I composed this list of exciting things to do in Orlando for those who have done the big theme parks and are looking for something else while vacationing in Orlando. As of August 4, 2020 all of these attractions remain open. I have included some direct links and some sponsored links through Get Your Guide to help you in your planning. Also, here are some cool hotels in Orlando.
Things to do in Orlando: Attractions
For the Real Young
- Dinosaur World– This family attraction is great for small children. Highlights include a sand pit to dig for fossils and numerous paved trails with life size dinosaurs. Plus there are many spots for photo ops. When hungry, you can eat at one of the picnic tables. If you need a break from walking, your kids can play on the playground.
- Orlando Science Center– Here you can explore Pompeii: The Immortal City, experiment with kinetics, or witness new art forms using STEM. For ages 8 and up, visit the Hive where you have access to real tools and materials to make your ideas come to life. Also, for those 7 and under make sure to play in KidsTown. Here kids learn science through play. Don’t forget to check out DinoDigs, Our Planet, and Natureworks. Plus you can use real telescopes to study the sky.
- Gatorland– Speaking of gators, this place has a zipline that flies you above alligators. Also, you can Meet a Gator and be a Trainor for the Day. In addition, kiddies can participate in Allie’s Barnyard Petting and Feeding. Then watch the Gator Jumparoo Show. Moreover, you can take the family on a Stompin’ Gator Off-road Adventure.
- Wonderworks– Where else can you become a human lightning rod, experience an earthquake or feel category 1 hurricane winds in a safe environment. When you finish that, lie on a bed of nails, play a giant piano, or go through astronaut training. Of course you will work up an appetite. So now its time to eat dinner at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show which includes unlimited pizza, salad, beer, wine, soda and dessert.
Geared for Older Kids and Teens
- Old Town– If you want old fashioned fun, look no further. Ride a rollercoaster, ferris wheel, or carousel to name a few. Then explore a haunted house. Next watch a magic show or play old time arcade games. If you plan to go on a Friday or Saturday afternoon you will experience classic car shows. When you get hungry, you have your choice of bars, restaurants, or grab n go. Also, Old Town provides many uniques shops to browse.
- Ripleys Believe it or Not- Inside you will find the bizarre from shrunken heads to the tallest man. Highlights include Jimi Hendrix art made from toast, statues created from bubble gum, artwork made from playing cards, and my favorite, The Last Supper made from lint. This attraction will satisfy your curiosity.
- Orlando Ice Bar– If you have teens, this is a unique family attraction. The bar provides parkas and gloves, but you can pay extra for a fur coat. Begin in the Ice Bar where the bartender serves your drinks in glassware made from ice. Non-alcoholic drinks are available. Then head to the Fire Lounge where you can warm up with flaming drinks and some warm food. They permit kids 8 and up between the hours of 5-9pm.
Things to do in Orlando: Dinner Theaters
- Medieval Times– Start by touring the medieval village. If you have small children you might want to skip the torture exhibits towards the end of the village. Upon entering the castle, browse the many shops full of medieval swords, dress, jewelry, and order a medieval beverage. After that, you will be ushered into the stands to watch a two hour jousting tournament with 6 competing knights while you eat a 4 course meal with your hands. Come on people, it is 11th century Spain. Forks haven’t been invented yet! If you like being loud while cheering for your champion, you will feel right at home.
- Pirate’s Dinner Theater– You might get your chance at an acting debut. During this pirate show several audience members, young and old alike, participate in the show. The show takes place aboard an 18th century Spanish galleon. While watching the show enjoy a three course dinner. What kid isn’t into pirates?
- Capone’s Dinner Theater– Go back in time to Chicago in 1931. Begin by entering an old fashioned speakeasy. Then you need to knock on the secret door and give the password to enter into the dining room. Shady characters will escort you to your table where you will be served a four course Italian meal. The meal includes alcoholic beverages. While you enjoy your feast, you will watch a musical comedy show right out the 30s.
Want more? Here are some great day trips from Orlando to do with kids.
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