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There’s More to Orlando Than Theme Parks ~ Best Family Vacation Spots Around Orlando

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Orlando Florida is so much more than a famous mouse, wizardly worlds, and traffic jams. In fact, Orlando has so more to offer your vacationing family. Orlando has some of the most diverse vacationing spots in Florida. So, when planning Florida vacation, do not forget about these spots to make your Orlando family vacation happy for everyone. Now, let’s explore some of Orlando’s great vacation spots.

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Best Orlando Family Vacation Spots

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden

Although the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden are just outside of Orlando, it is worth the drive. At approximately 25 minutes outside of Orlando, the Central Florida Zoo has everything your family needs for a day of fun. Animals, zip lining, splash pad, and even a train ride are just a few things to keep you busy. When here my kids love watching the animals in the morning when they are active. As the animals start to settle down for the day, we enjoy the splash pad usually followed by the train ride. If your kids love thrill and adventure, make sure to sign them up for zip-lining through the zoo. It gives kids a whole new view as they are gliding over the animals in their enclosures.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Seahorses, jellyfish, and sharks are just a few of the sea life that you and your family will see when you visit the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Not only can kids have fun while they explore the Rockpools, but they will also love all the shows and feeding times. Before you go, I would suggest ordering your tickets online. I would also recommend upgrading your tickets to include the behind the scenes tour. Going behind the scenes will allow your family to have a 25-minute tour where kids can learn about the food preparations and life support system for the sea creatures. 

Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is perfect for all family members. Your family will be thrilled to spend hours here. Between the Theatre shows, and hands-on learning kids are sure to have fun. Throughout the day, there are many different shows for your family to watch. Shows run almost hourly, so there is always something to watch. The Orlando Science Center wants kids to learn science in innovative ways, that they will remember for forever. Also, the Orlando Science Center is big on the STEM learning process. 

Orlando Starflyer

Orlando has made history yet again with the opening of the Starflyer. The Starflyer is the world’s tallest swing ride. You and your family will rise over 400 feet above Orlando and be swinging approximately 50 miles per hour. The Orlando Eye is right next door and offers riders a unique experience. The Orlando Eye is a gigantic Ferris Wheel. The Starflyer is not for small children though. Due to safety precautions, each rider has to be over 44 inches. Also, it is not recommended for other apparent medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart conditions. 

Church Street Station and Sun Rail

Formerly called the Old Orlando Railroad Depot, Church Street Station is now a place for shopping for fun and unique souvenirs, restaurants and bars. It is also still used as a station for the newly built SunRail. Families can enjoy shopping or jump on the SunRail that runs from Sandlake Road in Orange County up to DeBary into Volusia County. At the end of July 2018, the SunRail is expected to be completed down to Poinciana in Lake and Polk County. What is more fun than a day of shopping and SunRail train rides?


I love SeaWorld; I don’t care what anyone says. Kids love SeaWorld, and they love learning about sea life. At SeaWorld, kids can watch the sea lion and otter show, or watch the dolphin show. They can also feed many of the sea life too. Some of the sea life that they can feed are the sea lions, stingrays and baby sharks. Kids can also interact and possibly touch the dolphins too. Kids will also learn about all of the rehabilitation that SeaWorld provides for animals, such as manatees and turtles. 

See, an Orlando family vacation has so much to offer. From thrilling rides, to calm SunRail rides, Orlando has it all. Including a vast array of different animals for kids to learn about and be interested in too. It is safe to say; mom and dad may learn something new also.

Have you had an Orlando family vacation? If you had to name your favorite Orlando family vacation spot, what would it be?