Lake Nona is a new and upcoming neighborhood in Orlando. While they might not have as much to do as some of the older, more established neighborhoods, there are definitely some unique finds in Lake Nona.
Things to do in Lake Nona with Kids
Here are 10 things to do in with kids in Lake Nona.
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
The Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge rescues injured animals and has lots of native Florida animals for kids to view including foxes, bobcats and more. It is a smaller facility, so it is perfect for those with little legs.
During the year, they also hold specialty events at holiday times such as Easter and Christmas, so you are able to combine a visit to see the animals with a fun festival.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Location: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd. Orlando, FL 32832
On a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon Boxi Park is a nice place to grab a pre-dinner drink and appetizer, dinner or dessert. Boxi Park is a container park, with all the food places housed in shipping containers. There are a variety of restaurants serving different food choices including lobster rolls, tacos, chicken, burgers and more.
Boxi Park also features a volleyball court and a park for the little ones to play in.
Hours: Thursday and Friday from 4pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am
Location: 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
Canvas restaurant has the best view in Lake Nona. We recommend starting off your day here. Grab some breakfast from the market and sit in the alcove overlooking the water. They have coffee drinks, smoothies and a variety of breakfast items.
If you arrive later in the day, grab some coffee and pastries and sit outside in the garden area, by the water or if you prefer AC, on some of the comfy couches inside.
Hours: Marketplace opens at 7am and closes around 4 (but it is not a set time).
Location: 13615 Sachs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32827
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Drive Shack is a driving range located in Lake Nona. All ages are welcome. Part of the highlight of Drive Shack is the games that you can play to help improve your golf game. The game that is recommended for children is Monster Hunt, where kids have fun killing monsters by hitting them with a golf ball. At Drive Shack, you get your own private bay for playing and you can order food which is delivered to your bay.
Hours: 11am to 1am
Location: 7285 Corner Drive, Orlando, FL 32827
Heroes Community Park
One of the newest parks in Orlando is Heroes Community Park. This park has a playground, soccer fields, and hiking/biking trails. There are also pavilions for parties. The park is close to Nona Adventure Park, so you could combine both activities in one day.
Location: 14028 Centerline Drive, Orlando, FL 32827
Live and Local
Live and Local at Crescent Park in Lake Nona is a great way to get out on a Thursday night. There are live performers on stage and various food trucks that change weekly. It’s a big park so children can run around and all music played is family friendly.
Hours: Thursdays 6pm to 8pm
Location: Crescent Park, 8374 Upper Perse Cir, Orlando, FL 32827
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Hidden in Lake Nona is a beautiful county park where you can try different outdoor activities. In addition to hiking, you can go kayaking or canoeing on the lake, or camp overnight – there is space for both tents and campers. There is even a permanent orienteering course in Moss Park to try. For little kids, there is a very popular playground.
Hours: Summer -8am-8pm; Winter – 8am-6pm
Location: 12901 Moss Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32832
Nona Adventure Park
Nona Adventure Park is a great Saturday activity for families. They have a ropes course and a giant inflatable aquapark suitable for kids 6 and up. Younger children might have difficulty climbing around the inflatable so, parents should stay with them to help them over obstacles.
Nona Adventure Park also has a cable park for older kids (or parents) who want to water ski, knee board or wake board. If you don’t know how, they also offer lessons.
Hours: 10am to 6pm (but may change seasonally)
Location: 14086 Centerline Dr, Orlando, FL 32827
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Grab some ice cream – it doesn’t matter if it’s in a cup or a cone – with a dash of color to it. Every serving of ice cream at this local favorite comes with at least a piece of the parlor’s signature bright red cone. From cups and bowls to crepes and pops, this place has a treat for everyone.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 1pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 1pm-10:30pm; Sunday 1pm-9pm
Location: 14846 Wyndham Lakes Blvd Suite 1, Orlando, Florida
The USTA is a great place to watch or play tennis. They have tennis lessons for kids and adults. They also feature a variety of matches during the year that you can attend from college matches to professional matches. Many of the matches are free to the public, but you must register in advance.
Hours: 7:30am to 9pm
Location: 10000 USTA Blvd Orlando, FL 32827
Which activity are you looking forward to trying most in Lake Nona?
Written by Carrington Meyer
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