Central Florida boasts some of the best theme parks in the world, but sometimes, even annual passholder families need a break from the crowds. Paying for theme park snacks and meals for a family gets expensive, and waiting in line after line gets tiresome. Here are some great options for families in the Orlando area that don’t break the bank and can even teach your young ones something!
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center offers fun for all ages, and it’s the perfect place to explore the fun in learning something new. From observing dinosaurs to exploring the planet’s atmosphere, the Orlando Science Center gives children with a variety of interests a place to learn more about all their favorite things.
If your family is looking for a quiet break on a weekend, head over to Leu Gardens in downtown Orlando. Yes, Orlando has a lush, secluded spot, nestled away from the bustle of the rest of downtown. The Harry P Leu Gardens has over 50 acres of lush landscaped grounds. During the spring, Leu Gardens even has an additional dinosaur exhibit included with the price of admission!
SeaLife Orlando Aquarium
This aquarium is nestled in ICON Park, near the Madame Toussaud’s location. The aquarium boasts a 360-degree viewing tunnel, filled with sharks, stingrays and a variety of fish. There are touch pools where kids can get up close and personal with sea life. If your kid is really interested in all things aquatic, look into booking a behind-the-scenes tour. The tours give kids an inside look into what it’s like to take care of thousands of sea creatures at the aquarium and how they can help sea life from their own homes.
Celebration might be known as the “Disney town,” but it boasts a lot of beautiful views like the ones around Lake Rianhard. Not to mention, they have a great farmers’ market on weekends. Bring the whole family to grab ice cream, check out the lake, and maybe even snag some fruity snacks. If your family has bikes, pack those up for the trip; Celebration is known for being one of Central Florida’s most bike-friendly areas.
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
This rehabilitation center in Maitland is perfect for bird lovers, especially fans of large birds like hawks and falcons. Start your time at the visitor center and begin a self-guided tour of the area. Your family will learn all about the birds you can spot, as well as what you can do to make sure Central Florida stays a healthy and safe place for these majestic creatures.
We love theme parks as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to swap out a ride for something unique and truly special. Plus, learning can happen in and out of the classroom. At Lake Forrest Prep, we encourage families to grow and learn together. Looking for a place where your child can grow? Come visit our campus. Call 407-331-5144 to schedule your tour or fill out our inquiry form.