It might sound like a ridiculous subject to talk about, because Orlando is surely a family-oriented place from start to finish, but when you are thrown into the mix of this huge destination, you might not really know where to start. From theme parks, to all you can eat buffets, shows, to massive waterparks, there is so much to see and do in Orlando that one visit will never be enough.
If you simply don’t know where to start, here are a few attractions and activities to get you started.
Theme park fun
Orlando is world famous for its huge theme parks, and the biggest one has to be Disneyworld. Whether you’re a massive Disney fan or not, you can’t help but get swept away in the magic of the various parks, such as the iconic Magic Kingdom and its huge castle, to the around the world vibe of Epcot. You will never explore it all, there’s simply far too much of it, but you can give it a good go. Make sure you pre-book your Disney tickets to save time and money, and perhaps look at buying bundle deals for days, as this saves cash too.
Universal Studios is another huge park, and its neighbour, Islands of Adventure is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the massive replica of Hogwarts – fans of the films should not miss this!
If you want another, check out SeaWorld. This famous park has the iconic whale show, dolphin shows, sea-lions, rays, and all manner of rides and attractions to thrill all ages.
Swim with dolphins
Discovery Cove is a little slice of peace and serenity in the middle of a very busy destination. You need to pre-book your time here, as they only allow so many people in per day, so it’s never crowded. This is also great for families because it’s all inclusive, so food and drink is plentiful and included. For an extra cost, pre-booked again, you can interact and swim with a dolphin – a truly once in a lifetime activity.
Crazy golf on International Drive
There are many crazy golf courses along this huge stretch of road, and kids will love this during the evening, perhaps after your evening meal. Check out Congo River Golf, and Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, as just two suggestions.
Old-fashioned fairground fun in Kissimmee
Kissimmee’s Old Town is a great place to head during the evening for a spot of retro fairground fun. You’ll find bumper cars, carousels, candy floss, delicious food, and the iconic Ferris wheel lit up into the sky. This is a great change from the huge, modern theme parks around, and a true family evening out.
Boggy Creek airboat rides
The Everglades do extend into Orlando a little, and you can head off for an airboat ride along these famous water-ways, spotting various birds and wildlife along the way. Of course, the kids will want to spot an alligator in the wild, and it is possible, so keep your fingers crossed that they’re not feeling shy that particular day! Even if you don’t get to see one, the ride itself is a thrill.
As far as Orlando is concerned, these few suggestions are literally the tip of a very big iceberg indeed!