By Jessica C. Northey
This spring, Orlando is blooming with outdoor fun and entertainment to make the most of the season's longer days and warm breezes. With new shows and sporting events, adventurous bucket-list experiences and ideas to relax and "smell the roses" - we've picked 10 more ideas to maximize springtime fun, adding to our previously posted "Top 10 Ways to Bring on Spring in Orlando."
Calling all dolphin lovers! Starting April 1, 2017, SeaWorld Orlando launched a new entertaining and educational show called Dolphin Days. Learn about the unique personalities of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and witness a rainbow of tropical birds in this inspirational show.
It's a boat! It's a car! It's an amphicar! Look and feel like you're rolling into the water like a celebrity in one of the many colorful vintage vehicles that launches from The Boathouse. Afterwards, skip through Disney Springs to the air balloon ride called ‘Characters in Flight' to ascend 400 feet in the air on the world's largest tethered helium balloon.
At Eforea Spa at Hilton Orlando, non-hotel guests can indulge in relaxation with a pool-side cabana for a Swedish or deep tissue massage. This luxurious experience includes complimentary use of the pool, 24 hour fitness center, steam room and lockers before or after any spa service.
Searching for breathtaking tropical atmospheres this spring? Look no further than Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive day resort, paradise, where you and your family can experience up-close animal encounters such as bottlenose dolphins and feed tropical birds. If you're feeling adventurous, try snorkeling to the saltwater reef to play inches from a family of otters.
Arr, matey! The adventures and legends of pirates come to life through the innovative course designs at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Play 18 or 36 holes through sunken ships, cascading waterfalls and dreaded pirate dungeons. It's fun for pirates of all ages!
Explore the lush gardens at Leu Gardens during the Dinosaur Invasion showcase through April 30, 2017. Throughout the 50-acre botanic garden, find dinosaur replicas ranging in size from 14-inches to a massive size of 33 feet tall!
Fun Spot America unveiled a virtual reality equipped rollercoaster - the Freedom Flyer. With select seats for the virtual reality experience, feel like you're truly flying with the added bonus of defeating robots. The fun doesn't stop there. Have a blast at the Gator Spot exhibit, enjoy more mild to wild rides, arcades and much more.
Catch the Orlando City and the Orlando Pride soccer team's home games their brand new stadium in downtown Orlando built with the intention of creating the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere in Major League Soccer, this stadium has one of the only safe-standing supporter sections and a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise in North America.
Expert or novice, Paddleboard Orlando has lessons for first timers as well as rentals for more adventurous trips. With three locations - Wekiva Island, Lake Killarney Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, and the new location in Winter Park - choose from private or group lessons in several different settings.
The name says it all: Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is an action-packed adventure through the trees for guests ages 7 and up. Climb and soar with Tarzan swings, nets, ropes, trapeze and more. Hike 50 feet up bridges through the forest and fly down on a 425-foot zip line.
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Produced by Jessica C. Northey, Multimedia Content Producer for Visit Orlando. She enjoys the arts culture, photography, and creative writing about entertainment and travel destinations.