Adventure Trips


The Adventure Trips Program gives Knights an opportunity to explore our world through fun and enriching outdoor experiences.From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventure offers a variety of trips for students to choose from. All levels of experience are welcome!

For Summer 2021, we are focusing on local adventure trips, On-Campus Adventures, and Outdoor Adventure Training Seminars (OATS). We also have a new program – Custom Adventure Trips! See below for more info. 

Trip Registration: You can now register for our Adventure Trips in-person and online. More information can be found in the drop down menu for each trip or at the bottom of this page under Adventure Trip Guidelines.

Explore wild Florida with us this summer! While many restrictions have been lifted, we plan to stay closer to home until the Fall. We now allow for in-person (during Outdoor Adventure Center open hours) and virtual trip registration. Check out our Summer 2021 offerings here:

banana river view from the parkTrip Date: 5/29/2021

Trip Location: Banana River

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 5/17/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 5/26/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form and contact the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 5/25/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description: Paddleboard through the mangroves at Banana River! This habitat offers a unique experience of observing the tropical mangroves and many birds and wildlife that make it their home. The calm waters will provide a great way to learn about paddle boarding and a great introduction to the activity. With the guidance of our experienced trip leaders, you’ll be in for a day of great fun!

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often. 

Three UCF Students enter the water in the Atlantic Ocean on a Learn to Surf trip.Trip Date: 6/5/2021

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Cost: $10.00

Registration Opens: 5/20/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/1/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form and contact the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 6/2/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description: One of our most popular trips is back for Summer 2021! Surfing is a classic Floridian adventure - come learn the basics with our Adventure Trip Leaders as your instructors. 

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often.

view of the sunset from the water in winter park chain of lakesTrip Date: 6/18/2021

Trip Location: Winter Park Chain of Lakes 

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 5/27/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/15/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form and contact the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 6/16/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description:Join us on this relaxing evening to kayak through beautiful Winter Park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset with friends and experience how nature changes when the lights turn off! Just a few steps from the busy streets is a whole different world filled with nature and a breath of fresh air. You’ll be able to spot many birds and insects as they prep for the evening. This trip offers the opportunity to learn about kayaking in a new light (or lack there of) and to connect with fellow UCF students.

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often.

Trip Date: 6/19/2021

Trip Location: Downtown Orlando 

Trip Cost: $10.00

Registration Opens: 5/28/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/15/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 6/15/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description: Downtown Orlando is full of a rich history and a blend of cultures and art! With all the gear provided, we will guide you through some of the city’s most interesting and diverse areas, and stop for plenty of photo ops along the way! What better way to get around the city than on a bike? This is a great trip for anyone wanting to explore a bit more of Orlando and learn about its history.

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often.

Picture of Wekiwa Springs State Park in Orlando, Florida. shows springs and six tandem canoes.Trip Date: 6/26/2021

Trip Location: Hontoon Island and Blue Spring - This location is an hour from campus; only limited transportation provided 

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 6/10/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/22/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 6/23/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description: Spend a day kayaking over 10 miles through the twists and turns of the St. Johns River and surrounding creeks. This trip is strenuous and may not be the best option for beginners. We will start at Hontoon Island State Park and stop half way at Blue Spring State Park for lunch. If we’re lucky, we might get to eat lunch with some manatees as they hang out in the spring. This trip is long, but follows the creeks and river downstream, and provides some beautiful views and experiences.

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often.

Trip Date: 6/27/2021

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Cost: $5.00

Registration Opens: 6/14/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/22/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 6/23/2021 - 7:00pm

Trip Description: Ready for a relaxing morning with yoga and exploring some trails? This is a great opportunity for you to learn about yoga, or have a great time with us even if you’re an experienced yogi! After a refreshing yoga session, we’ll go explore some of the incredible nature trails and enjoy a very peaceful day together!

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Limited transportation is available. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often.

kayaker in rock springs runTrip Date: 7/18/2021

Trip Location: King’s Landing

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 7/1/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/13/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 7/15/2021 - 7:00pm

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure as we paddle through the beautiful Rock Springs Run. This spring-fed river offers the opportunity to connect with nature right here in Central Florida and see wildlife like fish, turtles, and birds dive beneath the surface. We’ll paddle around 8 miles with the help of the gentle current, while surrounded by iconic tropical vegetation.  No experience necessary for this relaxing trip!

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include transportation, all necessary gear for the activity, and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

people snorkeling at florida natural springTrip Date: 7/22/2021

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Cost: $10.00

Registration Opens: 7/8/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/19/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 7/19/2021 - 8:00pm

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure as we go to Central Florida’s beautiful springs! Snorkeling offers the opportunity to connect with nature in a very unique way as we peer beneath the water’s surface. We will hopefully get to see plenty of wildlife like fish, turtles, and birds dive beneath the surface. As well, you will be surrounded by Florida’s iconic tropical vegetation and experience nature in a different way! Our experienced trip leaders will be there to support you every step of the way, so come have a great time with us!

What’s Included:  All of our adventure trips include transportation, all necessary gear for the activity, and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

Trip Date: 7/31/2021

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 7/16/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/27/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 7/27/2021 - 7:00pm

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure as we paddle through Central Florida’s diverse wetlands. Kayaking offers the opportunity to connect with nature in a very unique way, and as we move through the rivers we will hopefully get to see plenty of wildlife like fish, turtles, and birds dive beneath the surface. As well, you will be surrounded by Florida’s iconic tropical vegetation every stroke of way! No experience necessary for this relaxing trip!

What’s Included: All of our adventure trips include transportation, all necessary gear for the activity, and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.

people snorkeling at florida natural springTrip Date: 8/1/2021

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Cost: $10.00

Registration Opens: 7/19/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/27/2021

To register for this trip, complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form or visit the Outdoor Adventure Center during open hours.

Pre-Trip Date & Time: 7/29/2021 - 6:00pm

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure as we go to Central Florida’s beautiful springs! Snorkeling offers the opportunity to connect with nature in a very unique way as we peer beneath the water’s surface. We will hopefully get to see plenty of wildlife like fish, turtles, and birds dive beneath the surface. As well, you will be surrounded by Florida’s iconic tropical vegetation and experience nature in a different way! Our experienced trip leaders will be there to support you every step of the way, so come have a great time with us!

What’s Included:  All of our adventure trips include transportation, all necessary gear for the activity, and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks.


Don’t see a trip you like or prefer to go with only your friends?  We are now offering custom trips for UCF student groups, programs, and organizations who want to try something new in the outdoors. We’ll supply the gear and planning, you supply the people! 

For more information and to book your custom adventure, please email outdoor@ucf.edu. Click here for an overview of the Custom Trip Program


Our campus has so many places to explore! On Campus Adventures are a great way to learn more about and appreciate the areas that surround us every day. Check out our Summer 2021 offerings here:

Full moon over Indian River, FL. With bird in the foreground in the water.Trip Date: 5/26/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 5/17/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 5/25/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Join us at Lake Claire right on campus to kayak under the moonlight! This is a great experience for anyone who enjoys kayaking or wants to try it out in the dark. We’ll bring headlamps for everyone and provide you with all the necessary gear. Let’s have some fun!

What’s Included:  All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often. 

Click here to register.

Full moon over Indian River, FL. With bird in the foreground in the water.Trip Date: 6/24/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 6/10/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 6/23/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Join us at Lake Claire right on campus to kayak under the moonlight! This is a great experience for anyone who enjoys kayaking or wants to try it out in the dark. We’ll bring headlamps for everyone and provide you with all the necessary gear. Let’s have some fun!

What’s Included: All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Positive health behaviors are encouraged, including physical distancing, wearing a facial covering when recommended by the CDC, and sanitizing hands often. 

Click here to register.

Trip Date: 7/3/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 6/17/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/2/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Did you know we have mountain bike trails right on campus? We do! On this trip, we will teach you the basics of how to ride a bike on a trail. Depending on trail conditions, this trip can be strenuous. 

What’s Included: All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders.Participants should wear athletic clothing, close toed shoes, and bring personal water/snacks. 

Click here to register.

Trip Date: 7/7/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 6/22/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/6/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Join us on this relaxing evening hike to explore the UCF Arboretum’s beautiful ecosystems. This trip offers the opportunity to learn about the plants and animals that call our campus their home, as well as plenty of interesting facts. Come learn from our experienced trip leaders and connect with fellow UCF students.

What’s Included: All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders.Participants should wear athletic clothing, close toed shoes, and bring personal water/snacks. 

Click here to register.

Trip Date: 7/16/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 7/1/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/15/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Lake Claire’s sandy shore is the best place on campus for a relaxing introduction to yoga! This is a great opportunity for you to learn about yoga, or have a great time with us even if you’re an experienced yogi! After a refreshing yoga session, we’ll go explore some of the incredible nature trails on campus and enjoy a very peaceful morning together!

What’s Included: All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders.Participants should wear athletic clothing, close toed shoes, and bring personal water/snacks. 

Click here to register.

Trip Date: 7/28/2021

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 7/14/2021 - 12:00pm

Registration Closes: 7/27/2021 - 12:00pm

Trip Description: Lake Claire’s sandy shore is the best place on campus for a relaxing introduction to yoga! This is a great opportunity for you to learn about yoga, or have a great time with us even if you’re an experienced yogi! After a refreshing yoga session, we’ll go explore some of the incredible nature trails on campus and enjoy a very peaceful morning together!

What’s Included: All of our On Campus Adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guiding by OA Trip Leaders.Participants should wear athletic clothing, close toed shoes, and bring personal water/snacks. 

Click here to register.

 


Outdoor Adventure Training Seminars (OATS) teach Knights more about the outdoors. They are taught by Outdoor Adventure Trip Leaders and include both virtual and in-person offerings. Check back soon for our Summer 2021 programs!

 


Adventure Trips are open to current UCF students only. Trip registration and payment is available in person at the Outdoor Adventure Center or online. To register online/remotely, please follow these steps:  

  1. Complete the RWC Risk and Liability WaiverYou must log in to the Membership Portal; if you have not signed the waiver, you will be prompted to do so.  
  2. Complete the Adventure Trip Registration Form 
    • This form includes trip selection, trip policy information, and medical information collection.  
    • This registration does not confirm your spot on the trip. Your trip registration will be confirmed once you have completed payment. 
  3. Outdoor Adventure staff will contact via phone within 1-2 business days to review additional information about your selected trip and to collect your payment over the phone.  
  4. You will receive a follow up email with your receipt, details about the mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, and trip guidelines.  

Yes. but right now until the start of Summer B there are limited transportation options for trips. Please check with our Outdoor Adventure team for options. We anticipate lifting all transportation restrictions for the start of Summer B.

Trip Cost

  • The majority of our trips fall within the $5-$20 range. Our weekend trips can
    sometimes range from $40-$65. The longer the trip is, the more preparation
    required, and how much Outdoor Adventure is able to subsidize determines the
    cost.

What's Included

  • We include all necessary equipment and professional guiding on all of our trips.
  • All participants should wear clothing appropriate for participating in physical activity outdoors and bring personal water and snacks.
  • For Summer A, we will offer limited transportation and food options for participants. Participants may choose to drive their own vehicles to the trip location.

We are taking additional precautions to keep you and the Outdoor Adventure staff safe. The following precautions must be followed before and during the trip or you will be asked to leave the trip immediately: 

Face coverings are encouraged but not required. Per UCF guidelines updated on May 10, 2021, the RWC encourages rather than requires our campus community to wear face coverings indoors and to follow CDC guidelines on our campuses and everywhere you go (link to PDF version). CDC guidelines still highly recommend wearing facial coverings indoors while working out.
Limited transportation is available. We encourage you to drive your own vehicle and not to carpool with anyone other than those who live in your household.  
Personal hygiene is very important. Please bring your own hand sanitizer. if possible and be prepared to wash/sanitize your hands as frequently as possible.  
You are required complete a COVID-19 Symptom Checker survey on the day of the trip. If you are feeling sick or have come into contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay home.  Please be honest - we will determine refunds as needed. 
Physical distancing and other precautions are required on all Adventure Trips until June 23. You are required to follow all of the above guidelines and any additional requests from Trip Leaders. 

At this time, limited transportation is available for participants on all Outdoor Adventure trips. We highly encourage those who have transportation to meet Trip Leaders at the designated location on the day of the trip. 

Participants who drive themselves will meet at a designated location on the day of the trip. Participants are encouraged to travel only with people that they commonly share spaces with, such as roommates or close friends. 

We do not issue refunds in most cases. 

Trip deposit or the total cost is required to hold a spot on the trip roster. We will contact individuals in the order we receive Adventure Trip Registration forms and/or individual register in person. Full payment for trips is required by the trip sign-up deadline posted for the trip or your spot will be given to someone on the waiting list. All trip costs are non-refundable, except in the following events: 

  1. RWC Outdoor Adventure Trips program cancels a trip due to weather, insufficient participation, or destination availability issues. 
  2. The participant experiences symptoms of COVID-19 or comes in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Participants in this category may request a refund or transfer their payment to another trip at no cost.  

We host short Pre-Trip Meeting before every trip to review the trip plan and program expectations. It gives you the opportunity to get involved the planning and ask questions. 

Pre-Trip Meetings are mandatory and will be hosted via Zoom (in most cases). If you have class, you must schedule an appointment to meet with the Trip Lead or Outdoor Adventure Coordinator prior to the Pre-Trip Meeting.  

Drugs, alcohol, and firearms are prohibited on all Outdoor Adventure Trips and programs. 

Alcohol, drugs and firearms can make the backcountry a very dangerous place. You put not only yourself at risk, but also other trip participants and leaders.