Whilst staying in one of our Disney vacation villas do you want more than just Disney theme parks? There are many things to do in Florida that do not involve visiting a Disney park, here we list some of our favourite places.
Manatees are the most wonderful peaceful creatures and really worth a visit, you will be able to see these either in captivity/recuperation centers or in the wild during Winter. We recommend visiting the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
State park that provides a Manatee recuperation program, it is open all year round from 09:00 to 17:30. When arriving you are transported via boat to the center allowing you to see the real Florida along the way. The park also runs educational programs at set times of the day, Manatee Program, Wildlife Encounter Program, Alligator and Hippo program along with underwater viewing areas.
Prices for admission are $13.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (6-12).
As the name suggests this is an Aligator themed park on around 110 acres with live shows. The 'screamin' Gator zipline runs over the top of the Aligators for the thrill of the patrons. Rookie gator wrestling $10.00 per person, Gator Jumparoo show where Gators jump up to 4 or 5 feet out of the water after food, Gator wrestling show performed by the professionals, Up close and personnal show where you will more than just a gator! All shows have an educational theme to them. Gatorland opens at 10:00 until 17:00 all year round.
Prices for admission on the door are $26.99 for adults and $18.99 (3 -12)
Directions - 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail - Orlando, Fl 32837
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Airboat Florida Everglade Rides
There are many airboat rides available in the Orlando area and we have included some of these as a reference.
Kissimmee Swamp Tours provides an exciting and informative 60 or 90 minute airboat ride through the waters of the Florida Everglades. Prices $47.00 per adult (minimim 2 people) $30 for children under 12.
Orlando airboat tours provide a 60 minute Airboat ride that takes you out into the Florida swamps to experience the amazing wildlife and landscape. This Airboat Tour is a great way to get a quick and exciting look into the natural environment of the Florida Alligator and other endangered wildlife.
Price on the door $49.95 for adults and $44.95 for Children 3 - 12
Boggy creek airboat rides provide either a 30 minute tour or a 60 minute tour, they also offer night rides to see those gator eyes lighting up in the spotlights! Boggy creek has two locations Southport and Eastlake, the Eastlake location is the only location that provides the 60 minute tour and both do the 30 minute tour.
Prices $26.95 per adult (30 minutes) and $20.95 for children 3 - 10