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Other things to do in Orlando

Other things to do...even with all the tips mentioned in the menu above, there are still tons of other things to do, see and experience in the Kissimmee and Orlando area! With your limited time in Florida, you just have to make a few choices. But most of us get bitten by the Florida Bug and become Florida-addicts for life, so you might return again. Maybe you have got some great suggestions for us to add on to this page. If so, don't hesitate to contact us using the 'contact us'-form. Here are some of our other suggestions:

Chocolate Kingdom Kissimmee

Chocolate Kingdom

Chocolate Kingdom, the Factory Adventure Tour, is an interactive journey that uncovers how chocolate transforms from the bean into the creamy, dreamy chocolate bar. Our Personal Chocolate Tour Guide joins forces with a handsome Prince and his Dragon sidekick to take guests through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Museum, a Mystical River of Chocolate and a Bean-to-the-Bar Factory utilizing old world machinery. With an opportunity to create a customized chocolate bar, Chocolate Kingdom is the most unique chocolate experience in North America and will inspire and amaze chocoholics of all ages.

Kids 4-12 yrs: $12,95, Adults $16,95, customized chocolate bar after the tour is not included in this price. We took the Factory Tour in February 2013, click here for the review.

5720 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway,
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 705-3475 website

EPCOT

Helicopter flights

In Kissimmee and Orlando are several businesses which offer helicopter flight packages, varying from a few minutes to about an hour. The helicopters fly over Kissimmee and Orlando, most packages include flying near the theme parks. There is a no-fly zone over Disney World, so the helicopters can view these theme parks from a little distance. But you can still spot enough theme park landmarks. For tours check these sites:

Orlando Helitours (International Drive and US192 Kissimee)
LeadingEdge Helicopters (US192 Kissimmee, starts at $15)
Air Force Fun Helicopter Tours (Orlando, I-Drive South)
Air Florida Helicopter Charters (Orlando, I-Drive)

Warbirds Adventures

Warbirds Adventures

Next to the Kissimmee Air Museum, which is also part of Warbirds Adventures, it is possible to fly a North American T-6 Texan aircraft. This aircraft has been used in the 2nd World War. Flights are possible between 15 minutes and one hour. Your sit in front and you even get the time to take over the rudder yourself. For prices, check the website.

Kissimmee Gateway Airport
233 N. Hoagland Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 870-7366 website

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Amazing Exhibits, Unusual Art, Unbelievable & Genuine Artifacts from Around the Globe! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is home to weird class family fun located just steps off of International Drive. Their amazing 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” actually looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole!

Entertain the entire family with their interactive exhibits of the fascinating and outrageous. In the Odditorium you can explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and strange from across the globe.

8201 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32819
407) 345-0501 website
Parking costs: FREE

Ripleys Believe it or Not!

Kelly Park

Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (approx. 70 degrees Fahrenheit) which is a popular place for people to unwind or cool off in the summer. It's located North of Orlando, it takes about an hour to get there from the Kissimmee area. Take your own inner tube or rent one near the entrance of the park and flow down the spring. Or take your snorkel gear with you and a waterproof camera to make some pictures or video of the fish and other creatures along the banks. Due to the high popularity you might experience traffic congestion. Be sure to come early, when Kelly Park has reached it's maximum capacity, the park closes for new visitors. Take a waterproof bag with you for your car keys and phone, no lockers on site, also no dogs allowed.

400 E Kelly Park Road,
Apopka, FL 32712
(407) 254-1902 website

Kelly Park

 

Hot-air ballooning Orlando

Hot-air ballooning in Orlando

Another great experience is to watch Central Florida from above in a hot-air balloon. No loud noises, no wind noise, just the sun and a perfect view. There are a number of businesses in the area which offer you this great experience. Here are a few suggestions in the Kissimmee / Orlando area:

Bob's Balloon Rides
Painted Horizons Hot Air Balloon Tours
Thompson Aire

iFLY Orlando

iFLY Orlando - Indoor skydiving

One of the coolest things on International Drive is iFly Orlando. If you are afraid to jump out of a plane to experience a free fall sensation, this is the place to be. It is safe, you don't need a parachute to land on your feet and you don't even need experience! On your arrival, they will instruct you how to behave in the wind tunnel and learn to fly. After that it's fun time! This experience isn't only meant for adults, this is also absolutely fun for children. Children from 3 years and up are allowed in the wind tunnel and are accompanied by an instructor. The flights take up to 1-1.5 minutes a flight.

6805 Visitors Circle,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 903-1150 website

Swim with Manatees

Swim/Snorkel with manatees

Manatees are friendly giants and sometimes known as 'sea cows'. They can grow up to 12 feet (about 3.6 meters) and are herbivorous marine mammals. They can weigh up to 1,200 pounds (about 550kg). In winter time these mammals look for warm springs. Crystal River, FL is one of these places. In the USA it is not allowed to interact with manatees, except for Crystal River. It's the only place where you can take a tour to watch these beautiful and gentle giants swim and float around. A lot ot the manatees have a lot of scars on their backs, because of speed boats and such, mistaking them for something else or just not looking or caring for them.

With snorkel gear you float in the water, the manatees will come up to you themselves. You don't go over to them yourself. Let them see for themselves what is going on. They are quite curious. Best time to go on a tour is in the winter, but also in the summer some stick around the springs. Don't forget to swim in Three Sisters Springs, even if there are no manatees, the water is so clear, you can see many fish!

Here are some suggestions for tour companies in Crystal River,FL:

River Ventures
Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees
Birds Underwater

 


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