Orlando Edutainment Educational Attractions

Of course you know Orlando’s theme parks, but did you know that they are only a part of what makes an Orlando vacation so magical and appealing? “The City Beautiful” is chock full of entertainment, and there truly is something for everyone here. Regardless of your vacation goals, age, or interests, Central Florida is a dazzling place where unparalleled memories and experiences are just waiting to be discovered. We’ve developed a series of sample itineraries, categorized by interests and travel motivators, to serve as an original guide to the Central Florida area. There will be no theme park recommendations in this series, because chances are that you already have these destinations in your sights. If you’re looking to change it up a bit and try something new, these suggestions will be a perfect fit. See our area from a unique perspective when you take some time to explore, and leave your social media audiences in envy of your shared vacation experiences. You’re already staying like a local in your Contempo vacation home. You may as well have fun like a local, too!

With rapid advancements in modern technology, it’s not always easy to find creative new ways to stimulate young minds or encourage interaction and hands-on discovery. Luckily, the Orlando area has more than a couple edutainment options that still have that WOW factor. These locations will dazzle the young and the young-at-heart – sneaking in a dose of knowledge with a heaping helping of fun! 

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center, SR 405, Titusville, FL 32899
(855) 433-4210
https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is part of an active spaceport where you can get closer to NASA than anywhere else on the planet. This is where the Mercury and Gemini missions sparked American space travel, and where the Apollo missions inspired a generation. This is where visitors of all ages, from all over the world, can go behind the gates of NASA to glimpse the future of space travel — at the site from which we will launch for Mars and beyond. Visitor Complex admission gives you thousands of things to do. See iconic spacecraft that took us to new frontiers — space shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket. Come face to face with veteran astronauts and better understand space through their eyes. Experience Heroes & Legends, a new immersive attraction that brings the stories of NASA’s pioneering astronauts to life. You can even stand in awe and watch rockets launch from Earth in our ongoing quest for humans to live and work in space.

WonderWorks

Pointe Orlando, 9067 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 351-8800
www.wonderworksonline.com/orlando/

An indoor amusement park for the mind combining education and entertainment with more than 100 hands – on exhibits for all ages. Inside, you will be able to explore six Wonder Zones: Natural Disasters, Physical Challenges, Light and Sound, Imagination Lab, Space Discovery and the Far Out Art Gallery. Journey through each zone, testing your knowledge, physical capacities and creativity! Become a human lightning rod by touching 10,000 volts of electricity or experience hurricane force winds! Gather up your strength to lift your weight using a pulley system or build up courage to lie down on a bed of 3,500 rising nails. Navigate through space on a mission to Mars and design and ride your own roller coaster! In the basement, you’ll find more thrilling adventures, including an XD Theater 4D motion simulated thrill ride, 3-story indoor ropes challenge course and laser tag. Upgrade to a combo package and stay for the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. Unlimited pizza, salad, popcorn, beer, wine, soda and dessert will be served.

Reptile World Serpentarium

5705 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, St Cloud, FL 34771
(407) 892-6905
www.reptileworldserpentarium.com

Opened in 1972, Reptile World Serpentarium is a reptile zoo in St. Cloud, Florida. It features more than 75 species of snakes from around the world, as well as lizards, crocodiles, alligators, and turtles. It is operated by the herpetologist George Van Horn. Though there may be only 50 snakes on public display at any given time, behind the scenes are hundreds of venomous snakes just waiting to be “milked” for their valuable venom. Reptile World Serpentarium ships this precious commodity worldwide for use in medical and herpetological research. The regular “milking” of these dangerous snakes is done in public and makes Reptile World Serpentarium more than just another snake house.

Wild Florida

Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes, 3301 Lake Cypress Rd, Kenansville, FL 34739
(407) 957-3135
https://wildfloridairboats.com

Experience Florida in all its natural glory at Orlando’s one and only Airboat & Gator Park Experience! Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers of the Florida Everglades aboard state-of-the-art airboats with US Coast Guard approved captains. On your journey, get an in depth look at gators, birds, eagles, cows, trees and plants as you glide through 100,000 acres of federally protected wetlands. After your airboat tour, explore the amazing wildlife park where you’ll find hundreds of native and exotic animals you can get up close and personal with, Hawk Swamp boardwalk, and Chomp House Grill before climbing aboard for a Ranch Buggy Tour. Boldly go back in time to see the ‘real’ Florida while exploring one of Florida’s oldest working cattle ranches on an all-terrain Ranch Buggy with five-foot tall tires, twelve-feet of elevation and more than 60 minutes of happy trails!

Titanic

7324 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-1166
http://www.premierexhibitions.com/exhibitions/3/41/titanic-artifact-exhibition/titanic-artifact-exhibition-orlando

Stroll through full-scale recreations of famous Titanic rooms, including her Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, and Promenade Deck, where you can walk out and feel the chill of the cold Atlantic air as you gaze at the stars. Exceptionally trained actors in period costume portray famous Titanic notables such as Capt. Smith and Margaret Brown, sharing stories of her passengers and crew during an hour-long guided journey on board the most famous Ship in history. The exhibit showcases well over 400 artifact and historical treasures, including the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered.

Escapology

11951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 278-1515
https://www.escapology.com/

Orlando’s premier live escape game offers a thrilling, mind challenging experience. Teams of up to 6 players race against the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and escape the adventurous game room within 60 minutes! Escapology has 7 interactive game rooms with 7 different themed games.

Orlando Science Center

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 514-2000
www.osc.org

For more than 60 years, Orlando Science Center has been a place that inspires curiosity and exploration. Truly one of the great activities for Orlando families, the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way. There’s no better place that combines fun and knowledge all under one roof! For visitors from out of town, Orlando Science Center is a must for your “things to do in Orlando” list. With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen and 3-D films as well as engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. Also the ideal rainy day escape!

World of Chocolate

11701 International Dr suite 400, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 778-4871
www.wocorlando.com

The World Of Chocolate Museum & Café is Orlando’s newest and sweetest attraction, and first chocolate museum of its kind! 25 solid chocolate sculptures up to 6 feet tall! Wine and chocolate pairings! Complimentary tasting of gourmet chocolates from around the world as part of the museum tour!

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!

I-Drive 360, 8441 International Dr Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 203-6999
www.skeletonmuseum.com

SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled is educational with 450+ real bones of animals, including humans. It is entertaining with flesh-eating beetles, video presentations, and natural mutations. It is engaging with its unique approach to osteology (the study of bones). An excellent option for families seeking to enrich their Orlando experience with a truly unique venue. Who said beauty was only skin deep? It’s all about connections and structure. See the framework for life.

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
(863) 676-1408
https://boktowergardens.org/

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment.

For information on these and other area attractions, or to purchase tickets, please contact our friends at Visit Central Florida or Kissimmee Guest Services!