What's Fun for Kids in Orlando?


6. IMAGINE THAT You'll do a double-take when you see Wonder Works' building: It appears to be upside down! Inside, kids can participate in more than 100 amazing (and weird) activities, including designing a roller coaster. 9067 International Dr.; 407-351-8800

7. CRUISE CONTROL Race across Lake Toho in a Boggy Creek Airboat, whizzing up to 45 m.p.h. between tall grasses and slowing down to check out gators, herons, and eagles on a 30-minute tour. The boats are noisy, but your captain will provide ear protection. 2001 E. Southport Rd., Kissimmee; 407-933-5822

8. RIDE 'EM COWBOY Orlando was once cow country, and you can still see barrel racing, calf roping, and bull riding every Friday night at the Kissimmee Sports Arena and Rodeo. Kids 10 and under can get in the ring for the calf scramble, racing for ribbons tied to the calves' tails. (Wear old shoes!) 958 S. Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee; 407-933-0020

9. RAINY-DAY FUN A planetarium, eight-story-high CineDome, and three floors of exhibits (including a fascinating 7,000-square-foot reproduction of Florida's ecosystem) keep kids busy for hours at the Orlando Science Center. 777 E. Princeton St., 407-514-2000

10. SUPER FLAPJACKS It's worth the hourlong drive to have breakfast at the historic Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant in DeLeon Springs. You make your own pancakes on a tabletop griddle, with yummy mix-ins like chocolate chips, blueberries, and bananas. The setting is delightful DeLeon Springs State Park, with a crystal-clear natural spring steps away from your table. (Bring a swimsuit!) 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., DeLeon Springs; 386-985-5644

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