Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool in Orlando

Hot tips for staying cool in Orlando.

As summertime fun sizzles in Orlando, cool down with our top ways to beat the heat. Between theme park rides that make a splash, indoor places to chill, cool places to take a dip, and tasty frozen treats, see how you can have a refreshing summer vacation in Orlando.

1. Water Rides With a Splash

Hop on board for the water rides of your life whether you are singing along with Br'er Rabbit on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom, dodging dinosaurs on Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort's Universal's Islands of Adventure, or exploring a mythical city on Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando.

2. River Raft Rides

Hang on for whitewater adventures unlike anywhere else, including a rainforest adventure on Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom, sailing with Popeye the Sailor Man aboard Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at Universal's Islands of Adventure, or embarking on a safari on the Congo River Rapids at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

3. Kids’ Splash Areas

All Aboard for some splish-and-splash fun at our kids-only, theme park splash areas, including Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the new Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom, Curious George Goes to Town at Universal Studios Florida, Shamu's Happy Harbor at SeaWorld Orlando, and the new DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

4. Splash Zone Shows

No visit to SeaWorld Orlando is complete without being splashed by Shamu (or dolphins or sea lions)! Make sure to sit in the Splash Zone at all of the stadiums so you can get drenched and cool off in the Orlando sun. You never realize how cold the water is until you're soaked!

5. Indoor Attractions at ICON Orlando 360

Orlando's newest entertainment destination is home to three of the area's coolest attractions, including a refreshing view of the Orlando skyline on ICON Orlando, the chance to chill with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds, and the chance to learn what it's like to swim with the fishes at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.

6. Indoor Thrills and Chills on International Drive

Orlando's "Main Street" is complete with all kinds of ways to cool off with indoor family fun, including the chance to take flight at iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving, experience the fascinating to the outrageous at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and exercise your mind at WonderWorks.

7. Splash-tastic Water Parks

An Orlando visit isn't complete without a day at one of our themed water parks. Disney's two water parks, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach, each offer distinctive watery fun in the sun. Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, takes you down under for the serene to the extreme. And Universal's Volcano Bay is a South Pacific paradise like no other.

8. Cool Pools

Any time of year, Orlando's resorts can offer a relaxing dip or an aquatic adventure in their amazingly cool swimming pools. From tropical oases and lazy rivers to thrilling water slides and rockin' underwater sound systems, see some of the coolest pools in Orlando that will have you cooling off in style.

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9. Frozen Treats

Nothing beats the summer heat better than a frozen treat, including Disney's iconic treats: Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar and pineapple soft serve, Dole Whip. For the Potterheads, grab your wand and chug refreshing a Frozen Butterbeer at Universal Orlando Resort, while SeaWorld fans can swim along with a Shamu Ice Cream Bar.

10. Cool Drinks

Orlando's theme parks are abundant with uniquely themed beverages to keep you cool all summer long. Between LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern in Disney's Magic Kingdom, the Flaming Moe in the Springfield Area of Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld's custom South Pole Chill drink, and the famous Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake at the '50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll stay refreshed and recharged during your Orlando visit.

Cover image courtesy Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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