Orlando Science Center
Incorporated in 1955, the Central Florida Museum opened in Orlando Loch Haven Park in 1960. For its first decade, it was an anthropology museum with collections of artifacts of Florida and the Caribbean Basin
In the 1970s, Central Florida Museum’s board of directors voted to change directions and to become a “hands-on” science and technology center. In 1973 the institution was re-named to honor a famous native astronaut, John Young.
In 1984, as part of an expansion and change of philosophy, the institution’s name was changed to Orlando Science Center In 1985 another major expansion created a traveling exhibit hall, and Curiosity Corner, a hands-on exhibit area dedicated to pre-school and early primary age children. In May 1992, the Board and staff developed a comprehensive master plan for the Orlando Science Center. Construction of the new science center began in 1995. The New 207,000 SQ FT Orlando Science Center Opened on February 1, 1997. It is six times larger than the original facility, which closed December 31, 1996. Located in Orlando Florida the Orlando Science Center offers interactive learning and discover hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. The science center provides educational opportunities both within and outside the center’s walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers and other outreach. Plan your trip today www.osc.org
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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Daytona International Speedway
- Madame Tussauds Orlando – Rolling out the red carpet. Madame Tussauds is the world’s most famous celebrity wax attraction, provides visitors the opportunity to indulge in the ultimate fame experience and signature red carpet treatment.
- SEA LIFE – offers a new wave of underwater adventures with diverse species from around the globe. Come face-to-face with more than 5,000 creatures including colorful fish, seahorses and jellyfish, and surround yourself with turtles and sharks in our immersive 360-degree ocean tunnel.
- Skeletons Museum – Encounter over 450 animal skeletons posed and composed of ‘REAL’ bones in unique settings with added fun elements of videos, curiosities, natural mutations and flesh-eating beetles.
- Arcade City – Featuring a wide variety of the newest arcade ticket games as well as claw machines and video games. Check out the prize redemption area featuring really cool prizes.
- The Orlando Eye – You’ll be effortlessly lifted away in a capsule of calm and serenity to see Orlando in a way you’ve never seen it before. The iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel at the heart of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, nearby theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast.
- Sugar Factory
- 360 Gifts
- Caleoni Sunglasses
- Flip Flop Shop
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Start your engines at I-Drive NASCAR indoor kart racing off International Drive in Orlando open rain or shine.
Get your adrenaline pumping on a half-mile indoor track and environmentally friendly electric karts, powered by Sodikarts and capable of safely reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Bowl at the facility’s four-lane bowling café or visit an arcade complete with 60 state-of-the-art games. A full-service restaurant seats up to 80 patrons and serves an American-style menu, while more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space will cater to corporate audiences.
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Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country. Experience sharks, alligators, penguins and much more! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Dive with the Sharks, Shark Swim and Swim with the Fishes or take a Wild Dolphin Tour on board the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass are unique and exciting as you come face to beak with our adorable penguins. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away at the Aquarium’s new water play area, The Splash Pad.
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Located right across the street from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day in a private cabana. New at Adventure Island, hurtle high and experience a feeling of weightlessness on Colossal Curl, Adventure Island’s newest family thrill slide. Seasonal hours (please call to verify).
Experience the dramatic landscapes of the Serengeti without setting foot on an airplane. Our 260-acre preserve is embedded in the 875 sq. mile pristine watershed that is source to five of Florida’s finest rivers. Experiences by safari vehicle or camelback. Tours daily by reservation only.
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Speed Boat Adventures
Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour. A guided and narrated Tampa Bay tour with a twist. You are able to captain, drive, and navigate your own speed boat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable captains to experience the best of both worlds – the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of Tampa Bay. The witty yet historical narration is done through radio communication systems mounted in each boat. This 15 mile tour will take you by beautiful national wildlife refuges, by historic Fort De Soto Park, and Sunshine Skyway Bridge. You may see pods of bottle nose dolphins, manatees, sea turtles & numerous varieties of local birds. Book today to guarantee an unforgettable experience for the whole family. No experience necessary and group rates are available. tampaspeedboatadventures.com
Aquatica is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark that only SeaWorld could bring you. Where rivers range from relaxing to racing. Slides that spin and soak you and our incredible signature ride with two awesome, enclosed tube slides that send you speeding through a lively lagoon filled with playful black and white Commerson’s dolphins. It’s where serene-to-extreme waters fill double wave pools, sun and shade cover the beach and fun is as endless as the sea. aquaticabyseaworld.com
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We know all the tricks when it coms to fun. Experience International Drive’s exhilirating go-kart tracks, the Alpine Jump & Avalance at Orlando’s newst attraction, test your skills on our fast tracks and enjoy midway games, rides. www.magicalmidway.com
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America’s Escape Game
Located on International Drive, America’s Escape Game is a real live adventure game designed for small groups both large and small and is the newest entertainment concept challenging everyone. americasescapegame.com
ZOOMAIR Treetop Adventure Park
Experience Florida in all its natural glory at Orlando’s one and only Airboat & Gator Park Experience. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers of the Florida Everglades aboard our state-of-the-art airboats with US Coast Guard approved captains. On your journey, get an in depth look at gators, birds, eagles, cows, trees and plants as you glide through 100,000 acres of federally protected wetlands.
After your airboat tour explore the wildlife park. In the park, you’ll discover 50 shades of green in the Hawk Swamp boardwalk which features a pristine, canopied, climate controlled Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. And when you work up an appetite, don’t forget to check out the all new, critically acclaimed Chomp House Grill.
Next, climb aboard the newest Ranch Buggy Tour. Boldly go back in time to see the ‘real’ Florida while exploring one of Florida’s oldest working cattle ranches on our all-terrain Ranch Buggy with five-foot tall tires, twelve-feet of elevation and more than 60 minutes of happy trails. wildfloridairboats.com
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Revolution Off Road
Revolution Off Road is an off road motor and fishing venue set in 230 acres of Florida countryside. Unique to the Disney area, accessible, available and affordable, they put you in the driver’s seat for the guided adventure of a lifetime on one of our ATVs, Dune Buggies, or ARGO amphibious Mucky Ducks.
Also bass fishing on the private trophy bass fishing lake, as well as archery lessons and clay shooting. www.revolutionoffroad.com
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Gatorland Orlando sits on 11o acres, take a ride on the new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. Then take the Gatorland Express train and then head on over to Gator Gully Splash Park where kids of all ages can enjoy a good ol’ fashion squirtfest.
Don’t miss the rare white alligators on display at Gatorland’s White Gator Swamp. Featuring four of the world’s largest white leucistic alligators known to roam the planet, these giant Ivory colored reptiles are each ten to twelve feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds.
- See thousands of alligators and crocodiles
- An aviary
- Breeding marsh with observation tower
- Florida panthers
- Petting zoo
- Nature walk
- Bobcat Bayou
- Gator Gully Splash Pad
- Gift Shop
- One-of-a-kind reptilian show including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo and the up-close encounter show.
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An indoor amusement park for the mind combining education and entertainment with more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages.
WonderWorks began as a top secret research laboratory, led by Professor Wonder, on a remote island in the Bermuda Triangle. During an experiment gone awry, a manmade tornado unleashed through the laboratory and created a swirling vortex that carried the building thousands of miles away, landing it upside-down on top of a brick warehouse on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.
As you enter the upside down attraction, the ceiling will be under your feet and the ground will be above your head, making it impossible to explore what’s inside. To begin your adventure, pass through the inversion tunnel and defy gravity as you are properly aligned.
Once inside, you will be able to explore six wonder Zones: natural disasters, physical challenges, light and sound, imagination lab, space discovery and the far out art gallery.
Journey through each zone, testing your knowledge, physical capacities and creativity. Become a human lightning rod by touching 10,000 volts of electricity or experience hurricane force winds. Gather up your strength to lift your weight using a pulley system or build up courage to lie down on a bed of 3,500 rising nails. Navigate through space on a mission to Mars and design and ride your own roller coaster.
Make your way up to the basement where you’ll find more thrilling adventures, including an XD Theater 4D motion simulated thrill ride, 3-story indoor ropes challenge course and laser tag.
While visiting, upgrade to a combo package and stay for the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. Expect to be impressed with the combination of magic, impersonations and high-energy, improvisational comedy. Unlimited pizza, salad, popcorn, beer, wine, soda and dessert will be served. www.wonderworksonline.com
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
If fun is in your nature, spend some time at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, named the “#1 Zoo in the U.S.” by both Parents and Child magazines. The Zoo features more than 1,200 incredible animals on 56 lush acres including manatees, koalas, elephants, tigers, penguins, orangutans and much more. www.lowryparkzoo.org
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Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
You are invited to step into the world of comedy, mystery and intrigue at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows. You will mingle with unusual character, the action is fast and the laughter is contagious as you become the detective and solve the crime through a live interrogation. Watch out, you might be chosen for a cameo role.
Plus dinner to include hors d’oeuvres, salad, choice of main course, choice of mystery dessert, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. More info visit: www.sleuths.com
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iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving
Experience true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you and the air, and it’s the most incredible adrenaline rush.
Children as young as three, to adults as old (or just young at heart) as 103 can fly. It’s safe for kids, challenging for adults and realistic for skydivers. They provide all the gear and a personal instructor will guide you through your flight. More info visit: www.iflyworld.com
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is part of an active spaceport where you can get closer to NASA than anywhere else on the planet.
This is where the Mercury and Gemini missions sparked American space travel, and where the Apollo missions inspired a generation. This is where visitors of all ages, from all over the world, can go behind the gates of NASA to glimpse the future of space travel at the site from which we will launch for Mars and beyond.
Visitor Complex admission gives you thousands of things to do. See iconic spacecraft that took us to new frontiers, space shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket. Come face to face with veteran astronauts and better understand space through their eyes. Experience heroes and legends, a new immersive attraction that brings the stories of NASA’s pioneering astronauts to life.
Touch, feel, learn, explore, be immersed and be inspired at the place where the mission for exploration is still alive and thriving with the next generation of space explorers. Where the journey began and continues. Join the journey at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Plus you can also view LIVE rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast. www.kennedyspacecenter.com
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