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Family Fun in Orlando

Planning a family vacation but not sure what to do once you get there? With these family-friendly activities, you'll have plenty of options for things to do on your trip to Orlando.

Every year, millions of families head to Florida to visit the world's most famous mouse. While the Magic Kingdom holds an undeniable thrill, there's a lot more to Orlando than Disney World. Here are some other kid-friendly ways to spend your trip to the Orlando area. These attractions have shorter wait times so you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your vacation!

1. Gatorland combines Old Floridian charm with new exhibits and entertainment in a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve. Gatorland features thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, a breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, and more. Reptilian shows include: the Gator Wrestlin' Show, Gator Jumparoo, Jungle Crocs of the World, and Up-close Encounters.

2. Kennedy Space Center is an exciting destination for explorers of all ages. Located on a huge island wildlife refuge just 45 minutes from Orlando, it features interactive simulators, tours of NASA's launch and landing facilities, live shows, an Astronaut Hall of Fame, and more.

3. Daytona 500 Experience features heart-pounding excitement and high-octane competition at Nascar's official interactive attraction. Little drivers will love racing in motion simulators such as DAYTONA DREAM LAPS® and Toyota Tundra's Thunder Road®. Buckle your seatbelts for a thrilling ride!

4. Fun Spot Action Park includes five acres of attractions including four multi-level go-kart tracks and more than 120 arcade games. In Kid Spot, the preschool set enjoys an old-fashioned Carousel, Kiddie Swings, twirling Teacups. Bigger visitors can ride the 100-foot high ferris wheel, use the the bumper cars and boats, and feel the rush on the Free Fall Spring Ride.

5. WonderWorks ,Orlando's only upside-down attraction, is an amusement park for the mind featuring over one hundred interactive exhibits for people of all ages. Visitors can experience 65 mile-per-hour hurricane force winds or a simulated 5.3 degree earthquake, virtually swim with sharks, create a 3-D impression of their body, and more.

6. The exterior of Ripley's Believe It or Not! "Odditorium" looks like it's falling into a Florida sinkhole, and once inside things get even weirder. The "Odditorium" showcases an outrageous assortment of rarities including a shrunken human head, an Egyptian mummy, a two-headed calf, a 10-foot section of the Berlin Wall, and more. Bring your camera to capture your family's visit to this wacky and wild point of interest!

7. Located outside of Orlando in Plant City, Dinosaur World highlights over 150 life-sized dinosaurs set against Florida's natural landscape. Uncover a stegosaurus skeleton in the Boneyard and learn about other species and how they lived. Kids will especially enjoy the fossil dig, which lets them hunt for fossils and even bring home pieces of the past.

8. Green Meadows Farm lets you milk a cow, take a hayride, ride a pony, and more. A two-hour guided farm tour offers a chance to touch animals like pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and donkeys.

9. Legend has it that the Haunted Grimm House housed the Grimm family's funeral business from 1886 until 1929, when stock market crashed and the family succumbed to their son's insanity and their butler's homicidal tendencies. Now this Victorian haunted house is open year round for tours.

10. Train Land International displays one of the nation's largest indoor G-gauge layouts (with tracks only 1.75 inches wide!), as well as scale-model Aristocraft, LGB, USA, and Bachman locomotives pulling fourteen continuously operating trains. These tiny trains are impressive in themselves, but you'll also want to take the trolley for a ride through the outdoor gardens.

Bonus: Your kids will work up quite an appetite running around Orlando, so the Kids Eat Free Card is a great way to save money on your trip to Florida. Honored at over 50 Orlando area restaurants, the Kids Eat Free Card gives families a free child's meal with each adult meal purchased for over $350 in potential savings.

Susan Johnston is the copywriter for Go Orlando Card, which offers admission to over 50 Miami attractions, activities, and more on one easy-to-use smartcard. Numerous of the attractions listed above are included with the Go Orlando Card.