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Headline 5: Online camping reservations for Kelly, Magnolia, Moss and Trimble Parks will open at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 5 (no group camping); reservations will not be accepted over the phone or by email.

Clarcona Horse Park’s camp sites will be available in-person only, on a first-come, first-served basis, after 8 a.m. on Friday, June 5.

Headline 6: All youth, adult and senior programs and gatherings are suspended; all pavilion and room rentals are suspended; all fitness centers, gyms, game rooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, hockey rink, volleyball courts, splash pads, Kelly Park swimming area and the Fort Gatlin Pool are closed until further notice; and league play is cancelled at Lake Cane and Fort Gatlin tennis centers.

Headline 7: Orange County Parks and Recreation’s 11 public boat ramps and kayak and canoe launches are open.

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Visit Fort Christmas, historical park and museum and see how soldiers lived during the Second Seminole War.
Fort Christmas Historical Park
Fort Christmas Historical Park
Basketball Courts Bench Multipurpose Field Picnic Area/Grills Playground Rental Pavilions Softball Tennis Volleyball (Sand)
Hours of Operation:
Summer hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Winter: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday - Saturday
Museum & Pioneer Homes: Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; historic structures closed on Mondays and County holidays.
Phone Number: (407) 254-9310
1300 Fort Christmas RD
Christmas, FL 32709
Acreage: 143
Points of Interest:
With the exception of service animals, no pets are permitted in Fort Christmas Historical Park.

The park includes a replica of a fort built in 1837 during the Second Seminole Indian War; a traditional Florida "Cracker" house and eight pioneer homes; a schoolhouse and lunchroom; a sugar cane mill and other historical farming equipment. Group and school tours are available. Sorry, no pets allowed in the park.

Orange County Parks' signature events at Fort Christmas Historical Park

  • POSTPONED: Bluegrass Festival, TBD, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., cost: free; bring chairs, blankets and a picnic or purchase from food trucks. Join in the fun Hog Calling and Spouse Calling contests by registering at the event!
  • Militia Encampment, April 2020, historic program 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; cost: free event.
  • FARM - Florida Agriculture Resources Matter: October 2020, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., cost: $6 per person. Learn about how our natural resources provide your clothing, housing and more at F.A.R.M.! Visit Agriculture Commodity stations, including Beef Cattle, Dairy, Strawberries, Forestry, Poultry, Wildlife, Fish, Horses, Vegetables, Flowers and more. Call the park to register in advance. Food concessions will be available or bring a picnic.
  • Militia Encampment, November 2020, historic program 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; cost: free event.
  • 43rd Annual Cracker Christmas: December 5 - 6, 2020, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; cost: free event.
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Reunion: January 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cowboys and cowgirls should bring old stories, jokes, pictures and memorabilia to share; guests will learn pioneer history from long-time residents of east Orange County! Bring a covered dish and dessert to share for an old-fashioned picnic; paper goods and iced tea will be provided.
  • Agricultural Fest: February 2021, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., featuring Barbeque Chicken and Rib Cook Off for 4-H and FFA chapters. Cattle Battle exhibition of steer and Heifers, with cash prizes and showmanship buckles; Peewee ages 4–7 and vintage showmanship classes offered (entry fee required). Chicken Pickin' youth poultry show competition (entry fee required). Cost: free event.
  • Florida Living History Festival: February 2021, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; cost: $8 per person (cash or check only). Teachers should call 407-254-9312 to schedule for a specific date; walk-ins are welcome! Experience the 1400s – 1800s: Colonial Spanish - English camp, pirate camp, musket drills, Timucua Indians, Florida cow hunters, early skills demonstrations, Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers, Seminole War era, 1837 fort and soldiers, cannon firing, blacksmithing, gaming area and buy goods at the Trading Post. For a small fee, learn Native American skills!
Youth Programs
  • Fun on the Farm is a fun, two-hour agriculture-focused educational program for ages 4 - 10. Participants will make crafts pertaining to cows, recycling, fruits and vegetables while learning about them. Afterwards enjoy touring the Fort and Pioneer homes. Cost: $4 per person per session.

Contact Us

Orange County Parks and Recreation
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808

Phone: (407) 836-6200
Parks' Events InfoLine: (407) 836-6280
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Twitter: @OrangeCoParksFL