Adventure may mean different things to different individuals, but overall it always indicates experiences that are exciting, full of some degree of risk and with an element of the unknown in the mix. Pursuing adventure means never knowing how things are going to turn out in the end, and that there could even be danger of some kind involved, which heightens the adrenaline-rush of the experience.
Having an adventure in Orlando, Florida often involves one of the many theme parks in the metropolitan area, including SeaWorld, Universal Studios and, of course, Walt Disney World’s many parks and resorts. Orlando has much more than theme parks to offer its visitors and for those craving thrills and exciting activities such as skydiving, rock climbing and extreme sports the city of Orlando cannot be beaten.
From cycling and rollerblading to kayaking and fishing, a wide variety of adventures are available in the many parks and wild spaces in and around Orlando. Lake Baldwin Park opened in 2008 and has become a very popular spot with locals and tourists alike. It features the large Lake Baldwin, the Baldwin Park trail and a host of native plants; the park is open to the public from 5 a.m. until sunset.
Experiencing the real Florida is an adventure many visitors dream of and a trip to Kissimmee Outdoor Adventures is a wonderful way to accomplish it. Located just south of Orlando in Kissimmee, the park offers up a wide range of activities such as birding, eco-tours, bass fishing, island tours and kayaking; visitors may also plan their own adventures with the assistance of the park’s staff. Kissimmee Outdoor Adventures is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Always wanted to try the adventure of skydiving? iFly Orlando is the closest anyone can get to actually skydiving without going up in the plane. A 12-foot 1000-horsepower vertical wind tunnel, the iFly Orlando delivers such an authentic experience that professional skydivers have used the tunnel for practice and perfecting classic air-moves. iFly Orlando hours of operation are seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Getting to Orlando
Orlando is centrally-located in Florida and is within two-hours’ drive of two major interstates, Interstate 95 and Interstate 75, as well as several large cities, including Tampa, St. Petersburg/ Clearwater and Daytona Beach. Orlando International Airport receives many flights from international destinations, including the UK and Europe, in addition to its full domestic flight capabilities.
Best time to visit Orlando
Orlando has a subtropical climate, with annual temperatures ranging from the high 40s in the winter to the low-to-mid 90s by late summer. Sudden, strong thunderstorms are also common during the summer months and occur most often in the afternoon. Late summer and early fall are peak storm season, with the chances of tropical storms and even hurricanes coming inland.
Orlando’s seasonal calendar for tourism is divided into three categories: high, low and shoulder. Even during the low season, which includes the months of May, September and January, as well as November through early December, Orlando is still bustling, but these periods are less busy than the rest of the year and the chances of finding hotels in Orlando with reasonable rates is also at its highest during these months.