Disney Area & Southwest Orlando Bike Rental Guide
We’ve lived, worked and biked in the Central Florida area for over 30 years, so we consider ourselves experts on where to bike in the Southwest Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney, and Celebration areas!
This cycling resource was written primarily for visitors planning to rent a bike (bike hire) in the Southwest Orlando / Disney area, but if you’re a local who wants to find a new & fun place to ride, you might find some helpful information here too. We’ll share neighborhoods, bike trails and road routes that are great for cycling as well as places you should avoid riding a bike. Our goal is to make sure your bike rental experience in Orlando is an extraordinary one!
The info is organized by area (and proximity to us) but we’ve also included sections at the end on paved bike trails & rails-to-trails, road cycling routes, mountain bike parks, and last but not least, bike safety. If you are staying in an area not listed below and you have questions on where to ride, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (321) 939-2453.
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If you are staying at one of the Disney-owned resort properties (there are around 20 of them!) please note that only the ones listed below are set up for / allow biking on property:
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts at Riverside & French Quarter
- Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (this property is not offering their own bike rentals at this time)
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Most of the resorts above offer single-speed bikes for rent by the hour, and some for a whole day, but none of them allow overnight or multi-day bike rentals. And none offer high-quality rental bikes like ours. That’s why we have special DISNEY RESORT BIKE RENTAL PACKAGES (delivery & pickup available) for the above resorts.
Please also note that rental bikes are strictly for riding on the resort property roads and bike paths, not to be used as transportation to the store, the parks, etc. The Walt Disney World road system was designed to transport as many people in out and of the Disney Parks as possible and was not built with the cyclist in mind. Most of the roads between parks do not have sidewalks, bike paths or very wide shoulders, and therefore it is not a safe place to ride bikes. We’ve actually tried to ride bikes from Celebration to the Disney Parks, resort areas and Disney Springs, but were chased off by the Disney police due to safety concerns.
Just like the roadways around the Disney-owned resorts above, most of the resorts and roadways around the Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista, and Hotel Plaza Parkway areas do not have space for riding bikes within or around the resorts.
BUT there are a few Disney-area resorts off of Chelonia Parkway that have plenty of room for riding bikes around property and on sidewalks along Chelonia Parkway:
- Wyndam Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
- Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- Disney’s Carribean Beach Resort (also mentioned above because its owned by Disney)
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando Resort property is also ideal for riding bikes with its paths and connection to Disney’s beautiful Golden Oak neighborhood lined with sidewalks, beautiful homes, the golf course, etc.
These resort properties do not offer their own bike rentals, but we have special DISNEY AREA RESORT BIKE RENTAL PACKAGES (delivery & pickup available) so you can spend some time away from the parks and enjoy the beautiful Florida scenery and weather.
There are so many fabulous vacation rental communities and time share resorts close to Disney (and Evolve Bicycles) that offer the perfect opportunity for riding bikes! Most are gated neighborhoods with speed-controlled roads and sidewalks – ideal conditions for safe family bike rides to the pool, clubhouse, etc. You can even ride to the store or shops along 192! Most of these communities / resorts do not offer their own bike rentals, so we have special DISNEY / ORLANDO VACATION RENTAL COMMUNITY BIKE RENTAL PACKAGES (delivery & pickup available within 10 miles) so you can spend some time away from the parks and enjoy the beautiful Florida scenery and weather.
- Orange Lake Resort
- Reunion Resort
- Formosa Gardens
- Storey Lake
- Windsor Hills
- Windsor Palms
- Emerald Island
- Windsor at Westside
- Retreat at Championsgate
- Bella Vida
- Magic Village Resort
- Terra Verde
Biking in the Town of Celebration
Our family has personally lived in the Town of Celebration for over 20 years, and the shop has been in Celebration's Water Tower Shoppes for 11 years, so we know a thing or two or riding bikes in Celebration! It is very bike-friendly with paved bike trails, sidewalks and slow-speed-limit roads. There's even a bicycle in the town logo!
Biking maps, pictures, videos, and bike tour information coming soon! Call us at 321-939-2453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in the meantime.
Biking West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (West 192)
The City of Kissimmee recently renovated all of the sidewalks along West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (also known as West 192) from Interstate 4 down to Shingle Creek Regional Park. The sidewalks are now wide, well-lit and nicely landscaped, making for a great bike ride from Evolve Bicycles to Old Town, numerous shops & restaurants, and if you're ambitious (or just athletic!), you can ride the 6 miles down to Shingle Creek Regional Park and experience some of Florida's natural beauty.
Biking on Paved Trails / Rails-to-Trails
In addition to the paved trails & roads within the Town of Celebration (above), there are a few other paved trails within 30 miles of the shop. Shingle Creek Regional Park is only 6 miles down the road and is easy to bike to from our location. The West Orange Trail and Van Fleet Trails are a bit farther out (would require driving) but are wonderful trails for a half-day cycling excursion.
Shingle Creek Regional Park Trail – a 2-mile paved trail running through Shingle Creek Regional Park (connects to the 7-mile Kissimmee Trail Loop below), including benches, picnic tables, bridges and boardwalks along the creek. This trail is easily accessible from our shop, just a 6-mile ride from us down a wide sidewalk along 192 / Irlo Bronson Highway. Shingle Creek Regional Park also offers canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding at The Paddling Center. Combining a bike rental from us and a paddle down Shingle Creek makes for a great family activity away from Disney World, Universal and Sea World.
Kissimmee Loop Trail – This is a 7-mile paved path creating a loop around Kissimmee that connects to the Shingle Creek Regional Park Trail at two points, one at Hoagland Boulevard on the southern end and at Warbird Boulevard on the Northern end.
West Orange Trail - About 30 miles/minutes northwest of the shop, the West Orange Bike Trail is a 20.8 mile world-class paved trail through the communities of Winter Garden and Apopka, and includes four trailheads with parking, bathroom facilities, playgrounds, etc. Great for all bikers from families with kids to cycling enthusiasts.
Van Fleet Trail - About 30 miles/minutes southwest of the shop, this paved bike trail extends through river swamp, bottomland forest, pine flatwoods, former citrus lands and cattle ranches. And with only one curve in its flat 29.2 miles, you can choose to go slow and view the wildlife or enjoy it at a fast pace. Great for a training ride away from traffic.
Mountain Bike Parks / Trails
We know what you’re thinking… there aren’t any mountains in Florida! Well, there is actually one called Sugarloaf Mountain and we have some pretty “hilly” areas too, but we’re talking about places to ride mountain bikes off-road here. Please know that this isn’t an all-inclusive list… we’ve only listed ones that are within 60-70 miles of us and that we ride regularly. Also, we don’t actually rent mountain bikes at Evolve Bicycles because none of these places are really close enough to warrant it, but there are other shops out there that do rent mountain bikes, especially closer to the trails.
Santos Mountain Bike Park - About 90 minutes northwest of the shop in Ocala, the Santos trails in have something for everyone. Cross-country single track, freeride structures, dirt jumps, pump track, wall rides and drops. It stands out for receiving the International Mountain Bike Association's first EPIC designation for an entire trail system.
Alafia River State Park - About 75 minutes southwest of the shop in between Orlando and Tampa, Alafia offers 17 miles of bike trails ranging from beginner to highly advanced, including some of Florida's most radical elevation changes.
Carter Road / Loyce Harp Park - About 60 minutes southwest of the shop, this park in Lakeland features a 7-mile mountain biking course with varying terrain. With challenging ridges that peak between two phosphate pits to the single-track trails that wind through the forest, this trail has something for beginners and advanced riders.
Shingle Creek Pine Island East Loop Trail - Only about 15 minutes east of the shop, this is a moderate 3.5-mile loop for a quick off-road ride and lots of wildlife viewing. Great for hiking too.
Lake Druid Park / Orlando Mountain Bike Park - This small urban mountain bike park in Lake Druid Park close to downtown Orlando includes an area with a pump track, skills area, junior pump track and singletrack trail through the woods of approximately 1 mile of tight, twisty, but fairly easy trail. Beginner rated and great for kids, those getting started in the sport, or locals looking for some dirt.
There are tons of other state, regional, county and city parks that have shorter off-road trails to explore. We highly recommend using the site www.alltrails.com to locate biking trails wherever you go!