If you’ve heard of Orlando, you’ve heard of Disney World. Plastered on screens across the world, print publications and posted in stores- Disney has a giant monopoly and their largest park calls Orlando Home.
But what about fun for kids that doesn’t involve the parks? Especially when the weather is too hot or too rainy to properly enjoy the parks?
As an Orlando native, I have annual passes to lots of places- not just Disney. And I also know of several hidden wonders that beg to be explored by families everywhere!
So let’s check out the fun for kids in Orlando- Disney World excluded.
But not Seaworld, which is one of my favorite places for families!
And Universal Orlando got left off the list too. Great for older kids/teens, but not for the under 10 crowd.
Remember the old Ripley’s book and TV show? Well now you can share all the crazy, cool and totally weird facts with your kids in this large and entertaining museum. We’ve gone so many times I can’t even count- and we still find wild stuff to learn about.
Even though this is geared towards the younger crowd- there is really something for everyone here. From Adult only nights, to specific play areas for ages 0-4, to traveling exhibits like super heroes and teenage mutant ninja turtles! I'm a huge fan of the OSC and highly recommend it for something outside of the parks.
There are so many places to play mini golf! Check them all out here.
Chocolate? Say no more! Pop in for a fun time learning about the origin of chocolate, some of it's more interesting facts and histories, and indulge in tasting and the cafe lounge!
Our go to rainy day activities is the mall and the connected Crayola Experience. We can have so much fun here coloring, playing on the playgrounds, doing digital designs and melting down (and making our own!) crayons!
Check out the Orlando Museum of Art where they have new and permanent exhibits as well as youth programs for the kiddos to craft, play and learn! We like to come here because we want our kids to appreciate the arts- and theres no better way that to do it hands on!
This family owned and operated adventure course is a blast for bigger kids and families wanting to get some quality time outside. No experience required as the trained guides prepare you for a good time high in the sky!
Check out rescued animals, look behind the scenes, and see Florida's only 360 degree tunnel into the aquarium!
Listed as a central florida theme park, fun spot is one of those places you go to have a good time, without the stress of visiting one of the higher ticket theme parks. Enjoy rides, arcades and yummy food, it has something for everyone. The pricing structure is kinda wonky- so check online to make sure you are clear with just how much everything costs.
Visit one of the largest libraries in Florida for some fun family time. You'll find activities for all ages, and of course, lots of good media to read (and use! like puzzles and other hands on learning experiences)