Once a prime fishing destination for anglers across the nation, the Lake Apopka area is now largely a wildlife preserve and environmental restoration area, and a small stretch of Ocoee's northwest boundary is Lake Apopka shoreline. You can spy nearly 350 species of birds along the lake's north shore, with the best birding in the winter season, but there are plenty of other critters to spot here, too, including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Access to the restoration district is by appointment only, but the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, just north of Ocoee, is open year round as is Clay Island on the lake's west side.
Weekly Bluegrass Jam
For more than two decades, the strip mall parking lot near the intersection of Maguire Road and West Colonial Drive has been one of Ocoee's Friday night hot spots. Sometimes, as many as 15 musicians meet up here for one of the state's longest running jam sessions, the Weekly Bluegrass Jam. The crowd that gathers for this weekly free concert often numbers near a hundred. With several dinner options nearby, it is easy to make a night of it. Take your lawn chairs, get a bite to eat from the Twisty Treat, and enjoy some authentic bluegrass under the night sky.
House Blend Cafe
The best coffee house in town with some of the most scrumptious and varied dishes, too, the House Blend Cafe (HBC) is bound to be a family favorite. Located just off West Colonial Drive, south of Main Street, HBC is open for breakfast lunch and dinner, and does takeout just as well as it does sit-down service. Exceptional food, friendly service, and great java are what you will always find here. Better still is the fact that this unique cage is an entirely nonprofit operation, with 100 percent of its profits going to support local and other charities across the nation and around the world.