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Developed as a planned community by the Walt Disney Company, Celebration was one of the first in the area to show the potential of bike-friendly neighborhoods. For area visitors looking to add some laid-back recreational biking to their itinerary, Celebration is located only about 2 miles east of the main Disney World entrance, yet it offers a worthwhile escape from the theme park frenzy. The town center is lakeside and has shops and restaurants. Beside the hotel, bike rentals are available (reservations accepted). (Biking map and photos below.)
Town of Celebration Bike Map
Location: Osceola County (Celebration)
End Points: Ride within community
Mileage: Varies; map red route about 5.5 mi.
Surface: Asphalt, concrete, wooden boardwalk
Trailheads/Parking: Celebration Town Center, along the roads. (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Ft. Wilderness, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon
Most residential driveways enter from the back alleys instead of the street, which make this is a more pedestrian and bike friendly community, similar to Baldwin Park and Lake Nona. The town was designed as a series of compact neighborhoods, nestled between conservation areas, with an emphasis on walking and biking. Off-street trails and boardwalks connect neighborhoods, schools, and town center. Our map (above) has some highlighted routes, or Celebration Bike Rental has a 7-mile tour available.
Celebration Bike Rental is located in the parking lot behind the Bohemian Hotel. We were impressed with the selection and reasonable "not-Disney" rates. Be sure to ask for a trail map. They've outlined a pleasant biking loop that gives riders a true sense of the town, aka the Bubble.
Most of the ride is off-street, with numerous boardwalks through natural areas, one almost a mile long. There are some short, on-street trail sections. However, here the neighborhood streets are extra wide with almost no traffic. Natural areas, wetlands, and ponds encase many of the neighborhoods. Wildlife that may be seen include wading birds, turkey, deer, and otter. Tip: bring a snack; riders - especially families - can expect to expend far more energy per mile on a slow-roll, town loop such as this, than they would on a mostly straight trail.
The town center is bike friendly, with bike racks making it convenient to stop and visit restaurants and shops. A wide 1/2 mile multi-use trail goes along the opposite side of the lake. This is a popular spot at sunset.
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