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Orlando for Families

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Orlando is one of the most popular places for families to visit — and not just because it's the home of a certain famous mouse. Though it's not a beach location, the ocean is a mere hour's drive away, and there is plenty for families to do within the limits of this central Florida city too. Read on to find some of the best options for families in Orlando.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Walt Disney World

Theme Parks

Universal Studios Florida

Theme Parks, Water Parks

SeaWorld Orlando

Theme Parks, Aquariums

Gatorland

Night Tours, Private Tours, Photography Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Lake Eola Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Bodies of Water

International Drive

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Orlando Science Center

Science Museums, Observatories & Planetariums

Fun Spot America

Theme Parks

Katie C's City Tips

  • You'll be spending a lot of time on your feet in Orlando. Make sure that you're wearing comfortable walking shoes that are well worn-in: this is not a time for new shoes.
  • Though the weather in Florida can change on a dime, rain is never welcome on vacation. Don't let it bring you down: the theme parks are still open (and often less crowded in the rain) or visit an alternative indoor attraction.
  • FastPass+ is Disney's service that allows you to make advance reservations for up to three attractions per day. It's a great way to skip lines at some of the most popular rides.
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    Walt Disney World
    Theme Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    Walt Disney World is perhaps the number one reason why people visit Orlando — and for several good reasons. Packed with activities and entertainment for children of all ages, it's easy to spend multiple days here without getting bored. From traveling the world at Epcot to communing with animals at the Animal Kingdom, the only question is what to see first!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't want to spend your entire vacation trying to snap pictures? Disney PhotoPass gives you access to unlimited photos taken by official photographers during your visit here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 17/01/2017
    • Magical, wonderful Disney 17/01/2017
    • Walt Disney World
    Address:
    World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32830
    Phone:
    (407) 939-5277
    Other:
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    Universal Studios Florida
    Theme Parks, Water Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    Movie buffs will feel at home at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando; while those wanting to experience their movie dreams with a bit more action will enjoy Universal Studios' Islands of Adventures. From experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (make sure to remember your wand!) to riding along with The Simpsons, there's a little magic for everyone to experience here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Looking for the shortest line at your favorite rides? Check out the Universal Studios app to see up-to-the-minute wait times.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great visit 17/01/2017
    • Long lines and huge price tag 17/01/2017
    • Universal Studios Florida
    Address:
    6000 Universal Boulevard
    Orlando, FL 32819-7640
    Phone:
    407 363 8000
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:30 - 12:00
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 12:00
    Other:
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    SeaWorld Orlando
    Theme Parks, Aquariums
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    Katie C Says:

    SeaWorld is the perfect place for animal lovers, featuring rides (including roller-coasters), shows, and all species of marine animals. You'll get the chance to see the denizens of the sea up close too, through various activities like feeding dolphins and petting stingrays and sharks. All in all, it's a whale of a good time!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to go swimming with the dolphins, in addition to just watching them, check out SeaWorld's sister park, Discovery Cove.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun place for all ages. 15/01/2017
    • Best Coasters in Orlando 15/01/2017
    • SeaWorld Orlando
    Address:
    7007 Sea World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32821
    Phone:
    +1 888-800-5447
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    Gatorland
    Night Tours, Private Tours, Photography Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    If you're looking for a taste of classic Florida, look no further. The 'Alligator Capital of the World,' Gatorland has been attracting visitors for more than 60 years, and is home to a variety of alligators and crocodiles — including some very rare white alligators.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Want to test your mettle against some of nature's oldest predators? Try your hand at gator wrestling (no reservation required)!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 114 Outdoor Activities in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zip Line 17/01/2017
    • Better than any Disney park (my kids would not agree!) 16/01/2017
    • Gatorland
    Address:
    14501 S Orange Blossom Trl
    U.S. 441
    Orlando, FL 32837-6699
    Phone:
    +1 407-855-5496
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
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    Lake Eola Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, Bodies of Water
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    Katie C Says:

    This beautiful park is located smack dab in the center of Orlando, providing a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of theme parks. Go on a Sunday and enjoy the farmer's market, pack a picnic and take a leisurely stroll, or head out on the water in a beautiful swan boat. It's a welcome respite from what can be at times, a crazy family vacation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to bring change for the on-street parking meters.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice during the holidays 17/01/2017
    • Great public park 17/01/2017
    • Lake Eola Park
    Address:
    512 E Washington St
    Orlando, FL 32801-1941
    Phone:
    +1 407-246-4484
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    International Drive
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katie C Says:

    One of the most popular streets in Orlando, it's no surprise that International Drive is also a great place to visit with kids as there are a huge number of things to see and do here. From Ripley's Believe it or Not to WonderWorks to activities like laser-tag — plus tons of great restaurants — it's a great option after you've tired of the theme park scene.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If it's raining, use this opportunity to take in a movie at the IMAX theater — it's unlike any other viewing experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shop shop shop till you drop 17/01/2017
    • A great place to stay for tourists 17/01/2017
    • International Drive
    Other:
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    Orlando Science Center
    Science Museums, Observatories & Planetariums
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    Katie C Says:

    Let your kids explore with their imagination here at the Orlando Science Center, and maybe even take away a little learning while on vacation. With four floors of exhibits, including a dinosaur dig and hands-on science experiments, as well as rotating exhibits, giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the Orlando Science Center is the perfect family destination.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While it's a great destination to visit year round, it's also the perfect solution if the weather is not cooperating.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kids love it 17/01/2017
    • Ranks low as a science center 16/01/2017
    • Orlando Science Center
    Address:
    777 E Princeton St
    Orlando, FL 32803-1291
    Phone:
    +1 407-514-2000
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Fun Spot America
    Theme Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    If you feel the need — the need for speed — head to Fun Spot! Bringing to mind a county fair filled with plenty of rides plus four go-kart tracks, Fun Spot is the optimal location to escape to with the family. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel or try out the brand new roller-coaster, before washing down the adrenaline with an ice cold soda and a funnel cake.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Fun Spot is home to Orlando's only wooden roller-coaster — try it out for an experience that's a real blast from the past!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 419 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great staff 17/01/2017
    • Loved this Place 17/01/2017
    • Fun Spot America
    Address:
    5700 Fun Spot Way
    Orlando, FL 32819-0001
    Phone:
    +1 407-363-3867
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    14:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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