Curated for Kids: Top Family-Friendly Museums in Orlando

With the myriad distractions and mind-numbing entertainment options available today, it can be difficult to find venues that captivate a child's imagination all while cramming it full of good stuff it might one day be able to use. And let's not forget about engaging the adults along the way, as well. In Orlando and the numerous burgs surrounding its greater metropolitan area, they haven't. At Warbird Adventures, air aficionados will be rapt with antique aircraft, not to mention exhilarated as they watch these beauties soar overhead. In fact, you can even enjoy a ride yourself, though you might want to skip the aerial acrobatics option if you're more a groundhog than a fly girl (or guy). Is what lies beneath more engaging than what's overhead? Check out one of I-Drive's newest attractions, Skeletons: Animals Unveiled. Marvel at the detailed and delicate scientific work involved in articulating these intricate pieces, each one an example of Mother Nature's masterpieces. Kids captivated by terrestrial travel will delight in venues like the Orlando Fire Museum, Mount Dora Museum of Speed and Central Florida Railroad Museum. And in a pinch, there's no child (or grown-up) alive who wouldn't dig a day spent at the Orlando Science Center.



Want to make history as appealing to kids as it is to adults? Serving it up inside a restored 1926 fire house is a very good start. The Orlando Fire Museum showcases the history of the City Beautiful's bravest along with a host of antique...  Read More



They don't call it the "Odditorium" for nothing. Kids intrigued by the weird and wonky " and really, who isn't? " will love this place, as well as adults who enjoy the kitschy memories of the Jack Palance-hosted TV show old Ripley inspired....  Read More



Yet another cultural gem of Orlando's Loch Haven Park, the Mennello Museum of American Art is housed in what was once a private home, creating an intimate space for a wide array of exhibitions. The Mennello features American art of all genres...  Read More



All aboard for a little slice of history and Americana in the historic downtown district of Winter Garden at the Central Florida Railroad Museum. Housed inside a former Tavares & Gulf depot " which was built in 1913 " this charming...  Read More



Many folks come to Warbird Adventures for the thrill of flying high in the operation's beautifully restored and maintained airplanes but you need not leave the ground to check out their collection of historic aircraft. The collection of the...  Read More



This beautiful historical park " about 20 miles east of Orlando and an easy stop on the way to or from Kennedy Space Center " boasts many beautiful features common to wilderness areas of the region: massive shade trees, lovely hiking trails,...  Read More



This downtown museum, smack in the middle of a wealth of other urban Orlando offerings, houses myriad exhibits covering some 12,000 years of Central Florida history, from its Native American roots to its citrus-farming heyday and more. Three...  Read More



Small museum, big inventory! This automobile lovers' haven is packed to the rafters, quite literally, with beautiful classic and antique vehicles � Corvettes to muscle cars to service vehicle to bumper cars and more! Less enthused by...  Read More



As part of the multi-attraction I-Drive 360 complex, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology shares space with Madame Tussaud's, the SEA LIFE Aquarium and the towering Orlando Eye, but it holds its own with fascinating aplomb. Science geeks and animal...  Read More



Giant screen movies and planetarium shows, towering dinosaur skeletons, four floors of interactive science exhibits in the realms of weather and space, lights and lasers, electricity and magnetism, live animals and live science programming...  Read More


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