Aside from the theme parks, Orlando itself is also a haven for offbeat, outdoor adventure. No matter where you choose to stay in Orlando there are ample opportunities to take a thrilling ride in an airboat and whizz across the swampy lakes in the hope of spotting alligators and crocodiles. There are hundreds of lagoons around the area where you can fish, take boating trips or explore by canoe or kayak. Some of the most picturesque areas are located near the family friendly, Kissimmee resort. Explore the unique surroundings of the ever-changing countryside by hiking through the national parks like the Orlando Wetlands. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Gatorland or even take to the skies for views of the epic Florida treetops on an exhilarating hot-air balloon ride.