With its numerous amusement parks, it’s not surprising why Orlando is a favorite travel destination for families on holiday. Kids and adults alike will surely have fun at family-friendly attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, and Aquatica Water Park, not to mention the beautiful beaches in the area. However, not all destinations in the area may be right for those traveling with infants, and parents may find themselves quickly frustrated that they traveled all the way only to find out that the place they went to is not baby-friendly. First off, choose among the best Disney resorts and Airbnb vacation rentals and book your stay among anything else. To avoid unnecessary stress, use this list to guide you in identifying the things to do in Orlando with a baby if you’re eyeing the city as your next family holiday destination.
1. Explore the amazing Discovery Cove
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Orlando is a treasure trove of theme parks and amusement centers, most of which are baby-friendly. Discovery Cove is another place you want to take your little one for its scenery alone. The park is sister to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. Introduce the vibrant and vast marine world to your kid as they interact with animals like bottlenose dolphins and other colorful fishes that will pique their curiosity. Other attractions at the park include a free-flight aviary with more than 250 tropical birds, The Tropical River, and The Grand Reef.
Address: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
Website: Discovery Cove
Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)
Introduce your little one to famous and flamboyant characters at Madame Tussauds Orlando. This Florida attraction is actually a wax museum that showcases wax replicas of various popular personalities, icons, and movie characters. Tour around the museum and you might even find your kid’s favorite characters. With characters from Justice League, well-known pop culture and historic icons, classic movie actors, and A-list celebrities, Hollywood enthusiasts are sure to have a good time!
Duration: 2 hours
One of the fun things to do with babies in Orlando is exploring Legoland! While many of the rides in Legoland are for children two years old and up, there are entertainment options there where infants can have fun. Head on over to Duplo Farm, where you will find the Baby Care Center. It also has an indoor play area that’s baby-friendly. If your child loves water, make sure to pack his/her swimsuit for the DUPLO Splash & Play attraction. Your baby may also enjoy watching the live shows performed there. There are strollers for rent in Legoland if you want to take your baby for a stroll across the park.
Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Visiting Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure is one of the best things to do in Orlando with an infant. Seuss Landing features rides and attractions that are friendly to infants and small children. If I Ran the Zoo is a play area where they can romp around in. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a rotating ride that can easily make families wet if they don’t pay attention to the song being played. Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear, as the name suggests, is a storytelling show which can be enjoyed by babies as well. If you need to take care of your infant’s needs, head on over to Family Services, located near the entrance, which is furnished with what you may need to look after your baby. Strollers are available for rent here as well.
Duration: 1 to 5 days
It may not seem like a good idea to bring a tiny tot to a place filled with giant reptiles, but adults and children alike will enjoy this park, as long as they take the necessary precautions to keep babies safe. Besides having the opportunity to see and feed alligators, visitors can also marvel at the other animals housed in the park. Strollers are available for rent, and bathrooms come with changing tables. Come to Gatorland now and witness some of the baby-friendly things to do in Orlando.
Duration: 60 days
Don’t know what to do in Orlando with a baby? If your little one likes drawing or just loves colors in general, consider bringing him/her to the Crayola Experience. Featuring 26 interactive attractions, this can be a good place to help your kids learn more through the use of their hands. There is also a playground on site if you want to take a break from crayon-related activities.
Duration: 1 to 8 hours
7. Stroll through Harry P. Leu Gardens
If you want a change of pace from the excitement offered by the amusement parks, enjoy a relaxing trip to the Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre property that features temperate and tropical plants. Walkways are shaded for visitors’ comfort. The gardens currently do not have a restaurant, but packed food can be brought in. There are also restaurants in the neighborhood, where visitors can dine at.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Address: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803-153
Website: Harry P. Leu Gardens
8. Hang out at the Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is worth checking out for a creative brood. Besides checking out the exhibits, there are workshops for families and children who want to unleash their creativity. There are also special programs for children conducted there throughout the year, so do check out their calendar of events to see what your kids can do there during your visit.
Orlando Museum of Art
Address: 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803-1483
Website: Orlando Museum of Art
9. Go to Disney World's Epcot Center
Epcot Center is larger and less crowded than Magic Kingdom, making this a good choice for families who want to explore a park at a leisurely pace. There are fewer rides here that are baby-friendly, but exploring the sights there are a fun activity itself, and most parts of the park are stroller-friendly. Like in Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center has a Baby Care Center, making it convenient for babies to be taken care of by adults. Similarly, there are changing tables in the restrooms and strollers are available for rent.
If your baby loves animals, it might be good to drop by Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It is a family-friendly and interactive destination that features not just a wide variety of animals, but also a number of other attractions to amuse kids, such as the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, the train, and the carousel. Older children will also have fun feeding some of the animals in the zoo.
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
If you only have a limited time in Orlando and can’t visit all of the parks in Disney World, make sure to include Magic Kingdom on your list. Not only does it have rides and attractions that allow adults to have infants with them (such as It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Donald’s Boat), it also has a Baby Care Center, making it easy for parents to look after their infants’ needs. Bathrooms have change tables and strollers can be rented at the park, for greater convenience.
Babies and small children will get a kick out of Dolphin Nursery, a viewing area where visitors can observe mother and baby dolphins bonding and playing. They may also enjoy watching the shows held in the park, including but not limited to Pets Ahoy, Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High, and One Ocean. The aquariums are also worth visiting as well, as babies will love looking at the colorful fishes and other sea creatures.
Orlando is a great example of why “Sunshine State” is the perfect moniker for Florida. With its fantastic beaches, fun amusement parks, and delicious restaurants, this area will certainly bring happiness and sunshine to families on holiday, literally and figuratively. Plan your itinerary carefully and make sure you pack all of the necessities so that you can have a wonderful vacation in Orlando with your baby. In case you need help, we have an essential guide to the Universal citywalk in Orlando.
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