Looking for things to do with kids in Orlando outside the usual Disney World or Universal Studios? While these destinations are fun, they certainly aren’t all Orlando has to offer. In fact, Orlando is often considered one of the nation’s most kid-friendly cities, making it the perfect stop on a Southeastern road trip. Whether you’re passing through or it’s the final destination, you won’t want to miss out on these kids activities in Orlando and must-sees.
There’s something for everyone in ICON Park. Tucked in the heart of Orlando’s entertainment district, you’ll find a 20-acre area containing a wide array of attractions. Even the youngest kiddos will enjoy a day exploring aquatic worlds at the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Older kids will have a blast at Arcade City and the exciting 7D Dark Ride Adventure. And even the teens will get a crack out of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and want to see the view from the large Ferris wheel in the park. Best of all, this area is walkable, meaning you don’t have to drive place to place to pack in an entire day of fun.
If you’re wanting to spend some time in the great outdoors, look no further than Kelly Park. This park, located just north of the city, features a beautiful flowing natural spring that’s great for tubing. Visitors can camp, swim, snorkel, kayak, or simply just enjoy the nature and wildlife that Kelly Park has to offer.
Have a little artist in the family? Let them get in touch with their creative side at The Crayola Experience. Here, kids can create masterpieces in the Activity Studio, dive into immersive puzzles in the Adventure Lab, and climb on a colorful two-story playground.
And because it’s located in the Florida Mall, parents can fit a little retail therapy in their vacation too. (Just be sure to not get carried away at the stores, or else you may end up having to repack the car to fit all your new goodies.)
If your family loves a little friendly competition, then Putting Edge is the place for you. Putting Edge takes putt-putt golf to the next level with its extraordinary glow-in-the-dark experience. The game only takes about 45 minutes to complete, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for an activity that won’t take an entire day to fully enjoy.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
I’ve never met a kid that didn’t love weird facts and odd trivia. Satisfy their need for strange knowledge by visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, which is dedicated to bizarre and mysterious history and occurrences.
If you still want the theme park experience on a smaller scale, consider Fun Spot. You’ll find a park with thrilling rides, including Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster and the world’s tallest Skycoaster, but without the expensive admission prices and long wait times.
Vacation may mean a break from school, but it certainly doesn’t have to mean a break from learning. Get your kids excited about science through interactive exhibits and experiences. Even the younger ones will get to tinker and explore in Kidstown, an area geared towards kids ages 0-7 years. I promise, this is something that will keep the car chattering with excitement the whole way home.
Looking for something to do in the evening that doesn’t require much walking? Check out Medieval Times, a show that is truly like no other. Here, you’ll experience a four-course meal while watching a two-hour medieval jousting tournament. It’s an exhilarating show that both you and the kids will “ooh” and “ahh” over.
As you can see, Orlando is packed with tons of fun activities for the whole family. A trip through the city doesn’t have to revolve around the big theme parks for it to be a thrilling adventure. The real fun comes with spending time with the people that you love. What are some ways you have enjoyed spending time with your family in Orlando?
About The Author:
Anna Blair: Anna Blair is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas with Aceable. She loves guacamole, Roman history, and her 2-year old Doberman Pinscher named Catullus.