Airboat & Gator Charters’ expert swamponauts ably escort guests through the placid waters of central Florida’s most serene lakes and rivers. Customers can hop aboard a 425-horsepower Diamondback airboat for a 90-minute private tour, which offers the chance to glimpse wildlife including bald eagles, herons, red-tailed hawks, manatees, turtles, and alligators. The high-performance watercraft seats up to six and comes equipped with a USCG-licensed captain, who will harness the power of the boat’s Piratecom headsets to point out targets for your eyes, whether they're animal, plant, or the occasional plantanimal. The private tours are offered year-round and launch throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset. Choose to embark on a daytime trip, which features views of the American alligator’s daily tanning habits, or embark on the nighttime tour and hope for a rare sighting of the white-tailed deer’s annual sighting of its tail.
Concealed in the leafy canopy of the forest at the Central Florida Zoo, wires, rope bridges, and ziplines create intricate pathways amidst the treetops. Zoom Air Adventure Park's monkey architects designed courses to follow the natural flow of the area's existing terrain and plant life. While securely fastened to a safety line via a sturdy harness, visitors can swing, climb, and balance their way through dozens of obstacles while taking in views of the forest below. The grand finale: a zipline that soars through the air for about 500 feet. Safety is just as important to the experience as fun, and the adventure park's experienced operators keep an eye on guests to ensure that everyone is comfortable and secure.
During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.
Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Blast Off Adventures outfits otherwise flightless humans with the JetLev R200 marine jetpack and Flyboard in order to send them soaring. The JetLev and Flyboard packs produce more than 420 pounds of thrust by pumping 1,000 gallons of water per minute out of two rocket-engine-like shoulder nozzles. Flight experiences first teach novices how to handle the device in as few as six minutes, covering skills such as deep-water take-offs, taxiing, turning, and landing. Participants then spend the rest of their time cruising at top speeds of 25 miles an hour and elevating up to a 30-foot flight ceiling. All the while, a certified flight instructor keeps a close watch, making sure the JetLev and Flyboard is properly operated and scaring off amorous herons during mating season. Flyboard is a new and exciting experience that Blast Off Adventures is now offering.
If you keep an ear open, you'll probably hear more than birdsong In the treetops above Kissimmiee. Chances are, there's going to be some laughter and motivational pump-up chants mixed in, too. That's because the city is now home to the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. This aerial adventure course occupies its own pine forest, with obstacles scattered throughout the trees at heights ranging from 10-60 feet. The park boasts three courses, including two that are suitable for kids as young as 7 years; as they progress through the course, guests might navigated a suspended bridge, yodel across a Tarzan-style swing, or go zooming through the canopy on a lightening-quick zipline. Designed by two of the leaders in the aerial adventure industry, the park places safety above all else, using detailed demonstrations and trusted gear to ensure that guests conquers their fears without creating any new one.
Visitors to Florida EcoSafaris get a close look at the state's distinct flora and fauna during thrilling outdoor adventures. The Coach Safari whisks riders on a two-hour open-air jaunt through a 4,700-acre wildlife-conservation area rich with streams and forests. Naturalist guides delve into the natural history of the region's nine ecosystems, which house species including alligators, Florida panthers, and herds of roving photo opportunities. Visitors can also take in sweeping views of the nearby wetlands and their many residents, including countless kinds of birds and white-tailed deer. For equestrian adventurers, safaris on horseback take riders through scenic trails used by Native Americans in the 1500s.
Florida EcoSafaris' EcoPark adds to its Cypress Canopy Cycle adventure-which sends visitors rolling along steel cables in a suspended, pedal-powered cart that doubles as a spy machine for squirrels-with five new and recently renovated zipline adventures. Guests fly high through the air at 30 miles per hour with the Peregrine Plunge and Zipline Safari or leap off 55- or 68-feet platforms during controlled-free-fall adventures. No matter what activity guests participate in, Florida EcoSafaris donates a portion of all proceeds to the Allen Broussard Conservancy, an agency dedicated to the preservation of Florida's ecosystems and wildlife.