Things for Kids to Do in Orlando, Florida

Things for Kids to Do in Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a fantastic place for children to visit. In addition to the big-name resorts and theme parks, there are outdoor adventures and activities in the area's waterways, streams and lakes. Public and private recreational facilities offer a wide range of activities for kids and families to enjoy.

Ritz-Carlton Kids Club

The kids club at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes offers a variety of activities for children age 5-12. Every day at 1:00 p.m., kids are invited to a fish feeding at the Lakeside Terrace. On Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, kids help release ladybugs into the hotel gardens. The concierge desk issues maps for self-guided nature walks and visits to the butterfly garden. Additionally, the Nature Rangers program every Wednesday gives kids the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. They also offer guided or self-guided fly fishing and kayaking trips for the whole family, as well as equipment for same.

At the Ritz Carlton Adventure Course, kids age 12 and up, with parental supervision, can climb 15-55 feet in the air and then whoosh across a 600-ft. zip line, climb giant nets or traverse a log bridge.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 206-2400
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Orlando

Swamp and Water Play

Halfway between Disney World and Universal Studios lies the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The hotel's Lake Windsong offers kayaking, with special triple-seater kayaks so your kid can ride along. They also have paddleboats, a beach that's perfect for sandcastles, plus canoes, aqua cycles and even sailboats. A one-mile, no-elevation boardwalk trail wanders through a 45-acre cypress swamp. Nature guides are on hand to answer kids' questions about water birds, alligators, Florida Black Bears and other animals. An equestrian center is available for horseback rides or even just to visit. Kids can pet the horses, even if they don't go for a ride. Hiking and bicycling trails are available, and Surrey bikes, which seat up to 8 people, are available for a fun family treat.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32836
(407) 239-1234
http://grandcypress.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

Orlando Skate Park

The Orlando Skate Park is a professionally managed skate park for skateboarders and inline skaters. A beginner's area features a hand rail, 4-fout-tall half-pipe, a mini hubba ledge and a 4-foot-tall banked hip. Advanced skaters can enjoy the huge flow course and the bowl.

Kids who skate must wear safety equipment. Helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and shin guards are mandatory. Additionally, the first time kids visit, their parents must sign a waiver acknowledging the park rules. Kids under 5 are not admitted, and kids age 5-9 require parental supervision.

Orlando Skate Park / Action Park Alliance
400 Festival Way
Orlando, Florida 32803
(407) 898-9600
www.actionparkalliance.com/orlandoskatepark

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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