Things to Do in Orlando With a Baby
Even the littlest visitors can have the time of their lives in Orlando! Read on to see what we have in store for you and your bundles of joy.
Age range: Newborn to 2 years old
Some of Orlando's world-famous theme parks are better suited for little ones than others. For example, Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort is an obvious choice for this (or any) age, with countless amazing sights and sounds to stimulate your child’s senses.
Likewise, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is specifically geared toward kids, and SeaWorld® Orlando has plenty of opportunities to enjoy close encounters with a variety of gentle creatures. And don’t forget that Universal's Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort has an entire land devoted to beloved Dr. Seuss characters.
It’s also worth noting that children under 3 get free entry into most of Orlando’s theme parks, water parks and attractions, and other amenities are available for parents with very young children. For example, each park has comprehensive baby-care centers with a host of amenities. They also offer conveniently located diaper-changing stations in select locations, including men’s, women’s and family restrooms. Check with your theme park destinations for more information.
As with theme parks, some of Orlando’s indoor and outdoor attractions will have more appeal for this age range than others. With that being said, it’s never too early to expose children to the arts and sciences, and Orlando has some fun choices in that regard.
Located in Loch Haven Park, about 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the Orlando Science Center provides kids with countless hands-on learning opportunities. In the same park, the Orlando Museum of Art hosts monthly “Art Adventures” where children can learn about colors, shapes, lines, textures and more.
“Mild” is a better watchword than “wild” at this age, so take a stroll around Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. In addition to a mile-plus walking path, the park has paddleboats shaped like swans, a fountain that lights up at night, and plenty of shaded, grassy places to sit and relax. Plus, this park is at the center of all of downtown’s acclaimed dining options.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Gatorland has some unique (and safe) ways for young children to enjoy the outdoors. First, Gator Gully Splash Park has a host of interactive, animal-themed water toys and splash areas. Allie’s Barnyard gives kids the chance to pet goats, llamas and other friendly critters, and colorful birds can be fed at the Very Merry Aviary. Last but not least, the Express Railroad provides relaxing train rides for your whole group.
In all, Orlando has more than 5,000 restaurants representing a wide range of cuisines, and many of them cater to families with young children. In other words, even when your children are this young, you won’t have any problems finding dining options.
If your children are old enough to appreciate it, this might also be the ideal time to delight them with character dining opportunities at theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort has numerous options, including classic Disney animated characters at Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Other toddler-friendly eateries at Disney include Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, as well as Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, with the latter offering the chance to see giraffes, zebras and gazelles grazing outside the window.
Universal Orlando Resort offers meals with Marvel super-heroes and Despicable Me characters. And at SeaWorld, you can enjoy a family feast while learning about the park’s pilot whales at Dine With Orcas at Shamu Stadium. Check with the respective parks for more details.
With your children being this young, resorts and hotels with connected suites are a great idea, giving mom and dad a chance for some time together while the little ones nap in an adjacent room. Options along this line include Caribe Royale Orlando, Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, Reunion Resort, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort and Westgate Palace Resort. We also have many vacation home rentals to choose from.