Welcome to Orlando, the Floridian utopia of parental promises, a place where not only childhood dreams come true, but a living time machine of sorts, where grown-ups regress with joy as they glide through tree tops a la Tarzan at attractions like Zip Orlando, take in the sights from 400 feet at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and test their mettle at problem solving while the clock ticks down at I-Drive's mind-bending escape room attraction, Escapology. While many people think of the City Beautiful as a destination focused solely on theme-park attractions, it's a consummate myth. Options for back country exploration via canoe, kayak, foot, horseback and even ATV or zipline – with venues like Wekiwa Springs State Park and others just minutes from Disney – are many. Educational entertainment at the state-of-the-art Orlando Science Center consistently delights all ages via permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as large-screen films and laser shows at its Dr. Phillips CineDome. Thrill seekers in search of something truly unique (yes, even those with a fear of heights) can sample the art of the skydive at iFLY Orlando's incredible indoor vertical wind tunnel. And if you're sold on the idea of that ubiquitous bag of Florida oranges as a gift for the folks back home, you may as well pull them from the tree yourself at the area's signature U-Pick: Showcase of Citrus.
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