Who said Orlando had to be for adults only? Whether you have kids of your own or are just a kid at heart, we’ve gathered a great list of the best things to do in Orlando with kids!
Big kids will love the thrilling adventures at Fun Spot, Andretti, and Top Golf, while the smaller tykes can enjoy Gatorland, a day at the zoo, or making their own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. Check out our list below for the best things to do in Orlando with kids!
If you have any reptile-lovers in the family, Gatorland is an iconic Orlando location—the gator capital of the world since 1949. You and your kids will learn all about different types of crocodilian species, including the elusive white alligator! Your kids will also get the chance to take a ride on the Gatorland Express Train Ride, cool off in the Gator Gully Splash Park, or watch their one-of-a-kind gator wrestling show.
If your kids are up for it, be sure to sign them up for the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, where they’ll fly over the gator breeding marsh with 130 alligators below! Your kids will be begging to come back for more! Be sure to check their website, as they constantly have great ticket offers available.
Are your kids tired of the parks, but you’re still looking to do something on Disney property? Check out the two themed mini-golf courses around the resort!
Disney’s Winter Summerland Mini Golf is located right next to Blizzard Beach, where 2 different courses await you. The Winter course is all about Santa getting ready for the Christmas, while the Summer course follows Santa relaxing during his vacation! Let your kids decide and see who ends up winning.
Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf located behind Epcot also features two separate courses based on the animated movie Fantasia. Discover your whimsical side with Mickey as he passes through hippos dressed in tutus, dancing ostriches, and marching broomsticks.
Disney’s Winter Summerland Mini Golf:
Monday-Sunday | 10AM-11PM
Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf:
Monday-Sunday | 10AM-10PM
Come for the bowling, but stay for the delicious bites and awesome atmosphere. Splitsville Luxury Lanes, located in Disney Springs, is the perfect idea when looking for a family outing. Keep the kids entertained with a 2-story, 30 lane bowling alley, lined with amazing retro decor, multiple bars, and live entertainment. While the kids are playing, enjoy an eclectic menu that features anything from hand-rolled sushi to classic cheeseburgers and craft cocktails.
With 4 floors filled with rotating exhibits, a giant movie theater, and live entertainment for the whole family, what’s not to love about the Orlando Science Center?! Located just north of downtown Orlando, the Science Center is the perfect spot for curious kids and adults to become inspired by the wonders of the world.
Newly opened is their 4Roots Cafe, which shows kids where their food comes from with a food heroes exhibit, as well as serving up delicious homegrown bites. Be sure to check out their long list of neat exhibits, from dinosaurs to data, hurricanes to habitats. Pro-Tip: A great activity if your outdoor plans get cancelled due to rain.
New to ICON Park Orlando is the Museum of Illusions. Located on International Drive, you’ll find this trippy and eye-fooling museum that will keep you and your kids entertained for hours as you explore the different rooms filled with illusions.
With over 50 exhibits, this art museum will test and confuse your senses and will teach you all about the art of illusions. Discover an abundance of effects and experiences that will trick your mind, your eye, and your camera! Tickets start at just $20.95, but be sure to look out for group and seasonal discounts
If your kids love adventure and the outside, take them to Nona Adventure Park. Located in Lake Nona, Nona Adventure Park is a water-based family entertainment center with an inflatable aqua park/obstacle course, wakeboarding cable park, and a 60′ climbing tower/ropes course/rock climbing wall. Let your kids challenge themselves while you join in the fun!
We know kids can be messy, so why not bring them to a place where they’re allowed to be? Pinspiration, located in north Orlando, allows them to express their creative side, messes encouraged!
You can rent out their splatter room for you and your family to create a one-of-a-kind creation. Suit up in their protective gear, enter into the splatter room, and start throwing paint to your heart’s desire. Kids will love the chance to get covered in paint, and you’ll love that clean-up is easy. (Parents: beer and wine is offered during your session!)
If the splatter room isn’t your thing, they also offer arts and crafts workshops, paint classes, and a beautiful maker space.
Speaking of tapping into your creative side, All Fired Up in Winter Park is another great option for those who like to flex their artistic muscles. All Fired Up is a paint-it-yourself pottery studio, where you and your kids can choose a piece of pottery and paint it to your liking. All Fired Up will glaze and fire it for you, then in about a week, you can pick up your beautiful creation to take home.
All Fired Up has many different pottery options ranging from $10-$150, with most being around $25. Choose from piggy banks, bowls and mugs, gnome castles, wine glasses, plant holders, and more! The options are endless and completely up to you!
When you’re looking for ways to entertain kids indoors this summer Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Orlando is your new go-to spot. With two indoor go-kart tracks, laser tag, classic and new arcade games, virtual reality simulations, and an obstacle course, this place is a kid’s (and kid at heart’s) paradise!
After a long day of go-karting and laser tag, your kids will probably have worked up an appetite. Enjoy their restaurant with American classics like burgers and chicken fingers, and along with their full service bar, everyone in the family will be pleased! Your kids will be begging to go back for more this summer at Andretti!
Day at the Zoo
A day at the zoo is a great way to spend the day with family and we’re lucky that in Orlando we have so many options to see these amazing animals! Most of the zoos in Orlando offer animal meet and greets, and have wonderful educators who can answer all your kids’ questions about their favorite animals!
Besides the big animal theme parks, you can also learn about exotic and endangered species at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, or you can learn about some Florida-specific creatures at Wild Florida. (Their drive-thru experience is an amazing option!) Also, be sure to check out all things reptiles at the Reptile World Serpentarium or cuddle up with some alpacas at the LunaSea Alpaca Farm.
Central Florida Zoo:
Monday-Sunday | 9AM-3PM
Monday-Saturday | 9AM-6PM
Sunday | Closed
Reptile World Serpentarium:
Tuesday-Sunday | 10AM-5PM
Monday | Closed
LunaSea Alpaca Farm:
Monday-Sunday | 10:30AM-4PM
Kids love pancakes, but what they’ll really love is being able to make their own at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs State Park. Located about an hour north of Orlando, this unique restaurant has griddles at each table where you and your family can flip your own flapjacks! You can even choose your own mix-ins like blueberries, bananas or peanut butter, to create a specialty pancake. The Sugar Mill also offers sausage, bacon, toast, and eggs to create a full breakfast line-up.
After you eat, be sure to go swimming in the crystal clear waters of De Leon Springs, where the water stays 72 degrees all year round!
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