KISSIMMEE – WHERE HAVING FUN IS SECOND NATURE
Kissimmee, Fla. (June 2018) – In Kissimmee, the rides are wilder, the thrills are more exhilarating, and having fun is second nature. Here, there are thousands of acres of ecotourism attractions that’ll have visitors swinging through the trees, soaring high, and bring them closer to Florida’s diverse natural habitats.
For a wild approach to a Central Florida vacation, check out these naturally thrilling adventures.
Take in the best view of Kissimmee, from 1,000-feet above, during a hot air balloon adventure. Enjoy breathtaking views of iconic theme parks, beautiful resorts, and Florida swamps. Plus, there are plenty of choices for airborne adventures including Bob’s Balloon Rides, Orlando Balloon Adventures, and Thompson Aire, Inc., and options available for private flights and groups up to 20.
Climb and soar with Tarzan swings, nets, ropes, and trapeze among the canopy of pine trees at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. Challenge yourself, or family and friends, on 97 games or challenges, ascending to 50-feet, for climbers of every level. The fun continues with a breathtaking finish on a 425-foot plunging zipline.
Fly through the sky, and time, in an authentic WWII vintage aircraft, during a one-of-a-kind experience with Stallion 51 Corporation or Warbird Adventures. Pilot your own adventure as you control your flight (with the help of an experienced pilot in a dual-controlled aircraft) for a thrilling aerobatic adventure or a smooth and scenic journey.
Float through sunny skies on a parasail ride at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre. Feel the wind as you cruise up to 600-feet above Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina.
Soar gently over natural Florida woodlands and world-famous attractions while hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch. The incredible tandem flight experience takes you 2,000 feet in the air for a bird’s-eye view of Central Florida.
Zip and zoom over the treetops at Forever Florida— home to seven different thrilling zipline adventures, including Peregrine Plunge, the fastest and longest parallel zipline in Florida and the only zipline rollercoaster in the U.S. Along with the Panther Pounce, a seven-story, controlled free fall to the ground below. Or head to Gatorland for the Screamin’ Gator zipline, where guests can fly over alligators and crocodiles at speeds near 30 miles per hour and the Gator Gauntlet zipline— a 350-foot long, wheelchair accessible zipline soaring above the park and its giant alligator breeding marsh.
Explore (Old and New) Lands
Watch and learn at a birding outing in Kissimmee—home to the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the continental United States, along with meadowlarks, crested caracaras, whooping cranes, kestrels, and the rare Florida scrub jay. Professional and causal avian enthusiasts alike can observe a diverse species of birds along the Great Florida Birding Trail, at the Gatorland Bird Rookery, and throughout the area’s parks, lakes, and conservation lands.
Take a stroll through the beautiful and serene gardens at Bok Tower Gardens—a National Historic Landmark. Explore seven and one-half lush acres of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias of every color and visit the historic Pinewood Estate, an enchanting 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion from the 1930s.
Pedal down the quiet streets of the town of Celebration, famous for its nostalgic hometown flavor and elegance, during a bike or surrey tour from Celebration Bike Rental. Discover picturesque neighborhoods with world-class architecture, explore the vibrant downtown area, and take in the natural wildlife while on scenic trails and waterfront pathways.
Take to the trails during a hike at the Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve which covers 11,500 acres and boasts 1,000 different species of plants and animals. Or venture to the Twin Oaks Conservation Area to hike through live oak hammocks, remnant cypress stands, and the freshwater marshes that dot the peaceful preserve.
Ride along, on a beautiful western horse, through open prairies, hundred-year-old oak hammocks, and the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga at Lazy H Ranch.
Grab the reins and hit the trails on a horseback tour through Central Florida’s natural landscape at Forever Florida. Or just sit back, relax, and take it all in on the all-ages Trail Buggy Adventure—a unique opportunity to experience one of the most pristinely kept natural areas left in Florida.
For a natural adventure with something for everyone, visit Gatorland for thousands of alligators and crocodiles, an aviary, an incredible breeding marsh and bird rookery, petting zoo, nature walk, and one-of-a-kind reptilian shows. Or traverse over hills, through mud puddles and a real alligator graveyard on the park’s Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure atop a 12-foot high, custom-made, off-road monster vehicle.
Ride into adventure on an ATV at Revolution Off-Road. Nestled into the Central Florida countryside this unique experience lets guests drive themselves through mud holes, dry sandy tracks, and grass with plenty of twists and turns. Or take it slow on a six-wheeled army truck designed to give guests a bird’s-eye view of the park’s lakes, sand dunes, and wildlife.
Get up close and personal with wildlife at Wild Florida’s gator and wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, tropical birds, emu, lemurs, alligators, and home to over 100 native and exotic animals. Or stroll along Hawk Swamp boardwalk for scenic views of a pristine Florida cypress swamp ecosystem.
Get on the Water
Glide through the area’s lakes, rivers, and freshwater streams with a thrilling ride on an airboat. Get an in-depth look at gators, birds, eagles, trees, and plants with Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes, and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades at Wild Florida, or learn to captain your own airboat with a one-of-a-kind experience at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.
Experience some of the most scenic and remote places in Florida and enjoy the fascinating flora and fauna of area waterways that feed into the Florida Everglades at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. The center offers guided tours and rents kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. For a unique adventure, paddle under the summer night skies during a Full Moon Kayak Tour. Or head off-site to Skyes Creek and glide through dark lagoons as microorganisms within the water light the night during Bio-luminescence Night Kayaking Tour.
Drop a line in one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world – the Kissimmee chain of Lakes. Pristine lakes throughout the area provide bountiful habitats for favorites like largemouth bass, crappie, and speck. Fish camps, charters, and boat ramps dot the shorelines of Lake Tohopekaliga and other local water bodies offering opportunities for fishers at all levels.
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