Experimenting with the idea of an unforgettable family vacation? If our calculations are correct, you’ll find the perfect getaway right here in Kissimmee. And if you’re interested in mixing family fun with a little education, you’re in luck! There are countless attractions where you can learn a thing or two, while having the time of your life.
Ready to solve the equation for having an exciting and enlightening family-friendly vacation? Kissimmee is the answer for every age!
Learn About Life Under the Sea
Did you know that the oceans take up 71% of Earth’s surface? How about that 95% of the ocean has yet to be explored? That means there’s lots for you to learn about the world under the sea — and you can get started in Kissimmee!
For a deep dive into all things underwater, spend a day at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, where you can take an interactive journey through the waters of the world, while learning how you can play a part in conservation efforts. More than 5,000 creatures call SEA LIFE home, from seahorses and stingrays to turtles and sharks. Big and small alike, these fascinating creatures are all swimming the waters, waiting for you to explore.
If you’d rather get up close and personal with the creatures of the sea, make your way to Discovery Cove. You can do more than catch a glimpse of dolphins and tropical fish during your visit here — you can swim with these majestic friends. That’s right, we’re talking face to face, fin to fin, and nose to bottlenose with some of the coolest animals on the planet. Elsewhere in Discovery Cove, visit the Explorer’s Aviary, where colorful birds from around the world are eager to say hello (this is no joke, you can even feed the birds from right out of your hand)! Best of all, experts are on hand to share facts about every animal you meet, ensuring you’ll gain some serious appreciation for the natural world.
Alligators are absolutely fascinating animals, there’s no doubt about that. In fact, not long ago, we shared some of our favorite gator facts with you, but those only scratched the surface! To learn even more about gators, spend a day in Gatorland. Here, you’ll discover how these legendary animals have thrived in the wild for more than 8,000,000 years! Then, you can get closer than you ever thought possible to these amazing animals when you take part in the Meet-a-Gator experience at the park. Not feeling quite brave enough to get close to an eight-foot alligator? Gatorland is also home to wild cats, birds, snakes, tortoises, and more.
Do you or your child dream of working with animals one day? Sign up for Gatorland’s Trainer-for-a-Day program and learn what it takes to work around wild creatures on a daily basis. Get hands-on experience with the animals, work with the Gatorland trainers in the Alligators: Legends of the Swamp arena, and even hold a surprisingly adorable baby alligator. If you’re a learn-by-doing type of person, this is the place for you!
Explore a World of Wonder
Looking to spark a little imagination on your Kissimmee vacation? Make your way to WonderWorks. A little bit education, a little bit entertainment (edu-tainment, if you will), WonderWorks is home to over 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge young brains, while providing the element of fun. There are some totally incredible attractions here, including the chance to become a human lightning rod, capture someone inside a giant bubble, step inside the shoes of a forensic scientist, and more.
And once you make your way through the different WonderZones, there’s still so much to do! Play a game of laser tag, watch a movie in 4D XD Motion Theater, or challenge yourself on the Indoor Ropes Course. Oh, and if you’re not sure where WonderWorks is, don’t worry. Just look for the completely upside-down building — you can’t miss it!
The Countdown to Fun Is On
History, technology, a glimpse into the future: The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has it all and is sure to make your educational vacation out of this world! Take a stroll through the past at the Heroes & Legends exhibit that pays tribute to the early days of the space program and the pioneers who taught everyone to reach for the stars. Then, tour historic launch sites (as well as modern-day working facilities) on a behind-the-scenes tour. Learn about the space race at the Race to the Moon exhibit, or strap into the Shuttle Launch Experience® to discover exactly what it’s like to blast off into orbit. But there’s so much more! There are also training simulators, space telescopes, and an opportunity to meet MRVN® — NASA’s newest Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator® concept vehicle.
Feeling inspired to explore the galaxy? Stop by Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted to test your skills as a new recruit. Who knows? This visit could be one small step for your vacation, and one giant leap for your future!
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