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Hot air balloon rides
Get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon adventure, unlike anything you've ever seen. Sunrise flights are scheduled seven days a week, 365 days a year, weather permitting. An early start as meet is one hour prior to sunrise and then travel to one of many launch sites. Inflation takes about 20 minutes and then you are airborne! The flight is approximately one hour and you will ascend anywhere from tree tops to several thousand feet. Once you’re airborne your pilot will point out the spectacular sites of this area, from the theme parks to the Orange groves and forests, to swamps absolutely untouched for thousands of years. On landing a traditional champagne toast is held to celebrate your wonderful adventure. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.
Orlando HeliTours is Orlando Florida's premier helicopter operations and touring company, providing scenic flights over Orlando and its world famous attractions. Take your journey in one of their Bell Jet Ranger aircraft, the world's most popular commercial helicopters. Whether its flying over Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney, Animal Kingdom, Epcot or Florida's Butler Chain of Lakes you will experience some of the most breathtaking views of the most amazing places in all of the United States.
Orlando HeliTours offers the highest level of safety and service in Florida. They also offer helicopter aerial photography and filming. Orlando HeliTours is also a trusted supplier for local and state government agencies.
iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY Orlando's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air, on which you safely float. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you and the air, it’s the most incredible adrenaline rush.
No experience is necessary. Just about anyone can fly, including those with physical disabilities. Children as young as three, to adults as young as 103 have flown with us. There are only a few exceptions—for example, if you’ve dislocated a shoulder or have had a neck injury.
iFly is located at the Universal end of International Drive.
Imagine zipping above the treetops over Florida’s most pristine nature preserve, waving at the wildlife below while safely zipping 30 mph across sky bridges, forests and wetlands. Forever Florida is a unique eco-tourism attraction located in St. Cloud, Florida; just one hour southeast of Orlando. Departing from a picturesque Florida cattle and horse ranch, guest’s journey deep into the 4,700-acre Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area. This very special place encompasses 9 distinct ecosystems and is pristinely preserved just as nature intended. Guests experience natural streams, forests, pastures, wetlands and learn about the wide array of Forever Florida’s wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther. The unique adventures include: The Zipline Adventure, Coach Adventure, Horseback Adventure, and the heart pumping Thrill Pack. Also available is the full-service Cypress Restaurant.
Orlando science center
For sixty years, the Orlando Science Centerhas been a place that inspires curiosity and exploration. Truly one of the great activities for Orlando families, the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way. It's the perfect educational activity, fun and knowledge all under one roof. For visitors from out of town, Orlando Science Center is a must for your “things to do in Orlando” list. With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. It's also the ideal rainy day activity – fun for your entire family and completely indoors!
Celebration is the town Disney built. It has only been in existence since 1994, but is carefully laid out and designed like a classic American small town from the early 20th century. Colors are bright, buildings are larger than life, its the classic Disney 'America that never was'. Designed along the lines that Walt Disney himself drew up (Epcot was his original vision) businesses sit side by side with residences in Celebration Town Center. Shops, restaurants, offices, banks, a movie theater, and a hotel line a walkway that encircles a small lake. This arrangement purposefully encourages leisurely strolls and lingering meals at outdoor cafes. The architecture gives the town a real fairytale atmosphere, and you almost forget it is a working, living, breathing town. As a tourist, its Celebration Town Center you'll want to see, not so much the outer residential neighborhoods. The fun to be had is mainly in the wandering and gawking, but there are 'real' things to do, such as carriage rides, plenty of places to eat and drink, and some quite unique shops. Its a unique place, right on the shoulder of Magic Kingdom, and its a place every Disney fan should pop in to and say hi; its what Walt would have wanted
Horse world riding stables
If you are looking for something completely different to the parks and an opportunity to just chill out in the countryside then Horse World Riding Stables may be something to consider. You can actually take lessons if you wish, but the trail rides cater for all levels of competence. There are 3 main trail rides:- the Nature Trail, a one hour basic, relaxed, slow ride, suitable for beginners and young children (children as young as 4 years of age can ride alone, although they do allow children under 3 years old to ride double with a small sized adult). The Intermediate Trail is a slightly faster paced ride, also an hour long allowing for a lot of trotting. This is only recommended for those who feel confident on a horse, comfortable at a trot and those who have ridden fairly recently. For those with a lot of riding experience, there is the Advanced Trail. Depending on ability the pace will be set at a walk, trot and canter. This trail is around an hour and a quarter.
The trails are lovely, and you get a view of a natural Florida and its wildlife, and a chance to relax and unwind. You can also pet a few farm animals and toss horseshoes if you so desire! Also worth noting is that the stables rescue, rehabilitate, and care for neglected and abused horses, so your money is going towards a very worthwhile cause.
Winter Park and scenic boat tour
Winter Park is essentially a suburb of Orlando, but most definitely has its own charm. Its very laid back, filled with lovely shops and places to eat, public parks, and several galleries and museums. Its a very scenic and pretty city, and is known for its liberalism, history and the various festivals that take place year round. You can easily while away a morning, or an afternoon, browsing the shops, sitting in parks with 100 year old trees, and eating at any of the many cafes. Its a lovely laid back slice of small town Florida. In addition, you can take a boat tour on the Scenic Boat Tour, which offers hour long guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow manmade canals on the tranquil Winter Park waterways. You'll get to see some of Florida wildlife (cranes aplenty, possibly a gator sunning itself) but the real draw is seeing some of the mansions built around the water, harkening back to the founders of Winter Park, wealthy businessmen from up north. You'll also see Rollins College, one of the most prestigious arts colleges in the U.S Its a really pleasant way to spend a few hours and recharge the batteries
For a unique and different adventure to anything you will experience why not try an airboat ride. There are a few options for airboat rides in the area such as Kissimmee Swamp Tours, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and Old Fashioned Airboat Rides. If you want a touch of natural Florida, these are for you. You get to travel through the Central Florida wetlands, firstly on a slower ride to allow photos, filming,viewing etc, then up to speeds of 45 mph as you skim across the 'beautiful Central Florida Everglades'. What you get to see varies day by day, but you can expect to see exotic birds, turtles, cypress trees, and (if you are lucky) the Florida alligator in their own natural environment. The boat pilots are all experts, and very good at seeking out anything interesting, and pointing out interesting sights. It's a great experience, and one the kids will especially love. There are several options you can try - A 30 minute or a 60 minute scenic airboat ride on 17 passenger airboat, 45 minute airboat tour on 6 passenger boat, and the 1 hour night airboat ride. There is also a 'Extreme Swamp Safari', which goes to places the main tour doesn't, so something for the braver among you there!
Looking for a daring zip line escape, something exciting to do while on vacation? Cross something off your bucket list? Then Zip Orlando is for you. Minutes from International Drive and all the major theme parks, Zip Orlando Canopy Tours provides an experience you will not forget. Check out the different tours to see which adventure is right for you! Fun for all ages within the weight range of 70-270 lbs. This is the real deal! No hidden fees or long lines. Zip Orlando is a dynamic, rustic adventure and is located in Kissimmee, just minutes from all the big attractions and shares the same property and driveway as Green Meadows Petting Farm. With the largest tour representing over 4,500 feet of zip lines, the most aerial bridges with 350 feet in total...and the best experience! The overall course has 8 ziplines ranging from 225 - 950 feet long, upwards of 65 feet off the ground, dual racing zips, double layered zips, three suspension bridges for a total of over 300 feet of bridges. In total you have a mile of zipping cables and the tours will range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours in length. Safety is our top priority. You can relax knowing you are in the experienced hands of our trained and certified guides. SUNDAY SUNSET TOUR Come out Sundays and zip into the sunset on our Sunday Sunset tour! It is one of the most magical ways to enjoy Florida by sunset. The tour takes off as the sun sets in the backdrop and ends at dusk. For a romantic getaway or just a really awesome way to spend your Sunday evening, this one can't be missed! MOON ZIP NIGHT TOURS Come join us for our night tours! Tours have an opportunity to watch the fireworks from Disney as you cruise into the platform overlooking 2,700 acres of vast Florida wilderness. Guides will take you on a moonlit zipline tour. Every guide is equipped with a low-light lantern and every guest is provided their own personal glow stick. As you zip through the trees an eerie glow will heighten the senses and send chills over your body! Trust us, it's a rush!
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Even if you can drive a golf ball 300 yards, it doesn't matter. Getting it through the windmill makes you a champion here! That's the beauty of miniature golf-it's a sport the entire family can play. It's where the greens aren't always green, and the holes offer more twists, turns and colorful distractions than your average PGA Tour stop. And come on, how can you not smile as you line up a putt into an alligator's mouth? There are a number of miniature golf courses around the Orlando area, decide if you want a Pirate Adventure, explore the Congo River, or experience an Hawaiian Rumble, some even give you the chance to feed alligators! These courses are a fantastic experience in the evening when all lit up.
BOK TOWER GARDENS
Bok Tower Gardens is about 30 miles from our villa and well worth a visit. There are beautiful grounds to walk around with the main feature being the 205 foot art-deco and neo Gothic Tower. This magnificent structure, known as the Singing Tower plays lovely melodies on the hour and half hour as well as live performances during the day. Set in almost 50 acres of gardens there is a children's play area, paved walkways and many species of birds. There is also the 20 bedroom Pinewood Estate Mediterranean-style mansion.
There is a charge for admission and you can choose either the General Admission giving you access to the grounds, walkways and children's area or the Combo Admission giving additional access to the Pinewood Estate.
Current prices and more information can be found on their website here
Mount Dora is situated in Lake County just over 50 miles from the villa. It is known for its antique shops and annual festivals. A beautiful environment of Old Florida living with shops, plenty of dining options, museums and located on the edge of Lake Dora, which is home to one of three freshwater lighthouses in Florida.
There are a number of websites showing attractions and things to do:
St. Augustine is an absolute favourite of ours. Although a 140 miles drive from the villa it is well worth the journey and especially if you take the coastal scenic drive on A1A past Daytona (its even worth, as we did, staying overnight to make the most of the city). St. Augustine claims to be the oldest city in the U.S. and has a very strong Spanish colonial influence. There are so many things to see such as the oldest wooden school house, the old jail (a great tour), the fort, the fountain of youth, Flager college. The trolley bus tours are great as you can hop on and off and you also get interesting information from the drivers. The Colonial Quarter is especially nice to walk around with a variety of shops and restaurants and equally a stroll along the river taking in the views of the city is fantastic.
There is a great tourist information centre and the St Augustine website here will give loads of information on the many things to do.
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