I'd take the AP's
My senior year schedule included: Calc BC, Comp Sci, Eng Lit, Physics C Mech, US Govt, Macro, APES, and French. It wasn't bad at all. Granted some of my teachers were better than others and I am decently smart. I didn't study for my exams outside of class mock exams and still think I got at least 4's on everything except French.
Overall, I took 15 AP classes over all 4 years. (We could only take 1 a year freshman and soph year and junior year I needed prerequisites for French and Physics). So far I'm the distinguished ap scholar thing. I'd say take all the classes you can, because I know I am getting 38 credit hours since that is the max you're allowed to use, but I'm also double majoring with a minor, so I need every bit of it.