100 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other than Theme Parks

Explore Orlando by way of ATV, led by an adventure tour company like Revolution Adventures. Photo courtesy Revolution Adventures
Explore Orlando by way of ATV, led by an adventure tour company like Revolution Adventures. Photo courtesy Revolution Adventures

Most of us know Orlando as the theme park mecca, offering tons of memories at Walt Disney World and Universal. But Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays. 

We’ve rounded up a list of 100 things to do in Orlando with kids outside of the theme parks. From hiking to museums to themed dinners, these fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and must-do activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando!

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Get a bird's eye view on the Icon Wheel at Icon Park
Get a bird's-eye view of the region aboard the Icon Wheel. Photo courtesy of Icon Park

Things to Do in Orlando With Kids Other than Theme Parks

1. Take a ride on The Wheel at ICON Park for a fabulous view.

2. Explore the oceans of the world at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

3. Swing like Tarzan at Orlando’s Tree Trek Adventure Park.

4. Take a safe climb on the rock wall at the Oviedo Recreation Gym.

5. Zipline directly over alligators at Gatorland.

6. Take some silly family photos with "celebrities" at Madame Tussauds.

7. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of one of Central Florida's beautiful natural springs.

8. Learn how to wakeboard or paddleboard at the Orlando Watersports Complex.

9. Journey through a land of wacky and weird fun at the new Museum of Illusions.

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Pick your perfect pack of colors at the Crayola Experience. Photo courtesy of Crayola 

10. Create your own crayon label and make masterpieces of color at Crayola Experience.

11. Discover where chocolate comes from and taste chocolates from around the world at The World of Chocolate museum.

12. Get catapulted vertically at 100 mph on the Slingshot at Old Town.

13. Hit the water on a paddleboard or kayak.

14. Play a round of putt-putt golf at a local miniature golf course.

15. Anyone over the age of 3 can find out what it feels like to defy gravity at iFLY.

16. Cheer on your favorite knight or watch pirates battle while enjoying a family meal at these deliciously fun dinner shows.

17. If visiting Orlando over the summer, sign the kids up for a chocolate day camp at Peterbrooke Chocolatier.

18. Drive bumper boats, race on a multilevel go-kart course, and ride a wooden coaster at Fun Spot, with locations in Orlando and Kissimmee!

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Kidstown at the Orlando Science Center.
Experience the wonders of Kidstown at the Orlando Science Center. Photo by author

19. Explore the expansive KidsTown area at the Orlando Science Center.

20. Get a Disney fix at a fraction of the cost at Disney Springs.

21. Walk through hundreds of odd exhibits at the Ripley's! Believe It Or Not Odditorium.

22. Bike the 22-mile West Orange Trail for scenic exploration.

23. Go park hopping outside of the theme parks by visiting some of Orlando’s best playgrounds.

24. Paddle the waters of Lake Eola on a swan boat.

Catch a show like the Lion King Jr. Photo courtesy of Orlando Repertory Theatre
Catch a show such as Lion King Jr. at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Photo courtesy of the venue

25. The Orlando Repertory Theatre gives children a great introduction to theatrical performances.

26. Hop on the I-Ride Trolley to explore International Drive.

27. Spot Florida wildlife from the comfort of your own car on a wildlife drive.

28. Cruise through majestic canals on a Winter Park scenic boat tour.

29. Visit the beautiful lakeside town of Mount Dora.

30. Feed giraffes at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

31. Go glamping at Westgate River Ranch.

32. Relax in a 50-acre botanical oasis while enjoying a traveling exhibit or take in a movie night at Leu Gardens.

33. Be amazed in the many rooms of wonder at the Great Magic Hall.

34. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars at the monthly Popcorn Flicks in the Park courtesy of Enzian.

35. Learn the basics of good nutrition and healthy food prep with a family cooking class at Kids Cooking Connection

36. Explore a local nature trail with these 20 kid-friendly hikes.

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Silks at Orlando Circus School
Test yourself on the trapeze at Orlando Circus School. Photo courtesy of the school. 

37. Clown around or fly through the air on a trapeze at Orlando Circus School.

38. Escape the Florida heat at these indoor playgrounds for kids

39. Attend a special family performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

40. Introduce your kids to improv with family-friendly shows at SAK Comedy Lab.

41. Visit the largest public library in Florida for a fun day of imagination through books and free family activities.

42. Train-obsessed kids will enjoy rides around the city on the SunRail, where kids ages 6 and younger ride for free with a paying adult.

43. Cool off at one of these Orlando area inflatable water parks.

44. Crack the code at family-friendly escape rooms.

45. Take a day trip and have fun under the sun at the many local Florida beaches.

46. Mine for gold, thrill to a carnival ride, and enjoy live entertainment at Old Town.

Sluice for minerals, arrowheads, and gems at Dinosaur World.
Scour for minerals, arrowheads, gems, and more at Dinosaur World. Photo by author

47. Enjoy some Jurassic fun just an hour outside of Orlando at Dinosaur World.

48. Challenge your family to a game of laser tag or paintball at Battleground Orlando.

49. Catch some rodeo action at the Silver Spurs Arena.

50. Ride to the top of one of Florida’s first attractions, the Citrus Tower.

51. Cheer on the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL hockey team at the Amway Center.

52. Get an up-close view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

53. Take a dolphin cruise and look for these gentle mammals near Clearwater.

54. Conquer a glow-in-the-dark ropes course at WonderWorks, the famous I-Drive, upside-down attraction.

55. Experience a magical nighttime tour on the Indian River Lagoon with a bioluminescent kayaking or paddle board tour.

56. Cuddle an alpaca at the Brevard Zoo.

57. Glide through the scenic lakeside town of Mount Dora on a Segway.

58. Tour Giraffe Ranch on a camel or llama.

59. Prepare to be scared with a ghost tour of historic downtown Sanford.

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Take a relaxing kayaking tour of Shingle Creek. Photo courtesy of The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek

60. During the winter months, spot Florida’s state marine mammal, manatees, at several locations around Orlando.

61. Take a free ferry boat ride to Hontoon Island State Park.

62. Watch a live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs.

63. Take a ride on the famous Silver Springs glass bottom boat tour. You might even spot one of the hundreds of wild monkeys that roam Silver Springs!

64. Dine and hit the playspace at the world’s largest McDonald’s.

65. Tour a working Florida citrus and cattle ranch on a monster truck.

66. Catch an Orlando City soccer club pro game.

67. Play and eat at Dave & Buster’s on I-Drive.

68. Take a spin on the world's tallest swing ride.

69. Book a narrated boat tour through the Dora Canal.

70. Get a close-up view of a replica of Mount Rushmore at the Presidents Hall of Fame.

71. Visit a historical pioneer village.

72. Explore Florida’s waterways and glimpse wildlife on an airboat adventure.

73. Let little ones splash around at an Orlando splash pad, many of which are free!

74. Cook your own pancakes at the popular Sugar Mill Restaurant at De Leon Springs.

75. See the 31-degree high banks of the Daytona International Speedway with a VIP tour.

76. Rain in the forecast? Enjoy awesome indoor entertainment centers to keep the fun going!

77. Book a day pass to swim at Orlando's incredible hotels and resorts.

78. Enjoy watersports at the many lakes around Orlando.

79. Cool off with an ice cold ice cream treat.

80. Orlando has a variety of diverse museums perfect for families to explore history, art, science, and more.

81. Take a stroll through Orlando's vibrant gardens.

82. Treat the kids to a sweet breakfast - donuts!

83. If visiting in April or May, carve some time to pick fresh blueberries from a local u-pick farm.

84. Visit CityWalk, Universal Orlando's entertainment district.

85. Snap Instagram-worthy photos at the murals at Mills 50.

86. Grab a meal overlooking the water at kid-friendly restaurants.

87. Take a trip to downtown Sanford and walk the RiverWalk.

88. Enjoy Florida's wonderful weather and enjoy a trip away for a day trip from Orlando.

89. Go off-roading on an ATV or buggy tour.

90. Explore Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, complete with walking trails, farm animals, playgrounds, disc golf, and more.

91. See Orlando by air on a hot air balloon ride.

92. Practice your golf swing and introduce your kids to the sport at Top Golf.

93. Kids will love the Hammock Hollow children's garden at Bok Tower Gardens.

94. Shop 'til you drop at The Florida Mall.

95. See a live venom extraction show at Reptile World Serpentarium.

96. Treat your teen to an axe-throwing excursion.

97. Be amazed by the magic shows at The Great Magic Hall.

98. Spend a day at Wekiva Island's watering hole.

99. Load up the car and take the family to a drive-in movie.

100. Dine with your favorite Disney characters at these character meals.

The list could go on and on... This should get you started on planning an amazing time in Orlando beyond the world-famous theme parks!

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