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There is so much more to living in Orlando than just Disney World and Universal Studios. Orlando has so many fun things to do with kids it could take you months just to explore everything. I’m going to share with you 10 of my favorite things to do with my daughter as a local here in Central Florida.
This is definitely one of the fun things to do in Orlando with kids!! Probably my favorite thing. It would take an entire blog post just to talk about all the fun things to do here but here are the highlights. Saturday there is an AWESOME farmer’s market, probably the best in Orlando. Scoops has the best ice cream and it’s a cool place to visit. I love grabbing a juice at the Plant Street Market (there is also a Brewery for you beer lovers). And if you have any gluten allergies the Winter Garden Pizza makes a delicious gluten free pizza. There is a park, shops and so much more. There is also a fountain playground that is a huge hit with the kids. It’s only about a 25 minute drive from Disney World straight down the 535.
If you have girl or boy scouts this is a great spot for them. It’s a beautiful nature trail through all of the gardens. When you’re done the nature trail you can have a beautiful picnic lunch overlooking the lake. In the summer they do guided children’s tours that are perfect for the nature loving kids. Children under 5 are free.
This is the one place my daughter begs me to take her to almost every weekend. Her and her friends could literally jump there until they pass out from exhaustion. This is sure to be a hit with any active child who has tons of energy. This place is massive and it’s full of trampolines everywhere. There is a safety risk so you have to sign a liability waiver, any time trampolines are involved there could be safety issues but in all the years of taking my child here we’ve never seen or heard of any accidents.
We had a blast when we went here. It’s a giant zipline/tree maze that goes all through the woods. It takes a good couple of hours to do, especially if you have a lot of little ones that move slower but it’s a really fun time. I think the best time of the year to do it is in the winter or fall before it gets ungodly hot in the summer but if you don’t mind the heat than it could be a great time! It’s located not far from Disney, over off Sinclair road behind the Encore Club at the Reunion Resort. It’s not part of the resort.
This a very local place to go. You really won’t find many tourists here because they don’t know about it. This park is so centrally located to all the action but yet so hidden in the midst of a residential area right off Apopka Vineland Rd. The park is totally futuristic and is not your typical slide and merry go round type park. They also have a splash park for the kids that only $1 to get in and they will play for hours. This is by far one of the best, free places to check out in Orlando. Bring a lunch because they do not have a snack bar. Definitely bring the kids here and let them run wild.
This place is SO much fun!! They have a nice sized skating rink as well as a smaller one for the little ones. They also rent skating walkers (I really don’t know what else to call them, but they help the kids skate) for $5. They have tons of games, a full snack and food bar and multiple party rooms. My daughter had her 6th birthday here and it was a huge hit. That’s her in the photo. We go at least twice a month, it’s the place all the local kids love to go and hang out. It’s a good crowd and we’ve never had issues with bullies or inappropriate music and language. While you’re there you can also pop right by downtown Winter Garden because it’s only 5 minutes away.
The Orlando Science Center is a cool place. They have just about everything you brain can think of when it comes to science and learning. I really don’t know where to start, because there’s so much, you probably just need to go and experience it for yourself. Once of my favorite parts about it is the new addition called the “Kinetic Zone”. Kids get to explore all kinds of fun activities that teach them about kinetic energy. The dinosaur room is also pretty neat. That’s my daughter in the photo above playing life size Operation.
Every Saturday they have a drop off event for school aged children where they get to paint their own photo and take it home. Each week it’s a different photo and they guide them and direct them on how to paint it, so art skills are not a requirement for this. My daughter loves this place as do almost all the local kids. It’s a great way to get a couple hours to yourself and know that your child is in good hands and having a fun time! Depending on where you’re staying it’s only about a 15 minute drive from Disney.
This is one of the really outside the box things to do in Orlando with kids. It’s a giant farm that they turned into a petting zoo. They even have a zorse! Have you ever seen one in real life? You will here. There is a train that goes through the entire place that you can ride also. This place is a sensory overload for me but the kids love it. I recommend wearing sneakers, I’ve made the mistake of wearing sandals there before and I had to wash my feet for four days to get all the dirt off. It’s not very far from Disney at all. Maybe 10 minutes tops depending on where you’re staying.
Lake Eola is a great place to go, especially on a Sunday. They have a really nice farmer’s market that is huge but the biggest hit there is the geese that live there. Lake Eola is home to a family of wild geese that recently had babies. They are all over the park and will come right up to you and eat out of your hands (feeding them is not recommended). It takes a good 15 minutes to walk the entire lake and it’s really peaceful. There is also a play ground and restaurants there if you get hungry. They have public bathrooms and parking is free if you can find a spot along the streets. You can also ride a giant swan boat around the lake. On Sunday mornings there is a yoga group that meets in front of the Panera on the lawn, it’s only $5 to join. My daughter and loves doing the yoga with me and then watching the geese after.
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