Give the gift of a wild Central Florida experience this holiday season

Outdoor adventures perfect for thrill-seekers

By Erika Briguglio - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - If you are looking for gift ideas this holiday season and your loved one is into adventure, thrills and the outdoors, there are experiences you can get for them right here in Central Florida. 

Here is a list of places where one ticket unlocks a taste of adventure.  

Explore the wild at Forever Florida

Explore the wild in St. Cloud. Forever Florida offers horseback riding, camping and zip line adventures. It has the only zip line roller coaster in the United States. Jump from a 78-foot platform and zip through the treetops. Guests can reach speeds of 35 mph.

If twists and turns are not your loved one’s thing, put their thrills to the test during a freefall to the ground. Guests can step off of a seven-story platform in the Panther Pounce. 

Forever Florida has plenty of other adventures that are closer to the ground. Get an adventure pack for $80 for two hours. 

Everglades Tour at Wild Florida


Get away from the noise and visit the middle of nowhere. Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park has an airboat tour and a Gator and Wildlife Park. Just 45 minutes away from the Orlando theme parks, experience a part of Florida that has not changed much from the 1800s. Guests can take an airboat tour and check out alligators, eagles and other wild animals. There are also lemurs, sloths and other creatures from around the world at the wildlife park.
Photo Courtesy: Wild Florida

Manatee and Dolphin Encounter Kayak Tour

Photo courtesty of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Take a trip to the coast and get close to manatees and dolphins with a kayak tour. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge offers a 90-minute tour on the water. 
The tours, which are available year-round, are $44 per person. 
Photo Courtesy: Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Adventure at Gatorland


Stop by the alligator capital of the world and get a bird’s-eye view of animals from the air and the ground. Guests can put on a harness and take a ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. The 1,200-foot journey takes guests through the treetops over some of the park’s biggest attractions. If your friends and family are not into thrills and drops, they can become an animal trainer for the day. The program allows guests to get a glimpse into what it is like to work with and around dangerous animals. 
 

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