Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Orlando, Daytona and Melbourne 2017
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Orlando is a magical place for families who want to experience a special Thanksgiving.

Neighborhoods will be filled with laughter and fun as families visit relatives for the holidays, the theme parks will provide all sorts of fun for families looking to spend the day with Mickey, Harry Potter, or Shamu, and restaurants getting ready to serve hungry families all of the Thanksgiving trimmings to offer the flavor of the holidays.

Before all of the fun for Thanksgiving commences in Orlando, however, you may want to burn off some calories, and that’s where the numerous turkey trots that will dot the Orlando region come into play. Here are a few of the best that will get you into shape for all of the fun (and eating) that will take place in Orlando this Thanksgiving.

Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K
Nov. 23 @ 8 am
Lake Eola -- 227 N. Eola Dr., Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 898-1313

This is the flagship turkey trot in Central Florida. The seniors First Turkey Trot 5K has been bringing runners to beautiful Lake Eola for years, and this year’s festivities won’t be any different. The family atmosphere, the course, and the post-run event will continue to draw in runners from all over Central Florida to get into turkey shape and do some good for the community.

Telemundo Orlando 5K Run/Walk
Nov. 23 @ 7 am (Registration and Packet Pickup)
Kissimmee Lakefront Park -- 201 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34741
No Phone Number

Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park has recently undergone a wonderful transformation, and what better way to see this slice of Central Florida beauty than to participate in this great turkey trot? The Telemundo Orlando 5K Run/Walk will be a family-oriented trot that will encourage everyone to lose some calories before the big dinner, and provide runners with a course that few can rival with in the Orlando area.

Turkey Day Beach 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Flagler Ave. Beach Approach -- Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32069
No Phone Number

Taking a run on the beach is something that Floridians take pride. If your Thanksgiving plans take you to the coast, make your way to New Smyrna Beach for the Turkey Day Beach 5K. Starting at the Flagler Avenue beach approach, runners will give runners a tour of one of the best beaches in Central Florida, plus some burned off calories that will make room for the turkey on Thanksgiving.

Family Fun Parade Celebration
Nov. 4 @ 2 pm
Macy’s at Mall at Millenia -- 4298 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 264-2300

If you can’t make it to the main parade in New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will come to Orlando! The Family Fun Parade Celebration will turn the Macy’s store inside Orlando’s upscale Mall at Millenia into a fun space filled with floats and activities that will keep the kids entertained for hours. If you can’t make it to the Mall at Millenia parade, there will be a second one at the Macy’s at The Florida Mall on Nov. 5 (8001 S. Orange Blossom Tr., Orlando, FL 32809, (407) 854-2300).