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Walt Disney World  10-15 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

Walt Disney World Resort is the world’s largest theme park (roughly the size of San Francisco or Greater Manchester!) and features FOUR separate major theme parks including Disney Magic Kingdom, Disney Animal Kingdom, Disney Epcot and Disney MGM Studios.  There are night time attractions and themed shopping at the amazing downtown Disney and the fireworks at Epcot are absolutely amazing – a must see.

Walt Disney World is the ultimate theme park for families and a truly magical experience for all ages and also features two renowned water parks.The hugely popular Typhoon Lagoon is designed to resemble a beach resort devastated by a tropical storm and has pleanty of rides and attractions. Blizzard Beach’s theme is a ski resort that melted and is a favorite among water slide enthusiasts.

SeaWorld 20-25 minute drive from Highland Reserve

Seaworld Orlando is the world’s premiere Marineadventure park with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. Explore the mysteries of the sea with up-close animal interactions including dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, stingrays and much more.

Seaworld also boasts exhilarating rides such as Kraken, Journey to Altantis and Manta.

Discovery Cove 20-25 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

SWIM WITH DOPLHINS!!!Discovery Cove is located next to SeaWorld and is like stepping into another world! It’s a tropical paradise where the adventure never ends. You can swim one-on-one with dolphins, snorkal with tropical fish, stroke stingrays and play with hundreds of tropical birds.

Aquatica 20-25 minute drive from Highland Reserve

Aquatica is a combination of animal experiences, water rides and slides, highspeed thrills and relaxing sandy beaches that will appeal to all ages. The park features 36 water slides, six windy rivers and lagoons with tropical fish. There are also eight lane racing slides, racing tunnels, triple drop raft rides and inner tube river adventures, For small children and toddlers there is an enormous interactive water play area including a 60 foot high rain fortress.

 Gatorland 20-25 minute drive from Highland Reserve

Known internationally as the Alligator capital of the world, for over half a century  Gatorland has been creating memories for the millions of visitors who have entered through its gaping gator mouth entrance. Gatorland is a 110 acre theme park and wildlife preserve combining “old florida” charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment.

Wet n’ Wild 20-25 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

Honoured by Aquatics International as the first true water park, Wet n’ Wild’s world class signature thrill rides and quality service offer something for fun-lovers of all ages, with over 30 action packed acres of slides and flumes, surf and sun.

 Universal Studios Theme Park 25-30 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

At the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world you feel like a star at Universal Studios. At this real film and television studio you’ll go behind the scenes, beyond the screen and right into the action of your favourite movies. With rides based on films such as The Mummy, Men in Black, Terminator, Jaws and even Shrek you will find yourself in the midst of movie mayhem all day long.

 Islands of Adventure Theme Park 25-30 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

Journey with your family through five remarkable islands where all your favourite myths, legends, comic books, cartoon heroes and children’s stories come to life on the most innovative rides and attractions ever created.  With rides based on films such as Incredible Hulk, Jurassic Park, Popeye, The Cat in the Hat and Spiderman you will have a truly fantastic time. Also new to the park is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you can pass through the towering Hogwart’s castle gates and explore the magical school for yourself.

Busch Gardens 75 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

Nothing can quite prepare you for the excitement and adventure offered at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – all with an African theme. Their new rollercoser, SheiKra, carries riders up 200 feet at 45 degrees then hurtles them at 70mph back toward the ground through a sheer vertical drop It is the first coaster of its kind in the Americas. Busch Gardens also has an array of trails around the animal attractions bringing you face to face with hippos, lions, hyenas, lemurs, meerkats, crocodiles and lappet-faced vultures to name but a few. 

 NASA. Kennedy Space Centre. 75 minute drive from Highlands Reserve

At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour – up close – NASA’s launch and landing facilities. Experience interactive simulators, live shows and jaw-dropping encounters massive rockets, as well as have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps.