It’s easy to experience family fun in Orlando, Florida. The sunny state is home to the nonstop action of Orlando theme parks, as well as a variety of entertaining attractions and spectacular shows. Beyond the theme park gates, there is a whole other side of Orlando to explore. Get up close to Florida gators, go for a high-speed airboat ride and even discover the space coast at Kennedy Space Center. When it comes to filling your vacation itinerary, family fun will be at the top of your list. Get a head start with your plans with these recommendations on family fun in the sun – Orlando style!

rsz_disney_copyright_11_reunion_c_033Orlando Theme Parks

Spend a few days (or more!) at all of the amazing Orlando theme parks. You could easily make a vacation out of Disney World alone, as the park has four themed lands to explore – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. To go behind the scenes of your favorite movies and characters visit Universal Orlando Resort. Thrilling attractions like The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Simpsons Ride make its two parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – one of the most popular places to visit in Orlando. Combine this with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can immerse yourself recreations of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and you have a world-class theme park experience. And that’s just the beginning! Other theme parks include the African-themed plains of Busch Gardens Tampa, bricktacular fun of LEGOLAND Florida and aquatic thrills and spills of SeaWorld, Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando.

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Families will want to explore interactive attractions in Orlando. Places like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum provide a place for mind to wonder, and showcase the truly strange and bizarre. FantasySurf and iFly Orlando add action-packed thrills to your day, as you can learn to surf indoors as well as take on the sport of skydiving. The fun doesn’t stop there, though! Families can race go-karts at Fun Spot, greet the greater reaches of our galaxy at Kennedy Space Center and even experience the lighter side of Orlando at shows like Blue Man Group. Speaking of shows, dinner shows are served nightly in Orlando with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and The Outta Control Dinner ranked as two of the best.

Gatorland ZiplineOutdoor Activities

Explore the other side of Orlando, Florida at attractions highlighting the natural appeal of the area. At Gatorland, not only can you get up close to a true Florida gator but you can fly through the skies and over gators and crocodiles on the their Screamin’ Gator Zipline. Gatorland isn’t just home to gators, though. You can get up close and personal with other creatures that inhabit Florida’s swamps like rare birds and other slimy slithering reptiles, the cool off at Gator Gully’s Splash Park. Want to feel the wind really whip through your hair? Hop aboard an Orlando airboat ride with Boggy Creek Adventures or Wild Willys Airboat Tours. Over at Forever Florida, you can take a safari trek through the swampland, soar through the skies on a zipline or gallop through the countryside via horseback. Plus, you can visit Revolution Off Road for ATV adventures and get close to animals at the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo or Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo.

Beach ball joyHit the Beach

Orlando might be located centrally within Florida, but the beach is definitely within reach! Add a day on the coast to your vacation to truly enjoy all of Florida’s best attractions. Kids young and old love the golden shores of Clearwater Beach on the west coast, and Cocoa Beach to the east. With access to a beach only about an hour from Orlando, spending the day in the sand and surf is a breeze!