Educational Summer Vacation to Orlando with Kids

March 9, 2022

Adventurous families looking to inject their summer vacations with some kid-friendly education and entertainment will be in awe of the endless opportunities in O-town. So follow along as we spill some (iced) tea on where to find educational family fun in Orlando this summer!

From hair-raising theme parks featuring wizards, warlocks, and witchcraft to aquariums bursting with sharks, seahorses, and interactive rock pools, there are plenty of ways to balance both learning and laughter.

Orlando offers a variety of immersive educational activities, excursions, and tours designed to delight kids of all ages. 

Orlando Hotels and Resorts

Hold up! Before you hightail it to the city's best water parks, aquariums, and museums, do your family a favor and extend your O-town stay.

Whether you seek a luxury resort, just a stone's throw from Walt Disney World, or would rather spread out in a spacious condo, we deliver a diverse array of options for Orlando Hotels and Resorts.

Kick back by the pool, or float down that lazy river without a care in the world, knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates online. 

external view of WorldQuest Orlando Resort and swimming pools located in Orlando, Florida, USAEducational Outdoor Orlando Activities

Get Up and Go Kayaking Tour Winter Park

Feel the sunshine on your face and revel in the breathtaking beauty of Central Florida's finest flora and fauna when you set forth for a Get Up and Go Kayaking Tour.

Equal parts athletic and educational, this two-hour guided tour features clear kayaks, which let you observe the stunning scenery and species of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes in perfect detail. So soak in the Spanish moss, the swaying cypress trees, and perhaps even spot some frolicking otters as you paddle your way through the Venetian-style canals.

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For a kid-approved evening escapade, book a Glow-in-the-Dark tour where your translucent kayak will be equipped with color-changing LED lights to add a funky twist to your nocturnal adventure. As a bonus, these flashing lights can attract all different varieties of fish from below. 

Gatorland

See ya later, gator! Step up your reptilian knowledge, and load up on a once-in-a-lifetime animal experience when you spend a day at Gatorland.

For over 70 years, this Floridian institution, known as the 'Alligator Capital of the World', has provided many animal shows, exhibits, up-close encounters, and more. Gander at the extremely rare albino gators, check out the natural alligator breeding marsh, or hold tight as you speed down the Screamin' Gator Zip Line.

With over 100 acres of theme park and wildlife to explore, Gatorland delivers hours of creepy, crawly fun. Buy some hot dogs to feed the gators, and then be sure to schedule in time for the Gator Jumparoo Show, which features both crocodiles and gators displaying their impressive jumping skills.

Stroll on by the petting zoo to cuddle up with some more fluffy creatures, and then conclude your day with the world-famous Legend of the Swamp Show. Try to pick your jaw up from off the floor as you sit mesmerized by the massive, nearly 7' gator and his daredevil trainer. 

Close up of 5 people posing for a photo, 3 of them in harnesses for zip lining at Gatorland in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Gatorland Orlando via Facebook

Universal Orlando Resort

Roller Coasters, renegade dragons, and plenty of web-slinging fun await visitors of Universal Orlando Resort this summer. So wave your magic wand and apparate in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Meander through Diagon Alley, escape Gringotts, and be sure to save room for an ice-cold refreshing Butterbeer. Non-Potterheads will feel their pulse race as they conquer gravity-defying roller coasters such as the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, or wipe out an alien invasion with the Men in Black.

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Little tykes will adore adventures with the Minions and the Cat in the Hat, while true movie buffs won't be able to pass up the chance to meet E.T. or battle King Kong. There's never a dull moment at the Universal Orlando Resort with three dynamic parks to discover.

View of Diagon Alley at night with the dragon on top of Gringotts Bank breathing fire at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Volcano Bay

Can't spring for a tropical getaway anytime soon? No problem! Whisk the entire family away for a day of island excitement when you cool off at Volcano Bay.

This 27 acre South Seas-themed water park is overflowing with H20 fueled festivities and attractions. Lounge, sunbathe and splash all day in a Family Suite Cabana. Or get positively drenched on the four-person canoe Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

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Leisurely swim around the idyllic Waturi Beach. Or prepare yourself for a white knuckle plummet when you experience a 70-degree fall through a drop door on the Ko'okiri Body Plunge. Tiny toddlers who are still working on their swimming skills will appreciate the shallow waters of the Reef, while mom and dad can revel in the tranquil twists and turns of the Kopiko Wai Winding River. 

Walt Disney World Resort

Carve out some time to return to the 'Most Magical Place on Earth when you reunite with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the whole Disney gang this summer.

With four thrilling theme parks, two water parks, and an entertainment complex, Walt Disney World Resort contains more than enough magic to make every last enchanted family fantasy come true.

Let your imagination run wild in Animal Kingdom as you scout the savannah for wildebeest, zebras, and lions on the Kilimanjaro Safari.

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Aid the Jedi in the Rise of the Resistance, or keep it classic with a spooky sojourn through the Haunted Mansion. Finally, wrap up your charming day of rides and character meet and greets with an enthralling display of nightly fireworks above Cinderella's Castle. 

Wide shot of a safari jeep on a dirt rode with giraffes on one side along with trees and greenery on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USATyphoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach**

Tell Mickey to pack those shades and SPF because the forecast says it's going to be a scorcher! Cool off in true island style when you splash your way through the tropical Typhoon Lagoon.

Ramp up the watery wonder when you plummet down Mount Mayday on Humunga Kowabunga, or round up your partner and get those juices flowing when you choose your chute adventure on the Crush 'N' Gusher. Little ones who are more comfortable on dryland can still be included in the ocean excitement as they craft sandcastles on Ketchakiddee Creek.

Craving a more polar-based waterpark pursuit? Take an arctic plunge into the waterslides, creeks, and rapids that make up Blizzard Beach. Challenge your children to a competitive toboggan race, or face your fear of heights on the death-defying 360-foot-long Summit Plummet descent. 

**Blizzard Beach Park is currently closed for refurbishment

Aquatica by SeaWorld

Prime your little fishes for plenty of marine memories and beach-based thrills at USA's #1 waterpark! Aquatica by SeaWorld serves up a sprawling splash-filled escape featuring 43 slides, rivers, lagoons, and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches.

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Big Kahuna's will be chomping at the bit to tackle the brand new Riptide Race or experience the sensation of weightlessness on the KareKare Curl. Be sure to snag peeks at their abundant marine life, such as Commerson's dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and other cold-water fish on the Reef Plunge.

Indulge in a moment of zen on the lazy Loggerhead River Lane, or satisfy your cravings for spicy empanadas and boneless wings at the all-new Papa's Cantina. Aquatica is home to plenty of kid-friendly spaces, including Kata's Kookaburra Cove, featuring beginner's body slides, water spouts, and pools. 

View from the top of the Taumata Racer at Aquatica Orlando - Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Aquatica Orlando via Facebook

Educational Indoor Orlando Activities

Kennedy Space Center

To infinity and beyond! Surprise your favorite space nerd with a full-day tour to the renowned Kennedy Space Center. A true oasis of learning, observation, and deep space exploration.

The Kennedy Space Center provides a portal into the real-life missions of NASA.

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Set a course for history, as your knowledgeable guide informs you of the humble beginnings of the Apollo Space program. Or walk among giants when you see rockets from NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs in the Garden.

Try to contain your intergalactic levels of excitement as you meet an astronaut. Then see if you have what it takes to survive a Shuttle Launch when you ride the Space Center's simulator.

Don't forget to pick up some meteor-worthy souvenir mementos, including a tasty packet of freeze-dried mint chocolate chip space ice cream!

Kennedy Space Center AtlantisSea Life Orlando Aquarium

Transport yourself to a watery world thousands of leagues under the sea when you uncover waves of educational aquatic adventure and amusement at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.

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This enthralling aqua-focused edifice conveniently located on International Drive contains over 5,000 sea creatures. Boasting Florida's only 360-degree ocean tunnel and an interactive rockpool.

Guide little ones as they learn all about the curious creatures that inhabit our ocean, including:

  • Stingrays
  • Sea Turtles
  • Blacktip Reef Sharks
  • Giant Pacific Octopus

Watch in wonder at the Jelly Wall as these iridescent beings glide effortlessly through the water. Or try to spot Chelly, the Sea Turtle, as you walk through the 360-degree ocean tunnel.

Then, feel the shiny, slimy, and soft textures of starfishes and sea anemones at the touch pool. Or attempt to feed the ferocious school of tangs during the Feeding Frenzy. 

Orlando Science Center

Science fiction, natural ecosystems, and kinetic experiments, oh my! Little learners of all ages will be in their true scientific element when they pay a visit to the Orlando Science Center.

For over 60 years, this award-winning museum has inspired intrepid minds to think critically about the world around them. This institution features tons of interactive exhibits, experiments, and simulations and is a veritable playground for the STEM inclined.

Dig into the prehistoric past when you encounter giant dinosaur fossils and megafauna. Or build a model roller coaster. Then, uncover the science behind how pulley systems work.

Meanwhile, your smallest scientists will have a ball in KidsTown. Boasting over 11,000 square feet of skill-based activities. Experiment with water, learn how oranges land on your table, or embrace your dramatic side at the Harriett's KidsTown Theatre. 

Close up of a family playing at a water exhibit at KidsTown at Orlando Science Center in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Institute of Museum and Library Services via Facebook

Educational Orlando Dinner Adventures

Medieval Times Orlando

Treat your young lords and ladies to medieval merriment when you secure reservations at Medieval Times Orlando.

Don your royal robes and prime yourself for epic feasting, fighting, and falconry. Watch in awe as skilled knights compete in daring games and jousting competitions astride their noble steeds.

Cheer on your favorite champion, and soak in the sensational horsemanship, costumes, and special effects. 

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Next, tuck into your gourmet four-course meal. Sample bites of garlic bread, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, and more (all sans utensils).

line of horses and knights with jousting poles at the Medieval Times dinner show in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Orlando via Facebook

Pirates Dinner Adventure Orlando

Ahoy matey! Set sail for an evening of swashbuckling dinner theatrics when you head to Pirates Dinner Adventure Orlando.

Magical mermaids, jewels, and evil captains abound on this raucous romp through the swirling seas. Pint-size pirates will be starstruck by the 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon, acrobatic stunts, cannon blasts, and pyrotechnics that pepper this production.

This fast-paced, action-packed show is full of dramatic danger and some gold galleon-sized laughs. First mates of all ages will be asked to participate in the show. They'll find themselves on their feet cheering for our honorable heroes, Benjamin Blue and the beautiful Princess Anita.

Linger over your flavor-packed four-course meal. Enjoy tomato bisque soup, Doubloon Penne Pasta, and roasted chicken with demi-glaze. Meanwhile, debate which sinful royal dessert to order next.

aerial view over the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show arena in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

photo credit: Pirates Dinner Adventure - Orlando Florida via Facebook

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Swamp shows, water park fun, and enough science experiments to make Bill Nye proud. It must be an educational summer in Orlando!

When school lets out and the kiddies are clamoring for both fun and educational activities, Orlando is here to help. Home to a bevy of theme parks, aquariums, museums, and more, a summer vacation here is a treat.

Paddle through serene lakes in Winter Park, then learn about crustaceans and sea creatures at Sea Life. Or satisfy your Game of Thrones cravings with supper at Medieval Times.

Families are guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime getaway when they set forth for the City Beautiful.

Tell us, how will you spend your summer in Orlando?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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