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Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

1. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities such as tickets to the Starflyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando, or SEA LIFE Orlando. If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive.

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Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

2. Orlando: Wildlife Watching Everglades Airboat Ride

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on our Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on our Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

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Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

3. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

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Orlando: Wild Florida Park Entrance & Alligator Show

4. Orlando: Wild Florida Park Entrance & Alligator Show

Wild Florida’s Wildlife Park gives visitors the opportunity to observe and interact with some of the state’s native land-dwelling animals, and various species of tropical birds as well. On this 1-hour admission, you’ll see zebra, watusi, deer, water buffalo, emu, wild boar, zebu, and monster alligators! Visit the tropical bird aviary, see a live alligator demonstration, walk along the 500-foot sightseeing dock, and have a look in the gift shop. Experience the Hawk Swamp boardwalk that will take you through a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. Try the delicious barbeque with smoked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, fried alligator, and even frog legs. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome. Just a short drive from Orlando, the Disney area, Kissimmee, the Space Coast, and the Orlando International Airport, Wild Florida offers the best of Orlando’s most sought-after activities: airboat rides, alligators and wildlife. 

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Clermont: Single-seat ATV Quad Bike Adventure

5. Clermont: Single-seat ATV Quad Bike Adventure

Begin your session with a safety briefing from an experienced guide. Put on your safety gear and hop on your very own single-seat Polaris ATV quad bike. Then, begin your adventure. Travel through beautiful orange groves and panoramic wetlands. If you’re lucky, you might even come across some local wildlife along the way. Travel through sand, mud, swamps and everything this property has to offer.  Stop for a 15-minute break to rehydrate after your exhilarating ride in the Florida sunshine. Next, get back on your quad bike and adventure along a track with tight curves and long straits with a lot of thrilling twists and turns.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

6. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

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Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

7. Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

Swim and snorkel with one of the sea's most gentle creatures, the endangered Florida manatee. Visit beautiful Homosassa State Wildlife Park, and take an exhilarating airboat ride.Head to the picturesque Crystal River – home to the endangered “gentle giant of the sea,” the Florida manatee – where you can choose to snorkel or swim. Have a chance to interact with these beautiful creatures if you’re lucky. Have some lunch, and then enjoy a fully-narrated airboat ride. Learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide. Visit one of Florida’s best-kept secrets – Homosassa State Wildlife Park. Marvel at Florida’s natural beauty, and view a host of wildlife, including more manatees. 

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Orlando: Tree Trek Admission Ticket

8. Orlando: Tree Trek Admission Ticket

The Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is the ultimate family adventure. Amidst pine trees the course is securely suspended on specially designed poles anywhere from 10 to 60 feet in the air! The over 90 different obstacles include zip lines, suspension bridges, swinging logs, Tarzan swings, nets, and so much more! This adventure park uses the most recent safety advances with the help of TreeGo and Clic. Before you are able to put on a harness a waiver must be completed for each person wanting to participate in this high ropes course. If the participant is not over the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 must complete the form. The last step before starting the adventure is a safety tutorial with a trained instructor in order to learn how to properly use the equipment. Safety is the number one priority in having fun on this elevated obstacle course. There are 6 color coded course that get progressively more challenging as you go: Green = Minimum Elevation/Minimum Skill Blue = Medium Elevation/ Medium Skill Silver = Advanced Elevation/Medium Skill Red = Advanced Elevation/Advanced Skill Tickets and Height Requirement Notes Kids 7-11: Children on these courses are required to be able to reach the tips of their fingers to a height of 4’7″ (140cm) while keeping their feet flat on the ground Junior 9: Adventurers on the Junior Course are required to be able to reach the tips of their fingers to a height of 5’9″ (175cm) while keeping their feet flat on the ground. Adult 12: Adult Course adventure seekers are required to be able to reach the tips of their fingers to a height of 5’11” (180cm) while keeping their feet flat on the ground

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Orlando: Swim with Manatees with Optional Breakfast & Lunch

9. Orlando: Swim with Manatees with Optional Breakfast & Lunch

The gentle manatees of the Crystal River await your arrival on this delightful day-long tour where you can swim with these curious creatures. Your day will begin with complimentary pickup from one of the key meeting points in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Disney. You will then be whisked away to the picturesque Crystal River. Crystal River is home to the curious and endangered manatee. Also known as Sea Cows, these creatures are most definitely the gentle giants of the marine world. Here you have the chance to snorkel or swim in the clear blue waters. Manatees are curious creatures and will often come to greet those who choose to snorkel or swim. They may even roll over to be tickled! Those who prefer to stay above water may wish to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. After lunch you will visit the beautiful Homosassa State Park, one of Florida’s best kept secrets. At the state park you will have the chance to see many of Florida’s endangered species, such as the state panther. You will also have the chance to watch the manatees again from an underwater viewing chamber. Fun, relaxed and light-hearted, this day-long tour and swim with the manatees is the perfect tour choice for the whole family!

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From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

10. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

Sit back, relax, and let your driver fight the highway traffic from Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off from many hotels in Orlando to take the worry out of your day. Find out why Clearwater Beach is one of America’s beaches. Choose between the following tour options offering something for all the family: • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Marine Aquarium Admission: Meet Winter, the dolphin from the blockbuster movie “Dolphin Tale,” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Watch dolphins frolic from the underwater viewing platforms, and learn more about their incredible skills and natural habitats. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Pirate Cruise: Set sail aboard Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for an afternoon of adventure in the Gulf of Mexico. Get lost in the antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing. During the cruise, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Dolphin Encounter Boat: Venture from Orlando to Clearwater Beach then board the Dolphin Encounter boat for a ride into the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins in their natural habitat, and watch them play as you enjoy the sun and sea. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Deep-Sea Fishing: Explore the beach in the morning then have the opportunity to catch and keep a variety of fish in deep-sea conditions. Receive all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing license. This excursion goes 10 miles (16 kilometers) into the gulf, which takes 45 minutes each way. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Lunch: This transportation-only trip will whisk you away from the theme parks of Orlando to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a day to do as you please with an included lunch voucher. Kayak in crystal clear water, or walk the promenade of the resort’s fishing pier. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip and Sea Screamer Boat Ride: Journey out to Clearwater Beach for a thrilling ride on the Sea Screamer – the largest speedboat on the U.S. East Coast. Witness wild dolphins jumping through the wakes created by the large boat. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Express Bus Transportation: Choose this express transportation option to avoid all the pickup stops and go directly to the beach. Once there, lounge on the white sand, jump through the turquoise waters, explore the pier, get some fresh-caught fish for lunch, and more.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 300 reviews

It was a great experience. From the moment we checked in, to spending time in the farm and the timely departure. It was a bit chilly weather, with the heavy wind, it became an adventure for sure. Strongly suggest carrying a jacket with you. Ride was super fun.

It was very cool ! The ostrich coming up to my car window tapping his beak was hands down the best. This place did not disappoint.

Worth every penny. Beautiful view of the nighttime skyline

Awesome experience! Our guide Tanner was hilarious.

Boat captain was very informative and transparent.