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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Bioluminescence Night Paddle 1 @ Indian River, FL

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – August 24th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, August 21st, 2017

*This trip is for UCF students only*
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! From the swirl of your paddle or the trail of a speeding school of mullet (which look like hundreds of blue-green underwater bottle rockets), to the ghostly glow of a slow moving manatee or sting ray, every movement is illumined. No need to travel to Puerto Rico to see this phenomenon. It's right here in sunny Central Florida.

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Bioluminescence Night Paddle 2 @ Indian River, FL

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – August 25th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

*This trip is for UCF students only*
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! From the swirl of your paddle or the trail of a speeding school of mullet (which look like hundreds of blue-green underwater bottle rockets), to the ghostly glow of a slow moving manatee or sting ray, every movement is illumined. No need to travel to Puerto Rico to see this phenomenon. It's right here in sunny Central Florida.

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Bioluminescence Night Paddle 3 @ Indian River, FL

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – August 25th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

*This trip is for UCF students only*
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! From the swirl of your paddle or the trail of a speeding school of mullet (which look like hundreds of blue-green underwater bottle rockets), to the ghostly glow of a slow moving manatee or sting ray, every movement is illumined. No need to travel to Puerto Rico to see this phenomenon. It's right here in sunny Central Florida.

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Kayak and Snorkel @ Juniper Springs - Ocala, FL

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – August 25th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

This seven-mile kayaking run is a self-guided interpretive trail that starts at Juniper Springs Recreation Area. Participants will paddle the one-way trail which is labeled as an intermediate level since there are winding paths, fallen trees, and even a small set of rapids. This trail is sometimes described as an "obstacle course" and is a must for anyone who loves to kayak! We will then drive back to the spring head to snorkel.

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Learn to Surf @ Ormond Beach, FL

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – September 1st, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, August 28th, 2017

As our most popular trip,  students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach where our trip leaders will take them through surf instruction on the beach before hitting the waves and trying the skills out on the provided boards. For only $15, this trip includes transportation, instruction, and a day on the beach soaking up Florida sunshine!

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Silver River Kayaking @ Ocala, FL

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – September 1st, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Silver River is one of the only places in Florida where you can kayak past monkeys in the wild! Originally brought over from Asia in 1930 as a tourist attraction, the rhesus monkeys have since escaped the small island and now have a population estimated at more than 200! Participants will paddle along the crystal clear water of the river, spotting this exotic species as well as more local wildlife along the way.

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Freshman Learn to Surf @ Ormond Beach, FL

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 21st, 2017 – September 1st, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Sunday, August 20th, 2017

As our most popular trip,  students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach where our trip leaders will take them through surf instruction on the beach before hitting the waves and trying the skills out on the provided boards. For only $15, this trip includes transportation, instruction, and a day on the beach soaking up Florida sunshine! This trip is geared towards students who are entering their freshman year at UCF.

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Whitewater Rafting and Hiking @ Columbus, GA

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Cost $50
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 25th, 2017 – September 8th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, September 4th, 2017

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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Evening Hike @ Orlando Wetlands Park - Christmas, FL

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 29th, 2017 – September 14th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Orlando Wetlands Park is a city wastewater reclamation project that has become home to alligators and many bird species alike. Known as one of the best birding spots in the state, we will explore the open marshlands and learn about the man-made process to filter reclaimed water, ending the day with a beautiful sunset over the wetlands.

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Canoeing Day Trip @ Wekiva River - Sanford, FL

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 29th, 2017 – September 15th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Wekiva River is a spring-fed waterway that is home to a variety of birds, alligators, and otters. This is a popular paddling trip which passes through a variety of environments which include dense hardwood forests, pine flatwoods, marsh land, and sub-tropical habitats. Participants will canoe a majority of the day in direct sunlight, paddling through narrow canals and wide lily pad-filled areas alike.

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Learn to Surf @ Ormond Beach, FL

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 29th, 2017 – September 15th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

As our most popular trip,  students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach where our trip leaders will take them through surf instruction on the beach before hitting the waves and trying the skills out on the provided boards. For only $15, this trip includes transportation, instruction, and a day on the beach soaking up Florida sunshine!

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Stand Up Paddleboarding and Snorkel @ Rainbow River - Dunnellon, FL

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 29th, 2017 – September 22nd, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, September 18th, 2017

Originating in the surfing community, paddleboarding is a relaxing way to explore local rivers, lakes, and springs. This trip takes participants down Rainbow River which boasts crystal clear water and is abundant with fish, wildlife, and vegetation. After a leisurely paddle, the trip will end with snorkeling in Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida's fourth largest spring.

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Suwannee River Canoeing @ Suwannee River - Live Oak, FL

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period September 5th, 2017 – September 29th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, September 25th, 2017

Made famous by Florida's state song "Old Folks at Home", this wild river provides canoers with wide waterways to paddle and opportunities to encounter abundant wildlife as they canoe from one campsite to another along the river.

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Alabama Bouldering @ Hospital Boulders - Gadsden, AL

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Cost $50
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period August 29th, 2017 – October 6th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Hospital Boulders is a hidden gem of climbing in the southeast. This sandstone boulder field in northwest Alabama is an ideal locations for fairly-graded, moderate level climbing and has many boulder problems available at V3 and below. Participants will spend their time practicing and learning bouldering techniques. Camping location includes a large natural waterfall.

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Surfing and Camping @ Flagler Beach, FL

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period September 15th, 2017 – October 13th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, October 9th, 2017

Participants will have the opportunity to camp within a 5-minute drive of Flagler Beach, where we will spend the morning and afternoon surfing and learning more techniques. Gamble Rodgers Recreation Area is a good introductory campsite for those who don't have a lot of camping experience.

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Sunset Hiking Trip @ Orlando Wetlands Park - Christmas, FL

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period September 15th, 2017 – October 18th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Orlando Wetlands Park is a city wastewater reclamation project that has become home to alligators and many bird species alike. Known as one of the best birding spots in the state, we will explore the open marshlands and learn about the man-made process to filter reclaimed water, ending the day with a beautiful sunset over the wetlands!

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Cumberland Island Backpacking @ Cumberland Island, GA

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period September 15th, 2017 – October 20th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, October 16th, 2017

Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island is home to pristine forests, undeveloped beaches, wide marsh areas, fascinating history lessons, and is also the location of one of our most popular backpacking trips. Our trip will depart from the mainland by ferry and spend the weekend exploring the island where participants will hike along forested trails and beaches alike, seeing wild horses grazing on the nearby grasses and learning about the island's history along the way!

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SCUBA Trip @ Epcot

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Cost $150
Capacity 9
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 26th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, October 20th, 2017

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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Stargazing and Camping @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 27th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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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Introduction to Mountain Biking @ Ocala, FL

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Cost $20
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 27th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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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Yoga and Hiking @ Little Big Econ State Forest, FL

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – November 3rd, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, October 30th, 2017

Less than 30 minutes from campus, Little Big Econ State Forest is home to more than 5,000 acres of forests and cypress swamps along the Econlockhatchee River. This trip will take participants on a hike along the top edge of bluffs that overlook the water, ending at the banks of the Econ River for a yoga flow and lunch break before turning back around and hiking out of the forest along the same trail.

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Florida Backpacking @ Charles Bronson State Forest, FL

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – November 10th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The Charles Bronson State Forest section of the Florida National Scenic Trail used to be used for agriculture and cattle grazing, so don't be surprised when you see cows along the trail! Participants will have plenty of learning opportunities including water filtration, setting up camp, navigating on the trail, and cooking while camping.

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Veterans Kayaking Day @ Silver River - Ocala, FL

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – November 10th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, November 6th, 2017

Silver River is one of the only places in Florida where you can kayak past monkeys in the wild! Originally brought over from Asia in 1930 as a tourist attraction, the rhesus monkeys have since escaped the small island and now have a population estimated at more than 200! Participants will paddle along the crystal clear water of the river, spotting this exotic species as well as more local wildlife along the way. This trip is geared towards UCF students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Day Hike @ Black Bear Wilderness - Sanford, FL

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period November 7th, 2017 – December 1st, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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. Participants will hike through a combination of sturdy boardwalks and forested sections with tricky roots and steep drop offs, something unique to Florida hiking.

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Birding and Hiking @ Orlando Wetlands Park - Christmas, FL

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period November 7th, 2017 – December 1st, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Participants will hike through one of the best birding locations in Florida while experienced trip leaders share their knowledge along the route of some of the 220 bird species within Orlando Wetlands Park. The trail weaves among different marshland compartments that are a part of one of the largest constructed wetland treatment systems built to date.

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Bahamas Sailing Expedition @ Bahamas

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Cost $900
Capacity 14
Includes Food, instruction, equipment
Sign-Up Period July 17th, 2017 – September 15th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Sailing Adventure in the Bahamas is a 6-day live-aboard learning adventure. The group (12-14 participants) will live aboard two sailboats as part of the crew with the captain and mate. As members of the crew, the group will take part in sailing the boat, navigation, preparing meals, and other activities needed to run the boat. No experience is necessary. We guide students in learning the skills needed to get the boat from place to place. Everyone will take part in hoisting, trimming and taking down the sails, steering, tacking, anchoring, navigating and general safety on board. Students can also learn to identify the abundant sea life and will gain a renewed appreciation for reef and ocean ecology. Students will have opportunities to lead the group and will gain experience with group dynamics, conflict resolution and problem solving.

*Flights are not included in the cost of this trip. Participants should not book any flights until trip is confirmed by Outdoor Adventure Coordinator.

General Itinerary
Day 1: Board the vessels in Marsh Harbour; orientation; sail or motor to first anchorage; swim and snorkel review; Dinner
Day 2-5: Days begin with breakfast followed by introduction to sailing, introduction to navigation and sailing instruction.
• Each day, the group will help to sail the boats to one of the Abaco Cays and/or one of the coral reefs.
• Most days include snorkeling, visits to local settlements, swimming, fishing and exploring.
• Visits include all or most of the following cays and possibly others: Man O War Cay, Great Guana Cay; Elbow Cay and Hopetown; Matt Lowes Cay; Lynyard Cay. Some favorite stops include snorkeling at the Fowl Cay Reef national preserve, climbing the historic Hope Town Lighthouse (built in 1862) for the unbeatable view, and visiting the traditional boat-building settlement of Man-O-War Cay.
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• Each night is spent on board anchored near one of the Abaco Cays. The final night is spent back in Marsh Harbour.
Day 6: Breakfast; packing; departures.

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.