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12 Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

By Melinda Carstensen |

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!

12 Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

12 Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

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About Melinda Carstensen


Melinda Carstensen

After spending the first 21 years of her life under Florida’s sunny skies and flip-flop-infested beaches, Melinda Carstensen migrated north to make it as a journalist in The Big Apple. Before landing a gig at Babble, she dabbled in newspaper writing, and interned at national mags like SELF and Weight Watchers Magazine. When she’s not writing and editing, she’s noshing on Thai food, half-seriously hanging with the hipsters in Brooklyn, and brainstorming clever name ideas for her future English bulldog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Melinda's latest posts →

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