Orlando Adventure Guide: Test Your Limits

From axe throwing to navigating the tree tops, these adventures will test your limits!
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(COURTESY BATL ORLANDO)

Primal Thrill

Sometimes you just feel like throwing something. Why not an axe? At BATL Orlando, you and your group can do just that—in a safe, controlled environment, of course. You’ll get personal coaching before you try your hand at axe-throwing in your own designated, enclosed arena. Smaller groups have access to two targets, while larger groups can use four. You’ll throw under the supervision of your coach while spectators remain in a separate area. Plan to wear closed-toe, flat shoes and comfortable clothing that allows you to swing with a full range of motion. Premium packages for a minimum of six guests last one hour and include a dedicated coach, matches and a championship playoff. Casual packages are available for one or two hours for groups of two or more. Prices begin at $28 per person per hour with discounts for groups, veterans and first responders. Kids 14 and older can participate under adult supervision. Reservations are recommended. batlgrounds.com
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Trekking Across the Treetops

Take your adventurous spirit to new heights as you climb and zip line among the treetops at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park in Kissimmee. All guests go through safety training before testing their skills in the multilevel rope adventure park/obstacle course. You can swing on Tarzan ropes, climb a 50-foot ladder, leap into a net, test your balance on a wobbly suspension bridge, navigate swinging logs, try to stay upright on a hanging skateboard, and traverse a 425-foot zip line. Adults can choose from four courses ranging from minimal to advanced skill and elevation. Two courses for kids feature 21 challenges. Guides are available to help in a pinch. Allow yourself at least three hours to complete the course, and dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes, fitted clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty, and no jewelry. Reservations are recommended, and group rates—think bachelor or bachelorette party, a team-building activity, or youth group outing—are available. Tickets are $56.95 for guests 12 and older, $44.95 for kids 9 to 11, and $34.95 for kids 6 to 8. Senior, military and night-climb discounts are available. orlandotreetrek.com
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Floating on Air

Adrenaline junkies from 3 to 103 can don flight suits and experience the thrill of skydiving—minus the falling—inside a vertical wind tunnel at iFLY on International Drive. Flyers go through training sessions before embarking on one or more 60-second flights with the help of an instructor. More advanced flyers can learn tricks such as flips or opt for a high flight, allowing them to fly higher and faster. Initially, flyers are in the flight chamber only with instructors, though eventually they can fly with people at the same ability level. Multiple packages are available. Participants need to be in good health, weigh less than 300 pounds, and be at least 40 inches tall. Planning to eat first? Go right ahead. Indoor skydiving—said to be comparable to sticking your head outside the window of a moving car—does not induce motion sickness. The venue is available for birthday parties, group events or STEM field trips. Prices for two flights per person begin at $64.99. Multiple packages are available. iFlyWorld.com
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Test Your Limits

Think you’re brave? Try swinging from nearly 42 stories high on International Drive’s Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing attraction. You and your partner in adventure will be harnessed into a deep-walled seat as you spin up and down the giant tower for three to four terrifyingly thrilling minutes. The ride, with its 24-passenger capacity, is suitable for everyone of all ages and has a minimum height requirement of 44 inches. Regardless of what your eyes or brain may tell you, it is safe in winds of up to 45 mph, and it will drop you off right where you boarded. Lockers are available and recommended for securing loose items—hats, glasses, keys, phones or anything you don’t want to potentially lose while enjoying a fast-moving panoramic view of the city. The tons-of-fun tower was built onsite using 1,000 tons of steel, 6,000 feet of steel cables, 8,000 feet of electrical cables, and 110,000 bolts. Tickets are available online for $10 each or at the ticket booth for $12.21 per person. starflyer.com
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