Whether you’re visiting Orlando or you’re a local, these are just some of the area attractions that will help you stay cool this summer.
July is the hottest month of the year, with average temperatures in the mid-90s. While some may brave the heat to visit the theme parks or participate in other outdoor activities, many stay indoors at all costs. So we’ve compiled a list of some of Orlando’s best indoor activities that will help you beat the heat this summer while providing fun for the whole family.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Located next to Topgolf on Universal Boulevard, you can easily spend an entire day out of the sun at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. While one of the main draws is the indoor go karting, the facility also includes an arcade, a rope obstacle course, a Dark Ride Motion Theater and a bowling alley. You can even fuel up between activities without having to leave the building. The Andretti Grill serves a selection of tasty salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and other entrees.
Orlando Science Center
Through Aug. 14, the Orlando Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so your kids can learn and play every day of summer break in exhibit halls such as NatureWorks, DinoDigs and KidsTown. Every Friday and Saturday this month, you can experience Science After Sundown, when OSC is open until 11 p.m. and classic movies are shown in the Digital Adventure Theater. OSC is also hosting Space Exploration Weekend from July 20-22. This special event will include space-related programming, stargazing in the mobile planetarium, arts and crafts in The Hive and more.
Skeletons: Museum of Osteology
Inside the Icon 360 Complex, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology contains more than 40 exhibits that feature 500 real animal skeletons in unique poses and dioramas. The attraction will host special events all summer long, including Summer Explorer Day on July 14, which includes all-day museum admission, scavenger hunts, prizes and the opportunity to hold and examine animal horns, hooves, antlers, claws, teeth and a tiger skull. Then, on July 27, Sketching with Skeletons invites local artists to use skeletons as inspiration as they explore new skills or perfect their figure drawing.
Known as Orlando’s only upside down attraction, Wonderworks is an amusement park for the mind. With more than 100 hands-on exhibits that combine education and entertainment, guests of all ages are encouraged to challenge their minds and use their imagination. The area is split into Wonder Zones. You can become a human lightning rod in the Natural Disasters zone, create 3D images of your body on a giant pin wall in the Physical Challenge zone or climb into a replica of a launch capsule in the Space Discovery zone. This indoor attraction also includes a three-story ropes challenge course, a 4D extreme motion ride, laser tag and even a nightly magic comedy dinner show.