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Kissimmee, Florida is known for the world-famous theme parks and called the Vacation Home Capital of the World®. Did you know that Kissimmee also features adrenaline-pumping activities and awe-inspiring attractions surrounded by the beauty of natural Florida? Kissimmee features an incredible assortment of outdoor experiences and family-friendly adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, airboat ride and even meeting a sleepy sloth up close.

Ocean Florida, are as expert on Kissimmee’s outdoor activities as they are about everything else in the area, from great value family villas to the best theme park passes. They even have an Ocean Holidays Welcome Centre right in the heart of Kissimmee – just one of the reasons they were named ‘Best Holiday Company to the US’ at the British Travel Awards 2018.

So if you’re planning a holiday in Florida soon and you want to balance white knuckle rides and magical attractions with more natural experiences, here are five of the top outdoor activities Ocean Florida recommend for families this year.

1/5 Gatorland: Alligator Capital of the World™

The enormous, impressively toothy entrance to Gatorland might look cartoony, but this wild 110 acre park is about as real as you want it to get with some of earth’s most fearsome predators.

First opened in 1949, The Alligator Capital of the World™ predates Disney’s arrival in Florida by more than 20 years, and today it’s home to over 2000 alligators as well as crocodiles, snakes, free-flying exotic birds, giant tortoise and wild cats. There’s also a petting zoo, for a bit of cute in between all the teeth and claws.

This is the place to catch Gator Wrestlin’ shows; check-out the baby alligators AKA grunts, in the Breeding Swamp; eyeball rare leucistics in the White Gator Swamp and venture into authentic Florida wetlands on a Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.

A network of wooden walkways, observation platforms and viewing towers let kids get close, but not too close, to the wild residents - truly bold families can take a night tour. And Gator Gully Splash Park and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line (voted Top Zip Line in the US by AOL Travel) easily exceed Kissimmee’s recommended daily dose of rides and slides.

Lowdown

Where

10 minutes’ drive north of Kissimmee centre on N. Main Street.

When

10am to 5pm, seven days, year round.

Cost

Single Day Pass, adult from £19; child (under 13) from £15.

Find out more about Gatorland in Kissimmee with Ocean Florida

 

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