For those of us who relish in the summertime sun and beach vibe, the end of August doesn’t seem appealing. However, the end of the summer does bring something to look forward to: Labor Day weekend! The last holiday weekend of the summer is an opportunity for Americans to have one last hurrah before it’s back to the grind.
Orlando is one of our favorite Labor Day weekend destinations because by this time of year, the summer tourist season is winding down, the weather is starting usually starting to get a bit more comfortable (though annual temperatures for September 1st still average in the upper 80s (Fahrenheit). Plus, there’s simply a lot to do in Orlando, and with three days to utilize an Orlando attractions pass, you can really get to know the area and have a lot of fun. One of the first things you’ll want to do is pick up your 3-day I-Ride trolley ticket, which gives you convenient access to everything on International Drive, including 6 theme parks, 485+ shops, and over 200 restaurants. Then, let the Labor Day festivities begin!
Live Music & Festivals
Musical performances, DJ sets, and concerts are abound on Labor Day weekend in Orlando. Saturday’s Uproar Festival by 98 Rock and Rockstar Energy Drink will bring heavy metal/rock bands like Godsmack, Seether, and Buckcherry to the Tampa area for an intoxicating show. Later that night, Firestone Live in Downtown Orlando will host The Reunion 2014, featuring live world-class DJs and breakbeat groups who will provide a soundtrack to the party.
Meanwhile, VetFest, a two-day inaugural country music event will take place on Saturday and Sunday in a unique venue: the area underneath the 10-lane I-4 overpass between Church Street and Central Boulevard. In addition to the western hits, VetFest—intended as a way to foster awareness for America’s military veterans—will include the largest food truck festival ever held in Orlando! Saturday night, Blake Shelton will also be playing at the AmWay Center, so VetFest will provide the perfect tailgating venue.
Saturday morning will also bring the Labor Day Car Show at Iron Horse, featuring hot rods, live music, and a pin-up contest.
Family Friendly Recreation
Looking for child-friendly Labor Day weekend activities? Look no further!
A trip to LEGOLAND Florida will be a fun surprise for everyone in the family. A whole theme park devoted to the colorful building blocks you used as a kid, LEGOLAND is an adventure unlike any other. From the elaborately constructed city replicas in Miniland USA to the LEGO-inspired amusement rides in the Land of Adventure, your journey through this imaginative park will inspire kids and adults alike.
Another great day trip for Labor Day weekend is a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, where technology and discovery reign. Kids (and parents) who’ve dreamed of becoming astronauts will find themselves in paradise here, as the explore NASA’s launch headquarters, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and talk to veteran astronauts about their experiences.
For those who think an outdoor excursion through Central Florida’s unique Everglades sounds like a fun idea, a Boggy Creek Airboat Tour is the only way to go. A half hour venture into the tall grasses of the Everglades will stimulate your senses—keep your eyes open for alligators, turtles, birds, and more.
See what else you can do – and how much you can save – when you use an Orlando attractions pass. This all-inclusive pass offers admission to 35 top attractions, so vacationers of all ages and interests can enjoy a fun final summer weekend.