60 Best Things To Do In Orlando With Teens (2023)

Are you looking for things to do in Orlando with teens?

For the past decade, I have visited Orlando as a couple with my wife or with a baby. However, I recently went to Orlando with extended family and needed to find ways to entertain a new demographic – teenagers.

While toddlers and small children are mesmerised by Disney Princesses, tweens and teens are more difficult to impress.

However, entertaining teenagers in Orlando is far from impossible. In fact, being the world’s entertainment capital, there’s plenty to do in Orlando with teens.

1. Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure

Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure are perfect for thrill-seeking teens. With scary thrill rides and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, these theme parks are often seen as more mature than the nearby Disney World.

Since Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure are next to each other, you can visit both parks in one day. However, if this is your first trip to Universal Orlando, I’d suggest two or three days here instead.

2. Hollywood Studios

If you want to visit Walt Disney World with teens, then the theme park I recommend is Hollywood Studios. This theme park has the best thrill rides, including:

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

There are also dedicated areas in the theme park for Toy Story (Toy Story Land) and Star Wars (Galaxy’s Edge).

3. Volcano Bay Waterpark

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

Volcano Bay has thrilling water slides. But what really sets it apart from other water parks in Orlando is the TapuTapu. A TapuTapu is a waterproof wristband given to you for free as you enter Volcano Bay. This wristband can be used:

  • For virtual lines
  • To open lockers
  • To pay for food, drink and souvenirs

This allows teens to explore the water park alone and eliminates waiting in line for some of the park’s most popular water slides.

4. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti is one of the most popular indoor entertainment arenas in Orlando. Popular teen 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 for separately.

5. 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.

6. 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 suitable 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.

7. Icon Park

ICON Park is a free-to-enter entertainment complex located off International Drive. You’ll find attractions, restaurants, and stores for all ages and interests here.

However, the Orlando Starflyer is one of the most popular attractions for teens at ICON Park. Standing at 450ft tall, this is the tallest swing ride in the world and gives you a bird’s eye view of the city.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Museum of Illusions and Madame Tussauds are perfect for taking fun photos.

8. Escape Game Escape Room

There are several escape rooms in Orlando. However, my personal favourite is The Escape Game.

This venue has six different themed escape rooms for visitors to choose from. Each room requires you to work together to solve puzzles before the timer runs out.

9. SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the cheapest theme parks to visit in Orlando. This theme park offers:

  • Thrilling rides
  • Animal encounters
  • 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.

10. Disney Springs

Disney Springs is the free-to-enter entertainment complex on-site at Walt Disney World. Spanning 120 acres, you’ll find plenty of stores, restaurants and entertainment options here. Some of my favourites include:

  • Splitsville
  • AMC Movie Theatre
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • M&M Store
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Aerophile Balloon Flight

11. Universal CityWalk

CityWalk is Universal Orlando’s free-to-enter entertainment district. Universal CityWalk is like Disney Springs, with stores, restaurants and entertainment. Some of my favourite things to do here 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

12. Orlando Premium Outlets

If you’re teen loves to shop, 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

13. 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.

14. Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. This theme park is ideal for teens who enjoy thrill rides and animals as it combines the two.

My favourite thing about Animal Kingdom is the one-hour-long Kilimanjaro Safari.

The Kilimanjaro Safari 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;

  • Giraffes
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hippos
  • Cheetas

15. Gatorland

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

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

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

16. Nearby Beaches

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

  • Fishing
  • Dune crawling
  • Surfing
  • SUP

17. 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

18. 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 teens and happy to drive the one hour to Tampa, I’d recommend Busch Gardens over Animal Kingdom.

19. iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving

Located off International Drive, you’ll find the iFLY indoor skydiving arena. This facility has been specially designed to allow guests to experience the feeling of skydiving.

During your flight, you’ll be guided by experienced instructors. The event lasts 45 minutes, during which you’ll learn how to maintain stability and control inside the wind tunnel.

20. Typhoon Lagoon

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

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

21. 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

22. ESPN Wide World of Sports

ESPN Wide World of Sports is a must-visit with sporty teens. 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

23. Fun Spot America

Fun Spot America is a small theme park brand that dates back to 1979. The company currently has two locations in Florida: one in Orlando and one in Kissimmee.

Neither of these theme parks is as modern or high-end as Universal or Disney. However, they are much more affordable, making them a great option if you’re visiting Orlando on a budget.


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 largest refurbishments in Disney World history. This included an extensive range of new experiences, such as;

  1. Connections Cafe & Eatery
  2. Creations Shop
  3. Club Cool by Coca-Cola
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  5. Space 220 Restaurant
  6. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  7. La Crêperie de Paris
  8. Regal Eagle Smokehouse

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

25. 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 of which has narration from a highly-trained pilot.

26. 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.

27. Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is one of the best budget-friendly attractions in Orlando. Located in Loch Haven Park, this interactive museum will impress even the most suspect teens. Set across four floors, exhibits here include;

  • Space
  • Dinosaurs
  • Human Body

28. Winter Park

Just a short drive north of Orlando lies the tranquil town of Winter Park. This serene suburb is the perfect escape from the chaos of the nearby theme parks.

However, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things to do here. In fact, quite the opposite. Some of my favourite things to do in Winter Park include:

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

29. 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 teens.

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

30. 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.

At the Orlando Museum of Art, you’ll encounter paintings, sculptures and photography. Each piece tells a unique story and invites contemplation.

31. Florida Mall

The Florida Mall is the third largest shopping mall in the state of Florida, making it the ideal destination for shopping enthusiasts.

There are over 200 stores here, from luxury fashion to popular brands, including:

  • Hot Topic
  • BoxLunch
  • GameStop

Aside from stores, the Florida Mall also offers entertainment with the Crayola Experience and The Play Park. As well as an extensive food court featuring popular family-friendly restaurants.

32. Winter Garden

A short drive west of Orlando, you’ll find the city of Winter Garden. This city offers a refreshing slice of authentic Floridian life, perfect for a day trip.

Winter Garden’s beautifully preserved historic downtown features brick-lined streets and century-old architecture. Meanwhile, the Central Florida Railroad Museum is a popular free attraction.

One thing not to miss in Winter Garden is the 22-mile West Orange Trail. The West Orange Trail is perfect for biking, skating or a leisurely walk and offers picturesque views of the city.

33. Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is one of the most famous theme parks in the United States. As such, it’s often number one on a list of things to do in Orlando. However, if you’re travelling with teens, this may not be the case.

The best age for Disney World is between 3 and 9 years old, and nowhere is that more reflected than at Magic Kingdom. This theme park is classic Disney, with live shows, parades and princesses.

However, there are still plenty of things that tweens, teens and even adults may enjoy here. It really depends on the teen’s interests and who else you’re travelling with.

34. 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.

35. 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

36. Farmers Market

Orlando and the surrounding area are home to several Farmer’s Markets. Each market is filled with a delightful mix of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts. Some of my favourite markets near Orlando include;

  • Winter Park Farmers’ Market
  • Lake Eola Farmers’ Market
  • Maitland Farmers’ Market
  • Clermont Farmers Market

37. Classic Car Show

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

This event has been taking place for more than 30 years and is a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era. The parade features an extensive number of custom, exotic, and special interest vehicles that are sure to impress the whole family.

38. Little Big Econ State Forest

A 30-minute drive from Orlando is Little Big Econ State Forest. This sprawling nature preserve covers over 10,279 acres and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

A highlight of Little Big Econ State Forest is the trails. These extensive trail systems cater to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders alike.

39. Mennello Museum of American Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art is located inside Howard Phillips’ house in Loch Haven Park. This captivating cultural institution celebrates the richness and diversity of American art.

From traditional to contemporary, the curated exhibits offer a comprehensive view of American art.

40. Kelly Park

A 30-minute drive from Orlando, Kelly Park is best known for its natural spring, Rock Springs.

Rock Springs maintains a temperature of 68°F year round and feeds into a crystal-clear creek. This spring is ideal for tubing, creating a gentle one-mile-long natural water ride.

41. 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.

42. Blue Spring State Park

A one hour’s drive from Orlando is Blue Spring, State Park. This park is a winter refuge for West Indian manatees, making it the best place in Florida to observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

Aside from manatees, Blue Spring State Park also offers several water activities. Some of my favourite things to do here include:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

43. Central Florida Zoo

Located in Sanford, a 30-minute drive from Downtown Orlando is the Central Florida Zoo. This zoo and botanical gardens have more than 350 animals, including:

  • Leopards
  • Cheetahs
  • Giraffes

There’s also a petting zoo and feeding station that kids of all ages will surely enjoy.

44. 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.

45. 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 very easy to spend a lot of money here in a short amount of time.

46. K1 Speed Orlando

K1 Speed is a premier indoor go-kart racing facility in Orlando. Strap yourself into a high-performance electric kart and zoom around the track.

The track at K1 Speed has been designed by professionals. As such, it offers an authentic and adrenaline-pumping racing experience in a safe environment. Meanwhile, the advanced timing systems allow you to track your lap times and compete.

47. SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is one of the most unique museums in Orlando. Here, you can explore the fascinating world of anatomy and natural science.

This museum showcases an extensive collection of real animal skeletons. Learn about adaptation, evolution, and the interconnectedness of different species.

48. 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.

49. Medieval Times

Medieval Times is one of the best dinner shows in Orlando. Here, you’ll journey to the age of knights, kings, and chivalry. Witness epic battles, jousting tournaments, and displays of bravery as knights compete for victory.

As you enter the grand castle, you’ll be transported into a medieval realm. Enjoy a delicious meal fit for royalty and be engrossed in this multi-award-winning performance.

50. Laser Tag

Orlando is home to several thrilling and action-packed laser tag arenas. Here, you’ll combine strategy and teamwork in a fast-paced battle of laser beams.

You can visit most laser tag arenas as a family or as a single person and join up with other players to compete. All of our favourite laser tag arenas are located on International Drive and include;

  • Hard Knocks
  • Battlefield Live Orlando
  • WhirlyDome

51. Dave & Busters

Dave & Buster’s is a fun-filled entertainment destination. This venue combines dining and gaming for a unique and thrilling experience.

At Dave & Busters, you don’t pay to enter. Instead, you’ll need a Power Card. A Power Card can be topped up with credits to play games, go on simulators, and participate in interactive experiences.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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

55. Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

The Aiguille Rock Climbing Center is a state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility. Each climbing route here is designed to mimic the rugged surfaces of outdoor climbing environments.

However, with several routes available, there’s something for climbers of all skill levels. From beginners to seasoned climbers.

56. 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.

57. Arcade City

Step into a world of retro gaming at Arcade City. This dynamic arcade venue features various arcade machines, from classics like Pac-Man to the latest video games.

So, whether you’re a seasoned gamer or simply looking to relive the joy of your childhood, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

58. 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.

59. Orlando Magic

If your teen is a big sports fan, be sure to stop by 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. As such, if you’re in Orlando at the right time, you may be able to catch a game.

60. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is one of the best things to do with teens in Orlando. Set in a pine forest, this aerial obstacle is perfect for thrill seekers who want to traverse the treetops.

There are six different courses at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. Including two dedicated kids courses. Each course features several activities, including:

  • Tarzan Ropes
  • Swinging Logs
  • Hanging Nets
  • Suspended Bridges

Meanwhile, the grand finale is a giant 425′ zip line that takes you through a 15-acre tree canopy.

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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  1. Ashley RWM says:

    Gatorville looks so unique!