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Orlando With Kids

Things To Do With The Kids

Let's be honest, the reason why Orlando is so popular with families is that just abut everything to see and do here in Orlando is for the kids, and that's awesome, it's why we're so popular!

 

Whether you live in Central Florida or your visiting on vacation, Orlando is a great destination for families.

 

Things to do with the kids in Orlando are endless, with activities for your tots, teens and in-betweens, Orlando's world famous theme parks are always going to be top of everyone's list of must do's, but the fun goes on with an endless choice of unforgettable experiences for all the family to enjoy, including attractions, water parksactivitiesdinner shows, entertainment and much more family fun.

For all the latest, Gotta Go Orlando Going Out Guide has you and the family covered!

Beyond The Attractions

One you've enjoyed all the amazing theme parks, attractions, water parks, activities and more that Orlando offers, you'll discover an imaginitive choice of things to do with the kids, all well worth a look!

Lake Eola Park

Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, the gorgeous Lake Eola Park offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages.

 

The park is built around Lake Eola, and is bordered by a walking path where you can take in the views before spending a few hours paddling around the lake on rented swan-shaped paddle boats. Families can enjoy a picnic on the grassy shores or watch a play or a concert in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, the park also has a gorgeous Chinese pagoda and a fun children's playground.

The Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 500 animals representing 205 species and an array of flora that showcase animals in their natural habitats, the zoo also features attractions such as a water park and an adventure park, which offers an aerial adventure course and a carousel.

 

You can explore the zoo and gardens on a miniature railway that chugs around the park and enjoy giraffe feedings and rhino encounters for an additional fee.

Leu Gardens

The Harry P. Leu Gardens, also known as the Leu Gardens is a beautiful 50 acre botanical oasis just minutes from Downtown Orlando,  the Leu Gardens feature a variety of gardens from aromatic rose gardens and tranquil butterfly gardens to vegetable gardens and trails overlooking Lake Rowena.

 

Other highlights include tropical gardens, 200 year old oaks and the Leu House Museum.

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Orlando Fire Museum

The Randall R. Tuten Orlando Fire Museum, formerly Station 3 and now the Orlando Fire Museum showcases the

fascinating history of Orlando’s fire department and features a variety of antique equipment that includes an array of impressive fire engines.

 

Based in a beautifully restored two-story, red brick firehouse that was built in 1926, the Orlando Fire Museum boasts fascinating exhibits and displays including a lovingly restored 1926 American LaFrance fire engine, a 1919 ladder truck and a, LaFrance apparatus from the early 1900s.

 

Orlando Science Museum

The Orlando Science Center features interactive exhibits and experiences that encourage an interest in science and technology and aims to promote a deeper understanding of the world we live in. The museum is home a variety of fascinating exhibits that boasts  interactives and imaginative role playing.

 

The Orlando Circus School

The Orlando Circus School offers circus camps which focus on various skills such as aerial silks and static trapeze, along with tumbling skills and trampoline for children of all ages and skill levels.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

Explore beautiful Winter Park with an off the beaten path experience with Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours.

 

Located on Lake Osceola, less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, this is an hour long guided cruises through lakes and narrow canals, see exotic fauna and flora that call the area home, from alligators to cranes too.

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Old Town

If your kid loves hot wheels, take a visit to Old Town is a must with classic car shows every weekend!

Old Town is a recreation of a classic Florida town with tree lined brick streets and over 70 unique, shops and restaurants, entertainment and events with family friendly attractions, and rides every generation, young and old, can enjoy together.

Every weekend, come and admire muscle and classic cars and trucks throughout Old Town.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum

Explore the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany items with everything from lamps to pottery, to stained glass windows to dining sets is displayed.

Cocoa Beach

The closest beach to Orlando is Cocoa Beach and it's only 45 minutes away, the kids (and you) will love the sand and surf, and best of all, it’s free!

Ride The Sunrail

Kids love trains and riding the Sunrail is fun! The double decker trains are bright and clean, riding around on the train is a nice way to spend the afternoon all the way from DeBary down to Kissimmee.

U-Pick Citrus

Located just 15 minutes from Orlando in Clermont, is the Showcase of Citrus. the kids will enjoy picking fresh citrus directly from the citrus grove. They also have an Old Tyme Country Store for fresh juice, BBQ, vintage sodas, ice cream and gifts.

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Scott's Maze Adventure

During Fall season, spend a day on the farm at Scott's Maze Adventures in Mt. Dora, featuring a 7 acre live corn maze, super slide, jumping pillow, huge play area, play ground, hay rides and more. 

Go Tubing At Kelly Park

Kelly Park in Apopka features a free flowing natural spring called Rock Springs, a real tubing paradise.

 

The water is some of the clearest and bluest that you’ll find anywhere in Florida, not to mention it stays at a refreshing 68 degrees all year round and if If you don’t have your own tube, you can rent one.
 

Play In Castle Park

Community Playground in Winter Park known locally as Castle Park is a very large wooden structure that allows imaginative play activities. This playground is quite unique and has climbing features as well as swings and a slide. 

Popcorn Flicks In The Park

Popcorn Flicks in the Park, hosted by Enzian Theater features a free outdoor movie every month for the entire family to enjoy in Winter Park’s Central Park.

Bring a blanket to sit on, with a picnic or snacks to munch on during the show for a fantastic night in a welcoming atmosphere, that the kids will love.

Watch A Rocket Launch

 Space has never been so close and a short drive from Orlando will get you a front row view to see a live rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center.

 

There are prime viewing areas along the shores of Indian River, Exploration Tower, the Canaveral National Seashore, Cocoa Beach Pier or any of the beaches south of Port Canaveral... 5-4-3-2-1!

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Pioneer Village

Dive in to a true sense of Central Florida with a visit to Osceola County Historical Society Pioneer Village in Kissimmee, a collection of authentic structures that once stood in the area in the 1800's.

 

Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Show

Kids of all ages will love seeing the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs perform an awe-inspiring version of The Little Mermaid live in a submerged 400 seat auditorium.

 

The mermaids perform amazing routines, followed by photo opportunities for the kids.

Ice Skating

​It might surprise you to know that right here in the heat and humidity of Kissimmee, you can enjoy daily public skating sessions at the Kissimmee Ice Factory, the kids will love it and yes, it's really cool!

 

Cool Off At An Inflatable Aqua Park

Kids of all ages will love cooling off at Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona.

 

This is an inflatable aqua park and obstacle course, plus a cable system that can run up to 10 riders at a time for waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding. a great way to cool off.

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Packing For Florida Trips

When you’re looking for things to do in Orlando with toddlers and small children, organize now so you can enjoy a story filled adventure when you get here!

 

Stop The Tantrums

When kids get hot, bored and hungry, they get cranky and in the Florida heat they can get very cranky! Stop tantrums before they happen by packing plenty of snacks, all the good stuf like granola bars.

 

Help Stop Bordom

Help keep the kids occupied by packing a light-up bubble wand, a favorite plush or other small toys that are easy to pack and will help stop the bordom.

Pack Swimsuits

​Lots of the attractions have play water areas to help the kids cool off when the temperatures soar.

 

Bring Extra Shoes

Kids love to splash in puddles and showers are practically an everyday occurrence in Florida. Unless you want the kids stuck with soggy shoes all day, pack an extra pair so you can switch them out.

Remember Ponchos

There’s no need to let rainy days ruin your trip,  remember to pack a few ponchos, so you can keep the fun going without missing a beat.

Sunglasses

We're not called the sunshine state for nothing, suglasses are essential around these parts.

Carry Water Bottles

It's important to stay hydrated in the Florida heat, and the easiest way to ensure everyone stays hydrated is to carry water bottles and refill them throughout the day.

Wear Sunscreen

The Florida sun can sneak up on you fast. it's important to apply sunscreen before going out and reapply throughout the day,

Wear Matching Shirts

​Outside of being super cute, when you’re dressed alike in brightly coloured matching shirts, it’s much easier to spot one another in a crowd.

 

Bring Extra Shoes

Kids love to splash in puddles and showers are practically an everyday occurrence in Florida. Unless you want the kids stuck with soggy shoes all day, pack an extra pair so you can switch them out.

Portable Charger

With all the cute photos you’ll be taking on your cell, the battery will drain fast so bring a portable charger, you can fuel your devices on the go, so you never miss out on those special moments.

Handheld Fan

A small fan or misting spray will help keep your kids cool when the sun is blazing.

Pack A First Aid Kit

Blisters and boo-boos happen,be prepared with a small first aid kit that includes bandaids, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes.

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