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Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

1. Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Discover Shingle Creek in Central Florida on a 1.5-hour airboat tour into the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Travel back in time to the days before urban development and the theme parks of Orlando encroached on the Florida swamps. Go to the site where the largest living estuary in the world starts from a little creek, and capture the splendor of nature on your camera. Hear stories about the Native Americans and early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps. Travel by state-of-the-art, 8-12 passenger stadium seating boat for unobstructed views of the diverse wildlife and plant life. Venture into a natural, living environment of lush vegetation, and glide through swamp marsh and wet prairie land. Venture into the thick vegetation, looking for endangered American Bald Eagles, all sizes of American Alligator, and the many other species of wildlife that inhabit the largest sub-tropical eco-system in the continental United States.

Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

2. Orlando: Boggy Creek Airboat Ride with Options

The Central Florida Everglades are natural wonders, best explored with locals who know their backwaters. The beautiful landscape and expert guidance of your captain will make this tour a trip that you'll never forget. Guests on the Scenic Nature Tour explore narrow water trails engulfed in the brush of the Central Florida Everglades. On this tour you'll stop periodically, hoping to spot Florida's state reptile, the American Alligator, in its natural setting. Witness rare and endangered birds swooping effortlessly through the skies as the sunshine warms your body and the wind whips through your hair. Other wildlife abounds throughout the trip. This tour is perfect for groups and families looking to explore and learn about the unexpected side of Central Florida. A longer trip on a Detailed Nature Tour of 1-hour increases the number of encounters with Florida's wildlife, especially the American Alligator, which can reach up to 15 feet in length and 1,000 pounds. You'll experience nature right alongside turtles, bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and a wide variety of waterfowl in their natural environment, not in captivity. Be sure to also check out the Gem Mining Station. You will be able to purchase buckets filled with treasures that are native to Florida and take them to the mining station. While mining, you will discover various gems, alligator teeth, shark teeth, rocks, and other treasures. There will be an additional charge for gem mining bags or buckets. A restaurant with indoor or patio seating is available, where you can dine before or after your tour (at your own expense).

Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

3. Kissimmee: 1-Hour Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour

Travel back in time to the days before over-development and theme parks, and experience the unspoiled swamps of Florida on a thrilling airboat ride. Departing from Kissimmee, discover the largest living estuary in the world at Shingle Creek, where the splendor of nature offers a more authentic Florida experience. As you speed through the swamps, your captain will tell stories of the American Indians and history of the early settlers who carved their trails into the swamps of Central Florida. The state-of-the-art boats allow unobstructed views for all passengers, and the diversity of wildlife and plant life will keep your eyes and camera busy. Feel the subtropical climate that promotes lush vegetation and provides natural habitats for a variety of species as you explore swamp marsh and wet prairie.

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

4. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. In the morning, head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. Ride through this area which is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ticket with Bus Transfer

5. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ticket with Bus Transfer

Boldly go where so many satisfied space enthusiasts have gone before! Explore the many exhibits, shows, and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex, including the Hubble Telescope exhibit, Eye on the Universe, Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted, the Virtual Shuttle Launch Experience, the Rocket Garden, and IMAX movies including Hubble 3D IMAX and Space Station 3D. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex showcases the priceless spacecraft Atlantis and 30-year shuttle program with more than 60 interactive experiences. The NASA bus tour offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the behind-the-scenes working of the space center, exploring startling views of the Vehicle Assembly building, and the Mobile Rocket Launch pad. Continue onward to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring the immense, fully-restored Saturn V rocket; the largest ever built. Relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of the rocket's lift-off.

From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport

6. From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport

Learn all about space on a day tour to the Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. Meet an astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch an IMAX film, stroll around the rocket garden full of real rockets, and visit the Gateway complex to learn about the future of space travel. During your transfer, your driver and guide will share many interesting facts and stories about the center. When arriving, you will have plenty of time to roam around and visit the many attractions available on-site. Your guide will also be around if you have any questions during your visit. Choose from the following options: • Transportation only: Take the worry out of your transportation needs between Orlando, Kissimmee, or Lake Buena Vista to the Kennedy Space Center with a door-to-door transfer. • Transport from Orlando and Entry Ticket: Enjoy the ease of transportation to the Kennedy Space Center and skip the line to get your tickets at the door. • Small-Group Tour: Enjoy hotel pick-up and a breakfast bag en route to the complex on a small-group tour (up to 12 people) with more specialized assistance from your tour guide. Additionally, during the day at Kennedy Space, go on the KSC Explore Bus tour to get inside the NASA gates for photo stops near the launch pads and at the vehicle assembly building. You will also be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point (ICON Park) and avoid the hassle of pickups. So you get some extra time in the morning as you board at the last stop.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

7. From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

Visit St. Augustine, the so-called “Ancient City” and oldest continuously settled town in the United States. Experience the charming atmosphere and beautiful climate of a town located between northeast and central-east Florida. While there, explore St. Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, and unique shops. Make sure to also take in the history at the significant landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth, and more, Choose between the following tour options: • St. Augustine Day Tour: Spend a full day in the oldest city in the U.S. Find out about the historic landmarks with a tour guide and then shop, dine, and discover the city at your own pace. • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise: Get a unique view of the city and see its many historic landmarks and impressive natural beauty on a narrated tour around Matanzas Bay. • St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter Museum: Embark on an interactive adventure where history comes alive with a guide in proper colonial attire. Throughout this living museum, experience a musket firing, blacksmith demonstrations, and more. • Road Train Tour: Set off on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing adventure through town aboard a trolley streetcar. Learn interesting facts about the 22 unique sites on the 7-mile (11-kilometer) loop, and hop on and off where you like to explore the attractions at your own pace. • Pirate & Treasure Museum: Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures. Delight in award-winning interactive exhibits that make this hands-on museum an experience for all the family. Whichever tour option you choose, your day will include plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the local restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

Orlando: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. Orlando: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience Orlando at its best! Your city tour first takes you to one of Orlando's main points of interest, Lake Eola district. Here you get to enjoy the heart of downtown Orlando. We will then take you to Winter Park where you will join a narrated scenic boat cruise. View the abundant homes of the city and its college from the waterway. Back on dry land, you head over for a stop at Disney Springs for some magical fun. Here, you will have free time to shop, explore, and grab a bite to eat. The last stop on the tour is the Orlando ICON Park where you can explore the attractions there and understand the international appeal of this special place. This tour takes you to all the exciting places Orlando has to offer. Discover the different sites of the city, see where you can go shopping, have fun, or simply relax.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

9. 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.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

10. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from Orlando in a luxury vehicle, then head towards Clearwater Beach. Hop onboard the Pirate’s Ransom and greet your friendly crew. Learn how Florida was a well-known pirate hangout in the 17th and 18th centuries, and hear stories of Captain Kidd and the infamous Blackbeard. Set sail onto the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and lookout for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. As you cruise, enjoy 2 hours of family fun including a treasure hunt, face painting, water guns, story-telling, and dancing. During the day, enjoy free time to sunbathe on the white sands of Clearwater Beach or go for a swim. A tasty lunch at a local beachside restaurant is included. At the end of a truly epic adventure, relax on the return journey to Orlando.

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What people are saying about Orlando

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Captain Andy was as amazing as he was knowledgeable. We saw some gators, bald eagle, and my new favorite the snail kite. We zipped and whipped through the narrow and shallow passageways adding to the adventure. I loved just zooming across the open water and having the wind blow in my hair. We came out for my nieces birthday and the whole staff really delivered. We got to take pictures with the shaman, feed the gators and mine for gems!! Everyone from the lovely woman who checked us in at the front gate to retails clerks who helped us shop. It was the best time our family is definitely coming back, since some didn't get to make the trip.

Absolutely brilliant morning. Captain Scott was an absolute pleasure to meet made us feel very welcome. He’s a wealth of knowledge and genuinely lovely guy, we had a fantastic experience saw 5 gators which was very lucky the Everglades are stunning, would recommend this trip to anyone. The kids really enjoyed it even if they didn’t utter a word. Thank you again Scott pleasure to meet you.

The travel was good, the transportation was on time and the tour guide was very nice and gave us some tips about the center and what we could do there. We left on time too and it was a very calm trip back to Orlando, 100% reccomend the experience, the Kennedy Space Center is a gun place for kids and adults

Captain Logan was very knowledgable and showed us several female alligators , it was nice to be on a smaller boat so we could have a more personal touch, great afternoon out

Captain Scott was the best airboat captain!!! We saw many alligators, baby alligators, and a lot of different wildlife! It was a great adventure!!