1. Swim With The Dolphins At Discovery Cove
Who hasn’t grown up wanting a chance to swim with dolphins? Now you can make Flipper your best friend when you visit Discovery Cove in Orlando.
2. Catch The Magic Kingdom Fireworks Over Cinderella’s Castle
Nothing short of the most spectacular fireworks show in the country, families who have experienced the show over Cinderella’s Castle always agree it’s one they will never forget.
3. Float On A Real Life Swan Lake
Hop on a swan boat and take a ride around Lake Eola. Bonus points if you pass a real swan.
4. Watch The Orlando Magic Do Their Thing
Disney World isn’t the only place in Orlando with a place full of magic. The Orlando Magic games are lots of fun and family-friendly.
5. Get Sorted In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
If you’re like me, you’re still waiting for your acceptance letter to Hogwarts to arrive any day now.
Until then, you can visit on an open invite with just the cost of a ticket. Grab a pint of Butterbeer while the kids’ wands pick them at Ollivander’s.
6. Cirque Du Soleil Will Have You Dreaming Of Running Off With The Circus
Located in Downtown Disney, this modern day circus of death- and gravity- defying acts will have you wondering if there are strings or if it’s some of that Wizarding World magic making it all happen.
7. Spend The Day Out On The Water
At Paddleboard in Orlando, the whole family can take their shot at fun water sports like stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing in a safe environment.
8. Turn That Frown Upside Down
WonderWorks is an upside-down museum that takes hands-on activities and puts a science spin on them. Play laser tag, lay on a bed of nails, watch your brain waves in action, and much more.
9. Pet The World’s Fanciest Mammals At Sea World
As if you needed a reason to shake hands with a penguin. Dolphins, whales, and seals all put on spectacular shows here along with a wide array of family-friendly events.
10. Cool Down On The Ice
Lace up the skates and get to twirling. Hockey lovers can also learn how to become the next Gordy Howe.
11. Get Your Science On In A Big Way
See who can find the Milky Way Galaxy first while under the stars or catch a laser light show in the planetarium at the Orlando Science Center.
12. Make It A Downtown Farmers Market Kind Of Day
The Downtown Farmers Market is way more than just produce. Teens and tweens will love all of the handmade jewelry and crafts while they munch on some grilled corn on the cob and you pick up some healthy, local organics for the week.
13. Take A Somber Walk Through History
Visit the Holocaust Memorial in Maitland and watch a video by the brave survivors of one of the darkest times in world history for a sometimes necessary reminder that life is fragile but precious.
14. Get Lost In A Sea Of Books Together
Get the younger kids involved in the children’s department at the downtown public library for summertime reading programs and storytimes.
15. Catch The Muppet Vision Show And Take In Some Hollywood Studios Attractions.
The Muppets have finally made their comeback. You have to go to the Hollywood Studios park to get in to see their 3D show, but it’s totally worth it.
And afterwards, you can squeeze in a few of the park’s awesome attractions like Rockin’ Rollercoaster and the Indiana Jones show.
16. Ripley’s Makes It Cool To Be Square
Human oddities never get old. And now at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium, the folks in Orlando can come see them up close.
Open from 9 a.m. to midnight all year long, Ripley’s has everything from decorated Tibetan skulls to art made from dryer lint.
17. Feed Giraffes At The Central Florida Zoo
A short drive out of the city will take you to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford. Kids will love feeding the giraffes and cooling down in the newly refurbished splash pad.
But definitely come in the non-summer months when most of the animals aren’t trying to escape the Florida sun.
18. Golf Down The Congo
Every family loves challenging each other to a round of mini golf. Come to Congo River Golf course to work on your putt and check out the live gators.
19. Say Hi To A Manatee At Blue Springs State Park
Did you dream of getting to see a manatee in person when you were a kid? You may have seen one or two behind glass in an aquarium, but they’re right out in the open for you to make friends with at Blue Springs State Park in Orlando.
20. Crickey! Hold Your Very Own Gator
Gatorland brings all the crazy wildlife of Florida front and center for some spectacular shows. You can view the giant albino alligator and see a gator wrestling show, as well as bobcats and turtles bigger than a sumo wrestler.
21. Go Where The Force Is Strong
Star Wars lovers rejoice! You don’t have to travel in Hollywood Studios every time you want to have some Jedi fun. The Orlando County Convention Center holds annual Star Wars Celebration weekends that the whole family can enjoy.
22. Catch A Broadway-Worthy Show For Kids
Don’t expect some low-budget production when you visit the Orlando Repertory Theatre. This is Orlando which means they go big or go home. And it doesn’t get much bigger than Shrek.
23. A Little Something For The Sports Lovers
Sport-crazed families in Orlando will probably find themselves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex quite a bit. It’s almost like being at a professional sporting event, just in the happiest place on Earth.
24. Brace Yourself For A Typhoon
But this one is the good kind. Typhoon Lagoon will fill your whole day with waterpark fun, making it one of the best ways to keep cool in Orlando for families.
25. Ride The Wooden Roller Coasters And Go Karts At Fun Spot
You don’t have to travel into the resorts to have fun on rides. Fun Spot America has all the fun you could possibly hope for in one day with roller coasters, go karts, and a ton of other family-friendly adventures without those massive lines and crowds.
26. Head Downtown… Disney Style
Downtown Disney is a great way to get in a little dose of Disney without hitting the actual park. You can eat at some of the great restaurants, catch a movie, and shop in the fun novelty and candy shops without ever having to pay admission into the parks.
27. Drink Your Way Through Every Country In Epcot
The most culture-filled of all the Disney parks, Epcot is probably the best mixture of fun for adults and kids alike because it melds all that Disney fun with the ability to drink something from every country for the adults. And who can have a bad time when it’s always Oktoberfest?
28. Meet The World’s Most Famous Mouse
You knew it was coming eventually. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom might be Touristville, USA but it’s also pretty awesome.
They don’t call it the Happiest Place On Earth for nothing. Don’t miss the parade with the whole family and bets are you’ll see a smile on everyone’s faces.
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