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FLORIDA FOR GROWN-UPS


Children don’t have the monopoly on fun in Florida’s famed theme parks. Lynn Houghton finds adventure beyond the rollercoasters and rides.


Epcot® SeaWorld


Universal Orlando Resort


Forever Florida


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rlando probably has the most fantastic variety of theme


parks anywhere in the world. From parks based on television and film, to fantastic water attractions like Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, exhibits with birds and reptiles juxtaposed with fun zones featuring old- fashioned thrill rides and… well, the list goes on. But on a recent trip I fancied experiencing something a bit different.


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Going wild Amazingly, I didn’t need to travel


far from Orlando to discover some thrilling natural adventures in the outback of the sunshine state. Of course I needed a rental car, but roads are wide, straight and easy to navigate. A 45-minute drive south leads to Forever Florida, a forested undeveloped wetland covering 4,700 acres of wilderness. Here alligators lurk in the creek beds and eagles


soar overhead as black bears, white tail deer and even Florida panthers thrive in the woods. Meanwhile in the surrounding


ranches are special horse breeds such as Cracker Horses, and cattle whose ancestors go back hundreds of years to the Spanish Colonial days. I jumped at the opportunity to saddle up for a two-hour horse riding safari rounding up stray cows in the nearby swamps. Our guide, Steve,


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