Activities for Toddlers in Orlando, Florida

By Jane Rodda
The carousel is always a hit.
The carousel is always a hit.

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is home to several theme parks and major attractions. With a large stream of tourists each year and a resident population of 243,195, according to the 2011 U.S. Census estimate, you are sure to find plenty of toddler activities.

Amusement Parks

Toddlers will have fun taking a trip to Legoland ( They can explore the Miniland USA filled with Lego creations, take a ride on the carousel, build something of their own and have a great time in DUPLO Village, which is specifically for toddlers. Disney World's Magic Kingdom ( is sure to thrill toddlers with musical parades, Disney characters, kiddie rides and firework shows. The Universal Orlando Resort ( has many rides and play areas just for young kids. These include a Cat In the Hat ride, a trolley train, a carousel and Seuss Landing.


Sea World ( features many exhibits of sea creatures, including sharks, penguins, dolphins, whales and turtles. The sea lions and sting ray exhibits are hands-on, enabling young kids to touch and feed the animals. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens ( has more than 400 animals from around the world. Toddlers can enjoy the Children's Zoo full of goats, zebus, sheep, turkeys and llamas ready to be hand-fed. The zoo also has a little railroad ride suitable for toddlers, and a carousel.


Gymboree Play and Music ( offers an array of classes for toddlers in art, music and sports. The goal is to build confidence and social skills as the tots learn skills. My Gym ( has many classes for toddlers, including Terrific Tots, which teaches sports and gross motor skills. Seminole County Music Together ( provides toddler music classes teaching rhythm, movement, instrument play and singing through a non-performance-oriented atmosphere. Egg shakers, resonator bells and rhythm sticks are some of the instruments used.

Play at a Playground

Toddlers can have lots of fun just running around and climbing at a community playground. Lake Eola Park (no website; 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; 407-246-4485) has innovative play structures with something for all ages. Swans frequent the pond, and the pond puts on colorful fountain shows. Clear Lake Park (no website; 2301 29th St.; 407-246-2283) is a smaller park with playground equipment and shaded areas. Wadeview Park (no website; 2177 S. Summerlin Ave.; 407-246-2283) has a fenced-in and shaded playground area.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.