Annual Manual 2013
Parks, gardens, rides and adventures in the Orlando area
Published: April 12, 2013
6805 Visitors Circle
Skydive without a plane: Fly in the vertical wind tunnel. Training session and use of flight gear included. Reservations are suggested. Admission: $59.95.
12651 International Drive
Tours run 9 a.m. to sunset daily, ranging from $30 to $400.
5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
A pay-as-you-ride amusement park set in an Old Florida-style downtown setting. From bumper cars to roller coasters to
ferris wheels, Old Town has rides suitable for all ages. There’s shopping, dining,
music and special events, too. Open Monday-Friday, 2-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday noon-11 p.m.
5519 W. Highway 192, Kissimmee
Tours run from 9 a.m. to sunset daily, staring at $40.50
Speed World Dragway
19442 E. Colonial Drive
If you’re into drag racing, this is the
place to be. Check out street dragsters, motorcycles, old hot rods and even school buses as they go flat-out. Street drags every Wednesday and Friday night. Check the schedule online for events.
Wet ’n Wild
6200 International Drive
The water-park person’s water park: Experience thrill rides with vertical drops, multi-person tubing rides, toboggan slides and more. If you like your water rides on the milder side, float along the lazy river or splash in the wave pool. Admission: $48.99 (half price after 2 p.m. on specified days).
9067 International Drive
Housed in an upside-down building, this attraction has high-tech effects that simulate earthquakes, hurricanes and a hang-gliding experience. Plus indoor zip lines, a 4D extreme motion ride and more. Open 9 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $24.99.
Airboat Rides at Boggy Creek
2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee
Thirty-minute tours start at $26.95, with others available, day and night.
Air Boat Rides at MidWay
28501 E. Colonial Drive, Christmas
You are almost guaranteed to see gators – lots of them – on this popular airboat tour. It’s the one we always take visitors from out of town to experience. Open 9 a.m. daily, night tours available. Tours start at $37.56 for one hour.
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland
This rehab center for these cool birds, located in a 1920s bungalow set on Lake Sybelia, is where you get up close and personal with the awesome raptors. There’s a walking trail and aviaries housing injured birds that can’t be released back into the wild. Admission: $5.