As the school year comes to an end, your grandchildren may plan on visiting or spending more time with you during their summer vacation. Children will need to fill their summer days with activities, but you could easily spend over $500 for two adults and two children for one day at one of Orlando’s major theme parks. Thankfully, here in Central Florida, there are an abundance of fun, low-cost activities that you and your grandchildren can enjoy together this summer.
Getting outside with your grandchildren is a great way to get fresh air, but you and your loved ones will want to remember to stay hydrated and take breaks throughout the day. Also, bring plenty of sunscreen for everyone to avoid sunburn, and consider bringing a hat or umbrella for extra protection. Many of the following suggestions are also indoors, or have indoor areas to cool off throughout your visit.
Gatorland – This 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve is home to not only alligators but also crocodiles, a petting zoo, aviary and animal shows. Through June 30, 2014, general admission for all Florida Residents (children, adults and seniors) is only $9.99. http://www.gatorland.com
Orlando Science Center – Your grandchildren can explore some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles, dinosaurs, the solar system, and even lasers. There is also an interactive children’s world. Children under 2 are free, while those 3-11 are $13, and seniors over 55 are $17. http://www.osc.org/
Orlando Museum of Art – The museum not only has exhibits to see with your grandchildren, but special programs as well. Special events include Art Adventures (select Fridays) and Family Workshops (select Saturdays). Admission for seniors (65+) is $7, children (ages 4 – 17) is $5 and children under 3 are free. http://www.omart.org
Wekiva Springs – On a nice summer day, you and your grandchildren can enjoy a swim in the cool spring, go kayaking or canoeing, walk along the trails or enjoy many of the other activities that Wekiva Springs offers. Admission is $6 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle). http://www.floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings/
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Full of hundreds of outrageous and interactive exhibits in a 10,000 square foot “Odditorium”, you can take your grandchildren on self-guided, self-paced tour. Tickets are $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. http://www.ripleys.com
Remember to always check the local weather and give your grandchildren some variety when planning activities. Also, to stretch your dollars, make sure to research and take advantage of any Florida Resident Discounts that may be applicable in the Orlando area. We hope you have a great summer of Living Younger!