Orlando is indeed packed with some of the world’s best theme and water parks, most coming from big players like SeaWorld, Universal, and Disney. Yet there’s so much more on offer here.
If you’re planning a trip to Orlando with kids but have no idea what to include on your activity checklist, don’t worry! This article is designed to show you the best places that Orlando has to offer.
1. Walt Disney World
If you’re looking for the ultimate Orlando adventure with kids, your first stop should be Disney World.
Disney World features many amazing kid-friendly attractions and entertainment opportunities for the whole family to enjoy — ranging from classics like “It’s A Small World” to “Peter Pan’s Flight.”
So much so that you may find yourself struggling to decide what you want to do! It’s a little more expensive than other activities but the payoff is more than worth it!
Why not make the most of the Disney magic by staying in an on-site hotel?
2. Peppa Pig Theme Park
Snort, play, and laugh your way through a theme park exclusively designed for “little piggies.”
Peppa Pig Theme Park is located just steps away from LEGOLAND Florida and features many incredible interactive rides and themed playgrounds for toddlers and preschoolers to immerse themselves in.
You can join Daddy Pig for an adventure in his newly cleaned red car (“Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster”) or navigate your way through a winding maze (“George’s Fort.”)
3. LEGOLAND Florida
With thousands of multicolored plastic bricks moored into stunning replicas of themed rooms, popular cities, and amusement park rides, LEGOLAND Florida is a multi-day, 5-star destination for you and your kids.
There’s a LEGO-themed water park and a theme park for you and your kids to explore, both of which will quickly drive your kids to the point of euphoria.
With anything from 4D rides with your kids’ favorite LEGO characters to roller coasters, there’s truly no better way to spend a day in Orlando.
4. Madame Tussauds
As arguably one of the most well-known attractions on this list, Madame Tussaud’s is another must-visit —- especially if you have kids!
Experience the celebrity life as you take those all-important steps into the greatest celebrity party in all of Orlando.
The World’s Greatest Wax Museum allows your kids to have the next best thing to a meet and greet session with their favorite singers, sportspeople, and actors —- or even their favorite Avenger —- with plenty of opportunities for a photo op!
5. SEA LIFE At Orlando Aquarium
Kids are fascinated by just about everything. But there’s nothing that will capture their attention like an active aquarium!
From colorful clownfish to unique sightings of bamboo sharks, Orlando Aquarium plays host to some of the world’s most interesting sea creatures.
You and your kids can spend countless hours witnessing as some of the greatest wildlife swims around.
Feel free to sample Toddler Time on a Tuesday if you have younger children, where they can engage with others via Sing-A-Longs and captivating storytimes.
6. Fun Spot America
This is a top-of-the-line country-fair-like amusement park packed full of family fun.
Home to “White Lightning,” Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster, and a 360-degree thrilling roller coaster called “Headrush,” there’s something fun for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Or, if your kids like to do something more adventurous, there are go-kart tracks of varying degrees of difficulty. You can even visit Gator Spot to see over 100 alligators, including a very rare white species, roam around.
Overall, it’s a great place to visit with the kids.
7. The World Of Chocolate Museum & Cafe
Not only is this one-of-a-kind museum one of Orlando’s sweetest attractions but also one of the most loved!
Kids will whoop with joy at the unique sight of 25 incredible chocolate sculptures (ranging up to 6 feet tall) depicting some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
Don’t forget to attend a tour of the museum where you and your kids will learn all about the rich and decadent history of chocolate. You’ll also receive a complimentary taste test of delicious gourmet chocolates from all over the world.
8. Museum of Illusions
If you want to take many memorable pictures with and of your kids in Orlando, this may be the place to visit!
The Museum of Illusions is known for its ability to bring optical illusions to life. The venue features multiple walk-through displays that challenge all visitors to think outside the box.
Here, you and your kids can move between 50 astounding exhibits, including the mind-bending Infinity Room and the gravity-defying Reverse Room.
Get creative with your poses and you’ll have a big laugh when you finally see your photo gallery!
9. Crayola Experience
Looking for Orlando’s most colorful family-friendly affair? The Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall is the answer!
From learning how crayons are officially made to creating personal works of art, the Crayola Experience offers amazing opportunities for young kids to creatively express themselves.
If your child is 3 or younger, it’s free admission to this one-of-a-kind attraction. For older kids (yes, we’re also talking about you), admission is full price.
10. iFLY Orlando
Have you ever wanted to try skydiving but don’t feel brave enough to try the real thing? Enter iFLY Orlando.
Indoor skydiving may sound like an impossible feat, but you and your kids can experience the exhilaration of free falling without your feet ever leaving solid ground at this incredible venue.
No special skills are required for this activity, and all you need is some sense of adventure.
This activity may be best suited for kids aged 3 and up, but is fun nonetheless.
11. The Great Magic Hall
If you’re after a different type of entertainment that is not a theme park, The Great Magic Hall may be the enticing experience that you’re after.
This Orlando-based multi-room venue is an interactive experience where attendees can learn all about the history of magic, and understand the importance of key figures, and some of the most iconic stunts.
With the wave of a magic wand, guests can experience some unbelievable tricks while jumping into the complex art that is illusions.
12. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Get ready to face some of the strangest oddities that Orlando has to offer!
Founded by Robert Leroy Ripley, this world-famous traveler extraordinaire hosts many unique and fun artifacts from all over the world. From shrunken human heads to celebrity wax figures, there’s plenty to see when you take a self-guided tour.
With so many fascinating and unusual exhibits available for you and your kids to explore, and a mirror maze packed with infinity mirrors and LED lights, there is so much to do at this location!
13. Discovery Cove
You can find this venue on the outskirts of the city as part of SeaWorld Orlando park. Here, you can snorkel through a coral reef, swim with dolphins, and even swim with sharks.
Discovery Cove is a beautiful interactive marine experience where you and your kids can get up close and personal with underwater life. You can follow this up with some relaxation on a white sand beach, or wading through the pools nearby.
You can even take your kids to see their favorite animals at the Conservation Kiosk. Make sure to check the age restrictions before you go.
14. Wizarding World of Harry Potter
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you cannot visit Orlando without taking a magical trip to Hogwarts!
Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure have successfully recreated the magic and thrill of Harry Potter that will easily transport you to another world.
You can take a stroll down Diagon Alley, watch as the wand chooses the wizard at Ollivander’s, and even grab some refreshments at the Leaky Cauldron.
Then, take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure) and ride Hagrid’s motorbike, visit Hogwarts, and simply enjoy a day in the life of a wizard.
15. Aquatica Orlando (at SeaWorld)
A year-round water park featuring play zones and rides that are suitable for toddlers, young kids, and teens? Sounds like the perfect place to spend your time when you are in Orlando!
Aquatica Orlando is home to some of the greatest wet n wild opportunities out there, including wave pools, raft rides, and lazy rivers. These are suitable for people of all ages.
Best of all? There are plenty of chances to practically swim alongside some incredible marine animals!
You can also relax on the 80,000-square-foot white sand beach. You truly can’t go wrong with a trip to this water park!
Keeping your kids entertained when on a trip to Orlando is easier than it may seem thanks to these amazing and diverse offerings.
If you have the time, we’d recommend trying to fit in as many of these cool attractions as you can to make the most of this delightful city, and to also keep your kids happy and entertained!