Things to Do in Orlando in the Summer 2016

While it’s true that Florida can be a bit humid in the summer, it’s still a great time to enjoy all of the wonderful seasonal events and attractions that cities like Orlando have to offer visitors.

From free festivals to topnotch theme parks, you’ll find that the summer fun never ends in Florida.

If you’re planning a visit and looking for things to do in Orlando in the summer, check out our list of the top attractions and activities going on this year, including…

  • The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Tours & The Everglades National Park
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • and more…

Heading to the area to celebrate Independence Day? Then check out our post on things to do in Orlando 4th of July Weekend.

You should come back towards the end of summer time too. If you do, here are some suggested things to do in Orlando Labor Day Weekend.

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of of these popular Orlando activities are included on the Go Orlando® Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Please note, the special summer events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando Card.

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye


Discover the magic of Orlando from 400 feet above it all at The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

Take in breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding central Florida area like you’ve never seen before.

This is the tallest observation wheel on the entire east coast of the United States and really a must-do for anyone coming to Central Florida.

Spending more time in the I-Drive area? Check out our post on other fun International Drive attractions.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort


What better place for the kids than this magical, wondrous place where their favorite toys spring to life?

LEGOLAND® Florida is filled with life size replicas, scale models, rides, slides, and even opportunities to play with LEGOs.

A favorite attraction this year is the LEGO World of Chima exhibit, featuring characters and storylines from the Cartoon Network show. Stop by the Water Park, too!

SeaWorld Orlando

Enjoy the majesty and wonder of the ocean with a visit to SeaWorld Orlando – always a popular thing to do for anyone in the family.

From impressive animal exhibits to interactive touch tanks and animal performances, you’ll find everything you expect from an animal park and more at SeaWorld.

You can also enjoy theme park-style rides like the terrifying Manta Coaster. Don’t miss Shamu’s beloved “One Ocean” show!

Please note: Go Orlando Cards do not include SeaWorld Orlando. We offer a SeaWorld Any Day Ticket add-on as a special bonus upgrade to your Go Card purchase.

Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World

gatorland-floridaThere’s nothing more quintessentially Floridian than Gatorland, the Alligator Capitol of the World.

It’s a lively, festive animal park that features theme park elements, a petting zoo, educational wildlife programs, a nature preserve, and animal sanctuaries. You absolutely must see their gator wrestling shows!

Fun Spot America

fun-spot-americaVisitors looking for some classic amusement park action will love Fun Spot America.

Although there are some gentler rides like the Ferris wheel, the majority of the action at Fun Spot is designed to be in the extreme – extreme coasters, extreme go karts, extreme bumper boats, you name it.

Boggy Creek Airboats Scenic Nature Tour

everglades alligator

If you’d prefer to spend your summer days enjoying a bit of fresh air on the water, then scenic nature tours like those offered by Boggy Creek Airboats are a good choice for you.

Venture into the Central Florida Everglades on this informative and fascinating cruise and catch glimpses of the local wildlife, from gators and turtles to birds and more.

Want more gators? Then you’ve got to spend some time in the Everglades National Park. Tickets to the Everglades are available online here. This is probably my favorite thing to do in Orlando, no matter what time of year.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

winter-park-scenic-boat-tourIf you happen to be in the charming historical suburb of Winter Park, then this scenic tour is the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Glide through twelve miles of lakes and canals on this hour-long cruise while you work on your tan and listen with one ear to the guide’s narration.

Dolphin Racer Speedboat Cruise

dolphin racer speedboat

Prefer something a bit more exciting? Then hop aboard the Dolphin Racer Speedboat Cruise for the ride of your life!

Located in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area, this hour and fifteen minute long cruise proceeds at super fast speeds, combining exhilarating fun with the chance to see the dolphins who love to race along in the boat’s wake.

Festivals & Events

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Harvest Festival – Clermont, FL

June 10 – June 12, 2016
This practically free festival ($2 donations requested) is a great way to enjoy the vineyard lifestyle and wine tasting alongside some great live music.

You’ll even get to stomp some grapes! While the whole family is welcome at the 26th annual Harvest Festival, you have to be 21+ to enjoy the wine.

CAHM Festival – Lake Eola

June 26, 2016
Festival attendees will have the chance to sample Trinidadian, Guyanese, Jamaican and Haitian food before rocking out to music from the islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.

For the 21-and-older crowd, there will be an opportunity to taste the fermented flavors of Caribbean beers like Prestige, Kalik, Red Stripe, Banks, Carib and Presidente.

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar

Multiple dates & locations

The original traveling food truck event in the U.S., the Food Truck Bazaar generally features 10-15 mobile eateries serving up gourmet food, ethnic dishes, and good old-fashioned BBQ.

It’s recommended that you save room for dessert and bring something to sit on (because the event takes place in a parking lot).

Consult the food truck website for specific dates and locations.

Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater

June 24 – August 26, 2016
If this is your kind of thing, you should know that this event is regarded as a premier pro wrestling dinner show.

In addition to enjoying live music from the Manor House Band and a savory meal from executive chef Zach Barnes, dinner guests will take in a theater experience that “delivers wrestling with class and character in a unique, professional way.”

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our picks for some of the top things to do in Orlando in the summer.

Please note, the summer events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Orlando Card.

Plan to visit some of these top attractions during your trip. Whether you are traveling with your family or a couple of friends, we’re sure you will have a great time.

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