Things to do with Kids in Orlando – there are few places in the world more family-friendly than Orlando. There is just a myriad of wonderful things for the kids to do!
From world famous theme parks and waterparks to indoor play, Orlando has so many things to do for kids!
SeaLife Orlando Aquarium
8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
One of the best things to do in Orlando with kids is to take them to the Sealife Orlando Aquarium filled with magnificent and curious sea creatures.
From extraordinary sharks to cute and colorful clownfish can enjoy the privilege of seeing rare, endangered and rescued sea creatures up close. You can watch the animals being fed or sign up for the fascinating and educational dive shows where the divers interact with these incredible creatures.
Plus, little ones will love the daily run activities such as story time and Sing-A-Long.
Walt Disney World
Surely Walt Disney World is the ultimate destination for families travelling with kids. There are endless fun things to do with all ages. With so many theme parks, rides and shows, you and your little ones will need to come back time and time again to cover them all. To top it all, the many restaurants and shopping centers add to the fun, making it a complete package in itself.
There are four theme parks within Walt Disney World, the most iconic of which is Magic Kingdom the highlight of which is the Disney castle at the end of Main Street USA. There is also the nature themed park, Animal Kingdom where you can take a safari or visit Pandora, the home of Avatar. If you want lights, camera and action head over to Hollywood Studios which is also home to everything Star Wars related. Finally, there is Epcot, where you can travel around the world learning about different cultures (and sampling their food!). All of the theme parks have amazing rides and shows for young and old alike.
As well as the four theme parks, there are two water parks. There is the snow themed Blizzard Beach and the tropical Typhoon Lagoon. With pools, slides and a lazy river, they make a great day out as an alternative to the theme parks – but I wouldn’t call them relaxing!
14501 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32837
Learn all about alligators (and some crocodiles!) at Gatorland, home to these reptiles of all sizes, right from babies known as grunts to 14-foot adults. You can also see the largest collection of very rare white leucistic alligators. Plus, there is a enjoy free-flight aviary, visit the petting zoo and watch one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure!
“You will appreciate the ample FREE parking and the relaxing absence of lines and crowds. We are also open all holidays. Check our Facebook and Twitter for weather alerts.
Showtimes for our great animal shows are repeated several times daily and may vary slightly by season. Information about our Shows and showtimes can be found on the Gatorland shows page.”
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
There are two theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the waterpark Volcano Bay. It is a complete package with superheroes, magical creatures, a school of witchcraft and wizardry, dinosaurs and more. There is a superb variety of rides which are exciting and unique, many that will give you an unforgettable adrenaline rush. Theme parks, live shows, water parks, encounters with animals and more make this ideal holiday for the entire family.
“Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios™. You’ll script an incredible day of fun at this real, working film and TV studio that features rides, shows and attractions that put you right in the middle of the action.”
6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821
People of all ages will have the time of their lives at Discovery Cove. Located on the outskirts of the city, you can swim with the dolphins through the coral reef and be within touching distance of colorful starfish, sharks and manta rays. The white, sandy beach in the park is a lovely sight where you can spend some time relaxing, watching the exotic birds fly around.
“Welcome to Discovery Cove, a unique all-inclusive day resort where you and your family will experience exciting animal encounters in a breath-taking tropical atmosphere. Voted #1 Best Theme Park in Orlando by USA Today 10Best, Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort where you will enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays in The Grand Reef, hand-feed hundreds of exotic birds in Explorer’s Aviary, encounter playful otters and curious marmosets as you explore the turquoise waters of Freshwater Oasis. Looking to wind down?
Relax in tropical lagoons at Serenity Bay surrounded by lush landscaping, then float through a beautiful cave as Wind-Away River takes you through rainforest-like environments, through our free-flight aviary and past stunning waterfalls. Experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breath-taking tropical atmosphere.”
Escape Effect Escape Room Orlando
11701 International Drive
Escape Effect Escape Room Orlando is a unique and super fun way to spend quality time with the kids. Offering various themes and customizable adventures, you’ll have fun while being challenged and its suitable educational for the younger ones too. Just like a great quality theme park, Escape Effect Escape Room Orlando is designed and built in-house giving visitors the right amount of fun and mystery, as well as the friendliness of a small business.
“An escape game is a real-life adventure game. You’ll explore the environment and solve challenges to reach some goal, like escaping a dungeon or solving a murder! And you’ll be doing all this with your friends and family as you race against the clock!”
8969 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
At iFly the whole family can experience the sensation of flying in state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnels.
“Safe for all ages, experience levels and abilities, indoor sky diving at iFLY is a family-friendly activity perfect for kid’s birthday parties, corporate events, team building, and more.
They also provide STEM Field Trips, in which your children learn about the fundamentals of science and technology, all while pumping themselves up for the thrill that will come after. It’s a great option for a fun activity to do with your kids if you’re throwing an amazing birthday party, or just bored on a weekend and want something that’ll help you bond with your family more.
Museum of Illusions
8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
A visit to the Museum of Illusions will leave each member of the family open mouthed with wonder and amazement!
“When you visit ICON Park’s Museum of Illusions, you’re in for a wonderful journey through this wacky world of the weird and unusual. You’ll be left wondering which way is up when you walk through an upside-down living room or a swirling vortex tunnel, causing your senses to swirl in unexpected and delightful ways. Be sure to keep your phone handy because these enjoyably eerie environments also make for perfectly brow-raising photo ops.”
Younger members of the family are going to absolutely love a day spent at the super fun and colourful Crayola Experience.
“Crayola Experience is where the magic of Crayola comes to life! With 70,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Florida’s most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play! Families typically spend 3-4 hours exploring our 27 hands-on attractions. Go on a wonderful, whimsical adventure with our unique experiences, such as:
- Star in your very own coloring page
- Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon
- Embark on a 4-D coloring adventure
- Learn how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show
- And so much more!”
Orlando Watersports Complex
8615 Florida Rock Rd, Orlando, FL 32824
The Orlando Watersports Complex is one of the best things to do in Orlando with the kids in the water. The whole family can try wakeboarding and paddle boarding in the area’s very first Aquapark, the Orlando Watersports Complex. Wakeboarding is surfing, water skiing and snowboarding rolled into one and a very popular option, or you can go SUP’ing, which is more laid back.
“A boat and cable park operation that delivers customers an active, watersports lifestyle that is safe, healthy, family friendly, and environmentally conscious. Orlando Water sports Complex, is one of the largest cable wakeboard parks in the U.S. and the most recognized parks in the world.”
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