In addition to theme parks, Orlando is full of more affordable attractions for families looking to have fun on a budget. From petting zoos to go-carts, Orlando attractions pack in a full day of fun without breaking the bank so you have enough money left over to enjoy the rest of your vacation.
During your stay in Orlando, there are plenty of attractions to visit but the following are some of the most popular Orlando attractions:
Kids and adults will find plenty of fun and thrills at this mini-amusement park that has a lot of excitement in a very small area. The park contains go-cart tracks, thrill rides and toddler-friendly rides. Fun Spot claims to be one of the few amusement parks in the nation that offers multi-level cement go-cart-tracks on four separate tracks. In addition to go-carts, there are bumper cars, bumper boats, an arcade and a number of other rides including a special place just for children called Kid Spot.
Daytona 500 Experience
Experience the thrill of a lifetime at Daytona 500 Experience. Known as “The Official Attraction of NASCAR”, the Daytona 500 Experience offers various attractions and shows such as Acceleration Alley, the Walk of Fame, and the Richard Petty Driving Experience. There are also annual events that give NASCAR fans the chance to experience the Daytona 500 year-round.
Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
(866) 737 – 5235
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Adult prices start around $40.
Kennedy Space Center Orlando is only a short drive away from Orlando’s theme parks. Since it is close, you can take a full day to explore all of the attractions that is has to offer such as the Shuttle Launch Experience, Mad Mission to Mars and more. There are also special events held throughout the year such as rocket and shuttle launches, concerts and visiting astronauts.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
Enjoy a quiet country setting with more than 300 farm animals at the Green Meadows Petting Farm. Just North of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Green Meadows combines an educational and fun experience into an exciting day for adults and children through interaction with some of the most popular animals found on a farm.
Included in the low price of your admission, you get a two-hour guided tour with a chance to milk a cow, pony rides for the kids, a tractor-drawn hayride and a ride on the Green Meadows Express.
Central Florida Zoo
Located in Sanford, Florida, about 30 minutes north of Orlando, the Central Florida Zoo is an enchanting and educational experience for the whole family. Featuring animals from all over the world including endangered and threatened species, the Central Florida Zoo provides affordable animal fun for everyone. There are also various special events held at the zoo throughout the year so make sure you check out the upcoming events calendar for more information.
9067 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
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Adult prices start around $20.
WonderWorks is Orlando’s only upside down attraction. An amusement park for the mind, WonderWorks features over 100 interactive exhibits for your whole family to experience. In addition to thrilling exhibits, you can also engage in a fun game of Lazer Tag. Lazer Tag packs more than 10,000 square feet of action and arcade fun in the WonderWorks basement. Battle opponents as you try to outplay, outlast and outshoot other players. At the end of a long day, enjoy a relaxing, yet entreating meal at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
From the moment you enter the “sinkhole” that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando appears to be falling into, you know you are in for an exciting and unique experience. Known as Orlando’s “odditorium”, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! features the collection of Robert Ripley. Known as a real-life Indiana Jones who traveled the world on exciting excursions collecting unbelievable and one-of-a-kind artifacts, Ripley’s Believe It or Not has locations in 10 countries but each museum’s collection is 90% unique and different so you are in for something new every time you visit a different location.
Dinosaur World is known for packing a lot of fun into an affordable price. With admission costing less than a fraction of the Orlando theme parks, Dinosaur World features over 150 life-sized dinosaurs on display with explanatory signs so you can learn more about the species, museum, playground and more.
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
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Adult prices start around $20.
Billed as the “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland is home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles. Attractions include a splash park, reptile shows, an aviary, petting zoo and a swamp walk but more than anything, Gatorland is known for its infamous alligator wrestling shows. You can even get in on the fun by helping a gator wrestler pick out the gator they are going to wrestle for an unforgettable experience.
Who says you need a plane to go skydiving? Not with SkyVenture Orlando! It’s the closest thing to skydiving you’ll ever do without having to jump out of a plane. It’s such a realistic experience that professional skydivers use the tunnel to practice their moves, so imagine how great it will feel for you as a beginner! Anyone of virtually any age from three years old to seniors can fly as long as they are reasonably healthy. Enjoy the freedom and excitement of skydiving in a safe environment.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Voted “Best in Florida” by Orlando Magazine, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is known for their innovative hole designs, lush landscaping, and entertaining pirate theme. There are three courses to choose from: Captain’s Course, Blackbeard’s Challenge and the 36-Hole Adventure. The manicured courses provide family-friendly fun for all ages 3 to 93 at an affordable price.
When is the best time to visit?
The best times to visit these attractions are mid November through mid December (minus Thanksgiving), 2nd week of January through mid February, first 3 weeks of May, and late August through September.
The busiest times of the year are December 26-31, mid February through mid April, mid summer, Presidents Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.