Take classes in flying and fighting, then rise to great heights in a World War II aircraft! This is the real thing, not a virtual game, and it's all recorded on film for you viewing pleasure. Located next to the museum, this adventure is designed for pilot wannabes. The instructor sits in back and guides the action with voice instructions and other help, if need be. The fee for the flight adventure includes ground instruction and flying. Reservations are highly recommended.
Going up in the world gives you a whole new perspective, and this company is here to help you do that! Rising in a hot-air balloon, you float over glittering lakes and pine forests, the Magic Kingdom and roller coasters, tiny villages, and the vast megalopolis of Orlando. From your perch, you'll get a new look at this vast development that has sprouted from the pastureland of central Florida, a man made maze that hides much of the region's original beauty. When your flight is over, you celebrate in the traditional balloonists way with a bottle of champagne, a picnic, and a flight certificate. Check the website for information on tours.
7769 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34747 +1 407 894 5040
Flying high for more than 16 years, this company operates from a base in Lake Buena Vista near Walt Disney World. Its hot-air balloons fly in the morning, as do other balloon companies, and wind up with a celebratory picnic breakfast and the traditional bottle of champagne. Allow about four hours for the whole experience.
3031 West Patrick Street Kissimmee, FL 34741 +1 407 847 9095
If you think Orlando's theme parks are impressive, wait until you see them from higher up! Aboard this company's aircraft, you and two companions can fly over Epcot's famed geodesic dome, Universal's movie sets and Sea World's leaping dolphins. Don't forget to take a camera along; photographs are wonderful in the clear air and flatlands of central Florida. Tours are 30 minutes or an hour with varying prices, so call for specific details.
Nasa Parkway West Orsino, FL 32920 +1 321 867 5000
In a tribute to the thrilling history of United States space exploration, the Space Center welcomes visitors to climb aboard a full size space shuttle replica, view moon rocks, and get a hands-on look at the science beyond the drama. Take a tour venturing deep into NASA's spaceport facilities, or visit the Rocket Garden, featuring eight massive rockets from past eras. An IMAX Theater shows movies on a five-story screen. The complex is also home to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Please note that this is a working space flight facility; hours and operations may change without notice.
Sixty miles east of Tampa on the highest point of land on the peninsula lies the Historic Bok Sanctuary. Named a National Historic Landmark, the gardens offer a wildlife observatory, endangered plant exhibit, woodland garden and butterfly and bird watching. The highlight of this magnificent cultivated area is the bell tower, housing one of the world's great carillons. Fifty-seven bronze bells entertain visitors with daily concerts. The lush gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
999 Charles Street Longwood, FL 32750 +1 407 332 1430
Although it may be a little out of the way for travelers staying on International Drive or at the theme parks, this climbing center is well worth the trip. Located off S.R. 434 in Longwood, it features over 6,500 square feet of climbing surfaces suitable for all ages. A giant warehouse, Aiguille (it means needle in French) is filled with multi-colored climbing surfaces shaped like arcs, cliffs, domes and plateaus. It also offers summer camps for kids, unique birthday party packages, climbing classes and even an opportunity to earn Boy Scout Merit Badges.
7761 West US Highway 192 Kissimmee, FL 34747 +1 407 396 7536
Located on Highway 192 in bustling Kissimmee, this golf gear and gift shop lives up to its name. You'll spot it easily: it's difficult to miss a waterfall flowing at more than 20,000 gallons per minute. But that's just the beginning. Choose from two championship, 18-hole miniature golf courses to suit your tee-off tastes. And after you tally up your impressive golf score, stop into the gift shop, featuring a full line of Mickey Mouse and Florida T-shirts at reasonable prices. Golfed out? Shopped out? How about a double scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream from the snack bar at Bonanza Golf & Gifts?
211 East First Street Sanford, FL 32771 +1 407 323 2774
A quiet, charming village, Winter Park is popular with artists, whose work is displayed in a number of tucked away galleries. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art is a particularly interesting gallery which has a loyal crowd of fans attracted by the colors, character and simplicity of the artwork. Here you'll find some fine examples of the work of self-taught artists from Florida and other Southeastern states, including such notables as Kurt Zimmerman, Ruby C. Williams, Sarah Rakes and Woodie Long. A gift gallery offering other kinds of artwork, including stationery and sculpture, adds to the allure.
19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, FL 34715 +1 800 768 9463
Believe it or not, Florida actually does have vineyards that produce wines that have been winning awards in national and international competitions. One of those is right here in Central Florida, where a vineyard is tucked away in sleepy Clermont. In operation for more than a decade, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards grows and sells award-winning red, white and blush wines. Daily tours explain the business of winemaking, and the winery also sponsors a number of wine-tasting events throughout the year.
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