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Visiting Orlando with kids? Or perhaps you are a local wondering what to do today? Here are 100 things to do in Orlando with kids; including activities for toddlers, older kids, tweens and teens, splash pads, natural springs, beaches, playgrounds, rainy day activities even free things to do in Orlando with kids

100 Things to do in Orlando, Florida with kids

  • Make your own personalized crayon label and create other wax designs or burn off stream in the play gym/ soft play at Crayola Experience in The Florida Mall..
  • Take a trip to Gatorland with alligators and crocodiles galore, plus a petting zoo, an aviary, plus several shows to keep you busy during a day out.
  • Everyone knows about Toothsome Chocolate Emporium over at Universal City Walk but how about The World of Chocolate museum on International Drive, where you can discover where chocolate comes from and, most importantly taste chocolates from around the world.
  • Learn what it feels like to fly at iFLY. (Must be over three years old)
Wekiwa Springs
  • Swim and splash at Wekiwa Springs. Swim or go tubing in crystal-clear Wekiwa Springs where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The spring’s natural open setting is perfect for spreading a blanket on the grassy slope, having a picnic and enjoying the day. Since its discovery in the 1860s, Wekiwa Springs (originally called Clay Springs after the property owner) has long been an attraction drawing visitors to the area. 
  • Spot animals like the Southeastern big-eared bat, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Eastern indigo snake, the gopher tortoise and plants at the 11,500-acre Disney Wilderness Preserve near Kissimmee, which offers a 2.5-mile hiking loop through a cypress swamp, freshwater marsh, flatwoods, oak hammock habitats and more.
  • Visit the upside down house Wonder Works for thrills, laughs and “edu-tainment”. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.
  • Head to Disney Springs for plenty of family friendly fun. This bustling waterside promenade is packed with toy shops, one-of-a-kind eateries and fun entertainment including live music and specialty acts. Kids will love the Marketplace Carousel, the Water Taxi Tours and the Lego Imagination Center where they can custom build their own Lego figures for free.
  • Train loving kids will enjoy their free ride around the city on the SunRail
  • Rainy day? How about visiting Monkey Joe’s Playground. Aimed at families with kids aged 12 and under, this ample indoor play gym is features inflatable slides, climbing walls, fun obstacle courses and popular arcade games. Located at Point Orlando and open 7 days a week There’s also a cafe, a shop and plenty of seating for adults to sit and supervise their little ones.
image of various attractions and things to do in Orlando with kids
100 things to do with kids in Orlando
  • Look for alligators in the Lake Jesup Wilderness Area, a 490-acre preserve in nearby Sanford that features more than 2 miles of hiking and biking trails.
  • Find out when the monthly mini build events are at the LEGO Store at Disney Spring for some free Lego fun!
  • Get catapulted vertically at 100 mph on the Slingshot! Not for the faint hearted!
  • Go tubing in the free-flowing natural spring at Kelly Park. Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (68 degrees year round), picnic pavilions and playground. Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park; guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats, which must be less than five feet in length or width. Note that during the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations; for the safety of our guests, the swim area will be closed if a storm produces lightening. Only service animals allowed.
  • Fans of the Greatest Showman will love the trapeze lessons where you can learn how to fly through the air at Orlando Circus School.
  • Enjoy close encounters with rare and endangered species at Central Florida Zoo, Sanford. Pack swimwear for the kids as there is a fun splash park for the little ones and a zip-lining adventure.
  • Discover where chocolate comes from and taste chocolates from around the world at The World of Chocolate museum.
Lake Eola Swan boats
Lake Eola Swan boats
  • Rent a swan-shaped paddle boats and dine at a local eatery on Lake Eola. In the evening, enjoy twice a night, light shows over the lake. Expect movies in the park during the summer months, and free concerts at the nearby Walt Disney Amphitheater.
  • Enjoy a unique falconry experiences, eco tours, kayaking and other other outdoor activities at Grande Lakes Sports
  • Mini-Golf in the dark? Yes, it’s possible at Putting Edge with a glow in the dark course.
  • Cheer for your favorite knight and enjoy a spectacular show and medieval dinner at the Medieval Times Tournament with family friendly show times at 7pm and on set days 5pm for younger children.
  • Become the chocolatier and make sweet memories while creating your own chocolate confections at Farris and Fosters.
  • Thrills and lights and sounds; there is something to do for everyone at Fun Spot America located in Orlando and in Kissimmee. Ride roller coasters or go-karts and play arcade games.
  • Splash, climb, tinker, and explore your way through Kids Town: a family-favorite exhibit at the Science Museum designed especially for children ages 0-7, where the littlest scientists are encouraged to make exciting discoveries and author their own experience!
  • Head to the T-Rex restaurant in Disney Springs for a Roarsome meal (sorry!)
  • Play in the unique ‘Castle Park‘: a large community wooden playground with climbing features as well as swings and a slide.
  • Enjoy free admission and craft stations for kids at Mennello Museum on the second Sunday each month.
  • Head to the Rainforest Cafe for a bite to eat amongst sounds from the rainforest, and spot all the animals. 
  •  U-pick citrus (pick your own) to monster truck tours through the ranch, from gem mining in a real sluice box to simply having a relaxing picnic, there is something for everyone of all ages.
Spot a gator on an airboat ride
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Ever fancied zooming across the Everglades, a bit like the guy from CSI Miami? Ever since I saw him do that on TV, I wondered what it would be like, so when the opportunity arose to visit Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, I leapt at the chance.  The great thing about visiting Boggy Creek, is it’s not ‘just’ an airboat ride. Although that experience is thrilling, whilst you wait kids can go prospecting for fossils and semi precious stones. $6 for a huge bucket to sift through and discover ‘treasure’.
  • Bear Creek Nature Trail might sound frightening, but the trail is a popular one with all. It’s not a very long trail, but the beautiful nature surrounding you will make you feel like you’re in paradise. The trail is full of gorgeous trees, including the famous Florida palms, and it runs in a loop so you can’t get lost!
So many things to do at Kennedy Space Center for all ages.
  • The Kennedy Space Center is SO inspiring to visit. Daily admission prices include: Space Shuttle Atlantis®Shuttle Launch Experience®Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® presented by Boeing®Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour including Apollo/Saturn V CenterJourney to Mars: Explorers WantedAstronaut EncounterIMAX® Theater 3D FilmsRocket Launch Viewing (when available)Numerous Shows and Exhibits. And pack a swimsuit as there is a splash zone too.
American Girl
  • Visit American Girl. Any kid who adores dolls will also revel in  the American Girl store. Little ones can role play with various dolls, toy strollers, changing stations, play house etc. All the dolls and accessories (not cheap!) are available to buy. You can not only purchase little girls outfits which match the dolls, but also visit the bistro and dine with your doll! If you haven’t brought a doll, don’t fret as the store will lend you one.
  • Weeki Wachee Springs: A lovely park with a beach, a large natural spring and mermaids. It’s about 1hr 40 minutes from Orlando
  • Busch Gardens is full of rides and attractions for all the family, include rides, animals and shows.
  • The Orlando Cat Cafe where you can visit for the price of a coffee and play with cats who are waiting to be adopted.
  • Titanic Museum on I- Drive: The Titanic Museum has artifacts Directly from the wreck site, & dramatic room recreations.
  • Legoland Orlando: Ideally for kids aged 2-12  this Legoland resort is just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa. There are over 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by the popular LEGO® brands and characters.
  • Enjoy some off road fun? Revolution is an off road attraction park. Attractions include quad bikes (ATV), Mucky Duck (8 wheel amphibious vehicle through the lakes and ponds), fishing, clay shooting  and archery.
  • With lush landscaping, and entertaining pirate theming, the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf is a lot of fun. Children under aged 3 go free.
  • Leu Gardens
  • Silver Springs State Park
  • Santa’s Farm is a year around attraction with different seasonal activities. Activities expand every year and now include zip lines, barrel tram rides, a giant bounce pillow and visits from Santa.
  • Visit the horses for a trail ride at Lazy H Ranch. Lazy H is very small ranch located in the heart of central Florida. They offer a 1 hour and 90 minute scenic trail ride. 
  • Dinosaur World: Wander among hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs in a natural setting, where lots of trees provide shade. There are plenty of  interactive exhibits and a dino-themed playground at Dinosaur World. Suitable for aged 3+ and unlike other parks cool bags and your own snacks are welcomed!
  • Clearwater Aquarium. Drive over to Clearwater for a staycation and visit to the aquarium.
  • Science Center.Visit Orlando’s popular and exciting science museum for all ages. Orlando Science Center features exhibits, live programming, theaters, events, and more.
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Clermont Park, Waterfront Park is located along Lake Minneola, between East Avenue and Eighth Street. The park is home to almost weekly festivals, such as Pig on the Pond, and a host of triathlons and new water competitions, such as the Champions’ Dragon Boat Festival and Leader of the Lake Regatta.
  • View below from the tree tops and zipline at Tree Trek
  • Bok Tower Gardens
  • Head out on the Little Econ Greenway, a multipurpose paved recreational trail that travels past spots like Arcadia Acres Park and Jay Blanchard Park, which offer playgrounds, picnic areas, and plenty of room to run around.
  • Visit the beach. Popular options are Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach – both are just a one hour drive from Orlando and both have wide sandy bays, fun attractions and lots of family friendly cafes and restaurants.
  • Visit Posner Park for a cinema trip and ice-cream dots.
  • The Escape Game is a live 60-minute adventure with 5 themed rooms to escape from. Choose from The Heist, Mars, Gold Rush, Classified or Prison Break. Rooms have a maximum capacity ranging from 6-8 people. The games are suitable for ages 13 and up, although younger players are allowed.
  • Escapology is located on the International Drive, choose from the Mansion Murder, Narco, Under Pressure, The Code, Antidote, Budapest Express or the Cuban Crisis.  Groups can be 2-6 players. Children under the ages of are advised not to play as they might not understand the games.
  • Andretti Indoor Karting This pay as you go indoor karting offers other attractions including a zipline too. The youngest drivers must reach 48″ tall. The Zip wire is also 48″ minimum height requirement, whereas the laser tag is 42″. Another option to add to your list of rainy day activities in Orlando.
  • Aquatica is one of the best water parks to visit if you’ve got toddlers in tow; free life jackets are available which must be worn plus plenty of life guards on duty.. Aquatica’s Walkabout Waters and Kookaburra Cove zones are specifically designed for families with younger children – the water depth is very shallow and the children must be under 48″ tall to play there. You can also take baby food, formula, bottled water and small snacks into the park.
  • Visiting Orlando with teens? Snap selfies in front of all the cool street art in Orlando’s up-and-coming Mills 50 District, where you’ll find funky art boxes, brightly painted storm drains and dumpsters, and murals.
  • Self-park for free at Universal CityWalk after 6 p.m. each evening (except during Halloween Horror Nights), then enjoy some prime people-watching, window shopping, and photo ops.
  • Need some fresh air? The Seminole-Wekiva Trail is a local favorite. It runs 14 miles within the suburbs of Orlando, Altamonte Springs, up to Lake Mary. The trail is well-marked and generally well-populated. It’s also shaded by trees, with stops for water and bathroom breaks along the way. At the end, the Lake Mary trailhead stops near a commercial complex where you can grab some food.
  • Visit Lake Mills Park. There’s a lake with a small, sandy beach. Trails to walk, play area and lots of shade. 1301 Tropical Ave, Chuluota, FL 32766
  • Explore the town of Celebration.It’s a cute town with restaurants and little shops, park and lake.
  • Cool off at the free Downtown Winter Garden splash pad or stop off at the train museum in downtown Winter Garden which is free entry but appreciates a donation.
  • Go on a free self drive safari, The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The entrance gate is open between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m. The drive is very popular, so plan for at least 2 hours. Current Covid restrictions mean you must remain in your car, but there other places around the lake for more recreational activities.
  • All of the Disney resorts show movies on their lawns for free. Catch a movie at Polynesian, have a Dole Whip and watch the fireworks from the pool area.
  • Mead Gardens in Winter Park. Go geocaching, pond- dipping or take a hike on one of Mead Botanical Garden’s many paths and trails. Look for wading birds along the creek and in the forested wetlands. Listen for hawks as you meander through the sandhill under a longleaf pine canopy. Take a stroll through the Legacy and Camellia Gardens to see what’s blooming. Catch a glimpse of butterflies and hummingbirds in the Butterfly Gardens. 
  • Bill Frederick Park. This 187-acre park on Turkey Lake offers fishing, boating, swimming pool & a playground plus cabin & tent camping.
  • Tucker Ranch is Winter Garden’s dog friendly 209 acre park, with children’s playground with full bathroom facilities in town. The hiking trail through the majestic 120 year old Oak Tree Alley, brings you to beautiful view’s of John’s Lake. Coming soon: canoeing and kayaking.
  • Head on a day trip with one of these many great day trips from Orlando with kids.
  • Esmeralda Marsh
  • Tibet Butler Preserve
  • Oakland Nature Reserve
  • Backyard Farms
  • Southern Hill Farms
  • Wild Florida Safari
  • Champions Splash Park
  • Lake Meadows
  • Homosassa Springs

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