Universal CityWalk is an entertainment and shopping area that connects Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure together.
With an extensive range of stores, restaurants and bars it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy your vacation.
However, given the number of bars and restaurants, many wonder whether or not CityWalk is suitable for children.
Luckily, CityWalk is incredibly kid-friendly as such restaurants, stores and attractions will accommodate children of all ages. However, select bars and nightclubs do have age limits and children will not be permitted or will need to leave by a select time.
We took our baby Oliver (aged nine months at the time) to CityWalk with us multiple times and the staff went above and beyond in ensuring he and we as a family had everything we needed to have an awesome time.
Things For Kids To Do At CityWalk
There are a number of awesome attractions for kids at Universal’s City Walk. Some of our favourites include;
Hollywood Drive-In Golf
Located at the entrance of CityWalk next to the Cinemark cinema is the Hollywood Drive-In Golf.
This awesome attraction is located outdoors (so if it’s raining you maybe better going to the cinema instead) and is open from 9am until 10pm daily.
You can go ahead and play a single 18-hole course at $18.99 plus tax for adults (aged 10+) and $16.99 plus tax for children (aged 3+).
Alternatively, you can look to play a double feature which covers both 18-hole courses (36 holes in total) for $34.98 plus tax for adults (aged 10+) and $29.98 plus tax for children (aged 3+).
Located on your right-hand side as you enter CityWalk from the parking garage is the Universal Cinemark cinema.
This cinema is home to 20 screens each with state-of-the-art projection and the latest sound systems that make watching the box-offices latest releases a pleasure.
This cinema is open daily from 8am until 2am however, prices and show times vary as such it’s best to check online before you travel.
If you're heading to a matinee movie showing at Universal Cinemark then be sure to keep a hold of your parking receipt for a full refund on regular Universal Studios parking with the purchase of two cinema tickets.
Universal Studios Store
There is no better place to pick up souvenirs from your trip to Universal Studios than the expansive Universal Studios Store located on the edge of CityWalk.
Places For Kids To Eat At CityWalk
CityWalk is the premier destination for food and drinks when visiting the Universal Studios Orlando resort, with something for all tastes and budgets.
Some of our favourite places to eat as a family at CityWalk include;
Hot Dog Hall of Fame
Located opposite the entrance to Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the Hot Dog Hall of Fame.
This is a fantastic place to grab both a delicious, fun and affordable casual meal with children.
Hot Dogs served here reach up to 2ft in length which make for an incredible photo opp and start from just $9 each.
Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Café at CityWalk is the largest in the world and comes complete with a 3,000-person concert venue attached.
With an extensive range of classic American dishes including burgers, fries, fried chicken and salads there’s something for everyone here.
While eating at the Hard Rock Café is slightly more expensive than alternative options at CityWalk you’ll find that prices are still reasonable with items on the kids menu starting at just $8.50.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
Mexican is my favourite cruisne. As such no trip to the Universal Studios Resort in Orlando is complete without a meal at the incredible Antojitos.
With a range of Mexican food including tacos, quesadillas and nachos there’s something here for all tastes and budgets.
Red Oven Pizza Bakery
Located on the left-hand side of CityWalk as you walk down towards the lagoon is Red Oven Pizza Bakery.
This is a great option if you’re looking for a casual lunch or dinner with a range of pizzas and salads that are all made fresh to order.
With salads starting at $10 and pizzas starting at $14, Red Oven Pizza Bakery is also a fantastic choice for those visiting Universal Studios on a budget.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
You can’t visit Universal Studios Orlando without seeing the striking architecture of The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
This steampunk-themed restaurant is a massive hit with regular Universal Studios visitors such as ourselves thanks to its extensive menu of unique dishes.
While The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen does serve a range of incredible savoury dishes, this place is best known for its lavishly indulgent desserts.
Keep in mind that the portion sizes here are large (that’s an understatement) so younger children may be better off sharing rather than having a dessert each.
If you don’t fancy a sit-down dessert at Toothsome, consider instead heading across the lagoon to pick up a delicious pink box filled with Voodo Donut.
Once you have finished dinner you can head over to the pink palace of doughnut heaven and pick up a variety of doughnuts to snack on later on.
These are highly fun to look at and even better to eat, there are so extremely cool flavours, styles and concoctions to try. This is a great alternative to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.