EcoSafaris at Forever Florida Major Attraction
By Space Coast Daily // February 19, 2012
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida provides an entirely new category of theme park for Florida adventurers and Orlando visitors – the EcoPark. The new EcoPark Admission Ticket at the popular Central Florida ecotourism attraction will allow for a full day of adventures.
The single admission gains visitors unlimited access to six different adventures including the all new Zipline Safari, Cypress Canopy Cycle and four brand new adventures, which opened this Spring. The EcoPark opening marked the completion of a year-long, $1.5 million reinvention of the attraction located at the 4,700 acre Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area.
Most notable among the four new adventures is The Rattlesnake, the first zipline roller coaster in the USA. This cutting edge new experience represents the next generation of ziplining. Riders launch from a height of 65 feet, gliding along a rigid rail system that winds through the treetops of the Pine Flatwoods. The ride takes visitors screaming through the trees, swinging, swooping, jumping and dipping through 1000 feet of thrilling adventure.
Is it a zipline? Is it a roller coaster? It’s both and it’s absolutely amazing!
Also now up and running is the Peregrine Plunge, the longest single straightaway zipline in Florida. Measuring in at an astonishing 1300 feet in length, this adventure has breathtaking thrills and views. Shooting out over the conservation lands, riders feel just like a native Peregrine Falcon diving into the distance after its prey. With two sets of lines side by side, you’ll be competing against another rider as you race toward your landing point. The adventure allows a clear line of sight looking out ten miles over pristinely kept Florida conservation lands.
Panther Pounce and Swooping Crane
Rounding out the four new adventures are Panther Pounce and the Swooping Crane, both sure to generate a full adrenaline rush. Panther Pounce is a 68 foot high challenge tower that beckons the brave at heart to step off into a safely controlled rapid descent to the ground below. The Swooping crane is an extreme swing where guests release from a height of 55 feet into a freefall before swooping back and forth between the trees and over the brush.
The EcoPark Admission Ticket also includes the all new Zipline Safari which opened in September of last year. As the biggest zipline adventure in Central Florida, the two and a half hour guided journey through the treetops of the conservation lands includes seven different ziplines, three sky bridges and ten connecting observation platforms.
Cypress Canopy Cycle
Rounding out the day is the relaxing Cypress Canopy Cycle which debuted in July of last year as another first of its kind ride in the USA. Adventurers gently pedal their way through the treetops while suspended twenty five feet over forested wetlands.
Keep an eye out for Forever Florida’s natural residents and unique foliage as you explore all levels of the conservation lands from ground level to treetop heights up to 25 feet! Plus, make your way over a 13 foot alligator in his pond.
“This is a truly first of its kind collection of adventures in the USA”, said Ken Wilshire, General Manager of Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida. “We’ve created what amounts to an ecotourism adventure theme park as our way to provide the thrilling experiences that Orlando vacationers are seeking. Where we’re different is that we use these adventures as a way to help visitors build lasting connections with the conservation lands, hopefully inspiring them to join in the effort to save Florida’s rapidly disappearing wild areas.”
All proceeds from the Eco Park raffle will go to the non-profit Allen Broussard Conservancy. The funds help to permanently preserve and protect additional lands at the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area, recognized as a biological hotspot hosting one of the highest concentrations of endangered and highly threatened species in the state.
The EcoPark Admission Ticket is $135 for adventurers ages 10 and up. Take advantage of the opportunity to WIN A FLORIDA ECOSAFARI FUN PACK FOR FOUR ($540 Value) by purchasing one or more $25 raffle tickets (total tickets sold are limited to 120). Call 321-298-7042 today for ticket purchase and to ensure you have a chance to win this extraordinary adventure for your family and/or friends.
Directions: Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida is located just one hour southeast of Orlando at 4755 N. Kenansville Road in St. Cloud, Florida. Take US 192 to Holopaw, turn south on US 441 and drive 7.5 miles. Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida will be on the east (left) side of the highway.