Things to Do in Orlando, Florida for Toddlers

Things to Do in Orlando, Florida for Toddlers
When traveling to Orlando, Florida, there's more for families with toddlers to see and do than the typical theme parks. While the city is packed with commercialized tourist traps, there are plenty of other exciting adventures to uncover. When planning an Orlando vacation, plan an extra day or two to enjoy life outside of the theme park resorts; you won't be disappointed.


Gatorland, known as the alligator capital of the world, is the 110-ace park and conservatory created for the alligators living in the Central Florida area. Toddlers have the opportunity to get close (but not too close) to the gators living in the park. Daily shows include Gator Jumparoo, Gator Wrestlin' and Upclose Encounters. After watching the gators, toddlers can head to Allie's Barnyard Petting Zoo to feed and cuddle some of the friendly barnyard animals. Gatorland is also home to the Gator Gully Splash Pad, where children can cool off on a hot day or just spend some time running around. The splash pad is located near the Gator Jumparoo Show, so parents with children of different ages can split up for a while to allow toddlers to release some energy while the older kids enjoy a show. The Very Merry Aviary allows toddlers to get close to brightly colored parrots, even feeding them at scheduled times with a small cup of nectar.

14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 855-5496

Florida EcoSafaris

Florida EcoSafaris offers 2-hour long coach safaris through 4,700 acres of Florida's wildlife conservation. Educated guides lead the way, talking about the nine different ecosystems that call the conservation home. Guides are willing to answer questions, even from the coach's tiniest travelers on the different animals and plants that can be spotted during the tour. Other than the plant life, toddlers will also have the chance to see alligators, black bears, turkeys, white-tailed dear and hundreds of different species of birds. During the journey, guests should also keep a lookout for the endangered Florida Panther, one of the rarest animals in the country.

Florida EcoSafaris
4755 North Kenasville Road
St. Cloud, Florida 34773
(407) 957-9794

Discovery Cove

Made up of several different areas, Discovery Cove offers toddlers the chance to take part in an unparalleled sea life experience. Children can build sandcastles or splash around in Serenity Bay before heading over to the Tropical Reef. At Tropical Reef, toddlers can swim with hundreds of tropical fish. At the Wind Away River, children can float along the soft current, spotting even more tropical fish and stingrays along the way. Discovery Cove is also home to the Explorer's Aviary, where toddlers can visit some of their favorite tropical birds. Meals are included in this day-long, all-inclusive experience. While children must be over the age of 6 to participate in the dolphin experience, there are still many other opportunities available for toddlers. Parents should note that children 2 and under are admitted for free.

Discovery Cove
6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, Florida 32821
(877) 557-7404

Article Written By Bridget Everett

Bridget Everett is a professional Web copywriter. She specializes in several niches including travel, education, parenting, business, marketing, health, crafts, fashion and home decorating. Everett has studied marketing, elementary education and journalism at Northeastern University, Fordham University and Middle Tennessee State University.

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