Orlando is the dream destination for those looking for an unforgettable family holiday. But how can you make sure that your trip is fabulous for everyone in the family? Once you’ve bought your flights to Orlando, you should let your kids have a hand in arranging the activities. With that in mind here are some suggestions to give them some inspiration.
Orlando is famed for its theme parks, and especially for those devoted to the world of film. Older kids will love the relatively new attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, based at Universal. You can become totally immersed in Harry’s world, visiting Diagon Alley, supping butterbeer at Hogsmeade, and visiting Kings Cross Station. Younger kids may prefer Frozen-themed events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here you can visit the Kingdom of Arendelle, watch Anna and Elsa in a royal procession, join in a sing-along and even skate in the Wandering Oaken Trading Post.
But Orlando is about much more than film fun. Animal lovers will adore the idea of getting up close and personal with the creatures at Discovery Cove, where you can truly swim with dolphins. Or why not visit the famous Sea World, where stingrays and dolphins are waiting to be fed, and you can see a wealth of sea life at close range. The Central Florida Zoo has a wonderful collection of birds and beast to be explored, or on a smaller scale, take a trip to the Green Meadows Farm, where you can pet the animals, ride on a miniature train, or take a pony ride. And for some adrenaline-fuelled animal activity, visit Gatorland, where you can view wrestling with alligators.
If your family loves getting active, your kids might choose to go cycling. Central Florida has over 200 miles of cycle trails, such as the lakeside West Orange Trail, the 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail, or the Little Econ Trail. Cycle hire is available, and can even be delivered to your hotel. Or for a real challenge, try whizzing through the Kissimmee woodland canopy on a zip wire. There are 8 zip-lines, including double and racing lines, and special tours such as sunset or night sessions can be arranged. Other ways to get moving include the Wet ‘n’ Wild water park and the Airheads indoor trampoline area.
Get out and explore the area around Orlando with an airboat ride into the Everglades National Park. This is an outstanding opportunity to see Florida wildlife in its natural environment, and you could see beautiful birds, turtles, and of course, alligators. There are several tours available, and for a little more adventure, you could take a night tour when you are much more likely to see the alligators.
Orlando is overflowing with things to do, and letting your kids take some control over their activities will guarantee a fabulous family holiday for everyone.
Caroline Ramsay is a mum of three who loves to get away on family holidays. As well as the USA, she enjoys travelling around Europe with the family.
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