Orlando for your inner child

Fun in the sun.

by Rashmi Chugani

Theme parks rule Orlando. If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, this Florida city is a wonderful choice. You can be as adventurous by seeking out the scariest roller coasters, or get your mind blown by some of the more educational parks. If it made our list, you’ll have fun.

Epcot 92

200 Epcot Center Drive

Walt Disney envisioned this property as an "experimental prototype community of tomorrow" (aka EPCOT) and a showcase of American creativity.

- Michelin Guide

WonderWorks 79

9067 International Dr

The interactive “laboratory,” features 100 scientific experiences, such as hurricane and earthquake simulators, along with virtual-reality sports, an indoor ropes course and a laser-tag arena

- Where

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando 81

8201 International Dr

The 1933 World's Fair in Chicago introduced Ripley's collection of 'oddities and unusual people' to the public.

- Lonely Planet

This addition to Universal Studios Florida opened in 1999 and trumpeted the site's conversion into the Universal Orlando Resort

- Travel + Leisure

Orlando Science Center 88

777 E Princeton St

Themed exhibits teach while they entertain

- Where

SeaWorld Orlando 87

7007 Sea World Drive

The park's outstanding marine mammal shows feature dolphins, sea lions, otters and Shamu, the park's star killer whale.

- Michelin Guide

Harry P. Leu Gardens 94

1920 N Forest Ave

Visitors can meander under the shade of palms, bamboo, oaks, and elms. Every season showcases different blooming flowers and plants.

- Afar Magazine

Gatorland 88

14501 S Orange Blossom Trl

This theme park and nature preserve combines Old Florida charm with exciting wildlife exhibits and live entertainment

- Where

Disney's Hollywood Studios 91

351 South Studio Drive

You'll probably see the Tower of Terror and the Earrfel Tower, a water tank with mouse ears, even before you enter this park.

- Frommer's

Magic Kingdom 89

3111 World Drive

When people think of WDW, they picture the Magic Kingdom, from the iconic Cinderella's Castle to Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

- Lonely Planet

Disney's Animal Kingdom 92

2901 Osceola Pkwy

Wild animals of every stripe can be seen here, in regionally themed habitats that are scattered across the park.

- Travel + Leisure

Holy Land Experience 79

4655 Vineland Rd

This magical place brought The Bible Stories to life. This magical place brought The Bible Stories to life. This magical place brought The Bible Stories to life.

- Afar Magazine

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