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Things to Do in Orlando Florida

Everyone comes to Orlando for the theme parks, right? But there is so much more to Orlando beside thrill rides and Micky Mouse. We look at things to do in Orlando Florida for families, with kids or teenagers, that will be fun and maybe even educational. Orlando, and Florida, is one of our favourite places and comes highly recommended by us as a family destination.

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We give you a guide to things to do in Orlando, including, but not limited to, the many spectacular theme parks.

At the time of writing, Covid restrictions are in place, so many venues require you to buy tickets in advance or to wear masks. Please check the current situation for yourself as things are changing in a moment.

Best Things to Do in Orlando Florida

Let’s start with a short-list of best things to do in Orlando, further down the page we give you more detail on these destinations and fun activities

Things to do in orlando wildlife
Beyond the theme parks, Orlando has beautiful natural places and plenty of wildlife to see, including gators and manatees.
  • Theme Parks, include, Legoland Florida, Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Universal Studios,
  • Gatorland
  • See wild manatees
  • The Everglades, including air-boat rides
  • Beaches
  • Animal attractions, aquaria, zoos, and small animal parks.
  • Water parks
  • Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • The Titanic Exhibition
  • The town of Celebration, built by Walt Disney himself
  • 10 Pin Bowling
  • Escape rooms
  • Quad bike adventures
  • Shopping
  • Buffet Dining
  • Movie theatres
  • Cycle tours
  • Madame Tussauds Orlando
  • Amazing resort stays
  • Night-time shows, such as Medieval Times Dinner and Show

There are many more things to do and attractions in Orlando, this is a place built for tourists and for fun, let’s look closer at some of these places below.

Theme Parks in Orlando

Things to do in orlando theme parks

I could go on writing forever about Orlando’s incredible theme parks. These are some of the best family amusements in the world and you’re going to struggle to choose which to visit. Disney, is, of course, the classic, but there are even multiple Disney parks to keep you busy. We once visited four Disney parks in one day, just for fun, but we don’t recommend this to fist-time visitors. Pick wisely, based on the age of your family, and your interests.

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Water Parks

You may well want to cool off in that Florida heat, fear not, there are water parks that will be fun for the whole family. Wet ‘n Wild Orlando had closed down at time of writing, but you’ll find water fun at Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Legoland Florida also had its own water park and play area.

Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Centre

Kennedy Space Centre From Orlando
The Kennedy Space Centre is another must-do from Orlando. This place is truly awe-inspiring

If you’re in Florida, you can’t miss the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Centre. This place is awesome in the true sense of the world. Here you can feel history, marvel at flimsy machines that made it to the moon, learn about the science, and even have lunch with an astronaught. You’ll need to take a tour to see the launchpads and the whole complex, but the museum areas and interactive displays are so, so, good. This is one of the best living museums, it’s still evolving, on the whole planet. Check out tour options below.

Air-Boat Rides and The Everglades

Airboat ride from Orlando

Taking an airboat ride was one of my top bucket-list items and I’m happy to say we ticked that one off in Florida. There are plenty of tours departing Orlando or options to take an airboat ride locally. We loved this tour, if you have to choose just one thing to do other than the theme parks, this would be our top recommendation.

Aquaria

Aquaria in Orlando
Obviously, Florida has Sea World, but there are other aquaria to enjoy nearby

Yes, we have been to Sea World, twice, years ago before it became such a hot-potato. These days we can’t promote it. But there are other aquaria in and around Orlando that your family might enjoy. Check out the SeaLife Orlando aquarium.

Other Animal Attractions in Orlando

Things to do in Orlando Animal attractions
Kids of all ages love animals are there are plenty of places to meet them in Orlando.

You get close to gators, manatees, farm animals and more exotic beasts in and around Orlando. We have a selection of local experiences for you below.

The Town of Celebration

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Amazing Accommodation for a Great Stay in Florida

Most theme parks in Orlando and Florida have their own themed resort hotels. Staying at one of these destination accommodations will make your stay very special indeed. You’ll get an experience, and perks as guests of the park. For a luxury stay away close to the parks try the following hotels

On a budget? There are many homes to rent, often in wonderful lake-side locations with pools and big enough for even the largest family. We took this option with toddlers and small children, we think it’s easier for young families. As our kids got older we switched to hotel stays. Airbnb works well for this kind of property.

You Won’t Be Short of Things To Do In Orlando!

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Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dinosaurs? What’s your thing? You’ll likely find it in Orlando.

Orlando is made for us to enjoy and have fun. It’s a top-notch, world-leader in tourism and rightly deserves it’s millions of annual tourists. We’ve enjoyed visiting Orlando with our kids as babies, toddlers, teens and tweens, they honestly never grow out of it. Have fun in Orlando and if you’d like any further information, our comments section is for you to use. Did you save our pin to Pinterest? Thanks for being here.

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Alyson is the creator of World Travel Family travel blog and is a full-time traveller, blogger, and travel writer. A lifetime of wanderlust and now over 7 years on the road, 50+ countries allowed the creation of this website, for you. She has a BSc and worked in pathology before entering the travel arena and creating this website. World Travel Family Travel Blog has been helping you travel more, better, and further since 2012, when Alyson and James first had this life changing idea. On this site you can find endless travel information, tips, and guides plus how to travel, how to fund travel, and how to start your own travel blog.

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