Although we are the “Theme Park Capital of the World”, Orlando is not just about the world-famous theme parks. As a mom living in this vibrant city for nearly 17 years, I can tell you that there’s so much more to explore and so many cool things happening in Orlando!
One of the cool things my family and I enjoy is the Orlando Science Center. It’s an amazing place that makes learning fun and interactive for kids or all ages. My children love the interactive exhibits, especially the dinosaur exhibit and the physics-themed ‘Science Park’.
The Winter Park Farmer’s Market is another favorite. Held every Saturday, it’s a great way to teach kids about healthy eating while supporting local farmers. Plus, the freshly baked bread and organic fruits and veggies are a delicious treat!
On sunny days, we love to head to Lake Eola Park. The beautiful downtown lake has a playground, a swan-shaped paddle boat ride, and a Sunday farmers market. It’s the perfect place for a family picnic.
For art lovers, the Orlando Museum of Art offers ‘Art Adventures’, an interactive program designed especially for kids. It’s a great way to introduce your little ones to the world of art.
Movie, music and sports fans can meet their favorite superheroes and celebrities at Madame Tussauds, the world’s greatest wax museum located on International Drive. Guests can help the well-renowned members of the Justice League save the world or moonwalk alongside the iconic King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
DC Superhero fans can step into the bat cave for themselves located inside the Auto Museum at Dezerland Park. Featuring a $200 million auto collection, visitors can look at thousands of famous vehicles from pop culture.
Finally, don’t forget the numerous free public events held throughout the year. From outdoor movies and food festivals to holiday parades and fireworks, there’s always something exciting happening in Orlando.
We have some pretty cool NEW things happening in Orlando this year!
Discover Orlando’s Pop Culture Playground Beyond MEGACON
The ultimate pop culture playground, MEGACON
Orlando, is one of the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming events in North America, bringing a record-breaking 160,000 estimated attendees this year. Taking place at the Orange County Convention Center from Feb. 1-4, MEGACON will feature dozens of TV and film celebrities, voice actors, comic book creators, cosplayers, Youtubers and more. Orlando is also home to a diverse array of pop-culture icons, artifacts, and more, with retro-gaming clubs and bars.
Road to Paris 2024: Orlando Welcomes U.S. Olympic Team Trials
The City Beautiful will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
on Feb. 3, where runners will compete on a course through downtown Orlando to qualify to represent Team USA in the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The race is expected to receive nationwide attention and shine the spotlight on Orlando as its host city – the first-ever in Florida.
The marathon course will run through several neighborhoods and business districts in Orlando. It is expected to attract up to 100,000 spectators spread throughout the course, with a live broadcast on NBC.
NFL Pro Bowl 2024 Showcases Football’s Best in Orlando
The 2024 NFL Pro Bowl Games
, coached by Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, return to Camping World Stadium in a multi-day competition format to build off last year’s reimagined format of exciting skills challenges and action-packed flag football games.
The multi-day AFC vs. NFC competition will feature new and returning skills challenges, where 88 of the league’s top players showcase their football and non-football skills in unique competitions and culminate in action-packed flag football games at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4.
So whether you’re a mom like me or just someone looking for fun things to do in Orlando, remember there’s a lot more to this city than just the theme parks!
Orlando was awarded 2024’s Best Family Travel Award by Good Housekeeping.
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