Things to Do With Kids in Orlando

If you ask any kid from any country what their dream vacation is, it's likely they'll say: Walt Disney World. Families from every corner of the globe come to Orlando each year for that once-in-a-lifetime trip. While Walt Disney World put Orlando on the map in 1971, since then, other major attractions have opened targeting families, from theme parks like SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Legoland to interactive science centers, children's theaters and outdoor adventure parks. Because of these diverse offerings for families and children old and young, Orlando has become the most popular tourism destination in the world. It's the ultimate family vacation with more than 60-million overnight visitors—that's millions more than New York and more than the annual visitors to London and Vegas combined. 

At the theme parks, you can meet your favorite characters, scream together on a roller coaster ride, see a Broadway-quality show, enjoy up-close animal encounters or watch amazing parades and fireworks. But there is much more to do outside of the theme parks. You and your family can take a hot air balloon ride, see alligators in the wild, watch a hiliarous dinner show or play around in a science museum. You can even spend a day just getting lost at your resort, with over-the-top kids' pools and amenities designed just for them. And we don't even mention the many go-kart tracks, water parks and putt-putt courses you can enjoy together. You can come to Orlando year after year and still not do it all. 

So bring the whole family, have tons of fun and make some amazing memories together that the kids will never forget. Quality family time. That's what Orlando is all about.

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle serves as the center of Mickey’s magical wonderland. Meet your favorite characters and enjoy the rides, from classics like It’s a Small World and Space Mountain to new experiences like Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Under the Sea.

SeaWorld

Immerse yourself in the sea, from up-close animal encounters to awe-inspiring performances to thrilling rides. Come face-to-face with Shamu, play at Happy Harbor, watch a dolphin show, feed a sea lion, ride the roller coasters Mako, Manta and Kraken, and shop and dine at the Waterfront.

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom

From live animals to dinosaurs and animal characters, your imagination runs wild in this beautifully designed park. Hop aboard a safari in Africa for close animal encounters then head to Asia’s Mount Everest coaster. The petting zoo, DinoLand U.S.A.

Legoland Florida

Built especially for kids, this 150-acre theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions plus a water park and a deluxe themed hotel, located just steps from the front entrance to the theme park.

Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios

Be a part of the Hollywood experience with thrilling roller coasters, simulators and 3D shows. Don't miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, featuring the Escape from Gringotts ride and Hogwarts Express. Other must-sees are Men in Black, Revenge of the Mummy and the Simpsons Ride.

Universal Orlando Resort, Islands of Adventure

Everyone has fun with six uniquely themed islands: Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero Island and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Each highlights adventure, storytelling and the most technologically advanced rides, attractions and shows.

Walt Disney World, Epcot

Distinguished by its glistening geosphere, Epcot offers visitors a look into the world’s technology. Don’t miss Mission: Space, Soarin,’ Test Track, Frozen Ever After and the aquarium. World Showcase depicts 11 countries around a scenic lake so guests can dine, drink, shop and be entertained from a global perspective.

Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios

This theme park dives into Hollywood with live stage shows and movie-themed rides. Must-stops are Tower of Terror, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania and the Disney Jr. and "Frozen" live shows.

ICON Park

Visitors can hop aboard the 400-foot-tall ICON Orlando Ferris wheel, explore Madame Tussauds wax attraction and dive into Sea Life aquarium with 5,000 creatures and an ocean tunnel. ICON 360 is also home to an array of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. 

Wonderworks

The interactive “laboratory,” features 100 scientific experiences, such as hurricane and earthquake simulators, along with virtual-reality sports, an indoor ropes course and a laser-tag arena. Stay for the Outta Control Magic Dinner Show. Located on I-Drive next to Pointe Orlando.

Orlando Science Center

Themed exhibits teach while they entertain. The center also features an observatory, with one of the region’s most powerful telescopes, and a CineDome with large-format films and laser-light shows. Open daily.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

See more than 400 animals, feed the giraffes, admire the big cats or take a ride on the train. Little ones will also enjoy a tropical splash pad open year-round, a playground and a petting zoo. Open daily. Admission $19.50; seniors $15.95; and children $13.75. 

Discovery Cove

Swim with dolphins, wade with rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish and hand feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary. Discovery Cove’s full-day, all-inclusive adventures include all meals, drinks and gear along with admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica.

Orlando Balloon Rides

Put this on your bucket list. The largest passenger ride operator on the Eastern seaboard offers daily flights at sunrise in the Disney area, followed by a champagne toast.

Wild Florida

Experience Florida wilderness and wildlife at its best on the shores of beautiful Cypress Lake. Airboat tours, tropical bird aviary, petting zoo, alligator farm, cafe, gift shop, scenic dock and fishing pier along with guided hunting and fishing trips. Opening soon: drive-through safari park. Closed Su.