Jump into Florida excitement and don’t look down! There’s so much to do and see for children here in the Sunshine State that isn’t a theme park! From a tree top climbing adventure to roller skating and even an arcade museum, the options are everywhere. We chose these award-winners based on based on reviews, offerings, unique features for kids, location, and our own extra subjective criteria. Book a trip with any of these activities included and you’re on your way to an unforgettable experience.

Best Activities for Kids in Florida [2020 List]

Aquatica Orlando || Orlando

About the activity: Whether your family includes tiny tykes or independent adventurers, you’re sure to find play areas fit for the whole family. We know planning a day for your littlest adventurers can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of kid-friendly attractions that your little ones are sure to love.

Kick back and relax on beautiful white sandy beaches.  Your kids will love playing in the sand and wading into the water at the two pristine wave pools. Kata’s Kookaburra Cove includes beginner’s body slides, water spouts and pools. Wander on over to Walkabout Waters for some serious fun, including slides, splash pools, squirting water and more. Catch an underwater glimpse of playful dolphins.  Your kids will love watching them swim around; you might even see them swimming upside-down!

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Sunny Isles Beach || Miami

About the activity: The atmosphere in Sunny Isles Beach is casual. The funky 50’s motels and small beachfront hotels are giving way to luxury apartment towers and hotels. However, little has changed on the Newport Fishing Pier, where you can drop a line and fish from shore. For real deep-sea fishing, head to the charter boats docked on the Intracoastal Waterway at Haulover Beach Park. Across the way, a one-mile stretch of white sand and open ocean surf invites sunbathing and swimming. Oleta River State Park is a popular destination for kayaking and biking.

The Dezer Collection in Sunny Isles Beach is a unique automobile museum and event space with more than 1,200 vehicles on display including a Batmobile and cars from James Bond movies. A variety of shops and international restaurants line Collins Avenue, the main street of the area.

Sunny Isles Beach is a Miami seaside community with an international mix of residents who appreciate its many amenities.

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Mote Marine Laboratory || Sarasota

About the activity: Come meet our fish—and our scientists. Mote Aquarium is your window into the ocean, featuring more than 100 species of marine animals and showcasing working laboratories where real scientific research happens.

Discover our amazing oceans by visiting our 135,000-gallon shark habitat, meeting our resident manatees and sea turtles, and exploring coral reefs and other ecosystem displays teeming with diverse fishes, cool crustaceans and gracefully drifting sea jellies. Explore our wild watershed through habitats featuring energetic river otters, along with toothy crocodilians such as alligators and caimans.

Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.

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Orlando Tree Trek || Orlando

About the activity:

Looking for thrills? You’ve come to the right place! Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is a progressively challenging aerial obstacle course set high atop the trees in a natural pine forest, each one more exhilarating than the last.

  • Swing on Tarzan Ropes
  • Climb Ladders 50-feet Up
  • Leap into Hanging Nets
  • Cross Wobbly Suspended Bridges
  • Navigate Swinging Logs
  • Balancing on Hanging Skate Boards
  • Soaring Through the Trees on Giant Zip Lines

Use your skills and senses as you navigate Tree Trek’s 4 increasingly challenging obstacle courses, each one higher and more exciting than the last. Thrill seekers who make it through our Red Course will brag about it for years!

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Mennello Museum || Orlando

About the activity: The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Museum also seeks to enrich the public through special exhibitions, publications, and programs that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists.

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Daytona Lagoon || Daytona

About the activity: Daytona Lagoon is Daytona Beach’s Premier Water Park and Family Entertainment Center.

A full day of fun awaits for the entire family – whether you prefer thrilling water slides, a wave pool swim, a multi-level family splash and play center, or to simply relax and float along the lazy river there are many ways for family water park time. If that is not enough, or you prefer staying dry for your visit, try out our family entertainment center where you can compete in laser tag, race against each other at the beach side’s only go kart track, play and win in our MEGA Arcade, or see who has the best putting skills on our 18 holes of mini golf. We have something for everyone!

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Skate World || Lakeland

About the activity: Join us at Skate World for family fun and entertainment! From great birthday parties to exciting fundraisers, Skate World is here for you.

Our birthday parties are one of a kind. We have seen three generations of families have their parties at skate world! Bring your kids for a day they will never forget! They’ll get to skate for hours and you won’t have to worry about clean up.

We love giving back to the community. Does your school, church, or other non-profit need help raising money? Find out more about our fundraiser opportunities at Skate World.

Skating has always been a great way to get kids off the couch, now it’s a great way to get them hands on with their school work too! Our new S.T.E.M. program is a unique and educational experience that gets students excited about learning.

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Silverball Museum || Delray Beach

About the activity: The Silverball Museum is the hottest thing in Delray Beach, Florida. With classic pinball and arcade games to play, great food to eat, cool drinks to enjoy and fun events to take part in – Silverball Museum has all of the above, and then some.

Want to enjoy a quick, delicious lunch? Silverball is the place. Want to have fun playing some classic pinball and arcade games?… again Silverball is your go-to place. Drinks afterwork? Silverball has you covered.

We are also a great venue for birthday parties, reunions, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and just about anything you can think of. Just call our friendly staff and we’ll get you all hooked up.

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Bay & Bee || Jacksonville

About the activity: Bay & Bee is an inclusive parenting community. We are founded on Montessori and Waldorf educational principles of child – led play, mixing ages and a strong emphasis on the whole child and parent. Come play in the play space, join a class or special event.

With membership you’ll be able to go to both locations, join any classes and come for open play on your schedule. Bay & Bee is a membership based play space. Membership is required to join the fun after your first free visit. Repeated and regular play at Bay & Bee help with fostering independence and self confidence, while connecting to the community.

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Sun Coast Science Center || Sarasota

About the activity: Suncoast Science Center offers a variety of STEAM workshops and camps as well as providing cutting-edge equipment that supplements science classrooms. With a strong focus on hands-on experience, the ability for future innovators of all ages to build their dreams is now a reality. When guests and new members first visit, they often rave about the limitless possibilities and exciting opportunities to start businesses, have fun and make lifelong friendships in an educational atmosphere. As Suncoast Science Center continues to dream, learn and build, the future of STEAM education in the Gulf Coast of Florida has never been brighter!

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