Going on Faith

OCT-NOV 2016

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ october | november 2016 ] 22 [ D E S T I N A T I O N K I S S I M M E E ] H I G H L I G H T | A N A L L I G A T O R C A P I T A L About 20 miles south of Orlando, Kissimmee is a popular overnight destination for groups that are visiting the major theme parks and looking for more affordable hotel accommodations outside the city. But it isn't just a bedroom community; this town offers its own attrac- tions worth exploring. Kissimmee is surrounded by wetlands that are populated with many wild alligators, and groups can learn about these reptiles at Gatorland, a park that bills itself as the Alligator Capital of the World. Visitors can see hundreds of alligators, crocodiles and other wild animals in the park, or soar above the alligators on the Screamin' Gator Zip Line. Travelers see more of the swamp up close on Wild Florida Airboat Tours. These excursions use high-powered fan boats to glide across the waters of the Everglades, where visitors see many examples of the area's wildlife in its native habitat. They get an even closer look at the compa- ny's on-site wildlife park, which is home to more than 200 animals. WHILE YOUíRE THERE: Numerous after-hours entertainment options in and around Kissimmee will keep the fun rolling after young travelers leave the parks. Capone's Dinner and Show features music, dancing, action and comedy, along with a buffet dinner, and Medieval Times combines eat-with-your-hands dining with chivalry, horseback stunts and more in a re-created 13th-century castle. M O R E I N F O | W W W . E X P E R I E N C E K I S S I M M E E . C O M # 3 [ DESTINATION SPACE COAST ] H I G H L I G H T | A L E G A C Y O F E X P L O R A T I O N Anyone who has watched space exploration has likely seen images of spacecraft launching from Cape Canaveral on Florida's central Atlantic coast. For travelers, a visit to Kennedy Space Center affords an opportunity to see launch pads, landing strips and other NASA sites in person. Kennedy Space Center is a large visitor complex that serves as the tourist gateway to NASA's Florida base. The center is the size of a small theme park, with numerous exhibit buildings and interac- tive rides that replicate some of the sensations astronauts experi- ence when blasting off or floating through space. Perhaps the most spectacular display is the new Atlantis exhibit that opened last year to house the Space Shuttle Atlantis. For real space enthusiasts, the visitor center is just the jumping-off point for a tour of NASA's operations. The two-hour Explorer Tour takes groups out onto restricted territory to see the assembly build- ings, launch pads and runways used in dozens of shuttle missions. WHILE YOUíRE THERE: The space exploration facilities in this part of Florida are surrounded by waterways, forests and wetlands, as well as 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and Indian River Lagoon. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the lakes, rivers and wetlands on various air boats or scenic cruisers, on kayak tours or while hiking in some of the nearby wildlife sanctuaries. M O R E I N F O | W W W . V I S I T S P A C E C O A S T . C O M # 4 Screamin' Gator Zipline at Gatorland in Kissimmee Space shuttle Atlantis Courtesy Experience Kissimmee Photos by Brian Jewell Up-close with NASA equipment at Kennedy Space Center

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