We leave for Ocala in the morning to go to Orlando. We made a stop in the morning at Shooter World (https://shootersworld.com/) : a huge gun store very well arranged, and a very modern shooting range. The gun store displays different guns that you can try freely (the guns are neutralized, no risk). This is of course a great pleasure for children and teenagers, especially for boys. If you want to try the shooting range, you can rent any type of weapon, buy the corresponding ammunition, and rent 1 hour or more at the shooting range. The shooting ranges are very well equipped (touch screen, air-conditioning…). You load your gun yourself and try shooting. a coach is available to help you if needed. We rented a gun for 3, and spent an hour at the shooting range for a very reasonable price.
We didn’t find much to do in Orlando except of course the amusement parks, which are the reason of this city: Walt Disney World, Universal Studio, Legoland, Sea World… The main difficulty for you will be to choose the park which corresponds to you, especially as each park has several sub-parks, you will not be able to do everything. The entrance fees are also exorbitant, so you have to think in advance about the park and the number of days you want to spend there.
In my experience, Walt Disney World will be more adapted to children under 10 years old, Universal Studio for children over 10 years old and adults. Legoland for children under 6 years old. and Sea World for those who like dolphin and orca shows.
Traveling with 2 boys ages 11 and 13, who love thrill rides, we opted for Universal Studio. We chose to spend a full day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure which is the newest park with the most thrill rides. We did not do Universal Studios Florida which has a few less rides and is older. We chose to spend the second day at Universal’s Volcano Bay, which is Universal Studio’s water park.
To spend the evening, we went to the Universal Studio Orlando City Walk, which is free to enter (with free parking after 6pm) and offers different restaurants and stores on the theme of the park.
We stayed at the Motel 6 Orlando, FL – International Dr which has the advantage of being located at 20 minutes walking distance from the entrance of the Universal Studio park, which allows us to avoid paying the $25 parking fee required by the park. On the other hand, the hotel is not very busy and noisy. I do not recommend it for a family.
14-days family roadtrip in Florida
this article details one of our stages of a 14-day family roadtrip roadtrip in Florida