If you’re heading off for a fun-filled holiday to Orlando with the family then you won’t be short of things to see and do, and many experiences to fill your time. Florida has loads of attractions to visit, and most of them are centred in the laugh a minute city of Orlando.
Whether you fill your time with the theme parks, of which there are many, or you choose to mix it up a little, you won’t be bored and you will certainly be needing a good night’s sleep at the end of your busy and very packed days. If you’re flying in from the UK with your family, here are some tips for avoiding baby jet lag on the way over to Orlando.
Here’s a few ideas for things to occupy the kids whilst you’re holidaying it up in Orlando.
Work your way through the menu at IHOP
It’s probably not the best idea for your waistline or your teeth, but head over to the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP as it is affectionately known, and work your way through the delicious menu of sugary treats, including piled high pancakes and waffles. This is one for both the kids and big kids out there!
Go crazy at crazy golf
International Drive is your go-to for crazy golf fun, with several themed courses to choose from. Check out Congo River Golf, Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf, or Gator Golf & Adventure Park to name just a few. This is a great idea for working off your evening meal, or perhaps to fill an afternoon when you’re not in the theme parks.
Explore the weird and wonderful at Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Perhaps for the slightly older kids, but you can’t fail to miss this attraction from the outside, as it basically looks like it’s sinking into the ground! The ‘Odditorium’ is filled with strange, outrageous, and very weird exhibits, and you walk around at your own pace, so you can take it all in without rush. Shrunken heads, a spinning vortex tunnel, and an authentic vampire killing kit are just a few of the bizarre relics on offer!
You can’t forget the theme parks
It’s impossible to mention Orlando and not have theme parks come immediately into your mind. Walt Disney World is enough to fill a two weeks’ holiday without doing anything else, along with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld, and Aquatica. If you do want to do the theme parks, it’s a good idea to plan your time a little, to not only make sure you cram as much in as possible, but also to get the best deals on ticket bundles, without buying too many days’ admission, which you may not need.
The thrill of an airboat ride
Boggy Creek may be a little hidden away, and you will probably need car hire for this, but it is definitely worth the drive. This is a far part of the many waterways of the Everglades, and an airboat ride is not only a thrill, but you might even spot an alligator in the wild if you’re lucky. If not, the ride is more than worth it alone, and there are countless species of birds you are much more likely to see.
Get up close and personal with wildlife at Gatorland
If you didn’t manage to see an alligator when you went to Boggy Creek, you will see one at Gatorland. Here you will find thousands of alligator and crocodiles, as well as enjoying a nature walk, a petting zoo, and an aviary full of different species of birds. This is an educational attraction, as well as being great fun.
These are just a few of the fun-filled attractions on offer in Orlando, with countless more besides.
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