Traveling to a new destination with students is exciting… and nerve-wracking! Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheat sheet? Imagine if that cheat sheet came from some of the best student tour professionals in the business. KAndid Advice is just that- expert tips from Kaleidoscope Adventures staff to help you navigate a new destination and get the most from your student travel. Let’s start with some KAndid advice for planning student trips to Orlando…
Everyone knows that Orlando is home to world-class theme parks and attractions. It’s a student favorite for a reason! However, there are lots of amazing things to do with student groups outside the parks – and the KA staff is giving you an insider’s look.
Anastasiya (accounting and IT manager) loves Wild Florida as an alternative to the hustle and bustle of theme parks. Wild Florida is a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience, offering airboat rides, alligator encounters, and a great variety of wading, floating and flying birds. A petting zoo and some great BBQ round out the fun. Students will talk about this adventure for years – and they’ll never forget their first airboat ride!
Beach BBQ and Escape Room
Joseph (senior tour consultant) has some great ideas for getting off the beaten path. Consider a half day BBQ lunch at the beach. Just about an hour’s ride from the hotels, it’s one of his favorite things to do with students. They love the sun, fun and food while teachers and chaperones enjoy a break from the chaos.
Joseph also follows up a beach day with a visit to an escape room. Orlando offers a few great choices, all guaranteed to test wits and tickle the funny bone. Escape Rooms are also great for team building. Pit the girls against the boys or the trumpets against the clarinets in the ultimate quest to solve a puzzle!
Kennedy Space Center
Not far from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center, a favorite of both Keith (chief operating officer) and Stephanie (tour consultant). The Kennedy Space Center offers an in-depth look at space and space travel and the role both played in our nation’s history. Students can get up close and personal with the Saturn V rocket or experience what it was like to be in the Firing Room for the launch of Apollo 8. It’s a great way to incorporate STEM into your itinerary and “have a blast” while doing it!
Hard Rock Café
If you’re looking for a great dining option for students, Steven (tour consultant and resident musician!) recommends the Hard Rock Café. Just steps from both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, it’s group-friendly and features an eclectic, American-style menu to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Students are also surrounded by cool music memorabilia and encouraged to join in the pop-up sing-alongs. So much fun!
As you plan your student trip to Orlando, tuck these tips in your back pocket. Better yet, call Kaleidoscope Adventures directly to chat with our expert staff. More than 25+ years in the student travel industry gives us some serious street cred! We’ll work with you to create a unique itinerary that meets all your objectives. KA really is travel beyond expectations!