Your guide to an unforgettable spring break in Orlando, including theme park festivals, outdoor adventures, water parks and one-of-a-kind experiences.
Updated Feb. 10, 2021
Spring break has nearly arrived in Orlando — named one of the top family spring break destinations by U.S. News & World Report — providing all-new opportunities to take in our vibrant sun, get a tan and have the time of your life in the Theme Park Capital of the World. You can also experience Orlando's springtime wonders with confidence, thanks to enhanced health and safety measures at our theme parks, attractions, resorts, restaurants, transportation providers and other businesses throughout the destination.
So, say "goodbye" to your boots and coat and "hello" to flip-flops and shorts: Here are 10 ways to have the best spring break ever in Orlando!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Attend a Theme Park Festival
Gather your family and friends and head out to festivals happening at Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, all at no extra cost to ticket-holders and passholders. They include:
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Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Orlando Resort (Through March 28, 2021)
Head to Universal Studios Florida for Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, featuring authentic cuisine inspired by iconic Carnaval festivities from around the globe! Get complete details.
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Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Through May 9, 2021)
Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival! From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings — the most SeaWorld has ever offered! Get complete details.
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Taste of EPCOT® International Festival of the Arts (Through Feb. 22, 2021)
What happens when you mix visual, culinary and performing arts inspired from all around the world? You get the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, now in its fifth year! Enjoy artful sights, surprises and unique experiences throughout the festival. Explore art galleries at EPCOT's World Showcase, discover intriguing art techniques of cultures near and far, see amazing interpretations of Disney Characters, and so much more. Get complete details.
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Taste of EPCOT® International Flower & Garden Show (March 3 – July 5, 2021)
Spring is alive at Walt Disney World® Resort. And from March 3 – July 5, you can awaken your senses with the best in springtime flavors and floral at the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! Get complete details.
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Make a Splash at Water Parks
For endless wet and wild adventures, dive into Orlando’s water parks. Some of the best are operated by our theme parks, including Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, Aquatica® Orlando at SeaWorld Orlando, Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort, and LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park, with access to the latter being available as an upgrade to regular admission at LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s theme park. (Please note that Aquatica Orlando is scheduled to reopen on Feb. 27, 2021, and Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is scheduled to reopen on March 7, 2021. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon® Water Park is currently closed until further notice.)
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Furthermore, select Orlando resorts have onsite and adjacent water parks, including The Grove Resort Orlando, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld and Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. For a different sort of water park experience, check out the modular, inflatable Aquapark and traditional watersports at Orlando Watersports Complex, minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Catch an Outdoor Concert
Outdoor concerts bloom during springtime in Orlando. For instance, our theme parks’ spring festivals all host live music on select days. Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort also offer musical entertainment — plus free admission.
Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park is another great place to catch outdoor concerts, thanks to the Walt Disney Amphitheater, a weekly Farmers Market and regular events. Farmers markets in Winter Garden and Winter Park also feature musicians … and that’s on top of live music at our multicultural festivals!
Hit Championship Links
Orlando features more than 150 golf courses, including several designed by legendary golfers and acclaimed architects. What’s more, many of the best are located in the heart of our tourism district!
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For example, if you’re staying close to Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando, play 18 holes of Greg Norman Signature golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. You can also hit up Arnold Palmer Design Company’s course at Shingle Creek Golf Club, part of Rosen Shingle Creek. Closer to Walt Disney World Resort, options include a Tom Fazio-designed course at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, or even courses created by Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Reunion Resort & Golf Club. Fore!
Dine Al Fresco
Orlando’s springtime weather brings a significant spike in demand for outdoor dining. Fortunately, we have a lot of al fresco options from which to choose.
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Some of our favorites in the tourism district include Seito Sushi and Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, while Soco Restaurant and Maxine’s on Shine are popular choices in the downtown area. Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk also offer outdoor dining, as do select restaurants at Pointe Orlando, ICON Park® and many other locations around the destination, including Park Avenue in Winter Park and Plant Street in Winter Garden.
Get on a Boat
Gentle spring temperatures are perfect for sightseeing adventures. In Orlando, you can enjoy bus, bike and even train tours — but without a doubt, some of the most relaxing options can be found on the water! One of the best is the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, offering a one-hour, narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of its namesake city. For something more intimate, look into kayaking and canoeing opportunities throughout the area.
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Want a wilder experience? Book passage with Orlando-area airboat operators that will take you through lakes, swamps and rivers filled with stunning flora and fauna. They include Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Airboat Rides at Midway and many others!
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Dive Into Resort Pools
Throughout Orlando, resort pools are open for business! They also come equipped with a mind-blowing array of features, such as lazy rivers, water slides, underwater sound systems, secluded grottos, and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike.
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Some of Orlando’s most amazing pools include those at Orlando World Center Marriott and Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in the Walt Disney World Resort Area, as well as Hilton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes closer to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. But no matter where you’re staying, chances are they’ll have a pool — be sure to dive in!
Play Tennis Like a Pro
Tennis, anyone? Located in Orlando’s Lake Nona neighborhood, less than 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus doesn’t just host pro practices and tournaments. It also features the Nemours Family Zone, which gives you the opportunity to play like a pro — for free — on a first-come, first served basis!
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The USTA National Campus also offers a full range of training programs for all ages and skillsets, as well as an unparalleled pro shop offering onsite racket customization services. Plus, visiting this facility is a great opportunity to check out everything else Lake Nona has in store for you!
Go Wild Outdoors
As previously noted, spring brings some of Orlando’s most gorgeous weather — so get out there and make the most of it! Fly high with zip-line operators like Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland … and yes, you will soar over alligators on the latter!
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You can go even higher at Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding Flight Park, or keep it on the ground at Revolution Adventures. If you prefer setting your own pace, the 21-mile West Orange Trail is a paved, amenity-packed pathway that stretches from Winter Garden in the south to Apopka in the north. It’s perfect for hiking or biking, and you can rent bicycles from West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co. in Winter Garden. They’ll even deliver to your hotel!
Rejuvenate at a Spa
For some quality downtime, check into one of our exceptional spas with out-of-this-world options. For example, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes, has more than 40 treatment rooms, plus hot stone massage.
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At the theme parks, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort both have a Mandara Spa, offering a full range of exotic services to help you achieve nirvana. And that’s just the start of the unique spas that are ready to whisk you away in Orlando!
Ready to dive into one-of-a-kind spring break adventures in Orlando? Take advantage of our free planning tools before you arrive, and stock up on authorized theme park and attraction tickets to save time and money during your visit. After all, spring break only comes once a year — make the most of it!
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