Also known as the Daytona 500 Experience, Daytona USA is the “Official attraction of NASCAR”. Here, you can experience what its like to be in the Daytona 500 race in the Dream Laps motion simulator. Or, maybe you’d like to see what goes under the hood of these supercars at the Dupont Technology of Speed? You can also test your skills as a pit crew member in the Chevy 16-second pit crew challenge. There are many more attractions here, including a speedway tour, Coca-Cola IMAX theatre, and the exciting Richard Petty Driving Experience (see below). Approximately 60 miles from the Orlando area.
This affordable attraction features over 150 life-size dinosaurs! There is a dinosaur museum, fossil dig and boneyard, where you can search for fossils in a real paleontological setting. Dinosaur World also features caves, where you can picnic in a unique setting and also see video. They even have a playground area for the children. Approximately 60 miles from the Orlando area.
Fantasy of Flight
An attraction “of a higher plane”, Fantasy of Flight features a stunning collection of vintage aircrafts. Experience Fun with Flight, where the whole family can enjoy an interactive area which introduces the basics of flight through a variety of unique experience stations, from designing and testing paper airplane creations to piloting a state of the art hang glide simulator. Experience the thrill of aviation and even an aerial demonstration (weather permitting). Approximately 35 miles from the Orlando area
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida
Experience a wild, natural Florida at Forever Florida. You can choose your own fully-guided adventure from the Coach Safari, Horseback Safari, and the adventurous Zipline Safari. Get to see a side of Florida that has been preserved as nature intended. This special place is home to many native plants, flowers and animals, including the endangered Florida Panther. Approximately 50 miles from the Orlando area.
Besides boasting a 10,000 square foot arcade with the latest video games, this park has even more for a fun day with the kids. Preschool rides for the little ones, as well as several go-kart tracks, and even thrill rides, such as the Skycoaster, for the more adventurous.
Known as the alligator capital of the world, Gatorland is home to thousands of gators, including the rare Albino gator. This 110-acre theme park and conservatory is also home to many birds, bears, crocodiles and more! See one of the shows such as the Gator Jumparoo or live Gator Wrestling.
Holy Land Experience
Visit the Holy Land Experience where modern technology brings together the sights and sounds of the world of the Bible in a way unlike anywhere else!
Horse World Stables
Get away from the crowds and get back to the basics. You can explore hundreds of acres of the beauty of nature on horseback and see the beautiful Florida countryside. Approximately 25 miles from the Orlando area.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
For those trill-seekers who have always wanted to race around Daytona International Speedway in a 600 horsepower racecar, this is for you! There are several ‘experiences’ offered, whether you want to be a passenger, or be in the driver’s seat at this legendary racetrack. Be sure to check the website link below to book your dates; the track will be closed for several months due to re-paving of the speedway. Approximately 60 miles from the Orlando area
Visit them on the web http://www.daytona500experience.com/plan_your_visit/daytona_driving_experience/
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Visit Orlando’s premiere “Odditorium” and check out Robert Ripley’s collection of the unbelievable and inexplicable. Then, you can decide for yourself whether YOU believe it or NOT!
Explore the natural beauty of Ocala, Florida on one of the river cruises, some of which offer you an extraordinary view of life underwater in a glass-bottom boat. Also check out their many wildlife exhibits, including the Panther Prowl and World of Bears. Silver Springs also offers rides, shows, and a wilderness trail where you can take a ride into the forest to get up-close to natural Florida wildlife. While you’re there, visit their Wild Waters water park. Approximately 90 miles from the Orlando area.
Stallion51 is your place if you are an aviation enthusiast. Stallion 51 is a comprehensive aviation organization offering a wide range of services. From orientation flights in the legendary P-51 Mustang and historic T-6 Texan to aircraft management, sales and FAA medical certifications.
Visit them on the web www.Stallion51.com
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Representing a simpler time, Weeki Wachee is one of Florida’s most unique and oldest attractions. For almost 60 years, the family-oriented park has been famous for its beautiful mermaid show. Weeki Wachee also offers riverboat cruises, animal shows, canoeing and kayaking, and the Buccaneer Bay water park. Approximately 80 miles from the Orlando area.
Visit them on the web www.WeekiWachee.com
Fly a fighter jet, design your own roller coaster, land the space shuttle and more! Wonderworks is home to over 100 interactive exhibits. This ‘upside down’ attraction also hosts Orlando’s only indoor rope course.
Visit them on the web Wonder Works online.com