Things to Do in Orlando in the Winter

If you’re looking to get away from the cold and snow, then Orlando is a pretty great place to be in the winter. Weather will be temperate, never really getting beyond light sweater weather (and that only in the evening), and it will be consistently comfortable indoors and out.

Orlando also tends to be more popular during the summer and late fall, so January through the end of March is actually a really good time to visit. You’ll get more reasonable airfare and lodging, and enjoy shorter lines at theme parks and other big name attractions.

If you’re looking for suggestions about things to do in Orlando during the winter months, check out a few of our favorite ideas.

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Have a Blast at Theme Parks

seaworld-orlandoWhat’s not to enjoy about shorter lines at some of the country’s most famous theme parks?

From the kid-favorite LEGOLAND Florida to the educational SeaWorld Orlando to the exciting Fun Spot America, there’s a lot to love about Orlando theme parks.

You’ll also be treated to some special seasonal shows and offerings that they put on in the off season, such as new exhibits, deals on special upgrades, and more.

For example, this January SeaWorld is hosting “Wild Days,” a series of special events on weekends throughout the month.

Commune With Nature

Since the weather is going to be quite lovely, it would be shame not to spend some good quality time communing with nature. If you’re a big fan of the wilderness, then a tour of the Everglades (via super fun airboat) may be perfect for you.

Can’t get enough of the gators seen on your adventures? Then head to the world famous Gatorland, the official alligator capital of, well, just about everywhere.

If you prefer the gentler side of nature, then sit back and relax on a scenic tour of Winter Park’s beautiful gardens and waterways.

Indulge Your Musical Side

Image credit: Busch Gardens Tampa.

Image credit: Busch Gardens Tampa.

Orlando is known as a big cultural center in Florida, with a great music scene that percolates from theme parks to concert venues and beyond.

This winter there are a number of entertaining musical offerings for you to choose from, ranging from the “Real Music” series at Busch Gardens to The Sound of Music at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

For the orchestra lovers among you, the Orlando Philharmonic is also performing in mid-January. Heck, there’s even a circus in town at the Amway Center to combine the best of quirky musical fun with amazing animals!

Celebrate Our Heritage

Image credit: Southwest Orlando Junior Chamber Facebook page.

Image credit: Southwest Orlando Junior Chamber Facebook page.

One of the many fantastic special events going on this winter in Orlando – and among our favorites – is the 32nd Annual Downtown Orlando Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

It’s a longstanding tradition in Orlando and has been recognized as a valuable celebration of this man’s amazing legacy. There’s even still time to register as a participant in the parade if you’d like!

For those of you looking for a little bit more literary heritage, there’s also a fantastic Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities being held this January in downtown Eatonville.

In addition to the festival itself (which boasts free admission), there are also a number of theatrical performances, educational offerings, and even an art show. The festival runs from January 23-31.

Explore the Art World

dali-museum-orlando-museumsOrlando has a lot to offer with regards to the visual arts. In addition to a bustling artisan community and tons of local painters, sculptors, and photographers, there are also a number of local museums for you to enjoy.

The Dali Museum is one of our favorites, featuring exclusively the work of one of the great Surrealist masters.

The Orlando Museum of Art is a classic standby, as is the impressive Cornell Museum of Fine Arts. If you’re looking for something that combines art and nature, then the Mennello Museum of American Art is a good choice.

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As you can see, there are so many great vacation ideas to employ during your wintertime getaway to Orlando that you’ll have trouble narrowing down the list.

Whatever you decide to do, we know you’ll love your vacation. So pack your bags and bring along a Go Orlando® Card and you’re all set for winter fun!
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