Orlando is a huge city with an abundance of attractions that go beyond Disney World and Universal Studios. This city contains children’s dreams tangled in a web of cartoon characters and magical wonders. But the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets on the eastern shores of this beautiful state, there is plenty of fun to have at night. Here are the top 10 attractions you must see when visiting Orlando:
10) Family Night at Ferris and Foster’s famous Chocolate Factory
Do your kids love chocolate? Have you ever wanted to make your own chocolate bars? Every Monday night at Baldwin Park in Orlando your family of four can indulge in chocolate creations for a mere 29 USD per pound of chocolate. Have a larger family? Just add an additional five dollars per person to share in the experience. This event is popular and therefore we suggest making a reservation before embarking on your chocolatier experience.
Ferris and Foster's Chocolate Factory
Address: 4875 New Broad Street, Orlando, Florida, FL - 32814
Price: from 29 USD for up to four people
Opening Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
Website: Ferris and Fosters Chocolate Factory
9) Fun Spot America
Fun Spot America is a great place to take your kids if they enjoy go karting and roller coasters without the hassle of long lineups! This family owned fun park is open until midnight and has been a staple in the Orlando community since 1997. If you have a go karting enthusiast in your midst this park is the place for them! The Orlando park introduced Fun Spot America’s signature patented multi-leveled track design. Calling all thrill seekers! Fun Spot has the world’s tallest Skycoaster!! Alongside all those exciting features, Fun Spot America offers a large selection of games in their arcade and an abundance of rides for the tots in your family.
Fun Spot America
Address: 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819
Price: from 40 USD
Opening Hours: 10 am to 12 am
Website: Fun Spot America
8) Mini golfing
Are you and your family fans of puttering through mini golfing courses? Take a drive down Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and enjoy a selection of great courses such as the Congo River Golf, The Mighty Jungle Golf Adventure, and Bonanza Golf. Mini golfing is a great way to bring the family together on a warm night to enjoy the outdoors.
Congo River Golf
Address: 4777 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746, USA
Website: Congo River Golf
The Mighty Jungle Golf Adventure
Address: 7836 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
Website: The Mighty Jungle Golf Adventure
Address: 7761 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
Website: Bonanza Golf
7) Medieval Times dinner and tournament
Do you enjoy history? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to teach your children about Medieval knight warrior traditions over a four-course meal. Each show is featured in the castle amongst royalty where the knights gather and the fun begins. The dinner menu caters to various diets, including vegetarian, so no need to worry, buy your tickets and enjoy the show!
Address: 4510 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34746, USA
Contact: 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878)
Website: Medieval Times
6) The Coca Cola Orlando Eye
One of the most recent attractions in Orlando is the Orlando Eye. This Eye is located in the heart of International Drive. From this location at the peak on a clear day you are able to see Cocoa Beach’s coast line. This Ferris wheel-like attraction takes a memorable journey around the wheel lasting approximately 23 minutes. Unlike a Ferris wheel, at the base price you share the capsule with 13 to 15 other people. If you enjoy privacy you can purchase a capsule for yourself and your loved ones. This attraction can be coupled with three to four other attractions in the Orlando area so check online before buying tickets.
The Coca Cola Orlando Eye
Address: 8401 International Drive Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819
Price: from 20 USD
Opening Hours: Sun to Mon 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Tues to Thurs 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fri and Sat 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Duration: 29 minutes for a full rotation
Contact: +1 866-228-6438
Website: The Coca Cola Orlando Eye
5) Old Town
This attraction was built in 1986 but it brings you back to small town America where the shops are small and trees line the streets. This unique little city is minutes away from Disney, International Drive, and Universal Studies. It features over 50 unique shops and dining experiences as well as rides and games.
Address: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Opening Hours: Open Daily: 10 am to 11 pm. Restaurants: 11 am to 11 pm. Shops: 10 am to 11 pm
Contact: 1 (407) 396 4888
Website: Old Town
4) Pointe Orlando
Did I hear someone say shopping? Pointe Orlando is home to various shops and dining experiences. When you visit Pointe Orlando there is always something to do; there is live entertainment, an IMAX theater as well as an upside-down house! That’s right I said upside-down! Come out and join the fun.
Address: 9101 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Opening Hours: October to May: Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. June to September: Friday to Saturday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Sunday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Website: Pointe Orlando
3) Cruise down International Drive
Truth be told, half of the attractions that I mentioned are located on International Drive. This road is famous for fine dining restaurants including Brazilian bar-be-cue and all you can eat lobster as well as fast food places like McDonald’s and Checkers. Also along International Drive are souvenir shops and outlets. There isn’t much that you can’t find on this road including bungie jumping! If you’re ever at a loss when it comes to adventure, boogie down to International Drive.
Website: International Drive
Located within the vicinity of Universal Studios you can find CityWalk. Here you and your whole family can enjoy an experience of a lifetime. Feeling hot? Jump onto the splash pad and cool off! Thirsty? Head over to Bob Marley’s to enjoy a “Mighty Good Drink.” This restaurant is an exact replica of Bob Marley’s house in Jamaica and features historical items located throughout the house as well as sweet live music at night. There is so much to experience at CityWalk you must see it to believe it.
Universal's City Walk
Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Opening Hours: 11 am to 2 am
Access: This area is located within the Universal Studios vicinity
Contact: 1 407-224-4233
Website: City Walk
1) Disney Springs
The number one hot spot to visit with your family is Disney Springs located near the theme park. This exciting adventure features shops that vary in nature where children can roam and play. There is live musical enchantment near the water as well as in various pubs. Children can roam the vicinity and take pictures with statues of various Disney characters such as Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh. Enjoy a meal in the rainforest café amongst life-sized replicas of rainforest animals. Enjoy Legos? You can take pictures of giant sized Lego structures. Let your imagination run free and visit Disney Springs for a magical night of laughter and play.
Address: 1486 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Opening Hours: 10 am to 12 am
Contact: 1 407-939-6244
Website: Disney Springs
These are just a few of the many attractions the Orlando area has to offer. These attractions are highly visible at night with well-lit grounds and colorful decorative lighting. When people think of Orlando they immediately associate the city with main attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Lego Land not realizing there are many other treasures that can be found here. The only limits here are in your imagination. Orlando is a place built with children on our minds and magic in our hearts.
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