Kid Friendly Activities in Orlando
Known for its theme parks and attractions, Orlando is one of the top destinations for family travel. Last year, 62 million people visited the city known for seven of the world’s top theme parks. However, there’s another Orlando known to residents who call it home. More than two million people live in the metropolitan area; many of whom point to good job opportunities, good school districts to choose from, moderate traffic and good weather as reasons for living there. Raising kids in Orlando with access to its theme parks is a bonus but there are other family activities in and around Orlando that are worth checking out.
For sports enthusiasts, the city boasts four professional sports teams – the Orlando Magic (basketball), the Orlando City (soccer), the Orlando Predators (arena football) and the Orlando Anarchy (women’s football). Check the teams’ website for ticket prices and availability. Many teams offer discounted rates to residents.
For families wanting indoor activities to avoid the hot days, try Orlando’s Science Center. With giant screen movies and planetarium shows, dinosaur and interactive science exhibits, electricity and energy programming, nature observatories and weather experiential exhibits, the Science Center can keep everyone in your family entertained.
Head outside to take advantage of the several natural springs within miles of Orlando: Blue Springs State Park, Kelly Park and State Reserve, or Wekiwa Springs State Park. Often thought of as Orlando’s best-kept secrets, these are wonderful ways to appreciate Florida’s ecosystem, relax or picnic in a natural setting, and, hike or bike along the many trails. The natural springs are one of the best and refreshing ways to cool down.
If your family wants to escape to a beach, it’s only a 45-minute drive away and its free! Pack the car with toys, an umbrella and a cooler of snacks for a day trip to nearby Cocoa or New Smyrna Beach.