Top 5 Things To Do In Central Florida With Kids

Top 5 Things To Do In Central Florida With Kids

If you’re looking for things to do in Central Florida with kids, there are a few options. We’ve listed our top five favorites, from theme parks to outdoor adventures.


Theme Parks In Orlando

If you’re specifically looking for things to do in Orlando with kids, then one of the obvious choices is taking them to a theme park. There are many options, so you can choose which theme park depending on your child’s interests. Disney World is an obvious favorite, with a variety of attractions including water parks, shopping areas, and amazing award-winning restaurants. At over 43 square miles, there’s something for everyone.


One of our favorite Disney World parks is Animal Kingdom, which we had never been to as a kid. When we went recently, we had such an incredible time! We saw so many animals, enjoyed amazing shows, and rode Expedition Everest which was a pretty thrilling roller coaster!


First time at Animal Kingdom

Our first visit to Animal Kingdom was epic!


Safari Wilderness In Lakeland

Another fun activity for kids in Central Florida is Safari Wilderness in Lakeland. Visitors can go on a safari and see over 400 different species of animals. You have the option of seeing the animals from a pretty cool customized vehicle, or go riding on the back of a camel! Kids can enjoy feeding the animals as well. Who wouldn’t want to feed an adorable ring-tailed lemur!


Ring-tailed lemur

Ring-tailed lemur


Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Central Florida

About half an hour southwest of Orlando is the city of Davenport, home to Orlando Balloon Rides. There’s nothing quite like riding a hot air balloon, and it’s a fun activity the whole family will love. It requires an early start to your day, but the views of Central Florida are worth it.


View over Orlando in hot air balloon ride

The view of Central Florida from a hot air balloon


Kayaking In Central Florida

If you’re looking for outdoor activities in Central Florida, we suggest paying a visit to any of the area’s state parks or wilderness preserves. They’re a perfect place to go camping, hiking, or kayaking. Central Florida has many lakes and rivers with crystal clear water, making them perfect for seeing local wildlife. Don’t be surprised if you spot a manatee while kayaking!


Kayaking in Central Florida

Kayaking in Central Florida


Exploration Tower In Cape Canaveral

This impressive building is full of fun exhibits and activities. The Canaveral Port Authority opened Exploration Tower in November 2013 and it has 7 floors dedicated to preserving the history of the port and it’s surrounding area. We really enjoyed the sixth floor which is dedicated to space exploration. There are photos, memorabilia, and videos about the many launches that have taken place in nearby Kennedy Space Center. The views from the seventh floor are pretty impressive too!


Exploration Tower

Exploration Tower


Final Thoughts

So as you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Central Florida with kids. We like the variety of both indoor and outdoor activities as well as the fact that there are off the beaten path options. Trust us, your kids will be talking about their time in Central Florida for years to come!


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If you're looking for things to do in Central Florida with kids, there are a few options. We've listed our top five favorites, from theme parks to outdoor adventures.


  • Great, Florida is looking so awesome and it has so many good things to enjoy. It’s a really amazing place and great photos you shared of that beautiful place.

  • Next time you’re in this area, I highly recommend an off-road adventure. We had so much fun when we did this for Mother’s day!

  • Eloise says:

    I’d love to visit Florida. One of my best friends lives there. Your kayak pics reminded me she posted awesome pics on Facebook of a manatee in a river. I really hope to go there one day. Kind of on my dream list!

  • Being from central Fl, you definitely hit all the best spots! Just was there in December and did Epcot. Love the theme parks! Kayaking is so fun there too. Haven’t been to Cape Canaveral tower so will add that to our list. Great ideas!

  • Medha says:

    Oh wow I didn’t know it was possible to do kayaking in central Florida, it does look pretty awesome! I also love the idea of a hot air balloon ride, those are pretty cool especially during sunrise hours. Thanks for the suggestions, these are some great ideas for people travelling with families.

  • A theme park is an excellent idea for children, I think I would avoid the rides as I am a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to this sort of thing. I have never done a balloon ride before, so I could just imagine what the views must be like, just incredible!

  • My dream is cape canaveral so i am so glad you mentioned. Unfortunately i never been even if i have been in Orlando (very quickly) when I was young. too young. so time to come back!!

  • Paige says:

    I’m basically a big kid, so it’s perfect that I’m reading this the day before flying off to central Florida! I’m going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for sure! I hadn’t considered kayaking, but now I am! Great tips!

  • These are the best things that every age group people can do, but with kids, it will be more fun. Thanks for sharing this post, I would like to visit these places in Florida.

  • What great things to do! Although I don’t have kids, I would love to take the hot air balloon over Florida. Fantastic list for all families!

  • Gabby says:

    The kayaking in central Florida looks beautiful! I would love to see the manatees, and indeed manatee spotting would be perfect for kids.

  • Bella WW says:

    Florida is my favorite state the USA. There’s so much to do and the weather is super permissive all year long. I had no idea you can even have a ride with the hot air balloon. I would definitely want to try that next time when I’m there.

  • Kayaking would be my top pick. I’ve done a bit of it there and the setting was so dreamy. Of course it’s hard to go wrong with Disneyland, too. What a fun trip for kids.

  • Julia says:

    Florida is an awesome city. My sister lives in there and I visited her last year. One thing astonished me that there is an amazing kayaking place! In the coming April, we will go there again and my hubby will love to kayaking there with our son! Thanks for sharing the info!

  • Joe S. says:

    Not gonna lie; the kayaking thing sounds pretty awesome 😉

  • We certainly love our theme parks here in the Central Florida area but it’s always great to see some “local love” given to other things. A few of these we’ve never heard of so we’ll have to put them on our list of things to check out. The safari in Lakeland is something that’s never even been on our radar!

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