Orlando has become world-renowned for theme park attractions, but there’s a lot more to “The City Beautiful” than long lines and rides! Discover Central Florida’s natural beauty, from crystal clear waters to exquisite gardens. Children and families will find so much to explore here!
Address: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida 32712
Phone #: (407) 884-2008
Hours: 8 AM – Sundown
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Frequented by locals but a hidden gem for tourists, Wekiwa Springs State Park is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Orlando, or about 45 minutes from the attractions area. Grab your snorkel gear for this oasis that will have children and adults alike enchanted by the cool clear water flowing up from aquifers through underwater caverns. The water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round, making it perfect for both summer and winter excursions
If not every member of the family loves swimming, there are a ton of fun recreational activities. Enjoy kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, hiking trails, volleyball, and picnicking.
Address: 777 E. Princeton Street Orlando, Florida 32803
Phone #: (407) 514-2139
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Closed Wednesdays, Except on Orange and Seminole County School Holidays.
Admission: ADULT- $19, SENIOR – ages 55 and over – $17, STUDENT (with ID) – $17, YOUTH (ages 3 to 11) – $13, TWO & UNDER – FREE
(Admission includes tickets for the Giant Screen Films and Digital Educational Films)
One of the most popular family destinations in Central Florida, the Orlando Science Center is the perfect way to escape the heat or spend a rainy day. Try your hand at meteorology and weather forecasting at the WFTV Severe Weather Center 9, a working replica of an actual set used for televised weather forecasts. Or, if weather is just a bit too “down to Earth,” explore the stars with the Space Base 4D virtual reality experience. Make sure that you don’t leave without catching an educational 3D film produced by National Geographic at the Digital Adventure Theater. Tickets are included with the price of museum admission, and the films are truly immersive cinema experiences.
Address: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL
Phone #: (407) 246-2620
Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM every day
Admission: Adult – $10, Child (Grades K–12) – $3, Children (4 and younger) Free
Take a stroll through history and feel transported to the turn of the century with a visit to the picturesque Leu Gardens. In addition to the scenic landscapes, small children will love story time and popsicles, while adults will appreciate guided tours of the Leu House Museum. Horticulture handouts are available for anyone curious about the many unusual varieties of palms, citrus, and flowers displayed across the property. Meandering through the gardens is one of the most pleasant and relaxing ways your family can experience Central Florida’s natural beauty.