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- Children between 5 and 14 years old receive discounted admission; children aged four and under are free.
- Several dining options include the Last Snack, the Church of All Nations Bistro, Martha’s Kitchen, and Esther’s Banquet Hall.
- See the park’s website for information on transportation from the Disney World and Universal Studios area and resorts.
Key Largo may seem underwhelming at first glance, but “under” is the key word, as the main sights are underwater, past the touristy shops and motels. The 33 mi (53 km) island is the longest in the Florida Keys; it also has the Keys' biggest concentration of dive sites.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must stop. The first underwater park in the U.S., Pennekamp provides some pleasant beaches, decent nature trails, and colorful coral reefs. An aquarium at the visitor center provides a glimpse of what’s under the water, and a glass-bottom boat tour shows the real thing.
If you want to go deeper, take a snorkeling trip or a diving excursion. After a day of activity, stop for seafood in one of the many restaurants on the key.
The easiest way to travel to Key Largo is by car. The major route through the Keys, U.S. Hwy 1 snakes its way down to Key Largo, continuing all the way to Key West.
- The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, with ramps, elevators, and accessible boats and trams.
- Picnic areas are located along the Garden of the Springs and near the Fish Bowl.
- The Wildside Café, located at the park’s west entrance, offers concessions and coffee.
- While pets are not allowed in the park, a free kennel at the entrance offers a place to house your pet while you explore.
- At three miles long, Clearwater Beach is easy to navigate by car, bike, or foot.
- Mandalay Avenue, which runs parallel to the beach, is a mile-long stretch of restaurants, shops, and hotels.
- To get an overview of the area, jump on the Jolley Trolley (fees apply), which travels around Clearwater Beach and up to Sand Key.
- Be sure to bring sun-protection gear and beachwear. Restroom and shower facilities are offered at most area beaches.
- Beach wheelchairs are available at the Main Beach Lifeguard Station, south of Pier 60.
- Walk-up reservations are available for Italian water taxi tours and amphicar tours.
- Designated parking spaces for guests with disabilities are available in both the Orange and Lime Garages, as well as in the Strawberry, Watermelon, and Grapefruit surface parking lots.
- Parking is free; preferred parking and valet parking are available for a fee.
The Kennedy Space Center has been hurtling humans and shuttles into space since 1968 and is still a primary site for NASA launches. Parts of the sprawling campus are open to the public with daily tours offering opportunities to interact with real astronauts, test your skills with a simulated space flight, and see artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
The campus is made up of several “mission zones,” all accessible with admission. See the Rocket Garden, filled with historic engine replicas and full-size Titan rockets; the Space Shuttle Atlantis; and the Early Space Exploration Hall, where you’ll find hands-on exhibits highlighting the pioneers of spaceflight and the global race to the moon. On-site bus tours depart every 15 minutes and narrate a two-hour route to several launch sites, including those used by the techy space explorers at SpaceX, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you can navigate astronaut artifacts and walk beneath a 363-foot (110-meter) rocket from the Saturn V mission. Visit on a day trip from Orlando, or opt for an Ultimate Space Pass that includes a tour of NASA’s launch headquarters, lunch with an astronaut, two IMAX movies, the Shuttle Launch Experience, and free time to experience the center’s exhibits and galleries.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There’s lots to see and do at Kennedy Space Center, so plan on spending a full day here.
- The space center one of the most popular family attractions in Florida.
- The bus tour is included in general admission but stops running 2.5 hours before closing time.
- Choose a helicopter tour over the Kennedy Space Center for a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling facility.
How to Get to the Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center visitor complex is adjacent to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Titusville, 45 minutes from Orlando by car, on the eastern side of the Intracoastal Waterway. There is no public transit to the center, but several tours include transport to the Space Center from Orlando. There’s plenty of on-site parking, though only multi-day tickets include the cost of parking.
When to Get There
Because there’s so much to do, it’s best to arrive as close to the daily 9am opening time as possible. Closing times vary seasonally between 6pm and 8pm. The center is seldom crowded (except on launch days), but you can avoid large field trip groups by visiting on a weekend.
How to See a Rocket Launch From the Kennedy Space Center
To count down and feel the rumble of lift-off just a few miles away from a real launching rocket, you’ll have to time your visit just right, as only a handful take place each year. The visitor center offers the closest viewing stations for shuttles and rockets blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, and has four designated spots for lawn chairs (some of the spaces require tickets, which typically go on sale two weeks prior to launch).
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a must-visit for animal lovers and families traveling with kids.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- Book your tickets early to save time waiting in the long ticket office queues.
- Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available to rent.
- Gatorland is a must-see for families with kids and animal lovers.
- The fee-based Gatorland Express Train shuttles visitors around the park for easy access.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent inside the park.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- Advance reservations are required for the Trainer for a Day program.
The parks are fully equipped with activities to keep the fun going all day. Each location boasts unique, patented multilevel go-kart tracks, an arcade where visitors can play a variety of games and collect points to redeem for prizes, and several roller coasters. The Kissimmee park is home to the tallest SkyCoaster in the world, which stands at 300 ft (91 m), while the Orlando park is home to Orlando's only wooden roller coaster, White Lightening. There are also thrill rides, bumper cars, bumper boats, and load of other rides that are appropriate for kids and fun for the whole family.
5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819
2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Admission is free to the park - you just pay to ride and play.
Purchase a day pass for adults and kids to enjoy the rides. Children between 24 inches and 53 inches tall will receive a $10 in park credit to be used on food and beverages, arcade games and the gift shop.
- Unlike other parts of the Magic Kingdom, most stores and restaurants in Epcot serve alcohol.
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is an award-winning light show that takes place every night at 9pm just before the park’s closing.
- Epcot is connected to the Magic Kingdom by the Disney World monorail system. To make the entire trip, transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
- Epcot is accessible to strollers, wheelchairs, and guests with mobility, hearing, and visual disabilities.