Off to Orlando for Extended Summer Fun!

Wet and wild fun, one-of-a-kind resorts, value-priced dining and unforgettable adventures in wide-open spaces add up to an unforgettable summer in the Theme Park Capital of the World.

Florida residents, are you ready to extend your summer with some well-deserved staycation fun? Between amazing themed water parks, incredible ecotourism experiences, and amenity-packed resorts featuring pools with lazy rivers, water slides and more — not to mention world-famous theme parks and attractions with fewer crowds — there’s no better place for your next getaway than Orlando! Just hours away from anywhere in Florida, our destination is filled with places to enjoy the outdoors, starting with our expansive theme parks and their outdoor rides, dining and themed areas.

An elegantly dressed couple dining outside at The Venetian Chop House during sunset
The Venetian Chop House in Orlando

And now, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® is adding a cornucopia of delicious reasons to treat yourself to an Orlando getaway! From Aug. 28 – Oct. 4, 2020, more than 50 of Orlando’s best restaurants are offering three-course, prix-fixe dinners for just $35 per person, including dine-in, take-out and delivery options, and more will be added throughout the program’s run. Many participating eateries also have expansive outdoor areas where you can spread out and enjoy your feast under Orlando’s beautiful skies! What’s more, $1 from every meal served will benefit Feed the Need Florida, which works to feed the ever-growing number of people who have struggled with getting access to healthy food during the COVID crisis. Get the latest updates and share your favorite dishes on social media with #MagicalDining.

Orlando is going above and beyond to help protect you and your family while you’re here, including enhanced safety and cleaning measures that meet CDC and state guidelines. All of our water parks and theme parks are limiting capacity to allow for proper social distancing. (Masks are also required while in public places, but may not be worn on water rides or in wave pools.) In short, we’re committed to earning your trust from the moment you arrive and with each new adventure along the way.

Learn more: Healthy Travel & What's Open

If you’re a Florida resident looking for a super fun staycation, see how we can make your summer amazing and keep it going long into fall — and be sure to nab discount tickets and Florida resident offers while you’re at it. If you’re not yet ready to travel but want to come later, enter our Win a Trip sweepstakes for the chance to nab a family vacation for four to Orlando. Whenever you arrive, share your experiences on social media with #LoveOrlando!

Save on discount tickets: Orlando Theme Parks, Attractions & Experiences


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Orlando’s Thrilling Water Parks

Orlando’s themed water parks offer an ocean of wonderfully wet experiences you won’t soon forget — including water slides galore, miles of lazy rivers, and some of the best wave pools in the country. Slather on the sunscreen, grab some cool sunglasses and a waterproof camera, and get ready to dive into the splashiest fun imaginable at incredible water parks throughout the destination!

A little girl coming out of a water slide in Universal's Volcano Bay.
Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort is easy to spot thanks to its mighty, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano. Infused with a South Pacific theme, Universal’s Volcano Bay offers the ultimate in aquatic thrills and beachside relaxation. And the park’s innovative TapuTapu wearable means you can have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines.

A young man on a water slide at Aquatica Orlando.
Aquatica® Orlando

Aquatica® Orlando

Part of the SeaWorld® Orlando family, Aquatica Orlando combines lush beaches and wave pools, unique animal experiences with Commerson’s dolphins and an exotic fish grotto, and a playful personality. Complement the experience with Aquatica’s adrenaline-pumping attractions, or just soak up the sun from the comfort of a private cabana or lounge chair on white, sandy beaches. Reservations are required.

A girl underwater touching a sea urchin at SeaVenture: Underwater Walking Tour in Discovery Cove.
Discovery Cove®

Discovery Cove®

That fall cruise may have been canceled, but you can still visit paradise even without a passport at Discovery Cove, where your family can get close to bottlenose dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs or lounge about in your own private cabana with all-inclusive amenities, such as meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day. Swim with thousands of tropical fish at The Grand Reef, have face-to-face encounters with playful otters and marmosets at Freshwater Oasis, and meet some new feathered friends at Explorer’s Aviary. You can also find inner peace at Serenity Bay and Wind-Away River! Reservations are required.

LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park

If you’re visiting Orlando with little ones, you can build a day of aquatic fun — literally — at LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s onsite water park, which is available as an add-on to regular park admission. The whole family can test out the waters in the wave pool, or get drenched by a 300-gallon water bucket that will leave you wanting more! You can also make a splash on the tubular slides for varying adventure levels before bringing your aquatic LEGO® ideas to life at Build-a-Raft River.

Island H20 Live! waterpark racing mat slides.
Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Island H2O Live!

Adjacent to Margaritaville Resort Orlando, the brand-new Island H2O Live! water park is the first of its kind in that it’s themed completely around social media. Streaming and posting your experience is all a part of the fun — simply sync up your wristband with their app and make some waves! The park offers more than 20 aquatic experiences, including exhilarating drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and even a children’s area to ensure fun for the whole family.

At the current time, Disney’s Blizzard Beach® and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® are closed at Walt Disney World® Resort. Stay tuned for details about their reopenings!


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Orlando’s Over-the-Top Resorts

Whether you’re seeking a well-deserved staycation in a full-service resort or a budget-minded base of operations for your Orlando getaway, you’ll be glad to know that hotels and resorts for every preference and price point are open throughout Orlando. Our accommodations are also going above and beyond to protect your family’s health and safety with enhanced cleanliness programs that exceed CDC guidelines. Plus, many of our hotels and resorts have generous offers that can make your next visit more affordable than ever.

Learn more: Stay With Confidence in Orlando

To really get away during your getaway, we recommend full-service accommodations with exceptional service and enticing extras such as lush lazy rivers, full-fledged themed water playgrounds, secluded outdoor areas and more — including the popular options featured here. Check out this blog to discover even more awe-inspiring resorts in Orlando and their new safety measures, including Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Rosen Plaza and many others!

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel exterior signature shot.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Situated on 1,500 acres just 1 mile from Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress pairs unforgettable outdoor adventures with newly renovated guestrooms and suites. Dive into an 800,000-gallon, half-acre, free-flowing lagoon pool, or get secluded in a private cove with rocky cliffs and a rope bridge. You can also splash around in waterfalls, swim through caves, or race down a waterslide. (There’s even a lakeside sandy beach!) You can look forward to a host of other amenities, too, including kayaking, golf, tennis, exceptional onsite dining and more.

Learn more: Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek pool.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando

Believe it or not, the 482-acre nature preserve that surrounds these adjacent Hilton properties is right in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort. As is Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s 3-acre lazy river pool with water slide, along with everything else that makes these two of Orlando’s best hotels. You can also look forward to Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Rees Jones-designed golf course, as well as acclaimed dining and nightlife. Best of all, guests of either property get access to all facilities and amenities at both resorts! 

Learn more: Hilton CleanStay With Lysol Protection

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Caribe Royale Orlando

Caribe Royale Orlando

Close to Walt Disney World Resort, the surprisingly affordable Caribe Royale Orlando offers unrivaled hospitality and exceptional accommodations — including two-bedroom villas. While the kids have a blast in the children’s pool and play area, you can dive into a heated tropical pool with cascading waterfalls and a 75-foot water slide. You can also play on the resort’s lighted tennis and basketball courts and nearby golf courses, plus two onsite game arcades. You won’t go hungry, either, thanks to options like The Venetian Chop House, a Zagat-rated eatery that’s earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond award.

Learn more: Caribe Royale Orlando’s Operational Update

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes family on canoes.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Play in and on the water at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lake, an exceptional resort minutes from the heart of Orlando’s International Drive tourism district. Get wild with poolside fun, kayak down the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, fish on a private lake, or relax on a meandering lazy river. For adventures on land, choose from the Greg Norman-designed signature golf course, a sand volleyball court or even a life-sized chessboard. Don’t skip on a tasting tour of their restaurants’ award-winning chefs, either!

Learn more: Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean

Exterior aerial shot of the pool at Rosen Plaza. Children playing inside the pool and adults lounging nearby on a sunny day in Orlando.
Rosen Plaza

Rosen Plaza

Steps from the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex and minutes from world-class theme parks, shopping and dining, Rosen Plaza on International Drive is an ideal headquarters to enjoy all the can’t-miss fun in Orlando! Now, it’s even easier to stay and play with Rosen Plaza’s new Fun-Cation getaway. Special rates start from $89 a night plus tax and include more than $500 in buy-one/get-one free offers and discounts, including exclusive deals from popular attractions.

Learn more: Rosen’s Total Commitment

Feast on perks like BOGOs on stellar dining at the hotel’s award-winning Jack’s Place for prime steaks and fresh seafood, plus ‘39 Poolside Bar & Grill aside the tropical outdoor swimming pool. Add in free guestroom Wi-Fi and no resort fee, and it’s effortless to luxuriate in lush, contemporary accommodations as you plot your next day’s exploration in the world’s greatest playground!

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Orlando’s Outdoor Adventures

When it comes to outdoor adventures, some of the best options can be found at our theme parks. After all, we boast seven of the world’s best with lots of wide-open outdoor spaces providing ample opportunities for memory-making fun. Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando (reservations required) are open now, with Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park opening at Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, followed by Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® on July 15 (reservations required). You can enjoy fewer crowds this summer with limited capacity and effective social-distancing measures to help ensure safe family fun.

Orlando also offers a ton of unforgettable eco-friendly adventures — and there’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in our greater outdoors. Gear up for a wild time and get away from it all with kayaking, zip-lines, off-road adventures and more!

Learn more: Orlando Ecotourism

Aerial view of a kayak on a lake in Winter Park.
Kayaking in Orlando

Aquatic Outdoor Adventures in Orlando

Orlando offers many opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, where you can experience tranquil, enchanting adventures on Central Florida’s pristine waterways and crystal-clear springs. Some of the best options can be found at resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, where you can traverse the majestic Headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Several independent operators offer kayaking excursions and equipment rentals, too.

A woman kayaking in a clear kayak in Orlando.
Explore Crystal-Clear Water in Orlando

You can also enjoy kayaking and canoeing — as well as swimming and more — on numerous waterways and natural springs throughout the Orlando area. Some of the best are less than an hour from downtown Orlando, including Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, Rock Springs at Kelly Park, and Wekiwa Springs State Park, as well as unique outdoor attractions such as King’s Landing and Wekiva Island.

Learn more: Orlando’s Natural Springs

Woman on the Screamin' Gator Zip Line at Gatorland.
Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland

More Outdoor Adventures in Orlando

For up-high excitement with incredible views, you can’t go wrong with a zip line! The Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland will carry you over gators along 1,200 feet of high-flying adventure, at heights reaching 56 feet and speeds of nearly 30 mph. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park and Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Seminole Aerial Adventures also offer zip-lining opportunities for all ages. You can even go up — way up — at Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding Flight Park.

Revolution Adventures ATV ride.
Revolution Adventures

For a wild ride on the ground, check out Revolution Adventures. Close to Walt Disney World Resort, this outdoor attraction invites you to take the wheel of an all-terrain Hummer, Jeep, dune buggy or high-speed rally car for a few hours of pulse-pounding, off-road fun. There’s no better way to feed your family’s need for speed!


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More to Explore

A couple taking a selfie in front of the Wheel at ICON Park.
The Wheel at ICON Park

While you’re enjoying Orlando’s refreshing water, gorgeous accommodations and wild outdoor fun, don’t lose sight of everything else there is to do while you’re here. See more options below to make the most of your staycation or summer road trip — we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Please note: Any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Additionally, Orange County requires the use of face masks in public places, with some exceptions. Social distancing is also strongly encouraged per CDC recommendations. Some images on the website do not reflect current versions of the experiences or updated operational or safety guidelines.