58 Things to Do in Orlando For a Birthday (2024)

Whether you’re a child or an adult, Orlando is the perfect place to spend a birthday. Commonly known as the entertainment capital of the world, there’s no shortage of things to do here.

1. Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is one of the most famous theme parks in the USA – if not the world. As such, it’s a great place to spend a birthday in Orlando.

The best age for visiting the Disney World is between 3 and 9 years old. However, the theme park’s thrill rides mean Disney fans of all ages will love spending a birthday here.

2. Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure

If you want a more mature theme park experience in Orlando, check out the Universal Orlando Resort. There are two theme parks here:

  1. Universal Studios Florida
  2. Islands of Adventure

You can visit both theme parks in one day, taking the Hogwarts Express train between the two. However, I recommend allocating 2 to 3 days here.

3. Crayola Experience

If you’re celebrating the birthday of a little one in Orlando, check out the Crayola Experience. Situated inside the Florida Mall, the Crayola Experience is home to:

  • 2 Soft Play Areas
  • Digital Design Studio
  • Crayon Moulding
  • Gift Store
  • Cafe

I spent three hours at the Crayola Experience on a recent visit with my little boy. So there’s plenty here for half a day of entertainment.

4. Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. This theme park is less ‘Disneyfied’ than Magic Kingdom and has rides suitable for all ages.

One of Animal Kingdom’s highlights is the one-hour-long Kilimanjaro Safari. This safari takes you out in an open-air vehicle for a guided tour of the African savanna. During this tour, you’ll likely see a variety of animals, including:

  • Giraffes
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hippos
  • Cheetas

5. Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is an interactive museum providing a hands-on learning environment. There are several exhibitions and activities here designed to foster a love of science and discovery. Set across four floors, the interactive exhibits here include:

  • Space
  • Dinosaurs
  • The Human Body

The Orlando Science Center also has several party packages designed to take the hassle out of party planning.

6. Disney Springs

Disney Springs is the free-to-enter entertainment district at the Walt Disney World Resort. This area is home to the largest Disney Store in the world, as well as several budget and luxury restaurants.

There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained at Disney Springs. Some of my favourite things to do 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

7. Central Florida Zoo

Located in Sanford, a 30-minute drive north of Orlando, is the Central Florida Zoo. There are 100 different animal species here and more than 350 animals in total.

As well as observation areas, the Central Florida Zoo has interactive experiences, such as giraffe feeding and a petting zoo.

8. Winter Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando and drive 30 minutes north to the tranquil town of Winter Park. This area is known for its tree-lined avenues, sprawling parks, and lavish estates. Some of my favourite things to do in Winter Park include:

  • Kraft Azalea Garden
  • Mead Botanical Garden
  • The Winter Park History Museum
  • Rollins Museum of Art
  • The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

8. Florida Mall

The Florida Mall is the third largest shopping mall in Florida. With more than 200 stores, The Florida Mall is perfect for shopping enthusiasts celebrating a birthday. Some of the most popular stores here include:

  • Hot Topic
  • Apple
  • BoxLunch
  • American Girl
  • GameStop
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Coach
  • Zara
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Uniqlo
  • Vans

10. Planet Obstacle

Planet Obstacle is the largest obstacle course in the world. Situated in the heart of Orlando, this incredible facility includes:

  • Rope Courses
  • Ziplining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bumper Cars

Planet Obstacle also offers an extensive range of party packages, making it a great place to host a birthday party.

11. SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld is one of the best places to visit in Orlando for a birthday. This theme park has it all: thrilling rides, animal encounters and captivating shows.

Animal encounters include killer whales, dolphins and sea lions. Meanwhile, the theme parks’ rides include Mako – Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster.

12. Monkey Joe’s

Money Joe’s is an indoor play centre located at Point Orlando. Here, you’ll find a wide range of:

  • Inflatable slides
  • Bounce houses
  • Obstacle courses

This vibrant play centre is ideal for children between 5 and 11 and offers an extensive range of celebration packages.

13. ICON Park

ICON Park is a free-to-enter entertainment area just off International Drive. Here, you’ll find a range of attractions, stores and restaurants for visitors of all ages and interests.

Families celebrating a birthday at ICON Park can choose from several activities, including:

  • Orlando Starflyer
  • Orlando Museum of Illusions
  • SeaLife Center
  • Madame Tussauds

13. Fun Spot

Fun Spot is one of Florida’s oldest theme park brands, with two locations: Orlando and Kissimmee.

These theme parks aren’t as modern or high-end as Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. However, they are much more affordable, making them a great place to celebrate a birthday in Orlando on a budget.

14. Medieval Times

Medieval Times is one of the best dinner shows in Orlando. Here, you’ll go on a journey of knights, kings, and chivalry. Witness epic battles and jousting tournaments while dining on a meal fit for royalty.

15. Hollywood Studios

Celebrating a tween or teen’s birthday in Orlando? Then consider visiting Hollywood Studios. This theme park is the most mature theme park at Walt Disney World, offering thrill rides such as:

  • The Hollywood Tower of Terror
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Slinky Dog Dash

16. Orlando Ice Den

Orlando Ice Den is the premier ice rink facility in Central Florida. This incredible facility offers an extensive range of birthday packages, which include:

  • Skate rentals
  • Dedicated skating time
  • Private party room
  • Food & drink

17. Dave & Busters

Dave & Buster’s is an entertainment destination that combines dining and gaming. This is the perfect birthday location in Orlando for kids between 7 and 14.

The Dave & Buster’s Orlando venue offers a wide range of different birthday packages. Each includes a credited Power Card that can be used on video games, simulators and interactive experiences.

18. The Escape Game Orlando

Celebrating an older teen or adult’s birthday in Orlando? Then head to the best Escape Room in all of Orlando, The Escape Game. This venue has seven different rooms for you to choose from, including:

  • Gold Rush
  • Mission Mars
  • Prison Break

Each room requires you to work together to solve puzzles before the timer runs out. The rooms offer distinct challenges and have an exceptional level of attention to detail.

19. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is the most thrilling obstacle adventure in Orlando. This venue is perfect for thrill-seekers looking to traips through the treetops.

The Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park offers several different party packages. Alternatively, single-person entry can be bought online or in person.

20. Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk is the entertainment district at the Universal Orlando Resort. This area is free to enter and is home to a range of stores, restaurants and entertainment options.

Some of my 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 want a more sophisticated birthday celebration in Orlando, check out The Dinner Party Project.

This unique experience sees a private chef come to you and prepare a delicious meal for up to eight guests. The dinner includes several courses and drinks, making it a stress-free way to host a memorable birthday party with family and friends.

22. Orlando Museum of Art

Located in Loch Haven Cultural Park, you’ll find The Orlando Museum of Art. This renowned museum showcases a diverse collection of artworks from various periods. From contemporary pieces to traditional artworks.

23. iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving

Are you looking to experience the thrill of skydiving? Then head to the iFLY Indoor Skydiving area on International Drive. Here, you’ll learn to maintain stability while floating in the wind tunnel, stimulating the feeling of an actual skydive.

24. Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay is the best water park in Orlando. Located at the Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay has 20 thrilling water slides – inc the largest body slide in the world.

While there is a large splash pad area here, you may want to consider Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon if you’re travelling with smaller children.

25. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti is one of the most popular indoor entertainment arenas in Orlando. Popular activities here include:

  • Go-Karting
  • Laser Tag
  • Ropes Course
  • Arcade Games
  • Virtual Reality

However, one word of warning. Visiting Andretti Indoor Karting & Games can be expensive since each attraction must be paid separately.

26. TopGolf Orlando

TopGolf Orlando is a golfing entertainment venue. Think of it like bowling but for golf. Players can choose from various games with different objectives for all skill levels.

This modern facility includes several private golfing booths, a bar and a restaurant. This makes TopGolf perfect for an afternoon or evening activity while in Orlando.

27. WonderWorks

WonderWorks is the perfect place to visit with curious kids between 5 and 10 years old. Housed inside an upside-down building, this venue offers an educational adventure like no other.

There are more than 100 hands-on exhibits here. Each is 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.

28. Semoran Skateway

The Semoran Skateway is the perfect place for a nostalgic roller skating experience. This beloved roller skating rink has been a local favourite for decades.

With a range of skating sessions, including open skate times and themed events, there’s a skating event here for everyone.


EPCOT is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. This theme park was a concept that Walt Disney himself designed as a “community of the future”.

The park first opened in 1982 and has been overlooked in recent years. However, between 2016 and 2024, EPCOT underwent one of the most extensive refurbishments in Disney World history.

This included a comprehensive range of new experiences, such as;

  • 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

This extensive refurbishment makes EPCOT a worthwhile consideration when visiting Orlando once again.

30. Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

Just north of Orlando, you’ll find the Aiguille Rock Climbing Center. This is the largest indoor rock climbing gym in Central Florida and a great place to visit to try an adventurous activity on your birthday.

You can take a private or group session at the Aiguille Rock Climbing Center. Meanwhile, the venue also offers private group events, perfect for birthday parties.

31. Trampoline Park

Orlando is home to several incredible trampoline parks. Each provides a high-flying and exhilarating experience for visitors of all ages. Some of our favourite trampoline parks in the city include;

  • AirHeads Trampoline Arena
  • Rebounderz
  • Sky Zone
  • Altitude Trampoline Park

32. Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge Winery is tucked away in the rolling hills of Clermont, a 30-minute drive from Orlando. This is the largest winery in Florida and a great place to spend a birthday.

Lakeridge Winery offers complimentary guided tours and tastings daily. Here, you’ll have the chance to taste some of the expertly crafted wine made here, which will leave a memorable impression on your palate.

33. Sak Comedy Lab

If you’re looking for evening entertainment in Orlando, then be sure to check out the SAK Comedy Lab. Situated in the heart of downtown Orlando, this 250-seat comedy theatre has entertained audiences for over 40 years.

Sak Comedy Lab hosts several shows each week. Each show has a content rating that can be viewed online. However, shows are typically suitable for all ages or rated PG-13.

34. Treasure Cove Water Park

Treasure Cove Water Park is one of Orlando’s more affordable water parks. This water park is part of the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa and is open to hotel guests and the general public.

Spanning 20 acres, this incredible water park offers a unique blend of adventure in a family-friendly environment.

35. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a curated museum of oddities and curiosities from around the globe. It’s a museum unlike any other.

The interactive exhibits here will challenge your perception of reality and defy explanation. It’s something the kids I travelled to Orlando with spoke about weeks, even months later.

36. Kennedy Space Center

A short one-hour drive from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

I have visited Orlando several times over the past decade. However, since I’m not that interested in space, I never made the drive to the Kennedy Space Center. How wrong I was.

Kennedy Space Center shares incredible stories of space missions through interactive presentations. Each provides entertainment and education for the whole family.

37. Dezerland Park

Dezerland Park is the largest indoor attraction in Florida. This venue features an auto museum alongside several attractions, including:

  • Go-kart racing
  • Trampolines
  • An arcade
  • Ninja Warrior Course
  • VR Experience

However, each attraction at Dezerland Park is priced individually. As such, it’s easy to spend a lot of money here in a short amount of time.

38. Orlando Premium Outlets

If it’s a shopaholic celebrating a birthday, then be sure to visit the Orlando Premium Shopping Outlet. There are two Premium Outlets in Orlando:

  1. International Drive
  2. Vineland

Each location has more than 100 different stores selling items at a discount of up to 80% compared to the RRP. Some of my favourite stores at the Orlando Premium Outlets include:

  • Disney’s Character Warehouse
  • Coach
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Yankee Candle

39. Obstacle Ninja Academy

Inspired by the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior is the Obstacle Ninja Academy.

From swinging ropes to balance beams and warped walls, the academy has no shortage of obstacles. The venue offers programmes and classes for all skill levels, designed to push you to your limits.

40. Titanic Artifact Exhibition

The Titanic Artifact Exhibition is one of the most visited attractions in Orlando. This venue allows you to explore the history and tragedy of the legendary RMS Titanic.

As you enter the exhibition, you’ll be transported to the grandeur of the Titanic’s era. The Titanic Artifact Exhibition boasts several curated displays. Each showcases a collection of artefacts recovered from the ocean floor.

These ship components and personal belongings offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of those onboard.

41. Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is at Disney World’s entertainment district, Disney Springs. This performance tells the story of a girl’s journey into an imaginary realm.

The performance lasts around 2.5 hours and features incredible acrobats and Disney magic. Unsurprisingly, this is a popular show. As such, I recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

42. Putting Edge

Putting Edge is a mini-golf course that takes you through an immersive and vibrant world.

Walking around the mini golf course, you’ll be surrounded by glowing artwork and neon lights. All of which results in a one-of-a-kind mini-golf adventure that combines skill and fun.

43. Pirates Dinner Adventure

The Pirates Dinner Adventure is an immersive dinner show designed to entertain the whole family.

Step aboard the ship for a Pirates Dinner Adventure and be transported to a world of treasure hunts and high-seas escapades.

44. Island H2O Waterpark

Island H2O is part of the Margaritaville Resort. This water park combines epic slides with 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 – you can even film the ride experience and share it on social media.

45. Gatorland

Gatorland is one of the oldest attractions in Central Florida. Home to thousands of alligators and crocodiles, you can safely observe these reptiles in their natural habitat here.

Gatorland offers various shows and educational demonstrations. However, I recommend the “Screamin’ Gator Zip Line” for those seeking thrills.

Admission into Gatorland is incredibly affordable. Especially compared to other attractions in Orlando, it is a popular choice for those visiting the city on a budget.

46. Nearby Beaches

There are still several beaches near Orlando, perfect for a day trip. These beaches offer a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Some of my favourites include:

  • Fishing
  • Dune crawling
  • Surfing
  • SUP

47. Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a unique animal interaction location. Here, you can swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and even hand-feed exotic birds. A trip to Discovery Cove is ‘all-inclusive’ and includes:

  • Unlimited food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Select beers and wines (for guests 21 and older)
  • Animal safe sunscreen
  • Lockers
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Snorkel rental

48. Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is located in Tampa Bay, a short drive from Orlando. This incredible adventure park combines world-class rollercoasters with an immersive animal safari.

The format of Busch Gardens is similar to Animal Kingdom. However, the rides at Busch Gardens are significantly more thrilling.

As such, if you’re only travelling to Orlando with older kids and happy to drive the one hour to Tampa, I’d recommend Busch Gardens over Animal Kingdom.

49. Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is one of two Walt Disney World Resort water parks. This incredible water covers 56 acres and recently underwent a 4-month refurbishment.

Unlike Volcano Bay, Typhoon Lagoon has rides suitable for younger kids and teens. As such, if you’re celebrating a birthday with multiple children, it may be the better option.

50. Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando offers an authentic taste of city life. Here, you’ll find a variety of trendy cafes, restaurants and shops. Meanwhile, some of the top entertainment venues in Orlando include;

  • The Amway Center
  • Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Lake Eola Park

51. ESPN Wide World of Sports

ESPN Wide World of Sports is a must-visit for those who love sports. Spread across 220 acres, this state-of-the-art complex is home to ten world-class venues. As such, the ESPN Wide World of Sports can accommodate 60 different sports, including:

  • Softball
  • Track
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Soccer

52. Helicopter Tour

Orlando is home to several helicopter tour companies. These tours are perfect for an adrenaline junkie looking to see some of the city’s famous landmarks and attractions from above.

However, my favourite helicopter tour company in Orlando is MaxFlight Helicopter Services. This company offers three different tours, each with narration from a highly-trained pilot.

53. Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach is one of two water parks at Walt Disney World. Spread across 66 acres, this water park features several thrilling water slides perfect for the whole family.

The most popular slide at Blizzard Beach is Summit Plummet, one of the world’s tallest and fastest body slides. This slide offers thrill-seekers the opportunity to ‘ski’ down from the top of the ‘mountain’.

54. Airboat Swamp Tour

Florida boasts extensive untamed wetlands, which are best explored aboard an airboat. Thankfully, there are several companies offering airboat rides near Orlando. However, my favourite company is Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures offers a variety of tours, each of which has an informative and entertaining guide.

55. Fruitland Park

A one-hour drive from Orlando is Fruitland Park. This city offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and historic charm. There are several historical and cultural landmarks here, including:

  • The Casino Community Center
  • Gardenia Park
  • Lake Griffin State Park

56. Classic Car Show

Every Saturday, you’ll find the incredible Classic Car Show in the Old Town of Kissimmee.

This event has been taking place for over 30 years and is a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era. The parade features many custom, exotic, and special interest vehicles that will impress the whole family.

57. Chocolate Museum & Cafe

The Chocolate Museum & Café educates and immerses you in the rich world of chocolate. Here you’ll learn about:

  • The origins of cocoa beans
  • The chocolate-making process
  • The cultural significance chocolate has around the world

You’ll also find several intricate chocolate sculptures and displays. Each showcases the artistry and craftsmanship behind chocolate creations.

58. Orlando Magic

If you love sports, celebrate a birthday at The Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. The Amway Center is home to the world-famous NBA team, the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic typically plays 40 home games throughout the NBA season. Therefore, you can catch a game if you’re in Orlando at the right time.

Orlando Travel Planning Guide

🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Trip to Orlando?

If you’re travelling to Orlando for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.

However, if a trip to Orlando isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.

🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Trip to Orlando?

You don’t need to rent a car for a trip to Orlando (you can use rideshare services instead). However, a hire car will make your trip to Orlando significantly more convenient.

I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental deals when visiting Orlando. Discover Cars allows you to compare different companies and cars to find the best prices.

🏨 Where to Stay in Orlando?

Deciding where to stay in Orlando can be incredibly overwhelming. Having visited Orlando several times over the past decade, I’m going to try and make it as simple as possible.

When booking accommodation in Orlando, I use either Booking.com or Hotels.com. However, for large families and groups, VRBO is my number one choice.

🎟️ Where To Buy Orlando Theme Park Tickets?

If you are visiting a theme park in Orlando, then you’ll need to purchase theme park tickets. If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Orlando theme park tickets.

Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.

Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Orlando theme park tickets from AttractionTix.

I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.


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