Taking time out of a busy schedule to enjoy a vacation with the entire family is always a great idea, especially when you’re fortunate enough to set your sights on Orlando, Florida. This fun central Florida destination is one that has something for everyone to enjoy no matter what time of year you arrive. That said, summer has a way of bringing the city to life in vibrant style and if you’re headed this way this time of year, there’s a lot of excitement in store. The following are just a few of the family-friendly activities in Orlando to add to your summer itinerary when you’re looking to make the most of the fun.
Add Disney World to the List
If you’re headed to Orlando this summer with the entire family at your side, making time for a Disney World stop is a must! While looking for adventures off the beaten path is always a delight, there’s a reason millions of travelers head to Orlando year over year to embrace the best of the magical fun offered up by this stunning collection of theme parks. From Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom to the cultural experiences in Epcot and the waterpark fun that awaits in places like Typhoon Lagoon, there’s truly something for every adult and child to enjoy here. Those who have a passion for film and cinema will love every moment spent at Disney Hollywood Studios where the magic on screen comes to life before your very eyes. If you’re traveling with kids who are excited about all things Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy, there are new rides and attractions for both that opened in Orlando in 2022! Those who head this way before 2023 will be able to enjoy the customized performances, merchandise, and attractions that are specific to the resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration as well.
Check out Madame Tussauds
For families that are excited to grab incredible photo opportunities in a whimsical style, there’s no place better to check out during your Orlando getaway than Madam Tussaud’s. This one-of-a-kind wax museum is found at 8387 International Drive and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7:00 pm. Inside the museum, guests can get up close to life-size wax replicas of famous individuals, movie characters, and historic figures alike! Whether you grab a selfie with Superman, dunk with Shaq, or spend some time with your favorite musical artist, you’ll have the photographic evidence to share that it happened! This is a fun-for-everyone experience that’s well worth adding to the itinerary.
Make Your Way to Gatorland
When theme park fun is what your family is all about, but you’re looking for an opportunity to get up close to wildlife as well, a day at Orlando’s Gatorland checks every box on the list! Located at 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, this theme park covers 110 acres of land and provides guests with options to pair rides and attractions with gator encounters too. Whether you’re riding the zipline over gator-inhabited water or checking out the free-flight aviary and petting zoo on-site, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that will have your returning time and again.
Peddle Boat Your Way Through Lake Eola
In the heart of downtown Orlando, Lake Eola offers up a unique retreat where nature thrives in the middle of a bustling city. While walking through the park is always a treat, families traveling this way will also want to make sure to make time to peddle their way to fun using one of the park’s swan boats. These pedal-powered vessels are fun for all ages and provide a chance to make the most of the park view from a new watery vantage point. Swan pedal boats are available to rent on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Rentals can be booked at 195 North Rosaline Avenue and tickets are $15 for 30-minutes on the water. These boats can accommodate up to 5-people at a time ensuring everyone will enjoy the experience together.
Ride the Wheel at Icon Park
For a family experience and new vantage point that you truly won’t forget in Orlando, make your way to the Wheel at ICON Park. Located at 8375 International Drive, ICON Park is packed with rides, attractions, and restaurants to explore, but a trip around the Wheel is sure to inspire! This 400-foot Ferris wheel offers up a brand-new view of the city of Orlando no matter when you take a trip around. Night visits offer a glittering take on the skyline while daytime visits let you see further than you imagined possible! The wheel opened in 2015 and continues to inspire guests from across the map hoping to make amazing family getaway memories in Orlando each year.
When you’re ready to embrace the best that an Orlando getaway has to offer, there’s no reason to wait. Reach out to Magnolia Villas today and let us help you get settled into a luxurious and welcoming rental to top off your vacation style. We can’t wait to see you in sunny Orlando soon!