Tips to Enjoy Springtime in Orlando
While Florida typically has year-round tropical weather, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and enjoy some great, seasonal springtime activities in the area before the summer heat sets in! With so many attractions at your disposal, it can seem like the possibilities are endless, but down below we’ve listed some of our favorite fun springtime activities in Orlando.
- A Walk Around Lake Eola Park: Lake Eola is a public park located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. It features a sidewalk that circles the entire lake, for a total of 9 miles, from which the iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain is visible. It’s home to many wading birds, waterfowl, turtles and other wildlife, and on your walk, you can buy special approved food to feed one of the many species of swans you’ll encounter. You can even rent fun paddleboats that look like their swan counter-parts to paddle around the lake! There’s also the Chinese Ting, a large pagoda that was originally built in Shanghai but then disassembled and transported to the park and rebuilt. Near the pagoda is a beautiful Japanese rock garden gifted to the city by Su Nan-Cheng, the former mayor of Tainan, Taiwan. Another iconic feature at Lake Eola Park is the Walt Disney Amphitheater, which commonly hosts events and various performances year-round. With so many things to see and do, Lake Eola park should definitely be on your list of stops for spring!
- Head to the Space Coast: It’s no secret that Florida is home to great beaches, and the closest one to Orlando is Cocoa Beach. Cocoa Beach offers a ton of things to do outside of lounging in the sand, although that should certainly be one of the things you enjoy while you’re there! Known as the Space Coast, you can make a stop at nearby Kennedy Space Center where you can tour launch-pad areas, see giant rockets, and train in spaceflight simulators. If your timing is right, you can even watch a rocket launch live and in person. There’s also Cocoa Beach’s world-famous pier, tons of restaurants, and the world’s largest surf shop, Ron Jon’s, to visit while you’re in the area.
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Disney World is a destination for many families in Florida year-round, and one event you don’t want to miss is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The festival runs for nearly 3 months, starting in March and ending in June. The event features gorgeous flower gardens to explore, character-themed topiaries, playgrounds, and more. There are also outdoor kitchens featuring beautiful and high-quality food and drink offerings. Some even say you can spend the whole afternoon noshing at these kiosks alone!
- The Sugar Sand Festival: Taking place at Clearwater Beach, the Sugar Sand Festival is a stand-out event featuring some of the best sand sculptures in the state of Florida. At the festival, you can meander around the 21,000 square-foot tent and marvel at the artists as they work on their amazing sculptures. The event also features free live music, kid’s play areas, and fireworks. You can also take part in clinics to learn how to sculpt yourself and create your very own masterpiece. There’s also the Sunset Cinema on Fridays and Saturdays during the festival, with a drive-in like atmosphere without the cars!
- Park Ave in Winter Park: Park Avenue in Winter Park is a showcase for some of the best shopping, dining and cultural experiences Orlando has to offer. There are countless boutiques and specialty stores for the shop-a-holic in your life, and if you’re more of a foodie there are plenty of top restaurants for you to choose from for the perfect meal. On the north end of Park Avenue is the Charles Homer Morse Museum of American Art. This museum is home to an expansive collection of classic American art, featuring a whopping 19,000 square-feet of public and exhibition space. The museum is also home to an extensive collection of Tiffany glass, with over 6,000 square-feet of gallery space for the Tiffany Collection exhibition alone.
- Orlando Airboat Tours: Fun for tourists and locals alike, an airboat tour in the Orlando everglades are fun for the whole family. Airboat tours provide a unique way to view Florida’s wildlife and greenery and offer a fresh perspective on Central Florida. While exploring the various swamps, marshes and rivers you can be on the lookout for gators, eagles and other wildlife that call the area their home. This is certainly a unique and exciting experience you don’t want to miss out on this spring! One of our favorite airboat operators is Black Hammock.
- Mardi Gras at Universal Studios: While Universal is known for its thrilling roller coasters and the nightlife of City Walk, it also offers fun festivals and events like Mardi Gras. Taking place at the Universal Studios park, Mardi Gras offers springtime fun for the whole family. Catch one of the nightly parades, take in the colorful costumes, and catch some of those famous beads flying through the air! There are also live concerts featuring some the biggest names in music, and plenty of authentic New Orleans bands offering the sounds of Mardi Gras. You can also enjoy a variety of authentic Cajun food available at one of the many vendors located around the festival.
If you’re wondering how you’ll fit in the many interesting things to do that Orlando has to offer during the spring, consider ways to cut back on your to-do list so you have more free time at the end of the day or on the weekends. Delegate tasks that can get done by others, such as cleaning your house or hiring a professional Orlando courier service to deliver documents for you. If there are things you have to do yourself, plan in advance so you can tackle them in the most efficient manner. And remember that sometimes you just need to give yourself a break from the daily grind to get out and have fun – it’ll help reduce stress and will lift your mood.