Orlando, home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, is one of the most visited destinations in the United States—yet it has theme park experiences that are secrets to even the most dedicated travelers. If you are planning a vacation to Orlando, be sure to include these top experiences for extra fun (and awesome bragging rights).
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Planning a theme park vacation in Orlando, Florida? Disney World and Universal are the common highlights of an Orlando trip, but there are several other tempting theme parks in the area. If your family has Lego lovers—especially if they're between the ages of 2 and 12—Legoland Florida is a great add-on to an Orlando vacation. But with only so much time and a limited budget, the big question is, "Is it possible to go to Legoland and Disney World on one trip to Orlando?"
Sure, we all love a good spa resort or ski trip, but if a relentless winter has worn you down, know that there are balmy breezes, sandy beaches, and palm trees awaiting you in Florida. As a mother of two little ones living in Florida, I know the best spots for families on both coasts. Check out my favorite beach destinations for little and big (that means you!) kids alike.
New accommodations open this weekend at Legoland's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the Legoland Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how Legoland has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.
Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at 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.
As a former Disney World cast member and Universal pass holder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.
The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 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.