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Family Fun Things to Do in Orlando, FL

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

There are literally hundreds of cities in the US alone that have become popular favorites where the family vacation is concerned. One of the first cities that come to mind is Orlando, Florida.

Disney World Orlando

Orlando has become one of the most desirable family holiday destinations in the United States and possibly worldwide. The climate is always perfect so a beach-oriented family vacation is always recommended no matter if you are on the Atlantic side or the Gulf side of the state.

The following is a list of the 6 most popular family destinations when vacationing in the Sunshine State that you will definitely want to include in your vacation itinerary:

1. Discovery Cove

A reservation-only format that provides the entire family with the most exciting encounters with animals that you will ever experience in your life. You can look a barracuda or a shark in the eye, play with stingrays, and of course, swim with the dolphins.

2. Orlando Science Center

Originally established and incorporated as the Central Florida Museum in 1955 and then featured at the opening of Loch Haven Park of Orlando in 1960, it is now known as the Orlando Science Center and is a 207,000 sq. ft., multi-level facility that is a sure fire hit with families. It features the Cinema Dome, continually changing exhibits, and a planetarium.

3. SeaWorld of Orlando

Of all the amusement parks in the world, SeaWorld of Orlando has perfected the ideal recipe for family vacation fun. It is one of the best combinations of animal interactions, fantastic entertainment, and thrilling amusement rides that you will find anywhere in the US.

4. Universal Orlando

Comprised of 2 family fun parks, Universal Orlando features the phenomenal Islands of Adventure and the renowned Orlando Studios. Once considered to be a one-day vacation adventure, Universal Orlando has attained new family vacation destination status. Additionally, make sure you take in the CityWalk entertainment complex while you are there as well. The 3 luxury hotels that are in close proximity to the park make the entire scenario a multi-day vacation at the very least.

5. Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom

No matter which of Disney’s theme parks you take in on vacation, Animal Kingdom is a must-see on any vacation itinerary. The one in Walt Disney World in Orlando is no exception. In any event, you and your family will quickly discover that this is neither your typical theme park attraction nor your typical zoo. It is a family attraction that beckons all and should not be missed.

6. Walt Disney World

You know the old cliché about “saving the best for last?” We just did. Welcome to Walt Disney World, one of the premier theme parks in the entire world and a highly targeted family vacation destination. Whether it’s the exhibits, the food, the rides, or just the themed atmosphere, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Photo of Disney World, Orlando, FL by Joe Penniston

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6 responses to “Family Fun Things to Do in Orlando, FL”

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  1. Deborah says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 02:28

    Birthday World Orlando is a 22,000sq ft indoor carnival for kids. It’s a great and inexpensive way to spend a couple of hours of fun with the kids. They have 5 rides, many bounces, glow golf, huge arcade and great food. Birthday World caters to children ages 2-12. For all day fun it’s only $5 if your little ones are 2 years of age and younger and only $10.00 for the older kids. Adults are always free! Open to the public 7 days a week!

  2. Things to do in Orlando says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 17:30

    Thanks for the list. There are definitely plenty of great things to do in Orlando, FL – Things to do in Orlando

  3. Leigh says:
    July 2nd, 2011 at 14:18

    Orlando really is the perfect place for a fun, action packed vacation for all the family. have some amazing luxury family holiday rentals here in the heart of Orlando. The perfect place to relax after an exciting day in the Sunshine State!

  4. Racha says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 00:44

    These are some great family orriented things to do in Florida! Contrary to belief,FL is a great state to bring your family besides the whole spring break wildness that goes on in the south! Orlando is fabulous and so is Miami, and any beach town you come across along your drive from city to city! Lots of snorkeling along the coast line and great food to be tried! The Palm Bay Hotel in Palm Bay ( was a great place for my family and I to stay since it was cheap and very close to Orlando!

  5. Donna says:
    January 21st, 2013 at 15:04

    Just found out that hubby’s work has an office location near Orlando. It’s so exciting I can’t even speak lol!
    Who knows, maybe we’ll be residents one fine day :)

  6. Jim says:
    January 18th, 2014 at 12:06

    Looks like a great time and certainly brought back some fun memories! For some reason I just fell in love with the town of Wollongong. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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