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Discover, Play, Learn: Family Vacation in Orlando

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Families love Orlando. Yes, many come for the theme parks, but there's family fun to be had all around the city. Orlando has a place to do your favorite things, or discover a new family favorite. From hanging with astronauts to ziplining over alligators, Orlando will keep you entertained and on your toes.

So take a detour to discover the amusing activities waiting just around the corner from the typical destinations. You’ll be pleased by what you find.

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Must Go
Must do in Orlando
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    Your family can zip up and down Orlando. Take a zipline canopy tour with Zip Orlando, fly over the heads of gators at Gatorland, and swing through the trees at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. Hanging in there has never been more fun.

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    Kayak Tour

    Explore Central Florida by its gorgeous waterways. Head to The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek to kayak, canoe, or SUP (stand up paddleboard) through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. You can go on exciting guided tours or rent equipment for spontaneous adventures.

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    Airboat Tour

    Blast through the Central Florida wetlands on an airboat. Your family can take a one hour tour, or a half-day excursion through the marsh. It’s an awesome way to ride the waters. Check out Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and Wild Florida in Kissimmee.

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    Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Float through the air on a hot air balloon. It’s an outstanding and unique way to take in Central Florida’s beautiful expanses. Once you’re up there, you won’t want to come down. Head to Aerostat Adventures in Kissimmee for an unforgettable ride.

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    Sports Events

    It’s always game time in Orlando. Several professional sports teams are based in Central Florida, and you can cheer them on all year long. Experience the Orlando Magic, get a kick out of watching Orlando City Soccer, and root for the Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers. For the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” head to the Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo.

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    Theme Parks

    In addition to popular theme parks like Legoland and Islands of Adventure, Orlando has a lot of lesser-known theme parks and fun centers full of exciting ways to play. Connect with the creatures of the sea at Discovery Cove, and have the ‘best day ever’ riding the rides at the family-friendly Fun Spot America theme parks.

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