Top Kid-Friendly Attractions in Orlando



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Guide written by Kara Mayer Robinson and Jen of Two Kids and a Map.

It doesn't really matter if you're a fan of the mouse or not-Orlando is a no-brainer when it comes to pleasing the whole family. This kid-centric city makes little ones so happy that it brings smiles to everyone on board, making family trips run super-smooth.

There are endless activity options for kids in and around Orlando. You may feel a bit rushed, but it is entirely possible to visit two Disney parks in one day. Allow plenty of time for the shuttle to take you to each park. If you will be in Orlando for more than four days, purchase the four day pass and visit one park each day..


Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

Ciao Bambino provides tips and advice around all things related to traveling with kids and is a guide to the best kid friendly hotels.

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Day 1 - Orlando


Disneyworld A trip to Orlando wouldn't be complete without a visit to Disneyworld, but there's no law saying you absolutely have to hit the Magic Kingdom. Maybe you've been there already or maybe characters aren't your thing. No worries-these days there are plenty of alternative theme parks to choose from and tailoring your visits to your interests is a smart way to enjoy your vacation even more. Epcot Epcot's an oldie-but-goodie that often appeals to school-age kids who've developed an interest in the world at large. Disney's Hollywood Studios is another option that appeals to kids (and adults) of all ages.


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International Drive

Location:

International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: +1 407 248 9590
fax: +1 407 248 9594
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Day 3 - Orlando


Downtown Disney: Moviegoers will want to catch a flick at Downtown Disney, the host of 24 (!) movie theatres. Shoppers also have good reason to flock here. But we have yet another reason to hit this branch of Disneyworld-the food. If you haven't been introduced to the cuisine of Wolfgang Puck or Gloria Estefan, here's your chance. And what's better than doing it at a low cost and in a kid-friendly environment? Top off a meal at Wolfgang Puck's or Bongo's Cuban Café with a delectable sundae at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain, a San Francisco-based chocolate company that has an outpost right here in Orlando. Besides the food, shops and theaters, Downtown Disney is a winner for Lego-lovers. In addition to a fully stocked store with billions of Legos that kids can play with for hours on end, you'll get a kick out of the Lego sculptures, including the life-sized family (dog included) and the sea serpent that weaves in and out of a lake.Downtown Orlando: Did you know there's an actual downtown in Orlando that most tourists have no idea exists? Spend an afternoon touring the real Orlando, a few miles east on Interstate 4 (aka I-4). Start with a stroll around Lake Eola (take a float in a swan boat while you're there), then head up to Winter Park, a gorgeous, tree-lined village that has lots of green space, gourmet coffee shops and locally-owned boutiques. Grab a cup o' joe, stroll into one of the town's five museums and, if you time it right, catch one of its seasonal festivals. Map out your day at www.ci.winter-park.fl.us and www.cityoforlando.net.


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Orlando Science Center

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Location:

777 E. Princeton St
Between Orange and Mills Aves, in Loch Haven Park
Orlando, FL 32803

Contact:

tel: 888/672-4386
fax: +1 407 514 2277
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Lake Eola Park

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Location:

1 N. Rosalind Ave.
Lake Eola Park
Orlando, FL 32801

Contact:

tel: +1 407 246 2827
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Downtown Orlando

Location:

South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Contact:

tel: +1 407 363 5872


Day 4 - Orlando


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Universal Studios Florida

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Location:

1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32809

Contact:

tel: +1 407 363 8000
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Islands of Adventure

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Location:

1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819

Contact:

tel: +1 407 839 3900
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SeaWorld Orlando

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Location:

7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

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tel: +1 407 351 3600
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