By David Sibila
Are you ready for your winter weather escape? If you're seeking outdoor adventures, a dip in a cool pool or enjoying one of our many theme park special events, we're ready to bring on spring in Orlando! Trade in your snow boots for flip flops. It's time to warm up with an unforgettable getaway.
Universal Studios Orlando
The Big Easy comes to Universal Orlando complete with a bead-tossing parade (1.8 million beads!) and live music with bands and performers spanning the decades and genres during Universal Studios Mardi Gras, February 4 - March 24, 2017. Laissez les bon temps rouler at the French Quarter Courtyard with jambalaya, gumbo and Zydeco music.
Walt Disney World
Thirty million multi-color blooms are bursting at the most magical place on earth. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 1 - May 29, 2017, features whimsical topiaries - the hottest royals from "Frozen", Anna and Elsa are among the newest botanical creations - Outdoor Kitchens for delicious farm-to-table eats, and live music on the weekends with the Garden Rocks concert series.
Celebrate spring with food, fun, sights and sounds the all-new, Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld, February 11 - May 13, 2017. Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.
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LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Spring is a splash at Legoland Water Park, which reopens in mid-March. Visitors can slide, soak and catch a wave before or after spending time at the 150-acre toy-brick inspired theme park that features rides, shows, and attractions.
Orlando Watersports Complex
If your idea of diving into fun doesn't include slides and water spouts, check out Orlando Watersports Complex. Not tied to a theme park, you can wakeboard, kneeboard and water ski whether you're just learning how to balance, or turning pro - dive in!
Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons brings Fun in the Sun in a minimum four-night deal that includes a $50 resort credit. The kids can roam in the five-acre "Explorer Island" water park with lazy river, slides and splash zones. Special spring break activities include s'more and pizza making, and balloon artistry. For the adults, mixology and cooking classes, yogalates and golf clinics are on the spring break agenda.
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Wanna see what Central Florida looked like 1,000 years ago? The airboats at Wild Florida glide you through more than 100,000 of wetlands - into protected swamps, marshes and rivers of the Central Florida Everglades. No theme parks or housing developments - the only humans are you!
Kennedy Space Center
Explore the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Apollo/Saturn V Center, even have lunch with an astronaut. Younger visitors have a Rocket Garden and Children's Play Dome to round out their out-of-this-world experience.
Locals know about this popular spot for boating, canoeing, fishing and kayaking. If you just want to sit back and soak in the beauty and sunshine, rent a cabana - it comes with comfy seating, grills, and a place to store the treats you bring with you. Stop by a store for an inflatable for a relaxing float on the river.
Blue Springs State Park
As a manatee refuge, the gentle giants are drawn to the warm water during the winter and spring. That means you can see hundreds of manatees on the spring's overlooks. Hike, picnic and if you can't get enough - camp overnight.
Our theme parks, water parks and outdoor attractions offer the much needed cold weather escape for the whole family. Let Visit Orlando make planning your vacation even more fun. Request a free Orlando Vacation Planning Kit.
Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.