Seven Things to do in Orlando Beyond Theme Parks

Orlando Beyond Theme Parks via Field Trips with Sue

Orlando Beyond Them Parks via Field Trips with SueBy Eileen Ogintz
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, baby alligators, endangered manatees and even classes for budding artists: there’s a lot more to see and do around Orlando than visit the theme parks.  Just ask kids and their parents who live here.

May is an especially good time to visit — great weather, deals and less people. Here’s just a sampling of what your family can do outside the theme parks:

  • The Orlando Museum of Art
    Kid-friendly guides interpret the exhibits and hold drop-in classes for kids.  There are also tours for those with special challenges.
  • Green Meadows Petting Farm
    This is where the kids can milk a cow, cuddle a chick, go on a hayride and get up close to piglets, goats, sheep and more.
  • Orlando Science Center
    Kids won’t want to leave when they can watch baby alligators, turtles and snakes at NatureWorks; unearth dinosaur fossils and replicas at DinoDigs; and farm faux oranges and fix cars in the pint-sized KidsTown.
  • Blue Spring State Park
    Every winter, endangered Florida manatees flock to the Blue Spring waters, and this 2,600-acre state park is the place to learn all about them from park rangers,  have a picnic, go on a hike, fish, canoe or take a River boat tour.

    Orlando Beyond Theme Parks via Field Trips with Sue
    Spot some alligators on a Boggy Creek Airboat Ride
  • WonderWorks
    Here’s your chance to put yourself in a giant bubble, play with an oversized version of lite brite, play a keyboard with your feet or leave your shadow behind.  Kids and parents love the “Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show” with all-you-can-eat pizza and salad.
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
    Board an airboat to race through swamps and across lakes, past turtles, native birds and even alligators.
  • Kennedy Space Center
    Now home to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and a new $100 million exhibit, this is the place where kids can operate the Astronaut Training Simulator, meet an astronaut, stand beneath the 36-story Saturn V moon rocket and walk through re-creations of modules used as part of the International Space Station.

Eileen is the author of the syndicated column Taking the Kids and the “Kid’s Guide to Orlando,” part of the Kid’s Guide Series from Globe Pequot Press. This post was sponsored by Taking the Kids.


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Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

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