GUEST POST: 10 Tips for Visiting Orlando in the Spring

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

The Spring season in Orlando lasts from March to May. This is the best time to visit to enjoy fabulous weather, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates. We are proud that recently Orlando was named amongst the top 10 “Best Family Spring Break Destinations” by U.S. News. Read on to find Come See Orlando’s top 10 tips for visiting Orlando in the Spring. 

#1 Prepare for the Weather 
The temperatures in Spring stay around the low 80s and can spike in the afternoon. The warm weather makes it the perfect season to enjoy water parks, lakes, and springs around Orlando. It does tend to rain frequently during April, so be sure to pack a poncho. 
#2 How to Navigate the Orlando Airports 
While summer is the most popular season for tourists, spring break brings many tourists to the Orlando area, as well. It is good to plan in advance for getting to and from the airport.  

There are two airports serving the Orlando area - Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Sanford Airport (SFB). MCO Airport is the closest to downtown and the theme parks. Sanford Airport is a much smaller airport and it is served by several budget airlines.  

Taxis, ride-shares, and public transportation are available from the Orlando International Airport. If you plan to drive to the airport, MCO parking can be found at offsite parking lots for around $5 per day. Be aware that public transportation is not available from the Sanford Airport. Parking at the SFB Airport costs around $13.00 per day. 
#3 Enjoy Theme Park Festivals 
During the Spring, the main theme parks in Orlando have fun festivals for the whole family. Universal Orlando brings Mardi Gras, complete with a parade and plenty of Mardi Gras beads. SeaWorld hosts the Seven Seas Food Festival with delicious food and drinks from all over the world. Disney’s Epcot showcases the Flower and Garden Festival with lovely displays of spring flowers.  
#4 Explore the Natural Beauty 
Spring is a beautiful season for enjoying the great outdoors in Orlando. Flowers are blooming and animals are more active in the warm weather. Blue Springs State Park is a manatee refuge and visitors will delight in seeing hundreds of manatees swimming in the crystal clear waters. Airboat through the Florida swamps and rivers for a truly unique adventure. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the lovely natural lakes surrounding Orlando. 
#5 Dine Outside
The warm Orlando evenings during the Spring are perfect for dining outside. There are many options from which to choose. West Sand Lake Road is a popular destination for many tourists because it is central to the hotels and theme parks. There are many high-end restaurants on this road and some restaurants even offer views over the lakes. If you are looking to escape the tourists, head to a hip neighborhood like Winter Garden or Winter Park for a cool local vibe. 

#6 Splash Around at the WaterParks 
There are 11 waterparks throughout the Orlando area. Disney World is home to two waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Universal Orlando just opened its new waterpark, Volcano Bay. SeaWorld brings visitors a unique waterpark, Aquatica Orlando, that has opportunities for up-close animal encounters. Orlando resorts also have their own onsite waterparks that make it fun and easy to cool down on a hot Florida afternoon. The Orlando Watersports Complex is designed for waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, and kneeboarding.   
#7 Explore Lake Eola 
Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area with a huge lake and a beautiful fountain in the middle. It is located in downtown Orlando and has a tremendous view of the Orlando skyline. Stroll around the park, catch a free concert, and picnic along the shore. Float around the lake in one of the paddle boats that are available to rent. Kids will love feeding the swans that call this area home. 
#8 Baseball Spring Training 
Baseball spring training continues to the end of March. Tickets are relatively cheap (around $15) to catch some of your favorite teams playing. The Central Florida area is home to the Houston Astros and other prestigious major league teams. The New York Yankees have their field about 90 minutes away in Tampa, Florida. The Houston Astros play at the Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee. 
#9 Cool Off at the Ice Rink 
If you need an afternoon out of the hot sun or the rain, why not cool off at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den? This family-friendly ice rink is open seven days a week, all year long. Visitors can rent either figure skates or hockey skates. The ice rink gets really cold, so be sure to bring some long socks and a coat! 
#10 Find Spring Break Deals 
The Orlando theme parks and hotels often have spring beak deals for visitors. Check the official websites to find deals for teachers, first responders, veterans, and more. Hotels frequently run deals during the Spring to attract more tourists. Groupon also offers local deals for a variety of services and experiences in the Central Florida region.

Taylor Randolph is an Orlando-native currently living her dream as a travel blogger. Her and her husband hope to inspire others to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest. You can follow their adventures by following them on Pinterest at The Travelling Souk.