Orlando, Florida, is undeniably one of the most magical and fun-filled cities and a great place to holiday with family. The city instantly brings to mind Disney World, Seaworld, Magic Kingdom Park, Orlando Eye, Typhoon Lagoon and Universal Studios. However, with countless other attractions and theme parks available, it might get a little overwhelming and confusing, especially for first-time travelers, which is why we have shortlisted a list of the top 10 things for families to do in Orlando, Florida. Follow the list below during your trip to Orlando and your kids will be begging you to take them back sooner rather than later!
If soul-stirring heights and majestic views tickle your fancy, then the Orlando Eye is the most unique and phenomenal experience to have in Florida. Touted as one of the best Orlando attractions to visit, the 400-foot (121-meter) tall Ferris Wheel features glass capsules in which you can ride and enjoy the breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city. Located in the heart of Orlando, the Orlando Eye is both owned and operated by the same reputable organization behind the London Eye, the famed European attraction.
The Wheel at ICON Park
Duration: 30 minutes
Highly popular for its massive aquariums, this place ought to be a part of your Orlando family tour. The place does justice of treating the underwater-life lover in you, and you get to observe, interact and pet the sea animals from close quarters. A fascinating underwater world exploding with color and luminescence and a cool aquatic habitat illuminated by an interactive backlight is waiting to be explored in the aquariums.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Duration: 2 hours
Madame Tussauds in Orlando is renowned for creating incredible life-like wax figures of some of the world’s most prominent personalities, and it attracts thousands of visitors each day. The museum houses some famous figures in history, science, entertainment and the world of sports. Well-known statues on display here include Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Neil Armstrong, Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein.
Madame Tussauds Orlando
Duration: 2 hours
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This private science museum in Orlando, Florida, is one of the best attractions for families traveling with kids and it is sure to inspire some curiosity and exploration in your little ones. Marvel at the million stars in the domed planetarium and peer into their largest public refracting telescope to catch a breathtaking glimpse of the Florida night sky. Apart from some of its permanent exhibits, the science center hosts several temporary exhibits based on current trends, like a Game of Thrones exhibit or a dinosaur exhibit. This spectacular attraction aimed at pampering the science buff in you offers endless experiences and exhibits, and none of it is something you’ve ever witnessed before. With four floors of thrilling exhibits, an amazing giant screen and 3D films as well as engaging live programming, this is the perfect family destination.
Skip the Line: IMAG History and Science Center Admission Ticket
Duration: 1 to 6 hours
5. Enjoy a retro game at Happy Days Family Fun Center
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Happy Days Family Arcade is a lively, upbeat, fun arcade with great games to play, token specials, and even some great prizes to win! With weekly events, special Glow parties, Latin Sunday, throwback Thursdays, daily contests, the place does it all. Bring the entire family and enjoy over 50 videos and skill games for all your family refreshment needs. Cap your games with some great music, ice-cold drinks, sweet treats and tasty hot food. The place also houses several great games of days gone by, like Big Bertha, the Crowd Favorite Skee-Balls, and many modern games, such as FishBowl Frenzy, Ticket Monster Spin, Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead, Terminator, and many more!
Happy Days Family Fun Center
Address: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Ste 325 Kissimmee, Florida
Website: Happy Days Family Fun Center
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)
Price: 99 USD
6. Marvel at the colorful flowers at Leu Gardens
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The Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, commonly known as Leu Gardens, is a paradise just minutes from downtown Orlando, and it is yet another place to check out with the family. Apart from admiring the unique plants, you can bask in the glory of nature and also host a variety of events here. This 50-acre (20-hectare) garden houses over 1,000 rose bushes (in season from April to January) and the largest collection of camellias in North America (in bloom November through March). Explore centuries-old majestic oaks and forests of camellias spurting over winding pathways leading to a wonderful tropical stream garden with gingers, cycads, and banana collection.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Address: 1920 N Forest Ave Orlando, Florida
Website: Harry P. Leu Gardens
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 10 USD
7. Stroll through Tree Trek Adventure Park
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Imagine swinging through the trees, climbing ladders, leaping onto nets, crossing wobbly suspended bridges, navigating swinging logs, testing your courage on skateboards and soaring through the trees to a breathtaking finish on giant zip lines! Tree Trek Adventure Park promises all of that and much more! This family-owned and operated adventure park features 6 color-coded obstacle courses with 97 aerial challenges and 2 giant zip lines, and it boasts of fun activities for the entire family. Make sure you tie your long hair so as not to get caught on any equipment, wear sturdy closed-toed sport sandals or shoes and avoid wearing any jewelry. Visitors not wearing the appropriate clothing may be refused access to activities to ensure that safety guidelines are met.
Tree Trek Adventure Park
Address: 7625 Sinclair Rd Kissimmee, Florida
Website: Tree Trek Adventure Park
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (daily)
8. Discover your love for chocolate at the World of Chocolate Museum
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Orlando’s sweetest attraction, the World of Chocolate Museum and Café brings to you the fascinating history of the world’s best-loved confection. Marvel at how the world’s best chocolate is grown, sourced and prepared, and feast your eyes on the astounding collection of chocolate sculptures on display. There’s a lot to see and do here, from chocolate-making workshops, exhibits and interactive displays to the delicious World of Chocolate Café which culminates into the free tasting of many of the world’s gourmet chocolates. This deliciously different and delightfully fun place is a real Orlando hidden gem.
World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe
Address: 11701 International Dr suite 400 Orlando, Florida
Website: World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe
Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)
Price: 18 USD
9. Enjoy some go-karting and fun rides at Fun Spot
Whether you are an adventure seeker or someone who prefers the lights and sounds of the arcade, there is something to do for everyone at Fun Spot America. Major attractions here include high-speed roller coasters, kiddie rides & bumper cars plus unique multi-level go-karts & arcade games. Feel the wind in your hair while sitting in Central Florida’s only wooden roller coasters and the world’s two tallest and largest SkyCoasters. Other highlights include kiddie slides, splash zones, bumper cars and tasty fair foods to entertain park-goers of all ages. The park also features an arcade and Midway games, perfect for rainy days or for those who prefer to stay on the ground.
Fun Spot America
Address: 5700 Fun Spot Way Orlando, Florida
Website: Fun Spot America
Opening hours: 10am - 12am (daily)
Price: 49 USD
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not presents a world of amazingly mysterious and bizarre exhibits. If you are one of those who has a wild, curious mind, this is an excellent spot for family fun. The place opens between 9 a.m and midnight, and it is an ideal attraction for families looking for a few hours to fill. From shrunken heads to some incredible artwork, the place will leave you amazed. Orlando’s most unique experience brings the beloved TV show and books to life with over 600 of the most amazing, unusual, odd finds from around the globe, promising an interactive family fun for all ages.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando 'Odditorium' Admission
Duration: 2 hours
Orlando is full of fun for the whole family
The city of Orlando is truly a vacationer’s paradise. The diverse city has tons to offer for the whole family. The places are sure to spark the imagination of children, as well as reignite the child in every adult. No matter how old your kids are, they are sure to find something about Orlando to fall in love with, as will you! Be sure to venture out and discover some or all of the above things that this beautiful, fun-filled city has to offer.
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