Spring Break. A whole week off from school to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of warm weather and sunshine galore. And what better destination than the Sunshine State itself? The city of Orlando, Florida, has no shortage of things to do. Maybe you’re up for an exciting adventure at a theme park, or you prefer a relaxing break at the beach. With a variety of family-friendly activities, Orlando is the perfect destination for your spring break getaway. Read on as we break down the best spots to catch some fun in the sun.
Thrilling Theme Parks
Dubbed the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Orlando is home to six major theme parks. With several different park options for children of all ages, choosing which park to visit for your spring break vacation is a big decision.
Walt Disney World®
The “Happiest Place on Earth” is well-deserving of its title. With four main resorts and two waterparks, Walt Disney World® is the pinnacle of American theme parks. Choose a plan that best suits your family, whether it’s a multi-day pass for the full experience or one coveted spot to visit. From the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the classic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, explore your fantasies to the fullest extent.
To help get you in the mood for spring, Epcot hosts the annual International Flower and Garden Festival, beginning in early March and ending in June. Don’t miss Disney’s famous after-hours night shows, too, where you’ll enjoy plenty of fun and excitement.
Another icon of Orlando’s impressive roster of theme parks, Universal Orlando™ is definitely not one to miss. As something of a haven for pop culture fans, this theme park has three park options – Universal Studios Florida™, Islands of Adventure™, and Volcano Bay™ water park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ expands into both Universal Studios Florida™ and Islands of Adventure™ via the realistic Hogwarts™ Express train. Younger fans will enjoy themed rides with characters from Despicable Me and The Cat in the Hat. No matter what age, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Get the best of a theme park and waterpark at SeaWorld® Orlando. This aquatic-themed park offers roller coasters, live animal shows with up-close experiences, and a Sesame Street-themed children’s play area. With plenty of exciting attractions and an educational aspect with marine zoology, consider adding SeaWorld® to your Orlando theme park visit.
Best Beaches Near Orlando
It wouldn’t be a Florida spring break without sandy beaches and an ocean swim. Throw out your winter parkas and pull out your swimsuits when you visit these choice beaches near Orlando.
Famous for being known as the “Space Coast,” Cocoa Beach shares an inlet with the Kennedy Space Center on the state’s Atlantic coast. One of the more popular hotspots due to its proximity to Orlando, Cocoa Beach is an ideal spot to catch some waves or soak up the sun. Plus, an array of affordable activities and plenty of rich historical sites make Cocoa Beach a must-see.
As the name suggests, this laid-back Gulf coast beach offers miles of crystal-clear water and white-sand beach. A family-friendly destination with popular attractions like jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding, Clearwater Beach is a gem among other crowded beaches.
Despite being a bit further down south, Vero Beach is completely worth the peaceful nature-preserved parks and beaches. A haven for golf, water sports, and fishing, Vero Beach also offers a chance to see some of Florida’s cultural sites, including museums, art galleries, and nature parks.
Alternative Family Activities
If theme parks and beaches aren’t quite your turf, or you’re looking to fill up your schedule with alternative activities, explore what other offerings are around the Orlando area.
Orlando International Drive
While you’re traveling in and around the city of Orlando, you may want to consider stopping along International Drive. Conveniently located near major theme parks, “I-Drive” has many family-friendly attractions. Themed dinner shows and indoor go-karting will keep the kids happily entertained.
Kennedy Space Center
For the curious tots, let them experience a trip to space at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex. Featuring exhibits from past space expeditions, immersive attractions, and two IMAX® theaters, make it a trip that’s out of this world.
For the wild ones at heart, visit Florida’s indigenous reptiles at Gatorland Florida. See awe-inspiring animal shows, safely hand-feed alligators, or take a thrilling zipline ride.
No matter what your vacation preference looks like, make Orlando your spring break destination. Get great deals on airfare, accommodations, and a rental car when you book through Vacations by Marriott.