2015 Summer Events & Things to Do in Orlando

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 on seeing a lot of attractions while you’re in the area, consider an all-inclusive pass like the Go Orlando® Card, which can save you up to 55% on admission to over 30 of the best activities, tours, cruises, and theme parks. Or, build your own pass with two or more attractions and save a guaranteed 20%.

Festivals & Events

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Harvest Festival – Clermont, FL

June 12 – June 14, 2015
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 25th annual Harvest Festival, you have to be 21+ to enjoy the wine.

CAHM Festival – Lake Eola

June 20, 2015
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 26 – August 28, 2015
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.”

Theme Parks


The LEGOLAND entrance.

The LEGOLAND entrance.

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

SeaWorld Orlando

An underwater viewing area for polar bears.

Enjoy the majesty and wonder of the ocean with a visit to SeaWorld Orlando. 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!


Doesn't Gatorland look like a blast?

Doesn’t Gatorland look like a blast?

There’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.

Tours & Cruises

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.

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! 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.

So if you’re Orlando-bound this summer, check out a few of these great seasonal events and activities. Remember, if you’re interested in doing a lot, a Go Orlando® Card can help you save up to 55% on admission costs!

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