10 Best Explores Parenthood: Over the River & Through The Woods & Much, Much More
Welcome to Orlando, the Floridian utopia of parental promises, a place where not only childhood dreams come true, but a living time machine of sorts, where grown-ups regress with joy as they glide through tree tops a la Tarzan at attractions like Zip Orlando, tear through turns in high-powered Italian go-carts at Grand Prix Orlando and squeal through the first drop at Disney's Animal Kingdom's signature Expedition Everest roller coaster. While many people think of the City Beautiful as a destination focused solely on theme-park attractions, it's a consummate myth. Options for back country exploration via canoe, kayak, foot,... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Leashed pets are welcome on the trails, so bring Fido along for the hike. "
Local Expert Tip: "iFLY Orlando often runs near capacity, so reservations are highly recommended. Make one online or call ahead of time."
Local Expert Tip: "Star-quality performances and truly stunning puppets make the 30-minute "Finding Nemo: The Musical" a must-see."
- Type: Active, Adventure, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Tours and Excursions
- Neighborhood: Kissimmee
Local Expert Tip: "Whole family fun: Consider splitting the time at Zip Orlando. Older kids and parents can hit the canopy while grandparents (or those less enthused by heights) can take in the ATV tour with wee ones who haven't hit the zip line weight requirement."
- Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Movie Theaters, Museums, Planetarium / Observatory, Science Museums
- Neighborhood: Loch Haven Park
Local Expert Tip: "Annual OSC memberships range from $105-135 per year and include free parking, admission, four guest passes and more, as well as free admission to more than 250 Association of Science and Technology Museums nationwide."
- Type: Family Friendly
Local Expert Tip: "Orlando Grand Prix runs myriad pricing specials from lunch hour deals to Ladies' Night. Check the website for details."
- Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Parks, Theme Parks
- Neighborhood: Winter Haven
Local Expert Tip: "Coasters here are a good training ground for parents who dream of the day when their kids hit the height requirement for SeaWorld's Kraken and the like. "
Local Expert Tip: "Silver Springs' Lighthouse Ride combines the motion of a carousel with the aerial thrills of a Ferris wheel gondola and affords riders -- up to six at once -- majestic views of the river and grounds. "
Local Expert Tip: "Tours take about two hours but the on-site playground can be parlayed into an extension while adults in the group relax under shady oaks. "
- Type: Family Friendly, Farms / Ranches, Outdoor Activities, Tours and Excursions
- Neighborhood: Clermont
Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to try a frozen orange slushy. You'll never go Slurpee again."
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