Things for Kids to Do in Orlando, Florida

By Sarah Dray

There's more to Orlando than Disney, and visiting the city with kids does not have to mean long lines at the parks. When you're done golfing and it's time for the kids to have some fun, exploring what the city has to offer, both indoors and out, can be as much fun for you as it is for the little ones.

WonderWorks

A science and nature museum may not be your first choice for a fun day out, but this is a one-of-a-kind place that will delight all members of the family. All exhibits are hands-on and interactive, allowing kids to experience a 5.3 earthquake inside a simulator, land the Space Shuttle and play virtual sports. Visitors can also design their own roller coaster and then step into a simulator to "ride" it. There's a magic dinner show and laser tag in the building for those who want to stay around a little longer after exploring the museum.

WonderWorks
9067 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819+9316
(407) 351-8800
www.wonderworksonline.com

Green Meadows Petting Farm

Over 300 animals call Green Meadows home, and opportunities for human interaction abound. All the animals (which include chickens, pigs, goats and even a water buffalo) can be petted, and a guided tour ensures that kids learn about the animals as they walk around the farm. There are also pony rides and tractor-led hayrides, a small train that makes its way around the farm and a chance for visitors to milk a cow. Picnic areas and a general store on the premises make it easy for families to spend a full day here. Visitors who arrive in spring and summer get a free souvenir, and those who come in autumn can take a free pumpkin home.

Green Meadows Petting Farm
1368 South Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 846-0770
www.greenmeadowsfarm.com

DisneyQuest

If the kids need some more Disney fun but you don't want to go into the parks again, heading to Downtown Disney's DisneyQuest may be your best bet. Here you will find a unique arcade complex, featuring a number of simulators, including a virtual jungle cruise and a flying Aladdin carpet. There are also bumper cars with a twist (you need to avoid being hit by "asteroids" as you drive around), numerous unique pinball machines and an animation academy, where everybody can become an illustrator.

DisneyQuest
Downtown Disney West Side
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 824-4321
disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney/entertainment/disney-quest-indoor-interactive-theme-park

About The Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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