By David Sibila
In a recent study of traveler data, Orlando was ranked the No. 1 Spring Break Destination for 2016, according to Orbitz.com. Famous for having seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando has grown to offer even more things to do this spring, from fine dining and outdoor adventures to festivals and weather fit for waterparks and poolside relaxation.
See our picks for why spring break travelers looking for relaxation, convenience and affordability named Orlando as the ideal destination.
#1. Play ball at spring training with the Atlanta Braves.
Sports fans will find a unique treat in catching an Atlanta Braves Spring Training game at ESPN Wide World of Sports, now through the first week of April, 2016.
#2. Yell, "Throw Me Something Mister!" at Universal's Mardi Gras.
Those in the mood to groove can celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida on select nights through April 16, with top-name music acts, authentic New Orleans cuisine, thousands of beads and a colorful parade.
#3. Smell the blooms at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort unites all the best things about spring, from fresh flavors, world-class concerts, blooming works of art and more. The festival runs now through May 30.
#4. Plunge into fun at Orlando's water parks.
With so much Florida sunshine, Orlando's world-famous water parks are already offering refreshing excitement for guests of all ages at Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Wet ‘n Wild - Orlando.
#5. Take Your Tastes Buds on a Thrill Ride
It's the perfect season for food lovers to visit Orlando, as kitchens across the destination burst with fresh ingredients. Farm-to-table cuisine plays a key role in Orlando's growing food scene at new local-favorites like Slate and Urbain 40 on Restaurant Row. Unique eats and seasonal ingredients are also found at Disney Spring's new dining venues, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Morimoto Asia, and The BOATHOUSE.
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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.