Exercise your paddling skills on a kayak eco-tour through mossy, cypress-lined Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Everglades. Here, you may spot real alligators, bald eagles, and more. The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott at Grande Lakes offer two-hour guided tours twice daily, or experienced kayakers can venture out on their own from Shingle Creek Regional Park.

There is a company called BK Adventure which have tours from Manatee and monkey viewing kayak tours to Bioluminescence tours after dark, one of a handful of places in the world you can do this.  http://www.bkadventure.com

There is more than amusement parks in Orlando!

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There is so much to the Orlando area other than amusement parks. One might assume the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world would be located in New York, but it’s actually in Orlando’s Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in historic Winter Park. Over the past half-century, the Morse has collected some of the most memorable lamps, leaded-glass windows, jewelry, art glass, and pottery by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and in 2011 debuted a new $5 million Tiffany Wing that houses the restored Daffodil Terrace from his Long Island estate as well as 250 art and architectural objects.

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

This ride is fantastic! It is located in SeaWorld Orlando, not too far from the Walt Disney World Resort. Personally I think it was extremely well-done, the whole scenario is great. The cue line has many aquariums so you can watch the fish and other creatures. Boarding the ride, you pull the harness down and then an employee comes and secures your feet so they don’t dangle. The car suddenly tilts back until you are hanging “superman” position. That way it feels as if you are gliding like a manta. The ride takes off and you go up an incline. Looking down, you see the park way below. If you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend it! Looking down you see the trees and it gives you a weird feeling inside. Then you go, flying down the hill and going into a complete flip. It feels odd doing a flip because you are hanging, so at one point you are on your back. You then do lots of turns and go into a few corkscrews and flips. The ride is intense, and if you thought Expedition Everest or Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster were intense, watch this one “fly” through the air.         

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

On most rides, they take a picture of you screaming your head off so you can see it after the ride. On Rockin’ Rollercoaster it is right when you take off and on Everest it is when you go down the side of the mountain. Manta has one too…but I had a tough time trying to figure out where it was.

Near the end, the ride dips down very close to the water. It goes on its side and the manta’s fin almost touches the water as a spray squirts. This is a really fun ride, but I think only thrill-seekers should ride it! 

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