101 Things To Do In Central Florida With Kids

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Are you visiting the Tampa or Orlando area and looking for things to do in Central Florida with kids? Maybe you live in the area as we do and you have yet to explore all the wonderful things Central Florida has to offer. We researched and prepared our own bucket list of area attractions that we would like to visit this year and share with you. With Orlando being only about an hour and a half from Tampa, all of these locations are possibilities for your family visiting Central Florida. Come along as we share our 101 things to do in Central Florida with kids.

**Activities are not numbered for ranking but rather so you know there are really 101 ๐Ÿ™‚

What Is A Must Do In Orlando?

Picture of boy dusting fossil at Orlando Science Center
Unearthing fossils at Orlando Science Center

1) Explore all that Science has to offer at Orlando Science Center. Check out our family tour here.

2) Climb and swing through the trees like monkeys at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park.

3) Learn the difference between an alligator and a crocodile and see them in action at Gatorland. View our family-friendly walkthrough of the park where we give you a glimpse into the rides, attractions, and shows here.

4) Visit artifacts directly from the Titanic at Titanic The Artifact Exhibition.

5) Visit Showcase of Citrus to carry home some sweet Florida oranges or to ride a monster school bus.

6) 3, 2, 1, blast off into a space adventure at the Kennedy Space Center.

Picture of Medieval Times in Orlando, FL
Catching a dinner show at Medieval Times in Orlando, FL

7) Watch brave knights battle as you munch on your chicken leg at Medieval Times. Check out our visit here.

8) Choose to believe it or not at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

9) Stop by Fun Spot Orlando to make family memories riding coasters, thrill rides, and go cars-oh my!

10) Shiver me timbers. Grab your bucko and head to Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.

11) Explore a variety of animals or play in the tropical splash ground at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

12) Choose between four unique airboat rides as well as learn about primitive living of the Native Americans at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.

swan boats lined up at Lake Eola in Orlando

13) Lake Eola is the perfect place to rent a swan boat or sit and watch the real swans. Check out our visit here.

14) Audobon Center For Birds of Prey provides you the opportunity to see Ospreys, Eagles, Kites, and Owls.

15) With water 68-72 degrees year-round, the free-flowing spring at Kelly Park is a great place to take your kids tubing.

16) Orlando Watersports Complex provides the opportunity to play at the aquapark or wakeboard behind a boat or on a cable.

Celebrating my 40th with Mickey & Minnie.

Some of the most well-known things to do in Central Florida are the parks in the Disney family.

17) Grab your Mickey ears and head to the Magic Kingdom.

18) Head to Epcot to travel around the globe in one day.

19) Take on Everest or say hello to a variety of animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

20) Step into the movies or visit Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

21) Ride a coaster like raft or make a splash in North America’s largest wave pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

22) Beat the heat while playing at Blizzard Beach. *Currently closed for renovations. Scheduled to reopen 2020.

23) Make precious memories with your daughter at American Girl Store Orlando. Check out out our visit here.

24) Yo ho, yo ho, the putt putt life’s for me. Grab your family and head over to Pirates Cove Adventure Golf.

25) You can’t come to Florida without visiting the beach. Head on over to Cocoa Beach for Florida sunshine fun!

26) RDV Ice Den provides the perfect opportunity to beat the Florida heat with family ice skating fun.

Boy with his hand on a jellyfish tank

ICON park is a great place to spend the day shopping, eating, and exploring the attractions listed below.

27) Be amazed by underwater creatures at SeaLife

28) Take a picture with some of your favorite celebrities (made of wax ๐Ÿ™‚ at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

29) Soar to new heights while taking in a beautiful view of Orlando on The Wheel.

30) Orlando Star Flyer will bring you 450 in the air and then swing you around at 45 mph.

Universal Studios Resort is full of amazing attractions, shows, and restaurants.

31) Take a ride with Woody Woodpecker or ET at Universal Studios Florida.

32) Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure allows you to play alongside Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, and your favorite superheroes.

33) Splish, splash, and slide at Universal Studios Volcano Bay.

34) End your perfect day at the parks with an evening you’ll never forget at Blue Man Group.

35) With two interactive 18 hole course to choose from, your family is sure to have fun at Hollywood Drive-In Golf.

Boy coloring with melted crayon

36) Get creative with color at Crayola Experience Orlando See our colorful day of fun here.

37) Let Orlando Balloon Rides help you float up above Orlando in a hot air balloon.

38) Crave your sweet tooth and learn more about chocolate at Chocolate Kingdom.

39) At Wild Florida you can take an incredible airboat ride or cruise through their drive-through safari park.

40) Do you have the need for speed? Then Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is the perfect place for you and your kids to ride.

Kids swimming in a lake

41) With a variety of excursions to choose from, Paddleboard Orlando is a great place to canoe, kayak, or paddleboard.

42) If your family loves to take on challenges together head on over to Escapology Orlando to try your hand at an escape room.

43) Officially opening April 17, 2020, experience the beauty, artistry, and animation in the newest Cirque show: Cirque du Soleil: Drawn To Life.

44) Shop, eat, or play as you take in all that Disney Springs has to offer.

45) Get personal interaction with everything from sloths, sheep, kangaroos, and more at Exotic Animal Experience In Orlando.

46) If you would love to experience the feeling of flying then IFLY Orlando is for you.

Picture of exterior of Wonderworks in Orlando FL

47)Combining education and entertainment, Wonderworks Orlando is fun for the whole family!

48) At Discovery Cove you can swim with the dolphins in this all-inclusive, family-friendly resort.

49) Head on over to Cape Canaveral and hop on your favorite family-friendly cruise.

50) Whether you enjoy swimming, kayaking, or want to give a try to paddleboarding, Wekiva Island has something for everyone in the family.

51) Explore caves, waterfalls, and rocky summits as you play miniature golf at Congo River Golf Orlando I-Drive.

52) With the best of both worlds, Sea World is an excellent place to learn more about sea life and experience adventure rides.

53) Bring the whole family for a clear kayak tour from a variety of locations around Orlando with Get Up and Go Kayaking.

Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater things to do

Sign saying MOSI

54) Visit exotic gardens and see beautiful flamingos at Sunken Gardens.

55) MOSI is a great place to explore, learn, and play together as a family. See our visit here.

56) Enjoy a 2.5 guided zipline tour overlooking the wildlife and waters of Bayou Wilderness at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay.

57) Explore the unique artistry of the internationally renowned Howard Solomon at Solomon’s Castle.

58) Grab your cell phone and your family and get ready to learn more about the city of St. Petersburg with the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure.

59) Although located north of Tampa you don’t want to miss an opportunity to swim up close with manatees at Fun 2 Dive. Check out our experience with Fun 2 Dive here.

60) Take a stroll through the 1.5-acre sanctuary which is home to nearly 100 permanently disabled birds at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

61) The Florida Aquarium is the perfect place to learn more about sea plants and animals from around the world. See our visit to the aquarium above.

62) Be sure not to miss the free TECO Cable Car Ride located right outside the Florida Aquarium.

63) Step back in time as you walk aboard and explore the SS American Victory.

64) As the only dairy farm open to the public in Florida, Dakin Dairy Farm is a must-see for all families.

65) Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world and you can choose from a variety of tours that they offer.

66) As a hands-on real working game farm and wildlife preserve, Giraffe Ranch is the perfect place to learn about exotic animals from an expert guide.

Kids standing in front of seasame street characters

67)Visit your Seasame Street Friends or take a daring drop on a roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. See our tour of Sesame Street Safari Of Fun.

68) Make sure to make a splash at Tampa’s biggest waterpark, Adventure Island.

69) Escape to nature on a canoe ride down the Hillsborough River with Canoe Escape.

70) Learn about stories and personalities of Florida’s past at the Tampa Bay History Center.

71) Play and discover through amazing hands-on exhibits at Glazer Children’s Museum.

Child looking at fish in aquarium

72) Visit Winter from Dolphin Tale or the other fun aquatic animals on display at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

73) A day visiting animal friends at the Zoo Tampa is always a family favorite.

74) Take a self-guided or guided tour of crocodiles and other reptiles at Crocodile Encounters.

75) Learn more about the history of John Ringling and “the greatest show on earth” at The Ringling.

76) With a variety of offerings for train lovers, Florida Railroad Museum is a great place to experience family fun.

77) Imagine, play, and explore with hands-on activities at Great Explorations Children’s Museum.

picture of boy running on the beach

78) You can’t come to Florida without visiting a beach. Be sure to check out Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach.

79) Experience the excitement of your child catching a large fish with Poseidon Charters.

80) Located in both Tampa and St. Pete, you can climb to new heights at Vertical Ventures.

81) Ride the world-famous glass bottom boats at Silver Springs State Park.

82) Grab your best golf swing and head on over to Top Golf for some family fun.

83) Take a paddleboard tour through the mangrove or downtown Tampa with Urban Kai Stand Up Paddleboards.

Things To Do In Lakeland/Winter Haven and Surrounding Areas With Kids

Front of Legoland Resort in Winter Haven

84) For a bricktacular time plan a couple of days at Legoland Resort FL theme park and waterpark. Check out our article Legoland With A Toddler or our numerous Youtube Videos.

85) Common Ground Park in Lakeland is the perfect free activity to get the wiggles and giggles out.

86) Grab the cable and try out wakeboarding, water skiing, or kneeboarding at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale.

87) Step back in time as you catch a recent movie release at Silver Moon Drive-In.

88) Explorations V Children’s Museum is a great museum to learn and play with little ones in Lakeland.

89) If you have dinosaur lovers in your family or you want to learn more be sure to plan to visit Dinosaur World.

Girl picking an orange at Ridge Island Groves

90) Looking for an authentic Florida experience? Stop by Ridge Island Groves where you can tour the groves, pick your own orange, and try some of their yummy treats.

91) For a free and fun outing head to the Mulberry Phosphate Museum where you can learn more about the phosphate industry and dig for your own fossils and shark teeth.

92) Looking for another free activity that will get you out in nature? Circle B Bar Reserve is an excellent place to learn, play, hike, and see some amazing wildlife-like giant gators!

93) One of Florida’s most unique family attractions, at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park you can take a boat tour, see the famous mermaids, or swim in Buccaneer Bay.

Picture of Bok Tower

94) Take a picnic, take a hike, or just stand and marvel at the amazing Bok Tower .

95) You can learn more about the process an orange takes as it is made into orange juice and sample some tasty drinks at Florida Natural Visitor Center.

96) If you’re in the area of Bok Tower you can stop by Spook Hill and experience an optical illusion with your car.

97) Take me out to the ballgame. Catch the Detroit Tigers during their spring training in Lakeland.

picture of strawberry shortcake from Parksdale Farms in Plant City, FL

98) If traveling along I-4 through Plant City, you want to be sure and stop at Parksdale Farms for mouthwatering strawberry shortcake, strawberry shakes, and loads of fresh produce.

99) Whether you Sea doo, flyboard, or learn to ski, there is something for everyone in the family at Winter Haven Watersports.

100) Visit the 260-acre wilderness ranch at Safari Wilderness where you can visit a variety of animals from the back of a camel, an ATV, or a safari vehicle.

101) Vist on a Saturday evening for their weekly rodeo or stay longer to experience an authentic Florida dude ranch with luxury glamping accommodations at Westgate River Ranch.

As you can see there are so many amazing things to do in Central Florida with kids. We hope you will have a wonderful time making family memories visiting these local attractions.

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50 thoughts on “101 Things To Do In Central Florida With Kids”

  1. There is so much to do in Orlando besides Disney! We were there for a week and barely made a dent in all the things to experience. I had no idea that there was a Titanic museum there and will be putting that on the list for next time. Thanks so much!

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    • Yes Disney is such a fun place to visit. However, Orlando, Tampa, and the surrounding areas are full of other amazing adventures too. Happy you enjoyed the list. Happy travels!

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  2. NIce picks for things to do. It’s a long time since I’ve been to Florida but there was always plenty more to do than just Disney and you’ve highlighted some good ones.

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    • I think a lot of people don’t realize how many other wonderful attractions that the area in addition to Disney ๐Ÿ™‚ We are happy you enjoyed the post!

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    • Cindy,
      I’m happy the list was helpful for you. I hope you can take advantage of all the wonderful places on your next trip to Orlando ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy travels!

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    • Right? It’s so amazing we have lived here for over 10 years and we haven’t made it to 1/2 the places on the list-hence why it’s our bucket list for this year!

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    • Thanks Crystal. My kids and I went to Medieval Times and we loved it. I must admit at first I thought “oh the kids will enjoy this” but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it too. It was really fun and we would all love to go back to it again. I hope you get to go! Happy travels!

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    • I know right? After I made the list I thought “I don’t think it’s even possible to go to all of these places in a year :)” We’re shooting for the stars with this bucket list-hee hee. Yes Disney is always wonderful!

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  3. There is so much to do in Central Florida! We have been rather Disney-centric, but we will certainly branch out someday. I want to see Winter, after all. We are looking at returning to Florida in 2021 for Disneyโ€™s 50th!

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    • Stacey,
      I can understand being Disney-centric. It is always so magical! That’s exciting that you are coming in 2021. You definitely should try to visit some of the places on the list. I’m sure you would have a great time! Thanks for stopping by! Stay Peachy!

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    • Leanne,
      Yes there really is so much to do in the area. As I mentioned in the article, we live in the area and I never realized how many wonderful things there are to do. We are looking forward to trying out several of them ourselves this year! Happy travels!

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  4. There is SO much to do in Orlando with kids. It would take years of vacations to do everything! This is a great list to get started!

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    • Tricia,
      I agree. I think it was pretty lofty of me to assume we might be able to get to all of these in one year-ha! I hope you will be able to visit some of them at least. Happy travels!

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    • Yes! I love that the area has something to offer everyone. From ziplining, kayaking, and all the theme parks you are sure to find something to fit your taste. Thanks for stopping by. Stay peachy!

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    • Shirley,
      We love the mouse but there are definitely many other choices in the area as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy you enjoyed the post. Happy travels!

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  5. This is a great list for kids, and also for adults too. Even though I don’t have kids, I’d love to check out Ridge Island Groves and Bok Tower. And of course, Universal is always fun!

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    • Jordan,
      Yes, we agree. While we had families in mind when we made the list we are pretty sure anyone would have a blast with the majority of the activities we listed. We love Universal as well. Happy travels!

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  6. My goodness. There is so much to do in Orlando! When you arenโ€™t from there itโ€™s so easy to just assume Disney is what you do, great list!!

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    • Taci,
      Thanks so much. Yes even as a local I was so surprised to find out how many wonderful things that Central Florida had to offer. Thanks for stopping by. Stay peachy!

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    • Heather,
      Disney is super fun. I would definitely encourage you to try some of the other places as well. I don’t think you will be disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Courtney,
      Your welcome! I think most people are surprised to realize how many options there are in the area in addition to Disney. Happy travels!

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    • Jennifer,
      Yes! We loved the swan boats as well. I hope you can come to Orlando and try them sometime. American Girl was such a sweet time for my daughter and I. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Daire,
      Thanks so much! I’m happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you will be able to visit some of them with your family! Stay peachy!

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    • Wendy,
      Yes. Central Florida has so much to offer families & toddlers ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you have a toddler in tow be sure to also check out our Legoland with toddlers post. Thanks for stopping by. Happy travels!

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