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10 Fun Family Activities to do in Orlando

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Orlando is a place like no other, which explains why it’s a top travel destination for people from all over the world.  Orlando may house some of the most popular amusement parks, but our museums, culture, good eats, gardens, parks and lakes make it truly The City Beautiful.  Orlando is full of adventure, beauty, and offers the chance to experience things only found here. 

10 Fun Family Activities to do in Orlando

Here are 10 fun family activities to do in Orlando.

fun family activities in orlando

Go on an Airboat Tour

Take a ride through the Everglades and discover the beauty of these protected swamps, marshes, and rivers. Explore and learn about the unique animals that live there, the ecosystem, and spot alligators sunning on the banks or swimming in the water.  Airboat tours can range in times of day and duration, making it easier to fit the experience that’s right for you.  Hold on to your hat, airboats can skim the water up to 45 miles an hour.  

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Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Soar up to 2,500 feet high overlooking Orlando.  Take in the beauty of the everglades, orange groves, theme parks, and more.  Check out these local companies offering balloon rides:

Painted Horizons
Bob’s Balloons
Orlando Balloon Adventures

Go Ziplining

Ziplining is such an invigorating sport that builds confidence!  My kiddos love ziplining and are so proud of themselves when they complete the ride.  Zip through tree tops, over animals, or indoors, Orlando has plenty of options so you can choose the best experience for you.

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Take a Helicopter Tour

A Helicopter tour is another way to soar above Orlando with the kiddos.  Take in the sites of the city and theme parks from around 1,000 feet.  Local companies offering helicopter tours include:

Air Force Fun
Air Florida Helicopter
Orlando Heli Tours
Max Flight Heli
Leading Edge Helicopter

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Visit the Gardens

The gardens in and around Orlando are simply beautiful.  They are lush with local plants and flowers and beautifully maintained.  Taking a walk through the gardens is an excellent way to get outside if you’re not too big on the adventurous side of Orlando.  If you’re looking for something more than a stroll, a few local gardens offer experiences such as butterfly encounters, movie nights, and classes.  My kiddos love finding new

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Take a Go Kart Ride

Do you feel the need for speed? Then take a go kart ride. Orlando has some amazing go karting options both indoors and outdoors. There are easy tracks for younger kids and more difficult tracks for older kids and adults. Whether you are young or old, go karting is a great activity.

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Visit a State Park

The State Parks in the Orlando area are full of fun activities.  Have an adventure camping, swimming or tubing in natural springs, hiking trails or venturing off the beaten path.  It’s an excellent way to get outside and enjoy nature as a family.  

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Go to a Museum or an Exhibit

The unique culture of Orlando can be seen, in part, through the museums and exhibits around our area.  From children’s museums, wax museums, to art and history, and exhibits.  Orlando museums provide opportunities to learn through interactive play as well as walking tours through the city’s history.  

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Take in a Play or a Show

It’s refreshing to see a city that has so much opportunity for outdoor activities and adventure also have a place for the arts.  Taking in a Broadway show or a play with the kiddos is easy and fun.  Places you can take in shows with the family include:

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando Repertory Theatre

Have a Sweet Treat

A great way to end this list is with some yummy sweet treats. Orlando has some great ice cream, donut, cookie, pie shops and more where you can grab sweet treats with the kiddos. They host delicious flavors, unique finds, and even vegan options! Enjoy!

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