Kids Activities in Orlando

Kids Activities in Orlando
Orlando, Florida, is one of the entertainment capitals of the world. A year-round tourist destination thanks to its moderate/warm climate in sunny central Florida, some of the world's highest-rated theme parks are in the greater Orlando metro area. Although traditional outdoor sports activities such as hiking, are not common in Orlando because of its flat topography and urban/suburban setting, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration within Orlando's popular sites.
 

Walt Disney World Resort

Although Disney has a well-deserved reputation for taking a manicured, artificial approach to nature (as do almost all theme park resorts), the expansive nature of the park still provides plenty of opportunities for exploring nature. Of the individual theme parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom is actually very well-suited to nature enthusiasts, as there are several self-guided hiking trails throughout the park: Pangani Forest Exploration (Africa themed), Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia themed), Cretaceous Trail (prehistoric themed), and Habitat Habit (miscellaneous/kid-oriented). There are also Kids Discovery Clubs that offer a variety of hands-on experiences. Although the Animal Kingdom is probably the only Disney destination geared toward outdoor activities, many resorts on Disney premises have their own hiking and biking trails.

Walt Disney World Resort
World Drive
Orlando FL 32836
407-939-6244
disneyworld.disney.go.com/

 
 

Universal Studios Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Orlando is much smaller than Disney World, and as such, the entire grounds (three resorts, two theme parks, and a shopping/entertainment district) are connected by a series of hiking trails, by which you can reach anywhere on the resort property. All three hotels-Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, or The Royal Pacific-offer maps of the grounds which show loops of .45, 1.3, or 3 miles. In addition, there are several pool and beach areas, including a 260-foot waterslide at the Hard Rock Hotel. There is also an outdoor playground, Fievel's Playland, inside the Universal Studios Florida Theme Park, where kids can climb around giant props based on the Fievel Mouse animated films.

Universal Studios Florida
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando FL 32819
407-363-8000
Universalorlando.com

SeaWorld Orlando

Out of all the theme parks in Orlando, SeaWorld is probably most geared toward nature enthusiasts because of its water-themed attractions. Although there are several rides and roller coasters on the grounds, many of the main attractions involve up-close encounters with marine wildlife such as whales and dolphins.
SeaWorld Orlando offers several adventure camps for kids: sleepovers, day camps, and resident (multi-night sleepaway) camps are available to kids in grades 2 and up.

SeaWorld Adventure Park
Orlando FL 32821
407-370-2617
seaworld.com/orlando

Discovery Cove

Across the street from SeaWorld Orlando is Discovery Cove, a recreation of a tropical habitat where guests can explore a variety of aquatic activities. Much of the park is beach property encircling several lagoons and waterways that provide the park's main features. Guests can swim with dolphins or a tropical reef with live sting rays and tropical fish. There is also a "wind-away river" where, according to the official website, guests can float along a "scenic tropical river."

Discovery Cove
6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando FL 32821
877-434-7268
discoverycove.com

 

Article Written By Aaron Dorman

Aaron Dorman has been writing for publication since 2006. He has written for MetsGeek.com and various other websites. He was the news editor at Goucher's "The Quindecim" for two years. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications from Goucher College.

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