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Updated: 12/21/2017 08:30:03AM

Things to do that will get you out of theme parks

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Founded in 1977, The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum has a continually growing collection of over 45 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day.

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Florida has about 30 wineries that have tasting rooms, including four that are within an hour?s drive of the parks.

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The Audubon center in Maitland, just outside Orlando, works with eagles, hawks, osprey, kites and falcons.

By MARJIE LAMBERT

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Sometimes you just can’t take another minute in a theme park — the lines, the humidity, the jostling crowds, the screaming kids (and sometimes screaming parents) or too many renditions of “It’s a Small World.” Or maybe theme parks aren’t for you at all. You’re there only for that family reunion and need to get away from the sibs. What else to do?

Plenty. Orlando and its surroundings aren’t only about princesses and wizards. The headwaters of the Everglades are here along with the St. Johns River and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, all of which offer opportunities for paddling, boating and wildlife viewing. You can delve into history, learn to swing on a trapeze or a zip line, ogle old war planes, ride a train into Old Florida or try a different kind of wine-tasting.

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