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Whether you’re a child or an adult, Orlando is the perfect place to spend a birthday. The city and surrounding areas have so much in the form of entertainment that choosing just one thing to do can be both incredibly exciting and overwhelming.
Thankfully, both myself, my wife and our son have all spent at least one birthday on vacation in Orlando and regularly visit the city. Subsequently, we have an incredibly extensive list of birthday ideas to help you find what’s right for you.
1. Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is one of the most famous theme parks in the USA – if not the world, and is number one, not just on most Orlando birthday ideas lists, but also on many lists of the best things to do in Orlando.
While the best age for visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is between 3 and 9 years old, Magic Kingdom is still an incredible place to celebrate birthdays outside of these ages.
In fact, thanks to Magic Kingdom’s thrilling rides, and fantastic entertainment it’s where I chose to spend my 29th Birthday and where we chose to get both engaged and married.
A visit to Magic Kingdom is special in and of itself, however, if you’re looking to further enhance your special day then consider reserving a table at one of the theme park’s most incredible restaurants, Be Our Guest.
2. Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure
If you’re looking for fun things to do for your birthday in Orlando then look no further than a trip to the two theme parks at the Universal Orlando Resort; Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
These theme parks are located next to each other and are adjoined by the entertainment complex CityWalk and the Hogwarts Express train inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The close proximity between the two theme parks means that you can visit both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure in a single day. However, to do so you will need to purchase a park-to-park theme park ticket.
Consider staying on-site in a Universal Orlando Resort hotel to further enhance your visit and take advantage of exclusive perks including early theme park entry and complimentary Universal Express Pass tickets.
While a trip to Universal Studios Orlando can be expensive – it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are several ways you can save money;
- Bringing your own snacks to Universal Orlando
- Visiting Universal Orlando during the off-season
- Purchasing a Universal Florida resident ticket (where eligible)
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If you’re based in the US or Canada I recommend Klook for your Universal Studios Orlando tickets. They have the most competitive prices and a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
3. Crayola Experience
If you’re celebrating the birthday of a little one while in Orlando then consider visiting the Crayola Experience located inside the Florida Mall.
We had the pleasure of visiting the Crayola Experience during our most recent trip to Orlando (July 2023) and spent our time drawing in the digital design studio, moulding a crayon into a car and even creating crayons of our very own.
There are two large soft play areas inside the Crayola Experience, one suitable for toddlers and younger children and a taller more expansive one for older children. Alongside this, you’ll find a small café and a large gift store located at the exit.
Plus, given the fact that the Crayola Experience is located within the Florida Mall, it’s also the perfect place to grab a bite to eat afterwards.
4. Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is one of the best Orlando theme parks and is located within the Walt Disney World Resort.
The Animal Kingdom park is ideal for families who are celebrating a birthday, but still have kids of all ages and interests to cater for. While the theme park is less ‘Disneyfied’ than the likes of Magic Kingdom it still features popular themes such as Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Plus, unlike other theme parks within the Walt Disney World Resort, Animal Kingdom combines the experience of a zoo with thrilling rides, incredible shows and Disney Magic.
One of the highlights of Animal Kingdom is the one-hour-long Kilimanjaro Safari which takes you out in an open-air vehicle for a guided tour of the African savanna. During this tour you’ll likely see some of the park’s residents roaming free including;
If the person whose birthday you’re celebrating is particularly interested in animals then it may be worth purchasing a VIP experience in addition to your Animal Kingdom theme park tickets when planning your trip to Walt Disney World.
Animal Kingdom offers one of the largest ranges of VIP experiences for visitors to choose from, each of which allows you to learn more about the conservation efforts that Disney is making both within the park and around the world.
5. Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is an awesome place to celebrate a birthday with all-inclusive party packages designed to take the hassle out of planning a child’s party.
The Orlando Science Center itself is an interactive museum that provides a hands-on learning environment so good that it removes any preconceptions you ever had about museums.
With a plethora of exhibitions and activities designed to foster a love of science and discovery, it is a must-visit attraction for families seeking an enriching and educational experience.
Set across four floors, the interactive exhibits here include; space, dinosaurs and the human body making it the perfect place for curious minds, both young and old.
6. Disney Springs
Disney Springs is an entertainment district within the Walt Disney World Resort, home to several stores, including the largest Disney Store in the world as well as several budget-friendly and luxury restaurants.
There are plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained at Disney Springs, some of our favourites include;
- Bowling at Splitsville
- Watching a film at AMC Movie Theatre
- Tasting Coca-Cola products from around the world at the Coca-Cola Store
- Designing M&M’s at the M&M Store
- Watching the Cirque du Soleil
- Aerophile Balloon Flight
Alongside incredible stores and attractions at Disney Springs, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Orlando for families, many of which offer birthday packages for large groups or even a private room.
There are several hotels within walking distance of Disney Springs that are perfect for families who want entertainment on their doorstep.
7. Winter Park
If you’re looking for birthday ideas in Orlando for adults then consider taking a drive north of Orlando to the tranquil town of Winter Park.
Known for its tree-lined avenues, sprawling parks, and lavish estates, this serene suburb is the perfect escape from the chaos of the nearby theme parks.
We visited Winter Park on our most recent family vacation to Orlando (July 2023) and opted to learn more about the area on a guided Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour – one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions having been established back in 1938.
However, there are plenty of other attractions to see here including the Kraft Azalea Garden, Mead Botanical Garden, The Winter Park History Museum, Rollins Museum of Art and The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
The Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass is an affordable way to visit 25 different attractions including the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, Kennedy Space Center and The Wheel at ICON Park.
8. Florida Mall
The Florida Mall is the third largest shopping mall in the state of Florida and is located just next to the Orlando International Airport (MCO). With more than 200 stores ranging from luxury fashion to popular high-street names, this is the ideal birthday destination for shopping enthusiasts.
Given the Florida Mall’s location, it’s a great place to visit before a flight. However, be sure to still arrive at Orlando International Airport with plenty of time before your flight.
Popular stores at the Florida Mall include;
- Hot Topic
- American Girl
- Bath & Body Works
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Victoria’s Secret
Alongside this, you’ll find several fantastic restaurants for a celebratory meal, including; Buca di Beppo, Habibi, Sushi Yummy and Tobu.
9. Central Florida Zoo
If you’re looking for things to do in Orlando for your birthday that don’t include a trip to the theme parks? Then consider taking a trip to the Central Florida Zoo.
Located in Sanford, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Orlando, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens provides an exciting day out for the whole family. With more than 350 animals representing over 100 species, there’s plenty to see and do here.
The zoo is home to a vast array of wildlife, from big cats like leopards and cheetahs to reptiles like the formidable Komodo dragon and vibrant poison dart frogs. Meanwhile, the zoo offers several interactive experiences including a giraffe feeding station and a petting zoo that adults and kids alike are sure to love.
10. Planet Obstacle
Planet Obstacle is the largest obstacle course in the world and offers an extensive range of party packages making it a great place to host a birthday party.
Located right in the heart of Orlando, this incredible facility features a ropes course, ziplining, rock climbing, bumper cars, and more.
11. SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando is one of the best places to visit in Orlando for a birthday. This park provides a unique blend of thrilling rides, fascinating animal encounters, and captivating shows that are designed to keep the entire family entertained all day long.
The SeaWorld park is home to a variety of marine animals, including killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more, while interactive exhibits allow you to get up close with some of these creatures.
In addition to its animal encounters, SeaWorld boasts a range of thrilling rides that teens are going to love including Mako, the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in Orlando.
12. Monkey Joe’s
Situated inside Point Orlando, Monkey Joe’s is one of the best places to go for your birthday in Florida. Inside Monkey Joes’ you’ll find a wide range of inflatable slides, bounce houses, and obstacle courses for kids to explore.
This vibrant indoor play centre is ideal for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old and offers an extensive range of celebration packages.
13. ICON Park
ICON Park is a free-to-enter entertainment complex located just off International Drive in the heart of Orlando and is home to an extensive range of attractions, dining options, live music and shopping opportunities designed to cater to visitors of all ages and interests.
There are several fantastic hotels on International Drive to choose from with free shuttles to the nearby theme parks.
Families looking to celebrate a birthday at ICON Park can experience an array of activities including the Orlando Starflyer, the Orlando Museum of Illusions, the SeaLife Center and the popular Madame Tussauds wax museum.
Alongside this ICON Park is home to several incredible family-friendly restaurants such as Sugar Factory, Blake Shelton’s Ole Red and Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips.
13. Fun Spot
Fun Spot America Theme Parks is a theme park brand with two convenient locations in Orlando and Kissimmee.
This theme park isn’t as modern or high-end as the likes of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Florida but is significantly more affordable – making it the perfect place to celebrate a birthday on a budget.
Fun Spot offers a range of birthday party packages as well as single-ticket admission. Entry into the Fun Spot theme park allows you to go on any of the rides inside the park as many times as you would like (excluding the SkyCoaster).
Meanwhile, both locations also feature large, multi-level go-kart tracks, where you can compete with friends and family in a high-octane race.
14. Medieval Times
If you’re looking to celebrate a birthday over a family dinner, then look no further than one of the best dinner shows in all of Orlando, Medieval Times.
Here you’ll go on a journey to the age of knights, kings, and chivalry. Witness epic battles, jousting tournaments, and displays of bravery as knights compete for honour and victory.
As you enter the grand castle, you’ll be transported to a medieval realm filled with excitement and pageantry. Enjoy a delicious meal fit for royalty as you cheer for your designated knight and become engrossed in the captivating performances.
From equestrian displays to sword fighting, Medieval Times offers an unforgettable evening of entertainment for the whole family.
15. Hollywood Studios
One of the best places to celebrate a tween or teen’s birthday in Orlando is at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
This theme park has the best thrill rides including The Hollywood Tower of Terror and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as well as dedicated areas for Toy Story, in Toy Story Land and Star Wars in Galaxy’s Edge.
You’ll need at least one day at Hollywood Studios to experience all the incredible thrill rides and shows that this theme park has to offer.
However, if you plan to visit other Walt Disney World theme parks during your trip to Orlando then it may be worth investing in a Walt Disney World park hopper ticket instead.
Aside from the cost of theme park tickets, a trip to Hollywood Studios doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly expensive.
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16. Orlando Ice Den
Orlando Ice Den is Central Florida’s premier ice rink facility and one of the more unique birthday party venues in Orlando.
This incredible facility offers an extensive range of birthday packages. All of which include ice-skate rentals, dedicated skating time, a private party room as well as food and drink.
17. Dave & Busters
Dave & Buster’s is a fun-filled entertainment destination that combines dining and gaming for a unique and thrilling experience. Making it the perfect birthday location for kids aged between 7 and 14.
The Orlando venue offers a wide range of different birthday party packages that include a credited Power Card which can be used on a wide selection of video games, simulators, and interactive experiences as well as different food and drink options.
18. The Escape Game Orlando
Celebrating an older teen or adult birthday in Orlando? Then consider heading to the best Escape Room in all of Orlando, The Escape Game.
Situated just off International Drive, this fantastic complex has six different rooms for you to choose from including “Gold Rush” and “Mission Mars”.
Each room requires you to work together as a team of between 2 and 8 to solve puzzles before the 60-minute timer runs out. While each room provides a distinct challenge, all share an exceptional level of attention to detail, creating a fully immersive experience.
19. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is Orlando’s most thrilling treetop obstacle adventure, perfect for thrill-seekers who want to experience traipsing through the treetops.
At this fun outdoor adventure park, you’ll feel like Tarzan as you navigate ziplines, wobbly suspension bridges, rope swings, leaps into hanging nets, and more.
The venue offers a range of different party packages tailored to your needs. Alternatively, single entry can also be purchased both online and in person.
20. Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk is the free entertainment district at the Universal Orlando Resort, located just outside of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
At Universal CityWalk, you’ll find a combination of stores, restaurants and entertainment options making it the perfect place to visit on the evening of a birthday.
Some of our favourite things to do at Universal CityWalk include;
- Shopping at the Universal Studios Store
- Dining at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
- Watching films at the Universal Cinemark Cinema
- Playing mini-golf at Hollywood Drive-In Golf
21. The Dinner Party Project
If you’re looking for a more mature, sophisticated birthday celebration while in Orlando then consider hiring The Dinner Party Project.
This unique experience sees a private chef come to you anywhere within the Central Florida area, and prepare a delicious meal for up to eight guests including drinks, making it an incredibly stress-free way to host a memorable birthday with friends and family.
22. Orlando Museum of Art
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in art and culture on your birthday then consider a trip to The Orlando Museum of Art.
Situated in Loch Haven Cultural Park, this renowned museum has an extensive range of carefully curated exhibitions that span a wide range of artistic styles and mediums featuring a diverse collection of artworks from various periods.
From contemporary pieces to traditional artworks, you’ll encounter paintings, sculptures, photography, and more, each telling a unique story and inviting contemplation.
23. iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving
If you’re looking to experience the thrill of skydiving without ever leaving the ground, then head to the iFLY Indoor Skydiving arena on International Drive.
With the help of experienced instructors, adults and children aged 3 and older can learn how to maintain stability and control while floating inside the wind tunnel, stimulating the sensation of a real skydive, complete with adrenaline rush and the feeling of weightlessness.
Whether you’re looking to fly solo or host a birthday party, iFLY Orlando has a range of options to suit all budgets and preferences.
24. Volcano Bay
Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is in my opinion the best water park in Orlando. With 20 incredible waterslides and Polynesian theming spreading across 27 acres, you’ll want to spend at least a full day at Volcano Bay.
While the Volcano Bay water park has plenty for little kids, its more mature theming and thrilling waterslides make it a popular choice for families with tweens and teens.
Meanwhile, the free waterproof TapuTapu wristband device eliminates standing in line for attractions. Instead, you can use a TapuTapu to hold your place in the water park’s virtual lines, open your Volcano Bay locker and even make cash-free payments.
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25. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is one of the most popular indoor karting facilities in Orlando and features an entertainment centre complete with laser tag, a ropes course, arcade games and virtual reality experiences.
Unsurprisingly, this makes Andretti Indoor Karting & Games one of the best places to visit for a teen’s birthday in Orlando or to host a birthday party.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games offers several different birthday packages that have been tailored to certain age groups, interests and budgets. However, packages can be adjusted depending on your needs and requirements.
26. TopGolf Orlando
Even if you’re not into golf, TopGolf Orlando is still a fantastic place to visit to celebrate a birthday.
This golfing entertainment venue includes several bays featuring private booths and touchscreen displays for game selection and real-time score tracking as well as an on-site restaurant and bar.
The venue caters to people of all skill levels, from serious golfers looking to improve their game to novices simply looking for a fun activity with a range of games with different objectives including hitting specific targets or challenges that test accuracy and distance, with the technology inside the golf balls and targets allowing for automatic scoring.
Situated just next door to the popular Pointe Orlando is WonderWorks. This attraction is the perfect place to visit with curious kids aged between 5 and 10 years old and is housed inside an incredible upside-down building.
WonderWorks offers an unforgettable and educational adventure that is sure to captivate kids and adults alike with its myriad of interactive exhibits and fun-filled activities.
WonderWorks features more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to challenge the mind and inspire the imagination. From feeling the effects of a Category 1 hurricane to experiencing the sensation of floating in space, your little ones can immerse themselves in an array of unique scientific wonders.
28. Semoran Skateway
Semoran Skateway is the best skating rink in Orlando and the perfect place to celebrate a birthday in the city.
Individuals can visit Semoran Skateway for free skating at pre-selected times, alternatively, the venue offers a range of birthday party packages which include roller skate rentals, free skating time, and a party host serving food and drink.
If you’re an adult looking to celebrate your birthday at an amusement park in Orlando then consider heading to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.
The EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) theme park was a concept that Walt Disney designed as a “community of the future”, which was very much the case when the park opened in 1982.
However, in recent years the theme park has often been overlooked when planning a trip to Walt Disney World. The Imagineers at Walt Disney noticed this and have spent the best part of a decade completely revamping the park. This has included an extensive range of new experiences, including;
- Connections Cafe & Eatery
- Creations Shop
- Club Cool by Coca-Cola
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Space 220 Restaurant
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- La Crêperie de Paris
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse
These new experiences alongside classic attractions such as Test Track, Mission Space and Sorin’ make EPCOT well worth visiting on a trip to Orlando.
If visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks is going to make up a large portion of your family trip then consider staying in one of the several hotels nearby with a free shuttle to the Disney parks.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. Lakeridge Winery
If you’re looking to spend your birthday in Orlando exploring a winery and tasting delicious wines, then be sure to visit Lakeridge Winery, the largest winery in Florida.
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Clermont just a 30-minute drive from Orlando, Lakeridge Winery offers complimentary guided tours and tastings daily that run roughly every 30 to 40 minutes between 10:00am and 4:00pm daily, and last around 45 minutes in total.
The tour includes a 10-minute video presentation that provides an in-depth look at the winemaking process and the rich history of Florida wine and offers you the opportunity to look inside the winemaking area, revealing the intricate process of transforming grapes into their award-winning wines.
The highlight of the tour, however, is the guided wine tasting. This tasting offers a selection of Lakeridge Winery’s finest creations, ranging from dry to sweet, and even includes their sparkling wine. Each wine is expertly crafted and bound to leave a memorable impression on your palate.
33. Sak Comedy Lab
If you’re looking for a unique place to spend the evening of your birthday in Orlando then be sure to check out SAK Comedy Lab.
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, this 250-seat improvisational comedy theatre has been entertaining audiences with hilarious and witty performances for over 40 years.
The exact price you pay for a ticket to a show here will vary depending on the event. You’ll be able to find the timetable of shows and associated prices on the Sak Comedy Lab website and social media channels.
34. Treasure Cove Water Park
If you’re on a budget but would like to spend a birthday at one of Orlando’s incredible water parks then consider checking out Treasure Cove.
Treasure Cove water park is part of the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa and is open for hotel guests and the general public. Spanning 20 acres, this pirate-themed park offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation in a family-friendly environment.
Treasure Cove is one of the smallest water parks in Orlando, and subsequently one of the cheapest to visit. However, this water park still has several thrilling rides including Blackbeard’s Revenge as well as an area specifically for toddlers and young children, filled with miniature slides, water cannons, and a large tipping bucket.
In terms of safety and facilities, Treasure Cove sails smoothly. Lifeguards are consistently on duty across the park, maintaining a safe environment for all visitors. Plus, the park’s amenities including locker rentals, changing areas, and a variety of food options ensure a comfortable experience.
35. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the perfect place to visit when celebrating a child’s birthday. This ‘odditorium’ features a mesmerising collection of oddities and curiosities from around the globe. Making this a haven for the curious and the adventurous.
During your visit, you’ll be able to explore interactive exhibits that challenge your perception of reality and defy explanation. From astonishing artefacts to mind-boggling illusions, a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is something that kids talk about weeks and even months later.
36. Kennedy Space Center
One of the best birthday things to do in Orlando for those into space is a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Situated roughly a one-hour drive from the city of Orlando on the Space Coast you’ll find the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This incredible attraction is a tribute to the missions past and present that the US has made into outer space.
While the attraction itself is situated outdoors, you’ll spend the majority of your day inside one of several buildings learning about space missions through interactive and immersive presentations and displays.
As a family, we’re not that into space (although our son is still only 19 months old, so there’s definitely time) and therefore never made the drive over to the Kennedy Space Center in all the years we’ve been visiting Orlando.
That was until our most recent trip (July 2023) when we grew tired of friends and family members telling us how we were missing out on an incredible day out and as it turns out they were right. This attraction is incredible, thought-provoking and provides great value for money.
37. Dezerland Park
If you’re looking to visit one of Florida’s incredible car museums to celebrate a birthday in Orlando then be sure to check out Florida’s largest indoor attraction, Dezerland Park.
This incredible amusement park features an auto museum alongside a wide range of attractions, including; go-kart racing, trampolines, an arcade, a ninja warrior course, and even a virtual reality experience.
In fact, with so many options to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something that will keep your little ones entertained for hours on end.
38. Shopping At The Orlando Premium Outlets
There’s no better place in Orlando to celebrate a shopaholic’s birthday than at one of the incredible Orlando Premium Outlets.
There are two Orlando Premium Outlets to choose from, one on International Drive and one in Vineland, each of which features more than 100 different stores selling products at up to 80% off when compared to RRP.
Some of our favourite stores at the Orlando shopping outlets include;
- Disney’s Character Warehouse
- Yankee Candle
While each store here is indoors, getting between them does require you to walk outside, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when planning your visit here.
39. Obstacle Ninja Academy
The action-packed Obstacle Ninja Academy is one of the best things to do on your birthday in Orlando. Inspired by the popular television show American Ninja Warrior, this unique facility features a variety of thrilling obstacles that challenge kids and adults alike.
From swinging ropes to balance beams and warped walls, there’s no shortage of excitement at the academy. With programs and classes designed for all skill levels, individuals can train, improve their agility, and enhance their problem-solving skills in a supportive environment.
While single entry to Obstacle Ninja Academy is available the venue also offers birthday party packages that can be tailored to your budget, needs and requirements.
40. Titanic Artifact Exhibition
If you’ve a Titanic enthusiast celebrating a birthday in Orlando then be sure to visit The Titanic Artifact Exhibition.
This is one of the most visited attractions in Orlando and provides a unique opportunity to explore the history and tragedy of the legendary RMS Titanic, one of the most iconic ships in maritime history.
As you enter the exhibition, you’ll be transported to the grandeur of the Titanic’s era. The meticulously curated displays feature a vast collection of artefacts recovered from the ocean floor, providing a tangible connection to the ill-fated ship and its passengers.
From personal belongings to ship components, the artefacts offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of those onboard, showcasing the luxury and opulence of the Titanic.
Beyond the artefacts, the exhibition tells captivating stories of the ship’s construction, its ill-fated maiden voyage, and the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful night.
Engaging displays, historical information, and multimedia presentations provide a comprehensive narrative that explores the ship’s design, the lives of its passengers and crew, and the legacy left by the disaster.
41. Cirque du Soleil
The award-winning Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World’s entertainment district Disney Springs features incredible acrobats telling the story of a young girl’s journey into an imaginary realm full and is filled with Disney magic.
The performance lasts around two and a half hours and pairs perfectly with a meal in one of the incredible restaurants at Disney Springs or even a game of bowling at Splitsville.
42. Putting Edge
Putting Edge is a fantastic glow-in-the-dark mini-golf experience that takes you on a journey through an immersive and vibrant world filled with glowing landscapes, challenging obstacles, and exciting twists and turns.
As you make your way around the course you’ll be surrounded by glowing artwork, neon lights, and captivating blacklight effects that create an otherworldly ambience in a one-of-a-kind mini-golf adventure that combines skill, fun, and a mesmerising atmosphere.
This is a great family-friendly activity that you can do to celebrate a birthday and can be paired perfectly with a family meal in one of the nearby restaurants.
43. Pirates Dinner Adventure
Looking for the best place to have a kid’s birthday dinner? With a feast fit for a pirate and an immersive dinner show, the Pirates Dinner Adventure is just the place.
Located just off International Drive, Pirates Dinner Adventure takes place in a magnificent replica of an 18th-century Spanish galleon. As you step aboard the ship, you’ll be transported to a world of pirates, treasure hunts, and high-seas escapades. Experiencing an exciting theatrical experience in a truly immersive environment.
44. Island H2O Waterpark
Island H2O Water Park is a great place to spend a birthday in Orlando, especially if you’re travelling with tweens and teens.
This incredible water park is part of the Margaritaville Resort and is one of the best water parks in Orlando. Spanning 14 acres, this park combines water park entertainment with cutting-edge technology, giving it a distinctively modern twist.
One of the most popular water slides at Island H2O is Live Streaming. This unique ride lets you choose a theme, music, and lighting and even film the ride experience which you can then share on social media.
If your teen loves water slides then consider staying in a hotel in Orlando with a lazy river.
Meanwhile, if you’re travelling as a family with young children as well as teenagers then you’ll be pleased to know that Island H2O also has Candy Stripe Cove.
This shallow splash zone is filled with small slides, climbing structures and water fountains that allow little ones to enjoy the water in a safe, interactive environment.
Gatorland is one of the oldest attractions in Central Florida. Home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles, this park allows visitors to safely observe these reptiles in their natural habitat.
Gatorland offers various shows and educational demonstrations while for those seeking more thrills, the park introduced the “Screamin’ Gator Zip Line” which lets you zip line over the breeding marsh filled with alligators below.
Admission into Gatorland is incredibly affordable when compared to other attractions which makes it a popular choice for those celebrating an Orlando birthday on a budget.
46. Nearby Beaches
Despite being located in Central Florida there are still several incredible beaches near Orlando for families that are perfect for a birthday day trip. Beaches in this region of Florida offer a variety of activities that are sure to keep teens entertained including;
- Sand dune crawling
One of the most popular beaches close to Orlando is Daytona Beach thanks to the Daytona International Speedway, which plays host to the world-famous Daytona 500 NASCAR race.
However, like all beaches near the city, it’s at least a one-hour drive away therefore you’ll need a car when visiting Orlando to make a day trip out to the coast feasible.
47. Discovery Cove
If you’re celebrating an animal lover’s birthday in Orlando then consider booking a trip to the incredible Discovery Cove, a unique animal interaction location where you can swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and even hand-feed exotic birds.
Entry into Discovery Cove isn’t each. However, it’s unique in the fact that entry also includes;
- Unlimited food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
- Select beers and wines (for guests 21 and older)
- Animal safe sunscreen
- Wetsuit rental
- Snorkel rental
48. Busch Gardens
If you’re looking for a thrilling birthday day out, then be sure to check out Busch Gardens located in Tampa Bay, just a short drive from Orlando.
This incredible adventure park combines the thrill of world-class rollercoasters with an immersive animal safari experience.
The format of Busch Gardens is very similar to Animal Kingdom. However, the rides at Busch Gardens are significantly more thrilling making it a great choice for celebrating a tween or teen’s birthday.
Alongside thrilling rides, Busch Gardens offers a range of captivating live performances and interactive encounters that aim to both entertain and educate.
Meanwhile, for those looking to get up close and personal with some of the planet’s most intriguing species, Busch Gardens provides unique animal tours and behind-the-scenes experiences.
49. Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is one of the most popular water parks in Orlando, and one of two water parks on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort (the second of which is Blizzard Beach).
Dating back to 1989 and covering a whopping 56 acres, Typhoon Lagoon has undergone many refurbishments, the latest of which took 4 months over the winter of 2022 and 2023.
Being a Disney water park it’s no surprise that Typhoon Lagoon is home to an exciting variety of water-based attractions that perfectly cater to a broad range of ages and thrill levels that make it the perfect choice for celebrating a birthday, whilst also keeping the whole family entertained.
Stuck deciding between Volcano Bay and Typhoon Lagoon? Typhoon Lagoon is often more crowded than Volcano Bay. However, aside from this the theming and experience are very similar. As such I’d recommend choosing the cheapest or the one you’re staying closest to.
Attractions at Typhoon Lagoon include one of the largest outdoor wave pools in the world, a lazy river, a baby / toddler-friendly splash zone known as Ketchakiddee Creek and of course thrilling water slides.
If you’re already visiting one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks then one of the cheapest ways to visit Typhoon Lagoon is to upgrade your Walt Disney World theme park ticket with an additional day and to include water parks.
This upgrade can be done at Guest Services inside the park, at a Walt Disney World resort reception, online using MyDisney Experience or at a ticket counter at the Walt Disney World theme parks, however, it must be done either on or before the last day of your trip.
If you’re based in the US or Canada I recommend Klook for your Walt Disney World tickets. They have the most competitive prices and a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
50. Downtown Orlando
Looking for a more laid-back, mature birthday celebration? Then consider visiting Downtown Orlando. This area of the city provides an authentic taste of city life with a variety of trendy cafes, diverse eateries, and eclectic shops.
Some of the top entertainment venues in the city include the Amway Center, where top-tier concerts and sporting events regularly take place, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts an extensive range of live performances, from Broadway shows to contemporary concerts.
However, the centrepiece of Downtown Orlando is the serene Lake Eola Park. Here you’ll find a fantastic 1.8km walking trail, several picnic areas and swan pedal boats as well as a weekly farmers market that takes place every Sunday.
If you’re visiting Orlando for the 4th of July then be sure to stop by Lake Eola Park for Fireworks at the Fountain. This free event takes place annually and features fireworks, set to a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band.
51. ESPN Wide World of Sports
If you’re celebrating a sports-fanatics birthday in Orlando then be sure to check out the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Located within the Walt Disney World Resort and spread across 220 acres, this state-of-the-art complex is home to ten world-class venues and is subsequently able to accommodate 60 different sports including;
Since its inception in 1997, the ESPN Wide World of Sports has hosted more than 200 events annually including sporting academies and training camps.
52. Helicopter Tour
Orlando is home to several helicopter tour companies that are perfect for an adrenaline junkie’s birthday celebration.
MaxFlight Helicopter Services is our favourite Orlando helicopter tour company as it offers three different tours for you to choose from, each of which has narration from a highly-trained pilot.
53. Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach is one of two water parks located on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort – the other of which is Typhoon Lagoon.
Spread over 66 acres, this water park has undergone several refurbishments and features several thrilling water slides sure to impress any child on their birthday.
While this is a Walt Disney World water park, don’t let that put you off visiting with teens and adults as there are several thrilling waterslides, including one of the tallest and fastest free-fall body slides in the world, Summit Plummet.
At the time of writing (September 2023) Blizzard Beach is once again closed for refurbishment with the date for re-opening currently unknown.
Of course, being a Disney water park you’ll still find plenty to entertain young children at Blizzard Beach including a splash pool featuring miniature snow-banked slides and a variety of Frozen-inspired ‘ice sculptures’.
If you’re based in the US or Canada I recommend Klook for your Walt Disney World tickets. They have the most competitive prices and a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
54. Airboat Swamp Tour
Florida State boasts an extensive array of untamed wetlands, which in my experience are best experienced aboard an airboat. Thankfully, there are several companies offering an airboat ride in Orlando and the surrounding area that make for a fantastic birthday day out.
My favourite company is Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures as they offer a variety of different tour options each of which includes an informative and entertaining guide.
Each airboat tour offered by Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures will take you skimming over shallow waters at high speeds and provide you with the opportunity to spot native wildlife such as the American alligator in their natural habitat.
55. Fruitland Park
If you’re looking for a more laid-back birthday celebration in Florida then consider visiting the “Friendly City” of Fruitland Park. Situated an hour’s drive from Orlando, this city offers visitors a delightful blend of natural beauty and historic charm.
This city boasts several historic and cultural landmarks including The Casino Community Center and Gardenia Park, however, the nearby Lake Griffin State Park is my personal favourite.
This incredible State Park is home to one of Florida’s largest live oak trees and an ideal spot for camping, fishing, and kayaking.
56. Classic Car Show
If you’re celebrating the birthday of a car enthusiast in Orlando then be sure to head down to the Old Town of Kissimmee on a Saturday to see the incredible Classic Car Show.
This weekly event has been taking place for more than 30 years and features a parade of custom, exotic, and special interest vehicles that are sure to impress little kids and big kids alike.
Even without the Classic Car Show, Kissimmee’s Old Town is well worth visiting and provides a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era with its historic buildings, unique shops, and range of family-friendly dining options.
57. Chocolate Museum & Cafe
The Chocolate Museum & Café is the perfect place to celebrate a chocolate enthusiast’s birthday in Orlando.
This museum has been specially designed to educate and immerse you in the rich world of chocolate and provides a platform from where you’ll about the origins of cocoa beans, the chocolate-making process, and the cultural significance chocolate has around the world.
You’ll also find several intricate chocolate sculptures and displays that showcase the artistry and craftsmanship behind chocolate creations.
After a couple of hours exploring the exhibits within the Chocolate Museum, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings at the café that serves a tempting selection of handcrafted chocolates, truffles, and other delectable confections.
58. Orlando Magic
Celebrating a sports fan’s birthday in Orlando? Then be sure to visit The Amway Center in Downtown Orlando, home of the world-famous NBA team, the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic typically play 40 home throughout the season, as such if you’re in Orlando at the right time then you should be able to catch a game!
However, even if games aren’t being played at The Amway Center you can still tour the stadium and visit the Orland Magic’s official store to get the team’s latest apparel and merchandise.