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Best for Kids in Orlando

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If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lake Eola is an ideal escape without having to leave the city. The lake is a part of a park complex that includes a lovely walkway, which encircles the lake and serves as a running track. The park is a whopping 43.2 acres (17.48 hectares), which makes it easy to feel like you really have left the city. Visitors can use the picnic facilities located throughout the park, or rent a boat to take out onto the lake.

Have a magical day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Based on the well-known book series and the amazing movies, this theme park brings the story to life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is separated into different areas based on the movies with fantastical attractions in each section. Dine at the Three Broomsticks, find a unique treat at Honeydukes and have an adventure on the thrilling Dragon Challenge roller coaster. If you're a Harry Potter fan you can't miss this theme park!

Imagine a place where you and your family can swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish, and safely come eye-to-eye with sharks and barracudas! Where plunging through a majestic waterfall allows you to hand-feed exotic birds in a towering free-flight aviary. Where you can marvel at sight, sound and touch while bonding with these incredible animals. Where you can relax on pristine beaches and enjoy an all-inclusive day of discovery. Redefine your vacation experience with a getaway of personalized service never before encountered in Orlando. Discovery Cove: a day of adventure and a lifetime of memories!

This lovely 50-acre botanical garden is situated on Lake Rowena and promises to offer visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphor, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is one of the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built-in 1888, it now serves as a decorative arts museum.

Entertainment seekers of all ages can enjoy this spacious outdoor waterfront venue. Live shows and live music can be enjoyed within convenient vicinity of the Epcot Center.

The Orange County Regional History Center allows visitors to explore 12,000 years worth of Central Florida history. The detailed exhibits go as far back as the Seminole Wars, and cover everything from natural disasters to the arraignment of Ted Bundy. You can even find out what Orlando was like before the establishment of Walt Disney World. Be sure to explore the gift shop for some excellent souvenirs.

Orlando Science Center is a glistening structure that looks like the product of a meeting between Greek-Roman architects and Star Trek engineers. The analogy applies to the activities inside as well. The museum strives to teach kids (and adults) about classical science using modern, hands-on, sometimes high-tech activities. The museum houses themed exhibit halls where patrons can explore the human body, modern technology, the solar system and other topics. The exhibits often change, so you can always learn something new. Its eight-story CineDome is billed as one of the world's largest movie theaters where they show large-format nature/technology films.

Make an escapade to the distinctly thrilling islands of adventure and experience exciting rides. Set foot right into the magical World of Harry Potter or enter an epic battle of good versus evil on the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island. Adventure and thrill, that's what this theme park is all about. All those childhood superhero fantasies you concocted come alive in these Islands of Adventure.

One of the world's premier amusement parks, the Universal Studios Florida was opened to great fanfare in 1990, and since then has become one of the most visited theme parks in the world, with millions of guests per year. The park is split into several different sections that resemble locations from some of the studio's most popular ventures, which include the like of the Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. The park's famous Jaws ride is one of the park's oldest and most popular attractions to date.

One of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favourite with tourists visiting Florida. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the existing rides which include a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events.

Take a trip to this 70-acre (28.32-hectare) park and see thousands of alligators and crocodiles up close. Visit breeding pens, nurseries and rearing ponds. Children love the site's mini water park, and the petting zoo boasts goats, lambs and other barnyard animals. Make sure to walk the 2000-foot (609.6-meter) boardwalk winding its way through a cypress swamp. If you get hungry, grab a bite at the on-site Pearl's Smokehouse. The menu features smoked alligator ribs and deep-fried gator nuggets.

This unique area combining shopping, dining and special events is open year-round and provides a Disney-influenced, admission-free center for the city of Anaheim. There is usually live music and street entertainment out on the street. Much of the fun is free, although special concerts will have a fee. The schedule changes daily, so most visitors grab a free copy of "Downtown Disney Today" from the newsstands located throughout the area. The holiday season is especially busy with strolling musicians, yuletide decorations and special events for kids and adults alike. Your first three hours of parking is free with additional validations available from the restaurants, shops and theaters.

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