Orlando is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world, with world-class resorts, lots of shopping, golf and beautiful beaches. With flights to Orlando frequent and reasonably-priced, this fun part of the Sunshine State should be on your list of must-see destinations.
While Orlando might instantly make you think of Disneyland, there are actually many other wonderful activities to entertain the whole family in this enticing Florida city.
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If your kids are animal lovers, there’s so much to see and do at SeaWorld. There’s a sea lion pirate show, rides, and an encounter with sharks. The park is quite compact and manageable for families to navigate, which is an important consideration when travelling with small children.
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This interactive science museum is located in an upside-down building! It’s perfect for kids over the ages of six or seven, and there’s so much to do: a bubble factory, music lab, laser tag and many more interactive attractions.
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Go with your wild side and see thousands of alligators and crocodiles, including extremely rare white alligators. There’s also a thrilling zip line, a petting zoo and animal shows.
Day trips from Orlando
Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city for a few hours, and Orlando certainly offers some memorable daytrips for families. Florida is an amazing state with so many things to see and do, and beaches, forests, parks and rivers all within an easy drive from the city.
Kennedy Space Center
For older children, this NASA museum is worth the one-hour drive from Orlando. You can see a rocket launch if you’re there at the right time, along with the astronaut hall of fame.
This largest LEGOLAND theme park is about a 45-minute drive from Orlando, and is perfect for any LEGO fan from ages 2-12.
New Smyrna Beach
This is a perfect beach spot with soft sands, lots of marine life and seaside activities for the whole family. A whole day can be easily spent here.
Where to stay
Orlando is famed for its family-friendly hotels: you can’t go wrong looking for accommodation in the Sunshine State. You can find Disney-themed hotels, luxury five-star complexes, self-catering condos, budget motels and everything in between. Whatever your budget, Orlando has accommodation to suit your family and your vacation.
It doesn’t take much convincing to see how fun Orlando is, but hopefully you now have a jam packed itinerary of what to do once you arrive at this delightful destination.