Get in the Gator Zone

Florida is a huge complex of swamps. While they might sound gross, they're an incredibly important part of the natural ecosystem. As the freshwater in the area slowly runs south to the ocean, swamps clean the water which nourishes the plants and animals and keeps the state's heavy rains from flooding and eroding the coastal areas. Swamps aren't the only thing in this second most Southern state. Drive your Jacksonville rental car here to cheer on the Gators!

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Come visit "The Swamp" stadium, north of Gainesville, to catch a University of Florida Gators football game. If you want a spot in the original seats grab one in the first 32 rows anywhere but the south side and you will be in seats from when the facility was built in 1930.

The fan base has grown since then and so has the capacity, the largest attendance was 85,461 during a game against Florida State University. Maybe you'll be a part of the crowd that breaks that record when you stop in and cheer on the Gators!

Wild Bill's Airboat Tours
Drive your Orlando rental car an hour and a half west to Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours in Inverness, Florida. Tour the Withlacoochee River and surrounding swamps on the first U.S. Coast Guard approved airboat tour in the state. These airboats are powered by fans run by huge 600-horsepower motors.

On the water, you'll spot alligators checking you out through the swampy vegetation. Visit the website for a $10 off coupon that can be used on day or night tours. Call ahead and reserve spots if you can but walk-ins are accepted. You'll want to hold on to your hat on this great adventure!

Kennedy Space Center
If you are one of the many Americans who grew up watching the space launches with stars in your eyes, you'll want to head to this NASA complex. Take an Up-Close Launch Control Center Tour to visit Firing Room 4, one of the rooms where all 21 shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled.

The Kennedy Space Center is huge, and getting to see all of it may take more than a day. To hit the highlights, try the KSC Bus Tour where you'll see the shuttle launch pad, a 363-foot-long rocket called Saturn V, and the Apollo 8 launch site. This tour is included in admission and you are welcome to spend as much time as you'd like at each destination and then catch another bus back.

If you have special interests and would like insight from a space expert take a guided tour for an insider's view of all that goes on at this important NASA location. That old saying, "The sky's the limit!" doesn't apply here.

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