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Adventure Travel to Orlando: 6 Destinations for Visitors Looking for Excitement

By    |   Thursday, 22 January 2015 03:37 PM

Regardless of the type of adventure sought by travelers, Orlando has a supply of activities to get the blood pumping.

Here are six places to try a new adventure in Orlando:

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1. Swim with sharks. Here's a chance to get up close and personal with sharks, some of which are more than 8 feet long. If you're up for it, grab a snorkel for the immersive experience at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Shark Reef. You can cozy up next to leopard sharks and bonnet head sharks, stingrays, and many tropical fish.

2. Haunted Orlando. If you dare, take a two-hour walking tour of a section of downtown Orlando. Adventurous souls will see several buildings and hear the stories and spooky history associated with each property. The tour concludes with a journey inside an actual haunted structure, where amateur ghostbusters will conduct their own paranormal investigation.

3. Richard Petty Driving Experience. Wannabe race car drivers can make their dreams come true by driving a NASCAR-style stock car at more than 150 miles per hour. Those hoping to participate must complete a driver orientation class. The thrill is costly, ranging from $109 for three laps to $1,299 for 30 times around the track. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, though riders can be 14.

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4. Airboat Rides.
If you're of the opinion that an air boat ride is tame, try it in an alligator-infested swamp at night. Boggy Creek Air Boats, located near Orlando, offers a one-hour evening jaunt in a boat with sides that are 16 inches high or less. It's best to keep your hands and feet inside the boat at all times, or risk losing them. This excursion is available from February to November.

5. Hang gliding. Visit the 100-acre park at Wallaby Ranch and learn how to fly a hang glider. You and a professional will be towed into the air by specialized planes and then you can float back down to earth while enjoying the scenery in this secluded setting.

6. Indoor skydiving. While it may not be the real thing, patrons can still experience the feeling of free-falling from an airplane with iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Following one-on-one instruction, well-equipped divers learn what it's like to be a human projectile at heights up to 120 MPH.

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