Looking for activities to do with your infant in Orlando? Let’s face it, what you really need is something fun for yourself to do where an infant will be welcome. Sure, they need some stimulation but they will be sleeping much of the time, so let’s look for things that mom or dad will like as well.
Luckily, you will be in Orlando, so you have a lot of choices.
Best Infant Activities
With infants, you really want to stay away from the theme parks. Sure they are free but this is because there is really nothing for them to do except make your life miserable. Here are some other great activities that will make mom or dad happy.
Stroll Harry P Leu Gardens
- 50 acres containing over 200 different types of plants and trees.
- Shaded stroller friendly trails.
- Free admission for kids under 3 years old.
- Bag lunches allowed, but no garden picnics.
Why We Like It
The Leu Gardens are an amazing creation. It is a 50 acre oasis just outside of the downtown area of Orlando. The gardens are owned by the city of Orlando and were donated to the city in 1961 by the namesake, Harry P Leu.
What you will find at the gardens is manicured paths covered by mature century old trees. There are also over 200 kinds of plants to enjoy. This is a great place to spend a few hours to unwind while your infant naps in their stroller. There will also be numerous photo opportunities so plan on taking some pics with baby.
Plan on spending 2 hours at the Leu Gardens for the best experience.
Restrooms are available in the main house which has been converted into a museum.
Walk Disney Springs
- Free admission and free parking.
- Live music and shows.
- Plenty of infant friendly dining.
- Easy stroller access.
Why We Like It
Get the magic of Disney without spending the money. Yes, infants are free entry at Disney parks, but the parents are not. Disney Springs gives you a taste of the theme parks without the high cost.
Spending the day pushing your infant around the grounds of Disney Springs is a great way to kill some time. Do a little people watching, take in a free concert and do some window shopping at the great stores. Don’t worry, not all of them are Disney themed. Just like with the theme parks, there are also hidden Mickeys, so keep your eye out.
While you are there, get some food at one of the many infant friendly restaurants and then take your tired baby home. Overall, a great and relaxing way to spend the day.
You may know this area better as Downtown Disney. The name was changed to Disney Springs in 2013.
If you want to dine at the big restaurants like T-Rex, make reservations.
Shop Vineland Premium Outlets
- Newly renovated stores.
- Over 160 name brand stores.
- Plenty of baby changing stations.
Why We Like It
Let’s face it, as long as you keep your baby moving, they will be happy. You might as well enjoy yourself by shopping one of the four outlet malls near Orlando. Vineland is an outdoor mall, but stores are close enough together that you will be in air conditioned comfort most of the time. Proximity to air conditioning is important when taking an infant out in an Orlando summer.
When you are done shopping, grab a bite to eat at the Sundial Cafe or just get a scoop at Haagen Dazs.
Outlet malls are tourist magnets. Try to plan a trip in the middle of the week to avoid the crowds.
If you really hate crowds, check out the Tanger Outlet in nearby Daytona Beach.
Tour The Orlando Museum Of Art
- Founded in 1924.
- Voted one of the best Orlando attractions.
- Rotating exhibitions, keeps the museum fresh.
Why We Like It
This is great place to visit during an Orlando summer. or any season really. Take in some culture while keeping your infant out of the Orlando humidity. If you will be in Orlando around the holidays, check out the festival of trees, an over three decade old event.
Plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours on your self guided tour or join a one hour guided tour.
Check out First Thursdays to see new, emerging artists.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
Enjoy The Central Florida Zoo
- 116 acres zoo and botanical garden.
- 350 animals and over 100 species.
Why We Like It
This is not a huge zoo by any means but it is well run and has enough to keep little ones entertained. As with all outdoor exhibits in Central Florida, you should plan to visit the zoo early in the day during the summer, especially with infants. With clean restrooms and plenty of shaded areas, it has what parents need for small children.
There are several dining options available if you do not want to bring a lunch. Sonny’s BBQ is by far the most popular.
Go early in the day during the summer. The zoo opens at 9AM and the animals tend to retreat to avoid the heat later in the day.
Tips For Entertaining Infants In Orlando
If you are visiting Orlando, you might not be familiar with the unique weather that we have. We are sure that you are aware that it can get hot, but there is a bit more to it than that.
If you are visiting Orlando during the Fall or Winter, you will experience some of the best weather in the nation. Sunny with highs in the upper 70’s. That time of year is hard to beat which is why our city gets so many “snow birds”, part time Florida residents.
The rest of the year, it can get rather hot and if you are not a resident, it could catch you off guard.
Many experts advise not to take an infant out in temperatures over 90 degrees, which includes the heat index. In Florida, with out humidity, this means that you should be careful with temps over 80 degrees. The humidity will add an easy 10 to 15 degrees to the temperature. If the forecast says 90 degrees, it will feel like 100 to 105.
With an infant, during a Florida summer, you should limit your time outside. If you are visiting an outdoor venue, make frequent trips indoors to cool off. Also, try to plan your trips for early in the morning or in the evening after the sun begins to fade.
Brief storms are also plentiful in Central Florida, especially during the summer months. Called “Sea Breeze” storms, they are a result of colliding air masses from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Luckily, they are very brief, but they can pop up quickly and be intense. A compact umbrella is a valuable item to keep with you in Florida.
The good thing about these storms, especially when they pop up later in the day, is that they cool things down quite a bit. Many of us welcome the storms.