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The 4,700-acre Crescent J Ranch is a nature preserve that offers a chance to see native wildlife, Florida flora, and a working cattle ranch by guided tour. Options include touring by horseback (reservations required at least 24 hr. in advance) or by Coach Safari, a funky buggy that puts riders on a perch 10 feet above sea level. Allow a half-day or longer to get here, take the tour, and see the grounds, which also include a pony-riding ring, hiking trails, and a petting zoo.

Note: Forever Florida has opened Zipline Safari, an eco-themed experience that allows guests an opportunity to experience Florida's more natural side from high above the treetops. The multistep course (with seven ziplines and two sky bridges above three unique ecosystems) takes 2 1/2 hours to complete and is situated more than 50 feet above the ground. Participants must be at least 10 years old (and accompanied by an adult if age 17 or under) and weigh between 70 and 275 pounds.