Orlando’s white sand and turquoise water sparkles with the magic of this breathtaking vacation spot. And it’s not just because it’s home to so many world-famous theme parks and resorts. There is an incredible mix of fun things to do in this great city for families and young kids. The vast number of Orlando attractions include everything from world-class beaches to world-famous restaurants, music and theater, as well as ample outdoor adventures to the quiet natural beauty only Florida can offer.

Thinking about coming to Orlando? Work with a local parent Guide to help you build an itinerary perfectly suited to your family and interests.

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Lindsey H.

Hi there. I've been living in Orlando for 5 years and love this "city beautiful." My husband and I have two girls and are a foster family in our county. We love to travel the world and go on adventures. I look forward to planning travel guides for families visiting Orlando.

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What to know before you travel to Orlando with Kids

  • While it's amazing to visit the theme parks (especially Universal if you're a Harry Potter fan) there is a lot to do OUTSIDE of the parks. There is something for everyone in your family. Swim with dolphins at discovery cove, sign up to be keeper for the day at Seaworld, ride high in the sky on the Orlando eye or swing on the star flyer (a 425 foot tall swing), take an airboat ride to see alligators, take a family aerial yoga class at Elevate Yoga, explore Kennedy space center or make chocolate with your teens at Chocolate Kingdom.

  • Book a flight to Orlando International Airport (MCO). This airport is clean and easy to maneuver. You will need to take a tram from your gate to the main airport and from there can get a taxi or Uber or hotel bus.

    If you are staying at a Disney resort then you won't need a car to get to the theme parks. A car would be necessary to visit attractions outside of the parks/hotel. The rental car companies are located on the A-Side and B-Side of the Terminal on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1).

  • The best way to get around Orlando is by car. Flying in? All major rental agencies are available at the airport.

    Orlando is very easy when it comes to parking. Lots of parking garages and lots. Even parallel parking isn't necessary!

    If you're coming for the Magical Kingdom experience, each Disney hotel has a bus to/from the theme parks, so you won't have to drive from your lodging if you go this route. Once you're in Disney then you will take the tram into the park. Universal and Seaworld have easy parking lots to use and the walk is easy, but take a stroller for little ones.

  • Some great neighborhoods to explore include Thornton Park, College Park and Baldwin Park (North of Disney/Universal area). The closest option is Kissimmee if you want to mainly visit the parks.

  • Only in Florida will you find wuch interesting options on the menu- like Gator tail! Of course, the state is also known for our Oranges, Key Lime Pie, Cuban sandwiches, seafood, and ice cream. You will have no problem finding something for everyone!

    Cool down with a delicious Smoothie, frozen butter beer (gluten free), or milkshakes at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

  • The theme parks are not crowded from November to late February and then again in late April to May. You can wear a tee shirt and shorts with flip-flops any time of the year (except for about two weeks in January!).

  • Florida is a dream! Tropical, warm beaches can't be beat. The best time to visit is late October to early May. It's sunny with zero humidity. Summer is hot and humid with afternoon (daily) thunderstorms around 2-3pm, which can be refreshing!

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