When thinking of family-friendly holiday destinations, few places have achieved the grand size and scale of Orlando, Florida. From the vast choice of theme parks to the delicious, varied restaurants and evening entertainment, you’ll be swept away in amazement at what Orlando has to offer. I love sharing tips on this amazing place and also finding new places myself. So, lets get into some of the best family-friendly activities this region has to offer!
As much as we could spend all day talking about the different theme parks, and regions within those parks, we’ll group them into one category. When visiting Orlando, it would be criminal not to check out either Universal Studios or Disney World, or both if possible! There is so much to do and see at each park that it can be extremely difficult to do it in just one day. I’d suggest setting your family a list and trying to tick off the highlights, so you won’t lose time trying to decide what to do next, plus don’t be disappointed if you don’t do it all – whatever you do you will have an amazing time so don’t let it stress you out too much!
With its 400-foot circular centrepiece, ICON Park is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. Home to numerous attractions such as Madame Tussaud’s Orlando, the Skeleton Museum and the famed Wheel, the park will have something for all the family. The park is also home to seemingly countless restaurants that range from the classic American cuisine to Spanish, Mexican and Italian. You’ll comfortably be able to spend a day here with all of the family coming away happy (and full!).
Orlando Science Centre
The Orlando Science Centre is a mammoth building that houses an unbelievable range of scientific, engineering and mathematical exhibits. It attracts thousands of visitors daily and inspires people, both young and old, to indulge their inner scientist and it’s really interactive which will keep children entertained for ages. The centre has a constantly changing array of exhibits and a wide range of live shows. They also have a great calendar of events throughout the year, from hands-on workshops to grand exhibitions and even some food and drink-flavoured shows.
Spread your wings and take flight at the revolutionary iFly centre in Orlando. Located on International Drive, like many of the region’s attractions, iFly is an indoor skydiving centre. With state of the art equipment and professional instructors to make your flight enjoyable, iFly will allow you and your family to make memories that last a lifetime. With various flight packages to suit all requirements, you’ll be able to spend the day in the air, learning the ropes and mastering the technique of flight.
Being the Sunshine State, Florida offers the perfect climate for a wide range of plants and flowers to grow and blossom. Leu Gardens looks to display some of the finest native and foreign species in one place for everyone to enjoy. The Gardens are a great place to spend an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the busy theme parks and International Drive, to spend some quality time together as a family. You may be thinking that in a metropolis of theme parks and non-stop entertainment, a quiet garden location may be a hard sell for the children. Fear not, as the Gardens’ constant calendar of events such as fairy festivals, movie nights and storytelling will be more than enough to keep your children happy.
Blue Man Group
If your mind isn’t already reeling from the sheer variety and size of Orlando, then the Blue Man Group will blow it to smithereens. Their shows are famed the world over for light, sound and non-stop confusion. Three bald, blue men will take to the stage and what follows will be unprecedented and awe-inspiring in equal measure. The Blue Man Group perform at Universal’s CityWalk and it is a separately ticketed show, typically lasting just over one and a half hours. For an evening never to be forgotten, Blue Man Group is a sure-fire winner!
What better way to cool off from the warm Florida sunshine than to head to one of the many water parks dotted around the region? If you’re planning on heading into Disney World, you’ll be able to take advantage of both of their water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Similarly, Universal offers Volcano Bay, with plenty of rides, slides and splashes to be had. If you’ve already used your ticket allocation for Disney and Universal, not to worry, as there are plenty of other independent water parks that you can head to for the day. Orlando Watersports Complex is one of our favourites and has something for everyone! Wakeboarding, water skiing and many other water sports are available here, while there is also a mammoth inflatable aquapark that gives younger ones the opportunity to climb, slide and jump to their heart’s content.
When travelling with family, it’s important to have time together to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring the parks. With an Orlando villa holiday, you’ll have your own space to enjoy, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. From being able to rustle up a meal in your own kitchen to enjoying a private pool to enjoy a moment of quiet away from the madness of your incredible holiday, you’ll have all you need for a perfect family break away.
Have you been to Orlando? I’d love to know what other family friendly activities you’d recommend, let us know in the comments.