Spend a week in Orlando

Warming up from the cold weather, we jet down to Orlando to spend a week doing fun family activities. Ok, we’re not really going anywhere, but if you already live in Orlando (or plan to visit), you can thank SuZ and her daughter (who’s almost the same age as Milo!) from NotYourTypicalMommy Blog for the great ideas.

Wondering what to do with a baby in Florida? She tells us:
A week in Orlando may have you thinking of a giant mouse and theme parks, but there’s more to Central Florida than over-priced recreational areas of animated rodents, over-salted food and animatronics rides.

Discover museums rich with culture, historical parks with towering trees and farms with friendly horses to take your young family.

Springdale Farms

Monday: Garden stroll

What parent doesn’t love a free and fun activity? And what babies and toddlers do not love butterflies and flowers? Orlando’s Leu Gardens is free on Monday mornings between the hours of 9am-12pm.

Leu Gardens offers visitors 50 acres of manicured gardens, including an active butterfly garden. The whole gardens are gorgeous and if you don’t bring your camera to snap shots of your kids playing in the rose garden or frolicking by the giant clock, you’ll regret it.

Afterward, you will find the best darn hot dog place in Florida: Hot Dog Heaven. Making the best hot dogs in Orlando since 1987, Hot Dog Heaven will ruin you for all other hot dog stands. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Tuesday — Wekiva Springs State Park

For older children and preschoolers, visit the Wekiva Springs State Park to be amazed and refreshed by over 7000 acres of Florida’s natural beauty surrounds you and a winding river, which pumps out over 42 million gallons of fresh water a day.

The Wekiva Springs State Park offers families tons of activities to do. There are picnic pavilions to dine at, canoes and kayaks to navigate the river, horseback riding and trails to hike to scout out native animals like raccoons, opossums and black bears. The main event at the Wekiva Springs State park is swimming. Hundred of people descend upon the springs to cool off in the hot Florida sun. Crisp water temperature of 72 degrees dominates the area which ranges from a few inches to over 5 feet.

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