Toddler Activities In Orlando

Looking for something to do with your toddler in Orlando? The theme parks are an obvious choice, but they are expensive and not always the best option for small children. Sensory overload for a toddler is a real thing.

Luckily, Orlando has a lot more to offer than just theme parks. Take a look at some of the best options in toddler friendly Orlando activities.

Best Toddler Activities

What toddlers need is stimulation in small doses. This is why the theme parks are not always the best option for kids under three, even if park admission is free. If you have ever seen a parent struggling with a complete toddler meltdown, you understand. Here are some of the best things to do in Orlando if you have a toddler.

Splash Around At Disney Springs

A picture of the Disney Springs water tour.
Image courtesy of disney.com

Location

1486 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Key Points

  • Free parking and entry.
  • Live entertainment nights and weekends.
  • It’s Disney.

Why We Like It

It is hard to beat Disney Springs. It gives you a little bit of Disney without any of the cost.

One of the lesser utilized features of Disney Springs is the free splash pad. There are actually two splash pads, but the one you want is the bigger pad located by the Earl of Sandwich. If that one gets crowded, there is also a smaller free splash pad located near the Christmas store.

After your toddler gets worn out in the water, dry them off and take a stroller tour of Disney Springs. People watch, look for the hidden Mickey’s or grab a cupcake at Sprinkles.

Tips

Obviously, you should bring a towel and a change of clothes if you plan on staying for more than just the splash pad.

The parking garage is huge, take a picture of your parking spot.


Explore The Zoo With Your Toddler In Sanford

A zoo near orlando where you can take your baby.

Location

3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771

Key Points

  • 116 acres to explore.
  • Home to more than 100 species.

Why We Like It

What kid doesn’t love the zoo. It is a great place for your toddler to stretch their legs and take in some nature. The Central Florida Zoo is a moderate sized zoo that you can cover in just a few hours. Parents with toddlers know that this is more than enough time to tire your child out and any more time than this is risky.

You will find that the little zoo in Sanford is well laid out with plenty of shade. If you are visiting in the Summer, try to arrive earlier in the day to avoid the heat and the afternoon showers.

Tip

Enjoy some Sonny’s BBQ while at the zoo or bring a lunch.


Get Your Toddler Some Sun At New Smyrna Beach

A truck parked on the beach in New Smyrna.

Location

998-900 27th Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Key Points

  • You can drive onto the beach.
  • Shallow shoreline.
  • Plenty of lifeguards.

Why We Like It

New Smyrna could be the best beach for kids in all of Florida. If you have heard of it, you probably have also hear it referred to as the “shark bite capital of the world”. Don’t be alarmed. With a toddler, you will not be going into deep water and the threat is exaggerated given the volume of people that visit New Smyrna Beach.

Parents will appreciate the convenience of being able to drive onto the beach. Toddlers come with a lot of gear and not having to lug all of this gear across a hot parking lot is a huge advantage.

Additionally, New Smyrna Beach is very shallow. You can be 20 feet off the shore and still be in a foot of water. It is the perfect beach for toddlers to enjoy the surf safely, under the watchful eye of a parent of course.

Finally, you have the sand at New Smyrna Beach. It is a fine sand that is gentle on the foot. Of course, this means that there will be less shells around for shelling, but most toddlers are more interested in the water anyway.

Tips

Admission is $20 or you can buy a year long pass for $100. Well worth it if you live near Orlando.

Arrive early for hassle free beach parking and so you can enjoy the beach before it heats up.


Feed The Swans At Lake Eola

Lake Eola, a great place in Orlando to take toddlers.
Image courtesy of orlando.gov.

Location

512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801

Key Points

  • Partially covered playground.
  • Clean restrooms.
  • Paved path around the lake.
  • Swan shaped paddle boats for rent.
  • Huge swan and geese population.

Why We Like It

Lake Eola is perhaps the best park in Orlando and a great place to find toddler friendly activities. Feeding the swans is always fun and will present you with some great photo opportunities to share on social media. Come for the swans and then stay for the rest of the attractions.

The park also offers a nice, mostly covered playground, plenty of art, mature trees and swan shaped paddle boats for rent. The boats are $15 for a 30 minute ride. Most days you will also find an ice cream truck near the playground and swan feeding station.

Tips

Bring quarters to purchase food for the swans.

Free parking fill sup fast but there are numerous paid lots, including garage parking for just $5.


Enjoy The Activities At Sea Life Orlando

Sea Life Orlando, an attraction for toddlers in Orlando.
Image courtesy visitsealife.com.

Location

8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Key Points

  • Amazing 360 degree ocean tunnel.
  • Opportunity to bundle tickets with other attractions.
  • Children height attractions.

Why We Like It

Sea Life Orlando is a small aquarium but it is packed with attractions and very well laid out. Parents of toddlers will appreciate the fact that the things kids want to see will be at their height. This means that you will not spend the entire day picking your kid up so that they can see the attractions.

Speaking of the attractions, your toddler and you will love such things as the 360 degree ocean tunnel, the shark tank and the ability to touch some of the animals at the end of the tour.

Tip

Get a combo pass with admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for around $10 extra per person.

This is a popular attraction so buy your tickets online well in advance.


Pick Strawberries At Pappy’s

Pappy's Strawberry Farm, a favorite activty for Orlando toddlers.

Location

700 Florida Avenue, Oviedo Fl 32765

Key Points

  • Pick your own strawberries.
  • Get your kids back to nature.

Why We Like It

Located just outside of Orlando in the city of Oviedo is Pappy’s Strawberry patch. Grab a basket and let your kids pick their own fresh strawberries. Your kids get the back to nature experience and figure out where all of that produce in the grocery store really comes from. Prices are reasonable and are close to what you would pay for store bought berries.

Pappy’s is seasonal and they are open from December until April. Check their Facebook Page before you head out.

Tips

Hours of operation vary, so be sure to check if they are open before you go.