Dr Philips is a bustling town close to all the touristy must dos, yet has a list of fun things to do all on its own. If you are not familiar with Dr Phillips, it is located just off I-4 and nestled next to Windermere and Metro West and only 5 minutes from Universal. Take a visit to this town as you will find lots of fun things to do here!
Dr P Phillips Splash Pad and Community Park
If you are looking for a hot weather activity and want to cool off, the Dr P Phillips Splash Pad is a must! For $1 per person (cash only), you have a huge splash pad to chase the kids around. I find most splash pads to be on the smaller, more basic side, but this splash pad is definitely one of the better ones around town. Not only is it huge, it is gated which helps to keep the kids contained so a big plus for those with kids that wander. They also have lots of water features to help keeps your kids engaged. Well worth the small fee charged. The park also has a great playground so when you are ready to dry off, check out the playground before you leave if you or the kids still have any energy left.
Hours: Summer from 8 am to 8 pm and Winter from 8 am to 6 pm
Location: 8249 Buenavista Woods BV, Orlando, FL 32836
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf Course
Having been voted the number one mini golf course in Florida, Pirate’s Cove is the perfect course to bring your kids to. Enter the Pirate world of buccaneers and sunken ships as you put your way through 18 holes. Choose from 2 different courses, or make a day of it and do both! It’s practically next to the Orlando Eye and the Sea Life Aquarium so you could even add those to your itinerary and have a whole day of fun.
Hours: 9 am to 11:30 pm
Location: 8501 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Sea Life Aquarium
For those who have children that love the underwater world, Sea Life Aquarium is the place to go! From sharks to stingrays, seahorses, turtles and more, there is lots to see at the aquarium. This place is especially great for those with little kids. If you are looking for a week day activity, Toddler Tuesday is a must! From 9:30 am to 10 am enjoy toddler only activities including story time, sing along, weekly sea creature topics, and sometimes a special animal interaction. Admission is included with the special toddler time.
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
Location: 8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Music with Mar
Have you taken your kids to any music classes? Music with Mar, taught by Miss Becky is a childhood staple around Orlando. For $12 per family, it is a great deal for those with multiple kids as you are not charged per child like many other classes in the area. Held in different locations around town, the Dr Phillips one is held on Tuesday mornings. Miss Becky’s 45-minute interactive classes incorporate movement that teaches basic social, language, cognitive and motor skills. Plus, it is a great way for you and your child to bond too!
Hours: Tuesday mornings
Location: 4950 South Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32819
My daughter does NOT like to go grocery shopping with me. One trip to Trader Joe’s and that has all changed. Not only do they have great products, they also have great prices. TJ’s prides themselves as a neighborhood grocery store with prices you can afford and unique grocery store item options as well. Though my daughter could care less about all of that, the real attraction here is the mini grocery carts! She happily shops with me and even picks out her own items and puts them in her little cart! So, if you need to do a quick food shop while you’re in the area, definitely make this your stop! You child will thank you!
Hours: 8 am to 9 pm
Location: 8323 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Southwest Branch Library
I always love stopping by a library branch that is not my usual and the Southwest Library is no exception. If you live in Orange County, you may be familiar with their weekly story time for babies and toddlers or the after-school events for older kids. If not, definitely check out their calendar of events! It’s nice to meet new friends in neighboring towns and my daughter loves the change of scenery. Grab a few books after so you can spruce up bedtime with some new books!
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Marketplace at Dr. Phillips
The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips is home to more than 65 restaurants and shops. Walk around with the kids and grab something for lunch from one of the numerous restaurants. Afterwards get something sweet for dessert from one of the frozen yogurt spots in the mall.
Location: 7524 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Barnes and Noble
Do your kids love to read? A favorite thing of my daughter and I’s to do on a cold, rainy day, is to visit Barnes and Noble. We usually head straight to the kids’ section to pick out some books and read. There is also a small stage in that section that is perfect for littles who love to perform. After that, we grab some magazines and set up in the café with some hot chocolate. This part especially works well for any age as even my teenage niece enjoys it! They also offer different book readings and story times for kids so be sure to check out their calendar of events.
Hours: 9 am to 10 pm
Location: 7900 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Le Café de Paris
If you are looking for a place to take your child on a lunch date, Le Café de Paris is the place. Step into a faraway land and enjoy some of the exceptional French cuisine. It’s delicious and delightful and a fun afternoon out with your mini me. End your lunch with a dessert crepe and enjoy your afternoon in France.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
Location: 5170 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
So you may not consider Crayola Factory to be in Dr Phillips, but since it’s only a super short drive from there, we’ll pretend that it is. I had never been to Crayola Factory until last month. We got a great Black Friday deal and couldn’t pass on the price. I am so glad we did because my daughter is loving it! You can name your own crayons and label them, make crayons out of molds, make fun art out of melted crayon wax, or have your kids picture taken and put directly into a coloring sheet. There are also interactive areas to play that is sure to please the littlest of fans.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Location: 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
Which of these 10 things to do with kids in Dr. Phillips are you most interested to try?
Written by Megan Daniels