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Appreciating the Natural Gift of Maple Syrup

We’re currently in the middle of the gift-giving season. That statement drips with vast commercialization and visions of dashing through stores finding the best trinket that will make someone happy for a fleeting moment. Yet, we’re the recipient of numerous gifts every day that we’re often not aware of, the gifts that nature has bestowed upon us. One of the sweetest natural gifts of all, pun fully intended, is maple syrup. Since its National Maple Syrup Day, let’s pause to honor the staple of our breakfast table.

To do this up right, a visit to the Central Florida institution, The Old Spanish Mill, is in order. Located in De Leon Springs Park since 1961, you’ve never had breakfast out until having breakfast here. Make pancakes the way you want with your very own tabletop griddle, and top them with all the syrup you want. We’re fortunate to have some of the most picturesque scenery in the entire country right here in our backyard. While you won’t find trees that dispense maple syrup at the UCF Arboretum, you will find 12 acres of pines and Florida in its natural habitat. Take tours, play disk golf, or gather your friends for a geocaching adventure.

If your love of nature is geared more toward beautiful flowers, Leu Gardens opens its doors for daily viewing of its vast botanical collection from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you want to combine your love of flowery beauty with the holidays, now is the time to see Christmas at Leu House. You’ll see the iconic home decorated with unique Christmas flair. Tours are available every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For a relaxing hike through colorful nature and active wildlife, head to Kissimmee’s nature trails. Part of the 1,000-mile scenic trail network of the state, you’ll be able to bird-watch, enjoy nature, and stay fit. Whether it’s syrup, trees, flowers, or nature, it’s highly encouraged to enjoy these natural gifts during this holiday season.