Orlando is a popular tourist attraction for families. It has all sorts of family activities like Universal Studios, Disney World, and many other theme parks. A lot of these activities can put a drain on your account, and while you want your kids to have fun, you don’t want to go broke doing it. The good news is there are tons of fun places you can take your kids to in Orlando. Check out these five places you can take your kids to, in Orlando.
1. Harry P. Leu Gardens
The Harry P. Leu garden is a hidden gem in the city of Orlando. It is a collection of tropical and semi-tropical gardens. There are over 50 acres of incredible gardens for you and your kids to explore in Leu House. Harry and Mary Jane Leu purchased the House in 1963. Today, it is a house museum from which all the gardens were developed.
There are over 40 different collections for you and your kids to enjoy from the largest rose gardens in Florida to the tropical rain forest and even the butterfly gardens. The Harry P. Leu Gardens is not only a fun place to take your kids, but it is a learning experience for the whole family. Admission is free on the first Monday of every month. It is also free for kids under age three.
2. Universal’s CityWalk
Every year, Universal’s CityWalk plays host to millions of visitors who come to enjoy the dining, shopping and entertainment experience. It is located in Universal Hollywood Studios. Universal’s City Walk is a great place to spend time with your kids and admission is free both day and night. Your kids can enjoy cooling off on the splash pads while you enjoy the free entertainment and festive atmosphere.
Universal CityWalk has over 30 places to eat, 30 unique shops, over 19 screen theatres each with state of the art IMAX. There are even nightclub to visit if you’re planning to leave the kids at home. You can take your kids to the chocolate emporium so they can see the different types of chocolates.
3. Fort Wilderness Resort at Disney’s Campground
Walt Disney World is home to amazing Disney attractions, but nothing can give you the full Disney experience like camping out at Fort Wilderness Resort. Treat your kids to a delightful camping experience at the cabins and campsites. Even if you’re camping out in an RV; like most people tend to do, you can still enjoy the Disney camping experience.
Sit by the fireside and listen as the classic Disney Duo leads you on a camp out sing-a-long that’ll delight both you and your kids. Complete the camping experience by roasting marshmallows on the fire. When it gets dark out, join everyone to enjoy a classic Disney flick on the giant screen. Feel free to bring your camping chairs or benches along or sit on the benches provided. Take part in this wholesome camp activity completely free.
4. Enzian Theater
If you’re a film lover and lover of theater, then you’ll love the Enzian Theater. It is a comfortable, relaxed play where you can enjoy a thrilling movie experience. Take your kid to the Enzian Theater and introduce them to the joys of theater. It is one of the hidden gems in Orlando. It shows independent, smaller films, which don’t always get a wider release.
The movies they show aren’t limited to artsy films that only niche audiences can enjoy. They also show a small film that more prominent theaters may be scared to showcase because there’s no A-list actor in it, even if it is critically acclaimed.
Take advantage of its free monthly popcorn flicks in the park held on the second Thursday of each month to enjoy a free viewing. It is open to the public and usually starts at 7 or 8pm. Come with your blankets, chairs, snacks, your family and friends, and enjoy this cinematic viewing at the park.
5. Mennello Museum of American Art
The Mennello museum of American art is home to the beautiful collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The museum gives user an immersive experience as they go through each room. The rooms are small, giving you an intimate view of the artwork. The museum offers free admission every second Sunday of the month. The galleries are open to public access from noon until 4pm, while craft-stations and mini-tours for kids are open from 12 – 2.30pm.