36 Things To Do In Orlando For A Birthday
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Orlando is the perfect place to spend a birthday. This city has so much in the form of entertainment choosing just one thing to do on such a special occasion can be both exciting and overwhelming.
Thankfully we’ve put together a list of great ideas that are suitable for both a kid’s birthday or an adult’s birthday to help you find what’s right for you.
1. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
There is no place more magical to celebrate your birthday than Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Spend the day exploring the theme park’s incredible rides and attractions, dining on some delicious Mickey Mouse-themed food and watching the fireworks light up Cinderella’s Castle.
Don’t forget to ask Guest Relations for a free birthday button when you arrive so fellow guests and Cast Members can help you celebrate your special day.
2. Crayola Experience
Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall is one of the best things to do in Orlando for kids’ birthdays. This cool attraction offers hands-on experiences that are fun for the whole family.
You can melt and mould a unique crayon souvenir, create and name your own crayon colour to take home with you, make crayon drip art, and play in several crayon-themed activity areas.
If you’re looking to book a birthday party at the Crayola Experience then you can purchase tickets at a discount (for 15 guests or more) online using the Crayola website.
3. Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is a family-friendly museum with interactive exhibits that will appeal to kids, including DinoDigs, Kinetic Zone, Hive Makerspace, and KidsTown.
Kids of all ages will have a blast learning about science through dynamic hands-on discovery and activities. In addition to the exhibits, there’s also a 3D movie theatre inside the museum.
4. Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Resort
Even if you didn’t get that Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail on your eleventh birthday, you can still experience the magic now by celebrating your birthday at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
You can experience thrilling rides, purchase your very own spell-casting wand, try delicious treats like frozen Butterbeer, and take a ride on the Hogwarts Express.
5. Winter Park
Winter Park is a suburb just north of Orlando that is known for its beautiful parks and botanical gardens, museums, and restaurants.
There are plenty of things to do during the day in Winter Park, and then you can have a memorable birthday dinner at one of the many trendy restaurants on South Park Avenue, the town’s main street.
6. Central Florida Zoo
Just a 30-minute drive north on the I4 is Central Florida Zoo. This is one of the best zoos in Florida and a fantastic place to spend a birthday!
The zoo has an extensive number of exhibits including ones for big cats, monkeys, reptiles and more.
However, what enhances this zoo even further is the number of exhilarating activities you can also partake in including a zipline course and swinging rope bridges.
For those looking for something, extra special consider booking an animal encounter experience or behind-the-scenes tour.
7. Disney Springs
Disney Springs is a free-to-enter outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex located within the Walt Disney World Resort.
There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained here including; the world’s largest Disney Store, a cinema, daily Cirque du Soleil performances, a bowling alley and live music.
When it comes to food, there are more than 50 different restaurants to choose from including the Rainforest Café, The Boathouse and Blaze Pizza.
8. Planet Obstacle
Planet Obstacle is the world’s largest indoor obstacle park located right in Orlando. With a ropes course, ziplining, rock climbing, bumper cars, and more, this is a great place for a birthday party.
They offer several birthday party packages, so if you’re looking for a fun spot for a kids’ birthday party in Orlando, this is a fantastic option.
9. Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks located inside the Walt Disney World Resort.
This theme park is a fantastic choice for an animal lover since it combines thrill rides with animal encounters.
Some of the best rides inside this theme park include Expedition Everest and Avatar Flight of Passage.
However, our personal favourite is the 40-minute Kilimanjaro Safari which has been designed to emulate an open-sided safari ride through the savanna of East Africa.
When it comes to a birthday meal be sure to check out the Rainforest Cafe or Saana at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
10. Seaworld Orlando
Seaworld Orlando is one of the most popular attractions in Orlando combining both a theme park with a marine zoological park.
There are a number of thrill rides available here such as Manta and the Kraken alongside a Sesame Street play zone for younger children.
Animal shows take place throughout the day, however for those looking for something extra special we recommend booking an animal encounter experience.
11. Monkey Joe’s
Monkey Joe’s is a chain of indoor play spaces for kids featuring inflatable slides, bounce houses, jungle gyms, arcade games, and other fun activities.
The Orlando location is a popular place for kids’ birthday parties and as such a number of different birthday party packages are available that provide a hassle-free birthday planning experience at an affordable price.
12. Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Resort
Islands of Adventure is just one of the two theme parks that make up the Universal Studios Resort in Orlando.
This theme park allows you to explore themed lands such as Marvel Super Hero Island and Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and experience incredibly thrilling rides such as the VelociCoaster and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
For a special birthday treat check out the best theme park restaurant in the world Mythos or head outside to CityWalk for a milkshake from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.
13. Florida Mall
The Florida Mall is one of the largest malls not just in Orlando, but in Florida as a whole.
This shopping mall is not only home to a number of incredible stores, but also a range of chain and independently-owned restaurants, a cinema and some awesome entertainment options.
This includes; the Crayola Experience, the Slime Factory and the Play Park all of which offer both individual tickets and party packages depending on your requirements.
14. ICON Park
ICON Park is a fantastic entertainment destination that is perfect for celebrating a birthday.
With a 400-foot Ferris wheel providing views across Orlando, ICON park can be hard to miss.
However, those with a fear of heights will be pleased to know that there’s a lot more to this place than just the ferris wheel including award-winning restaurants, live music, go-karting, arcades and more.
15. RDV Ice Den
For a unique birthday celebration in Orlando, head to RDV Ice Den for some fun on the ice.
This indoor ice skating rink offers birthday party packages that include skate rentals for all guests, 90 minutes of ice skating, a private party room and party leader, pizza, soft drinks, goody bags, and more.
16. Museum of Illusions Orlando
The Museum of Illusions is one of the coolest things to do on your birthday in Orlando.
This museum located at ICON Park is full of mind-bending optical illusions that are interactive and entertaining.
It’s also one of the best places for unique photo ops, and is guaranteed to be a memorable birthday experience.
17. Fun Spot
Fun Spot is a fantastic theme park located in Orlando that includes rollercoasters, go-karts, bumper cars, arcade games and more.
You can buy individual tickets if you’re just looking to visit with the family for the day or birthday party packages if you’re looking to book an event for friends and family members to enjoy.
Better still, a single-day ticket to Fun Spot is incredibly affordable at just $59.95 plus tax.
18. The Escape Game Orlando
Escape rooms are an extremely popular group activity where everyone must work together and use problem-solving skills to “escape” from an immersive themed set, like an art museum heist or a prison break.
The Escape Game Orlando is the top escape room in the area perfect for birthday groups, with seven unique themed escape games to choose from for all ages and skill levels.
19. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
For a truly wild birthday experience, head to Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. This is an activity that’s perfect for thrill-seekers who want to experience traipsing through the treetops.
At this fun outdoor adventure park, you will feel like Tarzan as you navigate ziplines, wobbly suspension bridges, rope swings, leaps into hanging nets, and more.
20. Universal CityWalk
One of the top things to do in Orlando for your birthday is Universal CityWalk. This outdoor dining, shopping, and entertainment destination is located adjacent to the Universal theme parks.
Some of the best restaurants to celebrate your birthday at Universal CityWalk include Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, or Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (don’t miss their giant milkshakes!)
21. Medieval Times
Medieval Times is a unique and entertaining activity that is perfect for a birthday celebration. It’s an epic dinner experience that is designed to transport you back to (you guessed it) medieval times.
Inside a castle-like space, you’ll enjoy a hearty and rustic four-course meal (with no utensils) as you watch engaging performances of jousting, horsemanship, and falconry.
22. Volcano Bay, Universal Studios Resort
Volcano Bay is Universal Orlando’s tropical-themed water park. This is a really fun place to celebrate a birthday, especially during the sweltering hot summer months when you just want to stay cool.
This water park boasts thrilling attractions like the Krakatau Aqua Coaster and plenty of water slides, along with the chilled-out Waturi Bay lagoon where you can relax listening to the sounds of the nearby waterfalls.
23. The Dinner Party Project
The Dinner Party Project is a unique experience that offers private group events perfect for birthday parties.
A private chef will come to you anywhere in the Central Florida area and prepare a delicious meal for up to 8 people, including drinks. This is a stress-free way to host a memorable birthday dinner with friends or family.
24. Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort
Hollywood Studios at Disney World is a magical place to celebrate a birthday. Star Wars fans of any age will be delighted by the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at this theme park.
There are also plenty of rides for adrenaline junkies like the Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and unique dining options like the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.
25. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
For an incredible birthday experience, head to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium at ICON Park. This family-friendly aquarium is full of unique interactive sea life exhibits and play areas for kids.
If you want a truly unforgettable visit, book a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium.
26. Orlando Museum of Art
Art enthusiasts will enjoy celebrating their special day at the Orlando Museum of Art.
This art museum boasts an extensive collection of art from the United States, the Americas, and Africa, as well as rotating exhibits of contemporary artists and other special collections.
27. EPCOT, Walt Disney World Resort
EPCOT is another excellent Disney World theme park where you can celebrate your birthday. This park is known for its great food options, and a popular activity is eating (and drinking!) your way around the World Showcase.
If your birthday falls during one of EPCOT’s many festivals, like the Food & Wine Festival or the Flower & Garden Festival, it makes it an even more special place to celebrate.
If skydiving has been on your bucket list, why not cross it off on your birthday at iFLY, the only indoor skydiving centre in Orlando?
This unique activity allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving, without actually jumping out of an airplane. If you want to do something out of the ordinary on your birthday, this is it.
29. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is a fun place in Orlando for birthdays. You can zip around their indoor go-kart racetrack, or enjoy activities like arcade games, VR games, and laser tag.
They also offer birthday packages for hassle-free party planning.
One of the top things to do in Orlando for birthdays is an evening at Topgolf. This high-tech driving range makes golf fun for everyone, but that’s only half the experience.
Topgolf also features a swanky bar and lounge that makes celebrating your birthday a blast.
31. Aiguille Rock Climbing Center
Located just north of Orlando, Aiguille Rock Climbing Center is the largest indoor rock climbing gym in Central Florida.
If you’re looking for an adventurous activity to try on your birthday, you’ll have a great time navigating their many rock walls and courses. They also offer private group events that are perfect for birthday parties.
WonderWorks is an attraction that kids will love, making it a great birthday outing in Orlando. This unique attraction has over 100 hands-on science exhibits for kids, but that’s not at all.
They also offer laser tag, a ropes course, a “6D” ride, and a magic dinner show.
33. Altitude Trampoline Park
Altitude Trampoline Park is one of the top indoor trampoline parks in the Orlando area, where you can jump, soar, and tumble your way to an epic birthday celebration.
They offer party packages that include jump time, a party room, food, and drinks, making this a great option for a stress-free birthday event.
34. Semoran Skateway
Roller skating is a fun way to celebrate a birthday, and Semoran Skateway is one of the best skating rinks in Orlando.
Birthday party packages include skate time, roller skate rentals for all guests, pizza and soft drinks, a party host to handle set-up and clean-up, and more.
35. The Sugar Factory
The Sugar Factory at ICON Park in Orlando is one of the most unique places to go for your birthday. This restaurant is famous for its crazy, colourful concoctions including rainbow sliders, candy-adorned fishbowl drinks, and massive ice cream sundaes.
Everything on the menu is guaranteed to give you a crazy sugar rush, but you won’t find a more fun (or Instagram-worthy) place to celebrate your birthday with a special brunch or dinner.
36. Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s is a popular restaurant, sports bar, and arcade chain with a location in Orlando.
Known for its arcade games, bowling, and billiards, Dave & Buster’s is a great place to celebrate a birthday in Orlando for a fun, low-key experience with friends.
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