Annual Manual 2013
Parks, gardens, rides and adventures in the Orlando area
Published: April 12, 2013
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
State Road 405 east of Titusville
Geek out over space exploration? Then you’ll love the Space Center. Take guided tours of launch areas, see historic rockets, ride the Shuttle Launch Experience and see the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Admission: $50 gets you a ticket, plus a day of free
admission to the Astronaut Hall of Fame (must be used within seven days of original ticket purchase).
Kissimmee Air Museum and Warbird Adventures
233 N. Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee
See classic planes from the early days of flight to the height of the Cold War. Then fly a real World War II-era trainer plane, with an instructor in the rear seat. Admission: $7 to the museum, $250 for a 15-minute plane ride.
Orange County Regional History Center
65 E. Central Blvd.
The 1927 county courthouse includes permanent exhibits from natural Florida through Disney’s coming. Traveling exhibits broaden its appeal, and a local history archive awaits scholars. Admission: $9.
Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St.
How can you not love a museum that’s home to SimMan, a life-sized simulated sick person whose vital signs you can follow until he flat lines? The science center also has Florida’s largest refractor telescope and all sorts of hands-on learning experiences that’ll appeal to kids and adults alike. Admission: $27.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
8201 International Drive
You’ve probably seen Ripley’s “odditoriums” before; this one is home to a full-sized car made out of matchsticks, a portrait of Beyonce made out of candy and an actual human shrunken head, all housed inside a building that looks like it’s falling into a sinkhole. Admission: $19.99.
Titanic the Experience
7324 International Drive
The 20,000-square-foot interactive museum offers a guided tour of authentic artifacts by costumed actors portraying the famous passengers and crew of the “unsinkable” ship. Admission: $21.95.
Rides & Adventures
Air Florida Helicopter Charters
8990 International Drive
You’ll be surprised how exhilarating it is to go up in a ‘copter right off I-4. Tours give you a bird’s-eye view of the theme parks, malls, downtown Orlando and more. A variety of tours are available starting at $20.
Fun Spot Action Park
5551 Del Verde Way
Go-karts, bumper boats, carousels, slides, an arcade and more make this park
worth taking the kids to check it out – there’s no admission fee here, either. Pay by the ride or buy an armband for unlimited riding fun.