Disney World and Universal Studios have turned Orlando into one of America’s top family vacation destinations year-round, but the December holidays are among the most popular times to schedule Orlando family vacations. While the area’s incredible theme parks are sure to be on your family’s to-do list, Orlando offers many other delightful attractions.
The Orlando Sentinel recently published its annual list of the “best of the best” of everything in Central Florida from places to eat (see our last post) to things to do and everything in between. Orlando and Central Florida offer so many exciting activities that you’ll want to schedule several extra vacation days to enjoy non-park activities, including these Best Bets:
- Best water park: If you’re visiting Orlando from the chilly North, nothing says vacation like a December romp in your swimsuit. Wet ‘n Wild is the biggest interactive water park in Florida, offering thrill rides for the entire family from meandering lazy rivers to rocketing slides.
- Best beach: When the beach beckons, head for New Smyrna where miles of gorgeous white sand beaches provide the perfect setting for building sand castles, hunting shells, picnicking and relaxing in the sun.
- Best shop ‘til you drop mall: The whole family will enjoy a trip to The Mall at Millenia. With more than 150 stores, you’re sure to find the perfect Orlando vacation souvenirs to take back home. It’s also an awesome place to find a new swimsuit before you hit the beach!
- Best arts & crafts store: Scrappy Boutique has everything you need for rainy day fun. Pick up scrapbook supplies and let your children create their own vacation memories.
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