In Orlando, Florida, attractions for kids are everywhere. Almost everyone is familiar with Walt Disney World. For many of us, that famous mouse is the first thing that pops to mind when we think of attractions for kids in Orlando. There’s good reason for that. Places like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot were designed as the premier family destinations in the city. These parks are the most highly attended in the world. Nearby, you'll find an amazing selection of kid-friendly hotels.
For some kids, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be the trip of a lifetime. Not only can families visit the Hogwarts castle together, everyone can find their own magic wand in the re-created town of Hogsmeade. The adventurous can ride each of the park’s inverted roller coasters. Younger kids might prefer the family-friendly Flight of the Hippogriff ride. If you have a reader in the household, consider this near the top of the list of Orlando family attractions. This attraction is located near the Hard Rock Hotel and Universal studios.
There’s someone in almost every family who longs to explore the bizarre, including a world of seven-legged sheep and 8-foot-long fish. Fortunately, you don’t even need to leave Orlando. Attractions for kids abound at the Odditorium in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Maybe more important than the oddities, the whole experience is self-guided. This works as a great way to break up the fast pace of back-to-back theme parks.
One of the top Orlando attractions is Universal Studios, which is a favorite stop on many family trip plans. Live events range from a featured Blues Brothers show to an animal special for kids. One special treat for families with younger children is spending time with Barney the Dinosaur. The 25 minute special takes place in a quieter area of the park. If you want to make the moment last, be sure to stay after the event ends. Your kids can play with the musical fountain while you catch a moment in the shade. Those getting a late start have a great opportunity to wrap up the day with a bang as Universal hosts a fireworks special every evening.
Some of the best attractions for kids in Orlando, Florida come from less familiar names. Families who love water-skiing, tubing, and para-sailing should check out the Sammy Duvall Watersports Centre behind Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They provide the private boats, drivers, and instructors. Your family customizes the event based on your specific level of experience. They offer personal watercraft rentals, too. For another way to enjoy the water, look to your hotel. Some Orlando hotels feature impressive on-site waterparks and experiences that rival those found at major attractions.
Alternately, spend a day enjoying the water without setting foot on a boat. SeaWorld has dolphins, sea lions and whales closer than you've ever seen them before. If there’s a budding biologist in the family, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes tours. These unique events allow your family to find out exactly what the experts do to care for these incredible creatures without having to leave Orlando. Attractions for kids in the park are usually found in Shamu’s Happy Harbor, a segment of the park designed as a children’s play area.
With so many places to explore, it’s easy to find family-friendly entertainment in the city. These are some of the top Orlando attractions, but there are so many more to explore. Enjoy planning and adding ideas to your own itinerary!
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