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 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.

Originally Published: July 6, 2020

Best Activities for Kids in Florida [2023 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. 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. There is so much to do here – the options are almost endless!

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Sunny Isles Beach || Miami

About the activity: The atmosphere in Sunny Isles Beach is casual. Check out 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.

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Mote Marine Laboratory || Sarasota

About the activity: 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 amazing oceans by visiting the 135,000-gallon shark habitat, meeting the resident manatees and sea turtles, and exploring coral reefs and other ecosystem displays teeming with diverse fishes, cool crustaceans and gracefully drifting sea jellies. There is so much to do and see here you could easily spend the whole day!

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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. All ages and skill levels welcome!

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Mennello Museum || Orlando

About the activity: The Mennello Museum of American Art strives 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. There is so much to do here – float on the lazy river, play in the arcade, laser tag, waterpark and so much more! There is something for everyone!

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Skate World || Lakeland

About the activity: Bring your kids for a fun day of skating or plan your next party here! You will end up here for hours burning off all that energy. The S.T.E.M. program is also 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.

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Bay & Bee || Jacksonville

About the activity: Bay & Bee is an inclusive parenting community. They 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.

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Sun Coast Science Center || Sarasota

About the activity: Suncoast Science Center offers a variety of 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.

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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!