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Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

1. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive. Upgrade to the Icon Park Play Pass to access ICON Park attractions. With this option you will also receive admission tickets to the Museum of Illusions, the 7D Dark Ride Adventure, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium as well exclusive shopping and dining discounts.

Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

2. Orlando: Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

Discover the exotic animal species and native wildlife of the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Drive your vehicle through on a self-guided tour through the open areas of the park. See more than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife like white-tailed deer, bison, cracker cows, zebras, watusi, and oryx. Check out a massive pond inside the park dedicated exclusively as a home for some alligators. Stop and hand-feed the incredible giraffes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

3. Orlando: Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium Combo Ticket

With your combination ticket access to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and the SEA LIFE aquarium, you don’t have to pick and choose what sights you’d like to see. As you walk into Madame Tussaud’s, gaze at the startling realistic wax models of famous figures of pop culture and history. Start your experience in the Pitbull Party Room where Pitbull is ready to get the party started. Visit famous Americans, such as current and past presidents, Uncle Sam, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr, and Thomas Edison. Find yourself immersed in a world of music, and step up to become a backup dancer for Justin Bieber, live la vida loca with Ricky Martin, fall crazy in love with Beyoncé, and sing along to other famous musicians. Finish things off in the A-list room, where you can mix and mingle with celebrities like Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, Samuel L. Jackson, and so many more. Next, head to the SEA LIFE aquarium. Start your journey by meeting the attraction's main characters: Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle, who will explain the importance of preserving the ocean’s biodiversity. Marvel at a glowing tank of illuminated jellyfish. Enjoy thematic areas, like the tropical pacific ocean, a shipwreck crawling with octopuses, and a breathtaking tunnel that provides you with a 360-degree view of a spate of fish. You’ll even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea stars and more in the touch tank.

Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

4. Orlando: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Begin your journey at Mia the seahorse, Magnus the shark, and Tyler the sea turtle. Learn about breeding, rescuing, and protecting the ocean's creatures. Next, see a wall filled with jellyfish and select a color to glow the habitat. Then visit Ship Wreck for a first big look into the Atlantic Ocean. See the seasonal feature of the attraction, axolotls, which is the world's most studied salamander. It can regenerate its own limbs, jaws, tails, spinal cord, skin, and organs perfectly. Find various colorful fish, such as pufferfish and bamboo sharks, that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. Next, a 180-degree tunnel will transition you from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Then you'll enter a large 360-degree tunnel, the only one of its kind in Orlando. Here you can witness a sea turtle, nurse and blacktip sharks, stingrays, eels, and hundreds of other species. At the third habitat, the Indian Ocean, visit Ted the loggerhead sea turtle, along with more specialty sharks and sea creatures. At Stingray Cove, watch stingrays swim within their habitat amongst horseshoe crabs and eels. Since the Everglades start in Orlando's backyard, you will find creatures that are native to the Florida Everglades. Before ending your journey, visit the touch pool area, bringing you close to sea stars.

Orlando: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 5 Attractions

5. Orlando: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 5 Attractions

Save time and money compared to buying individual attraction tickets with this Orlando Explorer Pass. Pick 2, 3, 4, or 5 of Orlando's top attractions and tours and visit them at your own pace within 60 days from your first attraction visit. Discover Orlando's famous wildlife through an airboat tour, explore the Chocolate Kingdom on a Factory tour, or enjoy an Orlando Magic home game. The possibilities are endless. Tours, attractions, and tickets available with the Explorer Pass: • Fun Spot America Theme Park: 4 Ride Sampler • The Wheel at ICON Park • SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium • WonderWorks All Access Ticket • Madame Tussauds Orlando • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour • Gatorland: the Alligator Capital of the World • Museum of Illusions Orlando • Congo River Golf • Chocolate Kingdom: Factory Adventure Tour • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • SkyCoaster at Fun Spot America • The Mall at Millenia & $25 P.F. Chang’s Credit • The Mall at Millenia & $25 Cheesecake Factory Credit • The Mall at Millenia & $25 Brio Tuscan Grille Credit • Orlando Magic ticket • Salsa Night! Lesson and Nightclub Admission Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

6. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

Escape the crowds and queues with this trip to Clearwater, where you can have fun in the sun. Journey to the white sands and warm waters of Florida's West Coast. Enjoy an amazing lunch while feeling the cool breeze and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Let the sugary sands fall between your toes as you take a stroll down this gorgeous beach. Upgrade your tour to include a number of optional activities: Dolphin Encounter Boat Tour: Embark on a 2-hour boat cruise from Clearwater Bay into the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sit back and relax while your captain highlights some fascinating facts about the Gulf Coast, celebrity Mansions, and the dolphins playing.  Sea Screamer Ride: Climb aboard the Sea Screamer, the world's largest speedboat! Experience the dual twin-turbocharged diesel engines, as the 72' long Sea Screamer gives you a thrill ride you'll never forget.  Pirate Cruise: Sail away with Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise to a world complete with briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Let the tropical island tunes guide your journey through the calm waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Fishing: Florida has featured in its fair share of fishing folklore over the years and tall tales abound. The sport fishing is indeed excellent so here’s your chance to head out and do battle.  Aquarium: Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This unique, nonprofit rescue facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of marine animals.

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

7. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

Sit back, relax, and let your driver fight the highway traffic from Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off from many hotels in Orlando to take the worry out of your day. Find out why Clearwater Beach is one of America’s beaches. Choose between the following tour options offering something for all the family: • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Marine Aquarium Admission: Meet Winter, the dolphin from the blockbuster movie “Dolphin Tale,” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Watch dolphins frolic from the underwater viewing platforms, and learn more about their incredible skills and natural habitats. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Pirate Cruise: Set sail aboard Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for an afternoon of adventure in the Gulf of Mexico. Get lost in the antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing. During the cruise, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Dolphin Encounter Boat: Venture from Orlando to Clearwater Beach then board the Dolphin Encounter boat for a ride into the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins in their natural habitat, and watch them play as you enjoy the sun and sea. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Deep-Sea Fishing: Explore the beach in the morning then have the opportunity to catch and keep a variety of fish in deep-sea conditions. Receive all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing license. This excursion goes 10 miles (16 kilometers) into the gulf, which takes 45 minutes each way. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Lunch: This transportation-only trip will whisk you away from the theme parks of Orlando to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a day to do as you please with an included lunch voucher. Kayak in crystal clear water, or walk the promenade of the resort’s fishing pier. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip and Sea Screamer Boat Ride: Journey out to Clearwater Beach for a thrilling ride on the Sea Screamer – the largest speedboat on the U.S. East Coast. Witness wild dolphins jumping through the wakes created by the large boat. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Express Bus Transportation: Choose this express transportation option to avoid all the pickup stops and go directly to the beach. Once there, lounge on the white sand, jump through the turquoise waters, explore the pier, get some fresh-caught fish for lunch, and more.

Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

8. Orlando: Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park Experience

When you want to see the wild side of Florida, we know the perfect place to give you a real thrill with the local wildlife – and much more besides! Wild Florida is a wonderful airboat ride and nature attraction carefully woven into the pristine countryside deep in Osceola County. Based on 3,000-acre Cypress Lake, it is the only sign of development for miles around and therefore offers a true taste of the real Florida we love to show our visitors. With almost 300 acres of its own, Wild Florida is the largest family-owned wildlife and adventure park in Central Florida, and its attractions include a raised boardwalk through a typical swamp, an extensive alligator park, exotic animal exhibits, and several shows. Then there is the signature new Drive-Thru Safari Park experience, a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, both native and imported, including a chance to hand-feed the park’s giraffes. And we bring all this natural magnificence into play for our guests on this tour. After the gentle 35-mile drive in our comfy, air-conditioned vehicle, which takes around 50 minutes, we arrive in what they like to call “the Middle of Nowhere,” and then the fun really starts. We begin the early-morning adventure with the signature 30-minute airboat ride on Cypress Lake, where you are likely to see gators, eagles and other native wildlife on this thrilling flat-bottomed boat that is powered by a giant propellor and feels like flying at ground level! Then there is time to explore the 14-acre Gator Park and meet a compelling range of animals, from the endangered Florida panther to the adorable lemurs and lovable sloths. This is followed by an inclusive BBQ basket lunch at Wild Florida’s rustic Chomp House diner, with benches set under a lovely covered pavilion affording glorious lake views. Next, we whisk our group off for the undoubted highlight of the Drive-Thru Safari, where more than 100 native and exotic animals roam free and provide a real feeling of being on the African savanna. Finally, we disembark our vehicle for the close-up moment with the giraffes, where everyone gets the opportunity to pass out some tasty snacks to these ever-hungry loafers. As well as lunch, round-trip transport and the services of our certified guide, this tour also includes a bag of gator feed per person in the Gator Park, and one digital photo per group. Just as importantly, unlike other tour operators, there will be NO up-selling of any additional amenity. Everything is included for your full enjoyment without having to put your hand in your pocket for anything else, with our bus returning to Orlando in mid-afternoon. The only thing you have to bring is your camera – and your sense of Florida adventure!

Orlando: Zipline Over Florida Alligators at Gatorland

9. Orlando: Zipline Over Florida Alligators at Gatorland

Experience an adventure like no other with this ziplining ticket to for Gatorland in Orlando. Get all-day admission to Gatorland with this unique experience. Zip through the air with confidence with included safety briefing and high-quality harness and helmet.  Meet your guide and get set up with your helmet and harness. Listen to tutorial on your ziplining experience. Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure as you admire the animals of the park from above and take in panoramic views. Standing over seven stories tall, the amazing Zipline towers feature multilevel launch pads and breathtaking views from high above the treetops. Have the opportunity to fly across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to over 500 feet. Reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour and see the park's star attractions from a different perspective. View the Cuban and Nile Crocodiles before flying over the Alligator Breeding Marsh complete with 130 giant alligators below and cross a swinging bridge.  

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

We took our 4 year old granddaughter for her birthday, and it was fabulous. The drive through was exciting as the animals came right to the car, and the treasure hunt map was great to help identify each animal. The walk through part was extremely educational. It is worth every penny of the admission price. We spent about 4 hours at this park. Only thing we didn’t do was the air boats because she was so young but next time we will.

Our trip to the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium was awesome. The workers were friendly and patient with you as you ask questions. The Aquarium is simply amazing. The virtual is a MUST see. The Aquarium is great for couples, singles and of course families of all sizes. The location of the Aquarium is great. We had lunch and some snacks, only walking distance away. Overall, 5 STARS

Day, or night the views are spectacular! I went on the 4th of July and could see all the fireworks going off all around me. This was a 4th I'll never forget!

Its a Ferriss wheel in downtown Orlando it aint easy to mess it up. It is pricy however at nearly 30 bucks a person.

I really enjoyed how easy it was to purchase tickets. The family loved everything we did!