What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Orlando, Florida, and kids? Disneyworld? Epcot? Universal Studios? Sea World? If so, you are not alone. These mega-attractions are definitely kid pleasers, but what if you are looking for activities that are unique to Orlando? This jewel of Florida is packed with things to do, see, and enjoy, and deciding how to spend your time and money there can be daunting. Below, we've compiled what we think are the top 5 attractions for kids in Orlando. These are all things that adults will enjoy too, so they are win-wins for your limited vacation dollars and hours, as well as sure-fire good memory makers.
First on our list is Gatorland. Nothing says Florida like gators! Thousands of crocodiles and alligators roam this 110 acre reserve. Along with the reptiles, a rookery, petting zoo, zip line, shark pond, and nesting swamp area are maintained beautifully and realistically. A railroad runs through the park, and guide led shows are put on all day long. Cool off at the splash park before ending your day here.
2. John F. Kennedy Space Center
The John F. Kennedy Space Center comes in second on our list of attractions for kids in Orlando. Even with 50 years behind us in the space race, most kids are fascinated by the history and wonder of space flight. Interactive exhibits, tours, and hands-on decommissioned spacecrafts will entertain, enlighten, and fascinate the whole family. Don't miss the Astronaut Hall of Fame, which is a located a couple miles from the Space Center itself, but the price for entry is included in admission.
3. iFly Orlando
Third in line is also flight related in its own way. iFly Orlando is a way to experience skydiving without the plane! Catering experiences to all age groups, kids can get the feeling of flying, of wind in the face excitement and a little fear, all safely on the ground, with safety guides and specialized equipment. You can commemorate your "dive" with video or still pictures for an extra fee.
4. Orlando Science Center
Next we have another educational destination. The Orlando Science Center offers six stories of learning, fun, and exhibits. The center also boasts the Crosby Observatory and Planetarium for stargazing adventures and shows. Be sure to catch a film at the eight story tall Cinedome, housed within the Science Center.
5. Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue
Rounding out these top 5 attractions for kids in Orlando is The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. This all you can eat buffet is the home of a comedy and vaudeville act appropriate for all ages, and adored by kids. Banjo music, fried chicken, friendly servers, and strawberry shortcake highlight the fact that, after all, Orlando is part of the South.