Orlando tours and excursions
Florida Dolphin Tours’ signature excursion is its swim-with-dolphins trip to the Florida Keys, either as a one-day visit or with an overnight stop. It also visits both coasts on various beach excursions and has its own limousine service.Tel: (407) 352 4646.
American Ghost Adventures runs nightly walking tours of downtown Orlando, uncovering the city’s murky history and taking in several spooky sights. The second half of the two-hour tour takes place in a haunted building; guests are equipped with electromagnetic field readers and encouraged to record any eerie happenings on their phones or video cameras.Tel: (407) 256 6225.
Orlando Tours and Attractions offers a wide range of tours, from nature-based excursions such as swimming with the manatees to trips to Kennedy Space Center and Gatorland. It offers airboat rides in Kissimmee as well as dolphin swims in the Florida Keys.Tel: 1 800 303 5107.
Homosassa Springs or Crystal River
An increasingly popular excursion takes guests to this fabulous state park to swim with manatees, which are amazingly gentle creatures. Many tours also include an airboat ride. Visitors can see the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and take a leisurely boat ride down Pepper Creek. Entering the park afterwards, you can see a number of animals native to Florida, as well as manatees in the special tanks. Around 90 minutes' drive (160km/100 miles) from Orlando.
Tel: (352) 628 5343.
A (very) long day trip takes guests all the way south – bear in mind this is around a four-hour drive though (320km/200 miles). For most, it’s worth it to see to this magnificent natural wonder and the chance to explore this amazing water system. The third largest national park in the USA, the Everglades contains the country’s biggest mangrove swamp, housing more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish and 40 species of mammals.Tel: (305) 242 7700.
St Petersburg and Clearwater
About 90 minutes' drive (160km/100miles) from Orlando on the Gulf coast are these popular resort towns, with long, wide, family-friendly beaches, fishing excursions, dolphin-watching cruises and speedboat rides. The resort towns to visit include St Pete Beach and Treasure Island, all with colourful gift shops and miles of undeveloped coastline. St Pete also has the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. Madeira Beach and Indian Rocks are two other popular resorts.Tel: (727) 464 7200.