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A trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. It’s about an hour drive from Orlando, but well worth the trip to witness the history of NASA’s launch headquarters and the exhibits on some of the most iconic space missions. You can tour launch areas, see rockets up close, meet astronauts and experience flight simulations. The exhibits to visit include the Apollo/Saturn V, Atlantis Space Shuttle and the Astronaut Memorial. You can also check their calendar of events and plan your visit to line up with a real rocket launch!
If you can’t make it to the Everglades, the ‘Alligator Capital of the World’ is a great alternative! Gatorland is a 110-acre wildlife preserve and theme park that also has a petting zoo, live animal shows and 1,200 feet of zip lines that are fun for the whole family. On top of a large collection of alligators, crocodiles of all ages, Florida panthers, other reptiles and birds, Gatorland also has the largest collection of rare white leucistic alligators. You can add even more thrills to your trip by purchasing tickets to the Stompin’ Gator Off-road Adventure or heading to the park with your flashlight for the Night Shine tour.
When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Disney World, you can find a nature oasis right next door, within earshot of the Magic Kingdom train. This 440-acre nature preserve gives you a chance to beat the heat and explore Florida’s beautiful natural scenery, with a lake, forest and wetlands all within the park. Keep your ears and eyes open and you might hear one of the local barred owls hooting! The preserve has many well-groomed trails that make for easy hikes and interpretive walks that are suitable for any age and fitness level.
Channel your inner Tarzan at Orlando’s most thrilling tree top obstacle and adventure course! Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park includes a 425-foot zipline, 97 aerial challenges of various skill levels and two separate kids' courses. On these courses you can climb 50-foot ladders, leap into hanging nets, navigate swinging logs and sail on giant ziplines through a beautiful pine forest. When you arrive at the park, the staff will take you through a thorough safety demonstration and practice course, and you will always feel secure with their state-of-the-art safety equipment.
Written by Andrea Zakaib