100 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids (Other than Theme Parks)
There are so many things to do in Orlando beyond the theme parks! While most people who don't live in Orlando only think of it as a theme park mecca, offering tons of memories at Walt Disney World and Universal, locals know better. Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages besides 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 House of Mouse. And you can save money on admission tickets at some of these attractions with the Go City Pass! Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando!
Things to Do in Orlando With Kids Other than Theme Parks
1. The Wheel at ICON Park
Take a ride on The Wheel at ICON Park for a fabulous view.
2. Sea Life Orlando Aquarium
Explore the oceans of the world at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.
3. Tree Trek Adventure Park
Swing like Tarzan at Orlando’s Tree Trek Adventure Park.
4. Oviedo Recreation Gym
Take a safe climb on the rock wall at the Oviedo Recreation Gym.
Zipline directly over alligators at Gatorland.
6. Madame Tussauds Orlando
Take some silly family photos with "celebrities" at Madame Tussauds.
Only 27 first-magnitude springs exist in Florida, and Alexander Springs is by far one of the easiest to enjoy.
7. Florida's natural springs
Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of one of Central Florida's beautiful natural springs.
8. Orlando Watersports Complex
Learn how to wakeboard or paddleboard at the Orlando Watersports Complex.
9. Museum of Illusions
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. Crayola Experience
Create your own crayon label and make masterpieces of color at Crayola Experience.
11. World of Chocolate Museum
Discover where chocolate comes from and taste chocolates from around the world at the World of Chocolate Museum.
12. Old Town
Mine for gold, thrill to a carnival ride, and enjoy live entertainment at Old Town.
Hit the water on a paddleboard or kayak.
14. Go Mini Golfing
Play a round of putt-putt golf at a local miniature golf course. Florida is all about golf!
Anyone over the age of 3 can find out what it feels like to defy gravity at iFLY.
16. See a Dinner Show
Cheer on your favorite knight or watch pirates battle while enjoying a family meal at these deliciously fun dinner shows.
17. Peterbrooke Chocolatier
If visiting Orlando over the summer, sign the kids up for a chocolate day camp at Peterbrooke Chocolatier.
18. Fun Spot
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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Experience the wonders of Kidstown at the Orlando Science Center. Photo by author
19. Orlando Science Center
Explore the expansive KidsTown area at the Orlando Science Center.
20. Disney Springs
Ok, it's technically a theme park, but you can get a Disney fix at a fraction of the cost at Disney Springs.
21. Ripley's! Believe It Or Not Odditorium
Walk through hundreds of odd exhibits at Ripley's! Believe It Or Not Odditorium.
22. Bike the West Orange Trail
Bike the 22-mile West Orange Trail for scenic exploration.
23. Hit the playground
Go park hopping outside of the theme parks by visiting some of Orlando’s best playgrounds.
24. Swan Boats at Lake Eola
Paddle the waters of Lake Eola on a swan boat.
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Catch a show at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Photo courtesy of the theater
25. See a show at the Orlando Repertory Theatre
The Orlando Repertory Theatre gives children a great introduction to theatrical performances.
26. International Drive
Hop on the I-Ride Trolley to explore International Drive.
27. Wildlife drive
Spot Florida wildlife from the comfort of your own car on a wildlife drive.
28. Winter Park Chain of Lakes
Cruise through majestic canals on a Winter Park scenic boat tour.
29. Visit Mount Dora
Visit the beautiful lakeside town of Mount Dora.
Have an unforgettable experience of feeding giraffes at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Photo courtesy of the zoo
30. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Feed giraffes at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
31. Westgate River Ranch
Go glamping at Westgate River Ranch.
32. Leu Gardens
Relax in a 50-acre botanical oasis while enjoying a traveling exhibit or take in a movie night at Leu Gardens.
33. Great Magic Hall
Be amazed by the many rooms of wonder at the Great Magic Hall.
34. See a movie under the stars
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. Take a cooking class
Learn the basics of good nutrition and healthy food prep with a family cooking class at Kids Cooking Connection
36. Go hiking!
Explore a local nature trail with these 20 kid-friendly hikes.
37. Orlando Circus School
Clown around or fly through the air on a trapeze at Orlando Circus School.
38. Play inside at an indoor playground
Escape the Florida heat at these indoor playgrounds for kids.
39. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Attend a special family performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
40. SAK Comedy Lab
Introduce your kids to improv with family-friendly shows at SAK Comedy Lab.
41. The best public library is in Orlando
Visit the largest public library in Florida for a fun day of imagination through books and free family activities.
42. Ride the SunRail
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. Hit an inflatable water park
Cool off at one of these Orlando area inflatable water parks.
44. Beat an escape room
45. Hit the beach!
Take a day trip and have fun under the sun at the many local Florida beaches.
46. See the Magic
Catch your local NBA team at the Amway Center.
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Take a stroll through Dinosaur World and let your kids set the pace. Photo by author
47. Dinosaur World
Enjoy some Jurassic fun just an hour outside of Orlando at Dinosaur World.
48. Battleground Orlando
Challenge your family to a game of laser tag or paintball at Battleground Orlando.
49. See a rodeo
Catch some rodeo action at the Silver Spurs Arena.
50. Citrus Tower
Ride to the top of one of Florida’s first attractions, the Citrus Tower.
51. Cheer on the Bears
Cheer on the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL hockey team at the Amway Center.
52. Kennedy Space Center
Get an up-close view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
53. Dolphin Cruise
Take a dolphin cruise and look for these gentle mammals near Clearwater.
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WonderWorks Orlando offers a wacky, wild world to explore. Photo courtesy of WonderWorks
Conquer a glow-in-the-dark ropes course at WonderWorks, the famous I-Drive, upside-down attraction.
55. Kayak or paddle boat tours by night
Experience a magical nighttime tour on the Indian River Lagoon with a bioluminescent kayaking or paddle board tour.
56. Brevard Zoo
Cuddle an alpaca at the Brevard Zoo.
57. Segway rides
Glide through the scenic lakeside town of Mount Dora on a Segway.
58. Giraffe Ranch
Tour Giraffe Ranch on a camel or llama.
59. See Sanford
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. See manatees
During the winter months, spot Florida’s state marine mammal, manatees, at several locations around Orlando.
61. Hontoon Island State Park
Take a free ferry boat ride to Hontoon Island State Park.
62. Weeki Wachee Springs
Watch a live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs.
63. Silver Springs glass bottom boat tour
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. Visit the biggest McDonald's
Dine and hit the playspace at the world’s largest McDonald’s.
65. Monster truck tour
Tour a working Florida citrus and cattle ranch on a monster truck.
66. See Orlando City Soccer Club
Catch an Orlando City soccer club pro game.
67. Dave & Busters
Play and eat at Dave & Buster’s on I-Drive.
68. World's tallest swing ride
Take a spin on the world's tallest swing ride.
69. Tour the Dora Canal
Book a narrated boat tour through the Dora Canal.
70. Presidents Hall of Fame
Get a close-up view of a replica of Mount Rushmore at the Presidents Hall of Fame.
71. Pioneer Village
Visit a historical pioneer village.
72. Explore on an airboat
Explore Florida’s waterways and glimpse wildlife on an airboat adventure.
73. Cool down at a splash pad
Let little ones splash around at an Orlando splash pad, many of which are free!
74. Sugar Mill Restaurant
Cook your own pancakes at the popular Sugar Mill Restaurant at De Leon Springs.
Experience the excitement of Daytona International Speedway. Photo by the author
75. Daytona International Speedway
See the 31-degree high banks of the Daytona International Speedway with a VIP tour.
76. Go go-karting
Rain in the forecast? Enjoy awesome indoor entertainment centers to keep the fun going!
77. Swim at a resort
Without paying for an overnight stay! Book a day pass to swim at Orlando's incredible hotels and resorts.
Enjoy watersports at the many lakes around Orlando.
Enjoy 20 flavors at Orange Blossom Candies & Cream, including a Flamino Sundae made with strawberry ice cream! Photo courtesy of the shop
79. Indulge in ice cream
Cool off with an ice-cold ice cream treat.
80. Visit a museum
Orlando has a variety of diverse museums perfect for families to explore history, art, science, and more.
81. See the gardens
Take a stroll through Orlando's vibrant gardens.
82. Discover local donuts
Treat the kids to a sweet breakfast - donuts!
83. Berry Picking
If visiting in April or May, carve some time to pick fresh blueberries from a local u-pick farm.
84. Universal CityWalk Orlando
Visit CityWalk, Universal Orlando's entertainment district.
85. Mills 50
Snap Instagram-worthy photos at the murals at Mills 50.
86. Dine on the waterfront
Grab a meal overlooking the water at kid-friendly restaurants.
Take a trip to downtown Sanford and walk the RiverWalk.
88. Take a day trip
Enjoy Florida's wonderful weather and enjoy a trip away for a day trip from Orlando.
89. Go off-roading
Go off-roading on an ATV or buggy tour.
90. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake
Explore Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, complete with walking trails, farm animals, playgrounds, disc golf, and more.
91. Hot air balloon ride
See Orlando by air on a hot air balloon ride.
92. Top Golf
Practice your golf swing and introduce your kids to the sport at Top Golf.
Say hello to Hammock Hollow at Bok Tower Gardens. Photo courtesy of the gardens
93. Hammock Hollow Garden
Kids will love the Hammock Hollow children's garden at Bok Tower Gardens.
94. The Florida Mall
Shop 'til you drop at The Florida Mall.
95. Reptile World Serpentarium
See a live venom extraction show at Reptile World Serpentarium.
96. Throw axes!
Treat your teen to an axe-throwing excursion.
97. Discovery Cove
Swim with dolphins, hand-feed birds, and more at Discovery Cove. It's not cheap, but it's an experience you'll never forget!
98. Wekiva Island
99. See a drive-in
Load up the car and take the family to a drive-in movie.
100. Cruise with Captain Memo
Take a pirate cruise, complete with a treasure hunt, face painting, water gun games, and more.
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!