One of the reasons we are “The Orlando Duo” and not “The Theme Park Duo” is because we want to highlight some of the things you can do in Orlando outside theme parks. If you’re looking to do something a little different in Orlando check out some of these experiences.
There is just something inherently cool about ATVs. Maybe it’s the revving of the engine, the off-road possibilities or because they’re basically just land-based jet skis, but ATVs are just one of those things that make the average person say “oh, yeeaaaahhh”. But as cool as they are, it’s not that easy to ride one. ATVs are usually reserved for country homes and hilly landscapes, not usually something the everyday person has access to.
That’s where Revolution Off Road comes in.
Revolution Off Road is located just outside of Orlando in nearby Clermont and gives anyone with a driver’s license the ability to drive their own ATV over hills, through mud puddles, and around tight corners. Don’t have a license? There’s still plenty of opportunities to have fun (and get dirty!).
We took the trip over to Clermont to ride Revolution Off Road’s ATV and we were not disappointed. Here is our review:
Depending on where in Orlando you’re staying, Revolution Off Road is anywhere from 20-40 minutes away. The further north and east you are, the further you’ll have to travel. The drive may be as short as 15 minutes if you’re staying in Clermont.
It may seem like you’re driving out to the middle of nowhere, but that’s because Revolution Off Road sits on more than 200 acres of natural Florida terrain.
The drive itself is very easy. Until you’re actually on the grounds, you’ll always be driving on paved, easy-to-navigate roads. The closest you’ll get to off-roading in your own car will be once you hit the entrance to the grounds, then you’ll be driving on gravel and sand.
You can’t ATV without space, and Revolution Off Road has PLENTY of space. Sitting on more than 200 acres of land, this experience takes you through the best of the Florida outdoors. You’ll see lakes, trees, flowers and Florida’s natural sand/clay terrain.
The grounds are such a stark difference between the concrete jungle of Orlando and the theme park district that it’s almost as if you’ve transported to an entirely different (non-Disney) world. They took the best parts of the state and put them in one location.
All these different terrain and visuals combine to make a truly memorable ATV experience.
Before we get into the ATV excursion the two of us did, let’s tell you about the other offerings we didn’t experience.
If a member of your family doesn’t have a driver’s license, but still wants to bounce around on an ATV and get nice and muddy, the ATV+s are for you. These are two-person vehicles that look like a classic ATV, but have a wider base and steer using a steering wheel as opposed to handlebars. Each driver must have a valid driver’s license and be over 18 years of age.
Mucky Ducks are eight-wheel vehicles that carry a total of four people and have a little bit more off-roading capability than a classic ATV. Just like a duck, the Mucky Ducks can go on both land AND in the water. This is a great option if you’re a family of three or four and want to do one experience together.
Revolution Off Road is more than just off road experiences, they also have the option for archery lessons, clay shooting experiences for up to five people and freshwater bass fishing excursions on their private lake. Each of these experiences are good for beginners or experts, but all of them give you the opportunity to do something different and enjoy Florida’s outdoors.
Revolution Off Road ATVs
Now we’re into the main event. Both of us signed up for the ATV experience and each drove our own vehicle. After a safety speech and an up-close introduction to your bike, you’re outfitted with your full-face helmet and goggles. We noticed they take safety very seriously there by providing multiple safety demonstrations and constantly monitoring the group as we were riding.
Once the safety demonstrations were complete and we were souped-up with our helmets it was time to ride!!!!
…..to the practice track.
That’s right, before you tackle the open road you’re sent around their practice track to get used to the way the bike accelerates and how sensitive the brakes are. It seems silly at first, but if you’ve ever driven a car that wasn’t your own you know what it’s like to have to get used to a different vehicle.
Once we were off the practice track, we set off on the trails following our guide. The entire experience is broken up into two 35-minute sessions, with a 10-15 minute break in between. The break is very nice to have because it gives you a chance to air out your head with the helmet off and also get some water.
The first leg is the easier of the two, with the second leg being slightly more difficult. However, both legs aren’t really too challenging at all. The biggest difference between the two are elevation changes and the depth of the mud puddles.
(A few people in our party got stuck in a couple of the puddles during the second leg).
Once your two hours are up it’s time to return your helmets and pose for pictures. Our guide was extremely helpful for pictures! We were able to get some on our bikes with the lake in the background as well as some individual shots.
We will often do experiences like this to try new things and to expand our Orlando horizons and while most are fun one-time excursions, this one is one of the few trips we wouldn’t hesitate to return to in the future.
It’s rare that an experience can check off so many different and unique boxes all at the same time:
Different than normal tourist traps? Check.
A way to get outside? Check.
Getting an opportunity to see the natural Florida landscape? Check.
Experiencing something most people can’t on an everyday basis? Double check.
We can also see a lot of replay value because even if the trails are the same, the conditions will be different each and every time. The summer afternoon rains will make for muddier roads and wetter puddles, while the drier winters could make for speedier straightaways. Either way, your trip will be different.
There is a chance you will get some sticker shock over the price of the experiences as you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything vehicular for under $85. But even with a higher-than-average price, each trip provides you two full hours of trekking, making Revolution Off Road one of the biggest bangs for your buck you’ll find.
Tips and Tricks:
- Wear old clothes and an old pair of sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty. If you are visiting, don’t wear that brand new Disney t-shirt you bought the previous day. You will get dirty from mud and dust so you may even want to bring some towels to lay down in your car for the ride back.
- Make sure you eat prior to coming because they only have snacks like chips and cookies available. There are drinks for sale, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring your own cooler so you can have cold drinks of your own during the break.
- Leave your valuables at home. You can’t really take a lot with you on the ATV experience, so they’re better off left at home/your hotel or in your car. The check-in desk will hold your car keys for safe keeping. Also, while there are some beautiful views, you won’t be able to snap pictures with your phone – those should be left in a safe place as well.
- Don’t come with a great new hairdo. The helmet and goggles will do a number to your hair, so we wouldn’t recommend getting that perm before riding.