The time is finally here--you're ready to plan a long-awaited family vacation to Orlando! You're filled with excitement but you're also a bit overwhelmed--Orlando is chock full of fantastic sites to see and places to visit, you're just not sure where to start.
You've already found a luxurious, comfortable place to stay at your Jeeves rental home, and that's half the battle! As for the entertainment portion, we've compiled a list of some of the most awesome, family-friendly venues in Orlando that are sure to make your vacation as fun and memorable as possible.
Here are 8 unforgettable venues for your next Orlando vacation:
Walt Disney World
Well, we might as well start with the most obvious--you simply can't take a family vacation in Orlando without including Walt Disney World. After all, it is the "happiest place on earth" for a reason! Disney World offers an incredible variety of activities, making it the perfect way to please every family member. Journey through breathtaking habitats full of incredible creatures at Animal Kingdom. Visit the most intriguing cities and discover an array of interesting cultures at Epcot. Spend the day at Hollywood Studios for an immersive experience with your favorite big-screen flicks. Experience Walt Disney World's legendary Magic Kingdom--from the rough and tumble adventures of Frontierland to the futuristic discoveries of Tomorrowland, the Magic Kingdom is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Whether you're a total movie buff or you just catch an occasional Friday night flick on Hulu, this theme park is sure to knock your socks off. Universal consists of two theme parks--Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Both parks are conveniently linked together, and you can even travel between the two on the Hogwarts Express. Experience favorites such as Men in Black, Terminator, and The Simpsons at Universal Studios, then turn up the thrill at Islands of Adventure on rides like The Incredible Hulk and Jurassic Park. Of course, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Universal's most magical experience. The world is spread across both parks, with Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
This stop is sure to add some more unforgettable memories to your family trip. This venue is weird, wacky, bizarre, and totally unique. Your family will wander through 10,000 square feet filled with 600 oddities--some curious, some comical, and some that are just plain ludicrous. 16 themed galleries feature attractions like shrunken heads, vampire-hunting kits, and decorated Tibetan skulls.
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
Your family will enjoy the beauty of nature along with some serious thrills at the Tree Trek Adventure Park. Swing through the trees like Tarzan, feel your heart pound as your cross wobbly suspended bridges, and feel the wind on your face as your glide on incredible zip lines. The park offers a variety of courses so there is an appropriate challenge for every skill level.
This iconic attraction is a fantastic photo op. Capture pics of your family members with their favorite celebrities, historical figures, and athletes. For over 200 years, visitors have been awestruck by incredibly life-like, wax creations. These exhibits have spread from a single, London location to numerous venues throughout the world. Your family will marvel over the unbelievable detail of each and every creation, from Albert Einstein's fluffy white hair to E.T.'s adorable, wrinkly face.
Knights, swords, horses, jousting--what more could you ask for? Sweep your family back in time at Medieval Times, the medieval-themed dinner show. Enter the Orlando castle for an exciting evening filled with delicious food and exciting entertainment. Enjoy a 4-course meal while you watch six knights battle through an exhilarating jousting tournament and epic battles with real weapons. Be sure to stop by the castle mews to see the majestic falcons, and grab a souvenir from the gift shop to commemorate this special evening.
Your family can experience the wonder of flight during your trip to Orlando! Children as young as three years old can enjoy this family outing, making it a great choice for the whole family. This indoor skydiving venue uses vertical wind tunnels to create an incredible simulated skydiving experience.
Vacations are a great time to try something new. You may not have heard of a sport called Whirlyball, but we're pretty sure you're going to love it! This family-friendly sport combines rules of basketball, hockey, and jai-alai and is played from behind the wheel of a WhirlyBug. What is a WhirlyBug, you ask? It's basically a bumper car, with a few improvements. Get ready to enjoy an afternoon of fun, friendly competition with your family at this awesome venue.
The key to creating unforgettable memories and having a fun-filled vacation is variety. Yes, Orlando is full of awesome theme parks (which is why they are at the top of our list!), but it's also home to a wealth of other incredible entertainment. These eight attractions are sure to offer your family a well-rounded experience that's fun and exciting each and every day.