, 2018 to get active and explore local parks on your bicycle! Ride through different parks and locations within Orlando to celebrate our public outdoor recreation areas.

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ASL Friendly Hike @ Central Florida

Sunday, September 30th, 2018 – Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders and transportation.
Sign-Up Period September 5th, 2018 – September 14th, 2018

Enjoy a wonderful day with Outdoor Adventure hiking and exploring in the Central Florida area. UCF encourages the inclusion and participation of people of all abilities, so this is an ASL friendly hike!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Mosquito Lagoon

Friday, October 5th, 2018 – Friday, October 5th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 6th, 2018 – September 19th, 2018

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Mosquito Lagoon

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 – Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2018 – September 20th, 2018

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence!

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Florida Trail Service Day @ Mosquito Lagoon

Friday, October 12th, 2018 – Friday, October 12th, 2018

Cost $0
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders and transportation.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2018 – September 26th, 2018

Join our crew and volunteer with the Florida Trail Association. Our Volunteer Work Parties are a fun and unique way for you to connect with Florida’s wildlands and play a role in maintaining and constructing our scenic footpath.

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SUP and Yoga @ Secret Lake

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 – Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 7
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, yoga instructors, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 14th, 2018 – September 28th, 2018

Join OA for an awesome day on the water while you learn the new sport of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUPing) and yoga!

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Evening Hike @ Hal Scott Preserve

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 – Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders and transportation.
Sign-Up Period September 14th, 2018 – September 30th, 2018

Come see the natural beauty of Hal Scott Preserve as we hike through pine flatwoods and other habitats right here in Orlando. After hiking in the daylight, we will enjoy a sunset through the towering pine trees and explore more in the dark.

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Cumberland Island Backpacking @ Cumberland Island National Seashore

Friday, October 19th, 2018 – Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Cost $40
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period August 30th, 2018 – September 20th, 2018

Come with OA and explore Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island and home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated Wilderness. Here we will backpack through pristine maritime forests and wide marshes, while exploring the history of the island. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here.

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Kayaking Day Trip @ Weeki Wachee State Park

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 – Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 19th, 2018 – October 4th, 2018

Participants will embark on a paddling adventure down the beautiful clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. This will be a relaxing way for students to start their Florida summer and experience some of the wildlife our state has to offer, including turtles, fish, birds, and potentially even manatees!

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Sea Kayaking @ Anclote Key

Friday, October 26th, 2018 – Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Cost $60
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period September 28th, 2018 – October 5th, 2018

Anclote Key, an island just north of Tampa, is the location of our weekend sea kayaking trip. Here, students will have the opportunity to explore the west coast of Florida on a three-day trip and learn the basics of sea kayaking from our trip leaders.

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Intro to Mountain Biking @ Ocala National Forest

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period October 1st, 2018 – October 12th, 2018

Ocala National Forest offers a mountain biking trail that is different than any trail in Central Florida. With winding paths through forested areas, hills that provide beautiful views, and bluff dropoffs that add a fun element to the ride, the Santos bike trail is a good introduction for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st, or even 11th, time!

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SCUBA Trip @ Epcot

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 – Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Cost $150
Capacity 9
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period October 2nd, 2018 – October 16th, 2018

Immerse yourself in a SCUBA experience that guarantees calm waters, no fighting with currents, complete visibility, and beautiful marine life. Disney's DiveQuest is an opportunity for students who are SCUBA certified to explore the saltwater tanks of the Caribbean Coral Reef in Epcot and swim with over 6,000 sea creatures.

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Canoe Day Trip @ Wekiva River - Katie's Landing

Sunday, November 4th, 2018 – Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period October 3rd, 2018 – October 19th, 2018

Take advantage of one of Florida's most popular destinations, this weekend we will be spending time on the water fed by some of our natural springs. We will start the paddle by pushing up stream, then take advantage of the currents and float downstream while enjoying some lunch on the water. Students will have the experience to see some of Florida's natural beauty.

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Stargazing and Camping @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, November 9th, 2018 – Monday, November 12th, 2018

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period October 11th, 2018 – September 20th, 2018

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie. Not only does this location boast excellent birding opportunities, but its remoteness makes it one of Florida's finest spots for stargazing! Join Outdoor Adventure as we sleep under the stars and enjoy a relaxing night spotting constellations and learning how to cook food while camping.

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Intro to Mountain Biking] @ Ocala National Forest

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 – Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide
Sign-Up Period October 12th, 2018 – October 26th, 2018

Ocala National Forest offers a mountain biking trail that is different than any trail in Central Florida. With winding paths through forested areas, hills that provide beautiful views, and bluff dropoffs that add a fun element to the ride, the Santos bike trail is a good introduction for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st, or even 11th, time!

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Patagonia Backpacking Trip @ Torres Del Paine, Chile

Monday, December 10th, 2018 – Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Cost $0
Capacity 10
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, food, lodging, and gear. Flights are not included.
Sign-Up Period August 30th, 2018 – November 19th, 2018

Enjoy a week-long backpacking trip through the beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile with our experienced trip leaders! Explore scenic views of the natural landscape, mountain ranges, and much more as you trek through the park.

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Intro to Mountain Biking @ Ocala National Forest

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 – Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period December 12th, 2018 – December 30th, 2018

Ocala National Forest offers a mountain biking trail that is different than any trail in Central Florida. With winding paths through forested areas, hills that provide beautiful views, and bluff dropoffs that add a fun element to the ride, the Santos bike trail is a good introduction for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st, or even 11th, time!

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Alabama Caving Trip @ Alabama

Friday, January 18th, 2019 – Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Cost $50
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period December 12th, 2018 – December 28th, 2018

Join Outdoor Adventure on a once in life time caving experience. Participants will have the opportunity to experience absolute darkness in the cave as well as learn about the unique ecosystem.

Assumption of Risk Statement

Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.