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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

1. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

2. Kissimmee: Boggy Creek Everglades Night Airboat Tour Ticket

Experience the thrill of a nighttime airboating adventure through alligator infested waters with this ticket for an Everglades airboat tour from Kissimmee. Stay safe with the included safety goggles and life jacket. Let your Coast Guard captain navigate through the wetlands in a well-maintained ship. Check in before your tour and board the airboat. Try to spot alligators, birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Move across the surface of the water in the wetlands at speeds up to 60 mph. Watch for the sparkle of alligator eyes glowing in the dark as they lurk patiently waiting for their next prey. Zoom through narrow trails of tall grasses without knowing what will be found around the next bend. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

3. Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

Be picked up in Orlando and head to the Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park. Take an airboat tour through the Everglades experience the Drive-Thru Safari with over 100 native and exotic animals. While at the park, enjoy a BBQ picnic lunch. With almost 300 acres of land, Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park is the largest family-owned wildlife and adventure park in Central Florida. Take an airboat tour through Cypress Lake and see alligators, eagles, and other wildlife that call the lake home. Explore the 14-acre Gator Park and see the endangered Florida panther, as well as lemurs and sloths. Go through the drive-thru safari and see more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming free. Afterward, you'll have the chance to feed giraffes. Enjoy a BBQ basket lunch at Wild Florida’s rustic Chomp House diner. Sit at benches that are located under a covered pavilion with lake views. 

Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

4. Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

See history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center. Hop aboard the Discover KSC Bus Tour to pass along restricted areas, get up close to launch sites, and walk beneath the massive Saturn V rocket. Have your photo taken with a real astronaut and enjoy a chat. Chat with an Astronaut who will answer your most pressing questions in a casual, small-group setting. Enjoy a sampling of food and beverages while having a group conversation about what it is really like to live and work in space. Hear amazing stories of space travel and shuttle launches. Back at the visitor center, ride the Shuttle Launch Experience, the new simulator that takes you out of this world! Sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie, stroll through a real-size space shuttle, walk around the incredible rocket garden, look at a moon rock, and even enjoy some space ice cream.

Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

5. Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

Experience Florida's natural beauty with a guided kayak tour through Shingle Creek. Be picked up in Orlando and transported to Shingle Creek, where you'll have the chance to see local wildlife and enjoy a picnic lunch. Be picked up in Orlando and leave the hustle and bustle of the city for Shingle Creek, one of Central Florida's best-kept secrets. Hop in a kayak and follow your guide down the river and through the ancient cypress forests. See local wildlife, including turtles, birds of prey, and possibly alligators, all in their natural habitat. After your tour, enjoy a picnic lunch along the river before heading back to your pickup location.

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What people are saying about Orlando

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Loved the Airboat ride & KSC was amazing……. But coach was 40 minutes late picking up … then the coach was an hour late picking up at Airboats, Though loved space centre felt like we had to rush round… The KSC wasn’t closing till 6pm but we had to leave at 5pm it then took 3 hours to get back because of the number of drop offs

Fantastic day with Dave and Tirson, David was great and gave a quality guide experience throughout. The airboat ride was the highlight of our day. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone, hope to return and do it all again in the not too distant future. Bea and Jason from Guernsey

We traveled with our 13-year old grandson and thoroughly enjoyed Kennedy Space Center. It was very moving at different points as it reminded of what we watched on tv in the late 60's through to the current expeditions.

The Space Center requires a lot of time to see in its entirety. Allow time for your visit so you can enjoy all the Center has to offer.

Awesome experience! Our guide Dave was wonderful, very knowledgeable and helpful!!! Highly recommend