Visiting Orlando: Orlando Travel Guide For Families

Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the world, drawing visitors from all over the world and with good reason! It’s home to the magical Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and Hollywood Studios, making it a theme park mecca catering to family members of all ages. That said, there is so much more to discover when visiting Orlando and so many attractions in this sunny city that will keep the whole family busy and entertained. Follow our Orlando Travel Guide For Families to help you plan your itinerary and enjoy your time in this fun-filled, family friendly city!


1. Lake Eola Park

Located in Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a great tourist hub drawing families to its impressive fountain and beautiful waterfront location. Rent a swan shaped paddle boat and take a tour around the lake and view the fountain up close. There are also playgrounds in the area catering to children from ages 2-5 and ages 5-12.


2. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Almost every city has a zoo and that’s great news for families with toddlers and young kids. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located just north of Orlando and is home to over 350 animals representing over 100 species, and even includes extremely rare and endangered species. Kids will delight in feeding the giraffes and interacting with endangered one-horned Indian Rhinos. Other activities at the zoo include face painting, airbrush tattoos and storytime for toddlers. Don’t forget to cool off in the Wharton Smith Tropical Splash pad!


3. Seaworld

The whole family will enjoy a full day at Seaworld Theme Park. With rides, shows and animal experiences there is so much to see and do! Toddlers are sure to love the Dolphin Nursery where mother and baby dolphins play, communicate and interact. At Christmas time it transforms into a holiday wonderland with over 3 million lights, and features an All-New Sesame Street Christmas Parade.


4. Aquatica

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Aquatica is an award-winning water park that has been rated the Nation’s Best Outdoor Waterpark by USA today. Kid-friendly areas designated for toddlers and young kids include Kata’s Kookaburra Cove featuring beginner body slides, water spouts and pools. Walkabout Waters is also geared towards the little ones and features slides, splash pools, squirting water and more!


5. Disney Springs

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Disney Springs is an outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment waterfront promenade that has plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy when visiting Orlando. Kids will particularly love the LEGO store featuring many interactive activities for all ages. There is the Pick-a-Brick wall, hands on play-tables and larger-than-life Disney models. Stop by the World of Disney store and enjoy the ultimate Disney shopping experience that will have your children mesmerized!


6. LEGOLAND is a must when visiting Orlando!

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While we’re on the topic of Lego, head just outside of Orlando and spend a day at LEGOLAND. Duplo Tot Spot is designed specifically for children under the age of two and features small slides and a colorful playhouse.  Duplo Splash and Play offers interactive water elements set amongst larger than life farm animals. Creation Zone lets your childs’ imagination run wild while building and decorating the walls with LEGOS. There are also plenty of other LEGO themed entertainment available to keep young minds entertained for hours!


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7. Orlando Museum of Art

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The Orlando Museum of Art runs some great family programs that introduces little ones to art and encourages their artistic expression. Art Adventures are monthly workshops with varying themes that take place on select Fridays and Sundays for children of ages. The workshop features a gallery experience followed by a hands-on art activity in the studio.


8. Sealife Orlando Aquarium

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Sealife Orlando Aquarium is a great experience any day of the week, but aim to plan your visit around Toddler Time which takes place on Tuesdays.  Toddler time offers age appropriate activities such as toddler-sing-along, animal interaction, fun facts, storytime and weekly sea creature topics.


9. Daytona Beach

Take a day trip to kid-friendly Daytona Beach located an hour outside of Orlando. Believe us, the drive will be worth it! Kids can romp around in the ocean while parents enjoy the sun. If you don’t want to travel with a bunch of beach gear, consider renting a Beach Package from BabyQuip that provides sand toys, sand wagons, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and more!


10. Orlando Science Center

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Kids will love everything offered at the Orlando Science Center. The KidsTown exhibit is specifically geared to children 7 years of age and younger. With over 11,000 square feet of skill-based activities, there will be no shortage of exploration at all! Activities include imaginative role playing, experimenting with cause and effect as well as other play that encourages cognitive development.


11. Crayola Experience Orlando

The Crayola Experience, located at the Florida Mall, is a must when visiting Orlando. It’s a hands-on creative experience that encourages kids to explore art and technology. Kids learn how crayons are made, and can even make their own crayons! Kids can check out the crayon melting station and turn their colorful creations into 4D adventures!


12. Universal Studios Florida Theme Park

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At Universal Studios Florida Theme Park kids will be enchanted by all of their favorite movie characters and the movie themed attractions and rides. Enjoy Character Encounters with Minions, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shrek and more. Kids Play Areas include Curious George Goes To Town, Fievel’s Playland and Barney’s Backyard.

7 Comments

  1. Zhara Primic

    January 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    I didn’t see Disney make the list, but its a magical plcae for kids.

  2. Heidi Gropson

    January 15, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    If you’ve never been ot the Citrus Tower, it’s pretty cool for panoramic views of the city.

  3. Channon Ming

    January 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    I like these ideas for a more low key vacation, but Disney is still my favorite place to take my girls! I’ll branch out someday.

  4. Bethany Cross

    January 11, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    My kids still talk about legoland from going three years ago.

  5. Amy

    December 31, 2019 at 10:51 am

    This is so helpful – we’re planning our first family trip to Orlando now, for next fall. And, we’re not staying on a Disney property – glad to know there’s so much to do outside of Disney that’s family friendly! I feel like there’s so much more to Orlando now than there was 25-30 years ago when my parents took us – it can be overwhelming to plan.

  6. Rebecca Ruelas

    December 20, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I love that so many of these places include activities for toddlers! Great to know that there is so much more to Orlando than Disney.

  7. Sara Fox

    December 20, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I’m so glad I found all these ideas for Orlando. Growing up we went to Orlando many times. But, haven’t been back for several years (15 – does that make me OLD??).

    Has anyone been to Legoland in several cities? How does Kansas City Legoland compare to Orlando?

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