Orlando is the ideal vacation spot if you’re traveling with kids. From Disney, to Universal Studios, to the Orlando Aquarium, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities in Central Florida. Whether an Orlando trip is in the works, or you’re just looking for travel inspiration for your next vacation, we have everything you need to know about road tripping with kids in Orlando—from what to do, to useful resources that can rescue any road trip fiasco.
Coordinating a road trip isn’t easy—especially when you’ve got little ones in tow. Getting prepped well in advance is crucial to ensure your road trip is a success. The moment you’ve chosen your travel destination, you should start getting the important details together.
First comes the car: make sure your driver’s license (and any copilots) all have updated licenses that won’t be expiring before your trip. Double check on insurance and try to get your car inspected just before you head out on the open road to make sure your vehicle is road trip ready. But don’t stress too hard, busy parents: you’ll surely be able to find general vehicle, even Audi service in Orlando if you need it.
ProTip: If you don’t have it already, be sure to add roadside assistance to your auto insurance plan to make sure you’re covered even if you’re a few miles outside of the city.
In addition to auto-related planning, it’s a good idea to do a little research (especially with young kids) on emergency resources like hospitals and urgent care centers that accept your medical insurance plan.
Where to go, what to do
As we mentioned, there are plenty of fun things to do in Orlando—it’s kind of a no-brainer travel destination for families. But besides visiting the theme parks and various Disney attractions, we recommend building in some time for more low key activities to help you recover from travel days and enjoy some R&R.
Here are a few places to go when you’re in need of a little time off from Mickey Mouse and company:
● Kelly Park
● Four Seasons pool in Orlando
● Vero Beach kayaking
● Free summer concerts at Daytona Beach
● Orlando Aquarium
Plan your route
The best part about opting for a road trip rather than a flight, is your ability to design your own route and plan around your own schedule. Other than the amazing things you’re looking forward to in Orlando, you should also take advantage of the drive there and incorporate some fun into your route. Whether you’re traveling to Orlando from the North or South, there are plenty of things you can do with the kids along the way to make sure your entire road trip is a success! Here are a few ideas to inspire your itinerary.
● Richmond, VA: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
● Darien, GA: Pick Georgia Peaches
● Elkridge, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park
● Beckley, WV: Exhibition Coal Mine
● Columbia, SC: Riverbanks Zoo
● Dover, OH: Warther Museum
● Kissimmee, FL: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
● Tampa Bay, FL: Florida Everglades
● Plant City, FL: Dinosaur World
Packing the car
Packing for a road trip is probably the most important and stressful part of your vacation. From luggage, to entertainment, to snacks for the kids, there’s a lot to think about and get together before your big trip. Start creating your packing list about two weeks ahead of your vacation to ensure you have everything you need for a successful trip. This gives you enough time to remember things that you might not have thought of if you rushed to pack your items in the car with only a few hours before your departure. Once you have your packing list set, start gathering your items about a week in advance to cross-reference your packing list. By the time you’re ready to take off to Orlando, you’ll be able to pack up the car efficiently and be confident that you’ve got all you need.
ProTip: Be sure to pack strategically and place items you may need along the way, up front and easily accessible so that you don’t make a mess every time you need a snack, pair of sunglasses, what have you.
If you’re heading to Orlando this summer, be sure to reference this road trip guide to ensure you have a road trip the whole family won’t soon forget. Have any additional Orlando trip tips? Share them with us in the comment section below.