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The spectrum of silliness is contained within three Adventure Landing attractions: race on go-karts in front of NASCAR-scout audiences, make a mark on frenemies in laser tag, or saunter and swing on the mini-golf course. (Laser tag is not available at the St. Augustine location.) Attempt each feat before going back for one last round of your two favorites, or use them all on a five-act go-kart play. The freedom of choice applies to how you use your five attractions; however, you must expunge the fun out of this factory's frenetic free-for-all in a single visit, making it a convenient way to happily exhaust over-energized tweens and tots.

4825 Blanding Blvd.
Jacksonville,
FL
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Miami Aqua Tours’ fleet of three Coast Guard–certified vessels sweeps away passengers on holiday parties, evening voyages, and picturesque tours of Miami’s coastline that depart seven times a day. Boats, including the company's Island Princess, embark from Bayside Marketplace, cruising along Miami’s glittering coastline as the downtown buildings wistfully wave goodbye. Tours float past Star Island’s majestic celebrity mansions and weave around the Venetian Islands as seafarers gaze into the ocean beyond, searching for lost treasure or the keys to the captain's jet ski. Alternatively, passengers can stroll from port to starboard aboard a schooner or a 58-foot pirate ship on Saturday and Sunday during the daytime or on scenic sunset tours. While drinking in nautical breezes, customers can sip liquefied libations from the ship’s bar as tour guides narrate Miami’s tell-all memoir in both English and Spanish.

401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami,
FL
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Ugmo the cow and Elmer the water buffalo live on the Green Meadows Farm acreage along with a small village of 300 animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, donkeys, and other barnyard citizens. Orlando's family-oriented petting farm lets youngsters ride ponies, milk cows, feed goats and sheep, take a hay ride, and participate in other seasonally varied activities offered 363 days a year. During the summer months, guests can find comfort under hundreds of oak trees, which populate the farm's entire visitor area.

1368 S Poinciana Blvd
Kissimmee,
FL
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Vortex Spring, dubbed "the Mecca of dive training" by Southern Diver magazine, is more than just a scuba diver's dream destination. While its 68-degree clear spring waters and lack of weeds thrill swimmers, its picturesque grounds also accommodate landlubbers with biking trails and a bevy of camping sites. A staff of PADI-certified instructors helms the family-friendly water emporium, leading students through scuba classes that help bolster their confidence while exploring aquatic environs or searching for underwater real estate.

1517 Vortex Springs Ln
Ponce De Leon,
FL
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More than 6,000 square feet of climbing space at Vertical Ventures beckons climbers skyward with rigorous scrambles to the top of peaks, over boulders, and along treacherous ceiling routes. The staff routinely overhauls old configurations to reveal fresh paths, forcing climbers to exhibit physical and mental agility while bouldering, sport climbing, or top roping––a sport in which climbers ascend to a mountain's summit to lasso its goats. The gym caters to both the beginning and expert climber with challenges spanning the difficulty spectrum, as well as an array of classes on the basics of climbing, movement and technique, or rappelling.

5402 Pioneer Park Blvd
Tampa,
FL
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Trickling waters and shrieking giggles fill the air at CoCo Key Water Park Orlando's tropical-themed playground, a Rube Goldbergian array of twisting slides, jungle gyms, and waterfalls. The 54,000-square-foot superstructure includes attractions for all ages, such as Coral Reef Cove, Minnow's Lagoon, and a pool hangout designed for slightly older kids. Lilliputian play area with a shallow pool, water cannons, and four slides tailored for kiddos. A trinity of signature slides awaits more daring visitors, including Over the Falls, an aquatic roller coaster that ends with a high-speed corkscrew, and Boomerango, a two-person tube ride with a near-vertical descent that will convert even the most ardent of gravity-deniers. As youngsters enjoy an adrenaline-filled respite from the Florida sun, adults can unwind at a poolside bar.

7400 International Dr.
Orlando,
FL
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