If you’re serious about getting away from it all, a mellow cycling ride through the treetops should do the trick. A new attraction at Forever Florida, a wildlife haven an hour southeast of Orlando, gives guests the chance to unwind via a specially designed SkyCycle (think reclining bicycle suspended from a network of high-tension cables.)
The hourlong excursion will take guests on a winding journey over the pine flatwoods and through Turkey Slough, a beautiful area of forested wetland. Forever Florida’s conservation area, about 4,700 acres worth of natural beauty, is home to nine different ecosystems. That means, you’ll be surrounded by natural streams, forests, pastures, wetlands and loads of wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther.
Guests will also pass over a pond housing George, a popular 13-foot gator that has called Forever Florida home for the last 60-plus years.
Slated to open in July 2011, the innovative new attraction will be the first of its kind in the United States and only the second in the world. The ride is still being built, but it is expected to be about 22 feet off the ground.
If you go:
Cypress SkyCycle tickets: $45
SkyCycle and Zipline Safari combo ticket: $120 (Saves you 10 smackers!)
Must make reservations ahead of time. Call 407-957-9794, ext. 1.
Here’s a quick preview to give you an idea: