Summer days spent with my toes in the sand, grade-school field trips to see world-renowned performers, weekend visits to see Mickey Mouse, my childhood was filled with incredible, fun memories I consider myself lucky to have. Although I’ve since left Orlando and taken root in The Big Apple, I still have a strong appreciation for my hometown, and when I visit I’m reminded of the variety of things the city has to offer.
While Orlando may be synonymous with Disney (and of course, that’s a huge part of it — and was a big part of my childhood), it’s actually true there are oodles of other things to do. For instance, why not sit in the splash zone at Orlando’s SeaWorld, or swim with sea critters and slide down an awesome water slide at one of Disney’s water parks? Theme parks not your thing? Shop at one of Orlando’s outlet malls, or dine and see a show in downtown Orlando instead. Click through to find out why this may be the Sunshine State’s most family-friendly city ever.
Here are 12 things to do in Orlando with kids!