2022 Guide to Spring Break in Orlando: Where to Go & Things to Do

February 4, 2022

The land of citrus and sun has long been a go to getaway for harried families looking to squeeze in some serious Spring Break fun.

Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine State, Orlando offers up a Central Floridian oasis of rugged wilderness, white sand beaches, and bustling theme parks. From the Walt Disney World Resort to partying it up at Universal's Mardi Gras, read on to discover everything you need to know about Spring Break 2022 in Orlando!

Located just a short flight, or a day's drive from most major United States cities, it is no wonder Orlando is widely considered the most popular Spring Break destination in Florida.

Come mid-March, temperatures are on the rise, and kids of all ages will be clamoring for outdoor activities, water park splashdowns, and more. So scream your lungs out on Space Mountain, cast a spell with Harry and Hermoine, or find some nature-inspired bliss paddling in Wekiwa Springs.

Lake Eola Downtown Orlando FloridaOrlando Hotels

We're not going to lie; half the fun of a sizzling Spring Break vacation is choosing which Orlando resort to stay at. 

Whether you are seeking a five-star luxury experience complete with full-service amenities and an onsite spa, or a kid-friendly oasis with a decked-out lazy river pool, there are endless options to choose from.

Explore our dazzling array of Orlando Hotels and Resorts, or check out our top tier favorite Orlando lodgings below:

Hilton Orlando

Convenience vs. comfort. Why choose one when you can have both? The Hilton Orlando is an upscale Central Floridian paradise set on over 26 lush acres just minutes from every major theme park.

Swim in the aquamarine waters of the pool, float carefree down the lazy river, or keep working on those gains in the 24-hour fitness center. 

Breathe easy knowing all the rooms are certified PURE Allergy Friendly and have been scrubbed of the most common irritants and allergens. 

Larger families can spread out in style when they book a suite, which features a living room, dining room table for eight, a workstation, kitchenette, and full bath.

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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort Area

Dreaming of dining with Mickey? Stay just a hop, skip, and jump away from Disney Springs when you book your lodgings at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area. 

Enjoy all of the creature comforts of home and then some as you splash around in their aquatic playground, soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool spa, or cheers with an ice-cold mojito at the poolside bar.

Located within walking distance of the buzzing Disney Springs area, families will be able to keep the little ones endlessly entertained with onsite Disney Character Breakfasts and the ingenious Children's program. 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Party it up like the king of the Parrotheads himself, Jimmy Buffet, when you spend a tequila-soaked weekend at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

Embrace island life when you stay at this vibrant tropical treasure of relaxation and good times. Soak in the rays by the expansive lagoon pools, delight in nightly entertainment, and take advantage of the complimentary theme park transportation.

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Sleep between deluxe linens, sip away your welcome cocktail, and perhaps even book yourself in for a luxurious massage at the St. Somewhere Spa while the kiddos play the day away at the Parakeet's Kid's Club. 

Aerial view of the bright blue pool at Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Margaritaville Resort Orlando via Facebook

The Bear's Den Resort Orlando

Did you even Spring Break in Orlando if you didn't hit the links? Perfect that swing and aim for that elusive hole in one when you stay at the Bear's Den Resort Orlando

Opulence, nature, and stunning golf facilities are what's on deck when you reserve your own slice of putting green heaven at the first Jack Nicklaus vacation resort in the world.

Just a short drive from all of the most beloved Orlando attractions, the Bear's Den provides privacy, luxury, and world-class resort amenities for families of all sizes.

Drag those clubs out of storage as you get ready to play on three exclusive golf courses, each designed by a renowned golfing legend. After your 18 holes, be sure to take some time on their private putting green. Or, wind down with a leisurely game of lawn bowling. 

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

A hidden gem that is just begging to be discovered, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort in Bonnet Creek is a secluded nirvana of Disney diversion.

This highly rated resort features 62 acres of natural beauty, world-class amenities, and scenic views.

Savor picturesque lake scenery as you enjoy a pina colada or ice-cold beer at the Back Bay Bar and Grill, or have some watery fun as you cruise down their two lazy rivers.

Sleep easy in the Mediterranean-style rooms furnished with White Stone Quartz tabletops and massaging showerheads, and wake up refreshed and ready to conquer your Walt Disney World Resort itinerary.

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JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek

Family-friendly and luxurious are not often muttered in the same sentence, but the JW Marriott Orlando in Bonnet Creek is changing that.

Modern, upscale, and endlessly elegant, the JW Marriot is a beacon of first-rate hospitality in Orlando. Featuring an almost 10,000 square foot spa, nightly viewings of Disney fireworks, and an opulent resort pool with a splash pad, a stay here is guaranteed to delight adults and kids alike.

Tiny tykes can get their creativity flowing with arts and crafts at the Kid's club while mom and dad indulge in a much-needed happy hour at the Sear + Sea Lobby Bar.

Larger groups will love the hotel's brand new collection of Family suites which can sleep up to nine and include vibrant colors, loft beds, and kid-approved touches such as chalkboard walls, special book nooks, and even a special "sleepy snack" in-room menu.

Outdoor Orlando

Wekiwa Springs

Spring-fed crystal clear waters, verdant greenery, and a diverse wildlife population have drawn outdoor enthusiasts to Wekiwa Springs since the mid 19th century.

Unknown to many visitors, this incredible state park is a mere 30 minutes from downtown Orlando and provides a welcome reprieve from the commotion of the major theme park resorts.

Hike, swim, kayak, and canoe to your heart's content as you traverse over 13 miles of trails. The equestrian inclined can even horseback ride, or for a fully immersive wilderness experience, spend the night under the stars and camp at Wekiwa! 

Keep your eyes peeled, as many of Florida's most endemic species can be spotted here, including White-tailed deer, gopher tortoises, bobcats, and black bears.

Pro Tip: Pack up your snorkel gear and plan for an afternoon picnic as you'll want to soak in every last drop of the Spring's refreshing 72 degree year-round waters. 

Someone kayaking through Wekiwa Springs state park during beautiful summer day near Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Dave Cannon via Facebook

Blue Spring State Park

Cute and cuddly, it's hard to believe that Florida's 'sea cows' were once confused for sultry sirens. However, blue Spring State Park is a certified manatee oasis located less than an hour's drive from Orlando.

Mother manatees and their calves congregate here to revel in the constant 72-degree spring water in the colder winter months. Visitors of all ages are drawn to Blue Springs State Park as their unique boardwalk allows unobstructed visibility of the manatees playing, frolicking, and nursing.

After witnessing hundreds of manatees huddling together, strap on those hiking boots and tackle one of the many trails weaving through the St. Johns River, or pack those binoculars and observe the abundant birdlife in the spring run.

**Please note that during the Spring months, all water activities will be closed on the Spring run due to the manatee season. 

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Orlando Wetlands Park

Christmas comes early for Spring Breakers when they seek a lush refuge in Orlando Wetlands Park, located just 40 minutes east of Orlando in the charming town of Christmas.

Superior opportunities for birding abound here, as well as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature photography. Grab a wildlife guide or request a tour of the park to learn all about how this man-made preserve was once a treatment center for reclaimed wastewater.

Amateur photogs should have their camera at the ready as the park's over 1,600 acres of wetlands contain over 220 species of birds and 63 butterfly varieties.

Those looking to work off those Spring Break margaritas should hit the trails, as the Orlando Wetlands Park serves up many diverse routes ranging from a leisurely 2.5 miles to a more challenging 3.9-mile ride or hike. 

Beautiful Beaches

While not as famous as the sizzling shores of Miami, Orlando's beaches provide plenty of fun in the sun just the same. 

If you need a break from saving the world with the gang from Guardians of the Galaxy. Pack up that SPF and head to Central Florida's best beaches:

Cocoa Beach 

Cocoa Beach is a quintessential sun-soaked beach town. A mere hour's drive from Orlando, and boasting postcard-perfect wide sand beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing and learning to surf. Be sure to check out the legendary Ron Jon Surf shop located here. Or, book a deep-sea fishing or kayaking eco-tour adventure. 

Cocoa Beach Florida Pier

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA at the pier.

Daytona Beach

In February, a spring break mecca located on Florida's Atlantic coast is known for hosting the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. But, come March, this area's beaches, boardwalks, and water parks are swarmed with feisty college students. Seeking to get their dance and drink on.

Cape Canaveral

Also known as part of the 'Space Coast,' Cape Canaveral contains many secluded and intimate natural beaches and dunes. Notably, the Canaveral National Seashore and the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area.

For some fantastic views and the chance to wave 'bon voyage' to cruise ships, head to Port Canaveral's Jetty Park. You can watch 4,000-passenger cruise and cargo ships sail by. 

Awesome Amusement

Walt Disney World Resort

The most magical place on earth hardly needs any introduction. For half a century, Mickey, Minnie, and the spirit of imagination have been delighting children from all over the world.

Whether you and your tiny tykes choose to jam out with the Country Bears in the Magic Kingdom. Or, join the resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. You will never forget the memories of your Disney adventure.

Besides blooming flowers and near balmy weather. Springtime brings special events, festivals, and happenings to everyone's favorite Disney Parks:

View of space mountain at night with green and blue light on and clouds in the sky at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Disney via Facebook

Epcot International Flower Garden Festival

Food, and flora, oh my! Revel in the bright flavors and scents of springtime when you check out Epcot's International Flower Garden Festival. This revelatory explosion of brilliant gardens, Disney character-shaped topiaries, and specialty dishes. This is one seasonal celebration that can't be missed.

Get your groove on with some of the biggest names in music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series, or embark on an international food tour with Outdoor Kitchens. Sip sublime artisanal ciders, chow down on tasty morsels from Morocco to Mexico, or embark on a springtime scavenger hunt with Spike the Bee.

family laughing and enjoying food at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USADisney's Typhoon Lagoon

Take cover because a wave of watery excitement is scheduled to hit Disney this Spring! So Pull-on those swim trunks and get ready to hang ten at the largest wave pool in North America. Fearless youngsters will be chomping at the bit to slip and slide down the carousing Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster. They will get to choose between three fruit-themed chutes.

While littler folks will have a blast on the pint-size slides, cannons, and shallow pools of Ketchakiddee Creek. Want even more aquatic excitement? Learn how to ride the gnarliest waves when you book a private surf session!

Disney Springs

Spread the Disney love around with an entertainment-packed afternoon at Disney Springs. Take a break from the twists and turns of raging roller coasters and settle in for retail therapy. Or search out delicious eats, matinees of cirque du Soleil, and more.

Catch a blockbuster screening and gourmet burger at the AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theater. Or, work on your spare game at the upscale Splitsville Luxury Lanes bowling alley. 

Universal Orlando Resort

A universe of cinematic entertainment and comic book-based thrills awaits you at Universal Orlando Resort. Feel the action of the silver screen in real life as you flee evil mummies, cause mischief with those Minions. Or, try to evade the feisty dragons as you escape Gringotts with Harry.

Got a dino-sized desire for some serious adrenaline? Be sure to tackle the brand new apex predator of roller coasters, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster in Islands of Adventure. 

Make the most of your Spring Break with characters like Shrek, Spiderman, and more when you visit all three parks.

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Keep the fun flowing when you stick around for Universal's special springtime events, festivals, and happenings, including:

external view of Harry Potter's Castle at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Mardi Gras

Glittering parades, mouth-watering Bayou eats, and rockin live music mean it must be Mardi Gras time at Universal! Enjoy plenty of New Orleans flavor, fun, and dazzling beats when you visit the park from February 5 - April 24th.

All in-store are sparkling costumes, traditional floats, and more beads than you can handle. Transport yourself to the cosmos this year when you board a spaceship to 'Planet Mardi Gras.'

All new floats featuring space-inspired elements like comets, rockets, Martians, and more will electrify and excite visitors. Memorialize the parade experience with a pit stop at the 'Float Factory Warehouse' tribute store. Party-goers can witness the magic of a mardi gras parade come to life through gear, themed treats, and creative sketches. 

Taste traditional dishes such as beignets, crawfish, and more. Meanwhile, get down to performers like Khalid, Diana Ross, Marshmello, and Jason Derulo. Don't forget that the party continues at Universal's CityWalk with plenty of specially themed food and drink. 

Close up of a performer in a large intricate Mardi Gras costumer with lots of green purple and yellow plus a crown at the Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Parade in Orlando, Florida, USAUniversal's Volcano Bay

Universal's Volcano Bay is a five-star splash zone with private cabanas, a winding river, and an epic wave pool. Whisk yourself away for a day of tropical-themed watery fun when you soak in the lapping surf at Waturi Beach. Or, get positively drenched on the daring canoe Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Then, take a mini-break from all of the multi-person water slides to hole up in your private family suite cabana. Meanwhile, indulge in the sensational tastes of the South Pacific. 

SeaWorld

Equal parts education and thrills, SeaWorld Orlando, is a Spring Break aquatic experience like no other. 

Travel to the depths of the ocean as you explore the friendly bottlenose dolphins of the cove. Or, come face to face with the predators of the sea in one of the world's largest underwater viewing tunnels.

Clear out your schedule to catch an all-new live animal presentation show on California Sea Lions and Asian small-clawed otters. Or, test your bravery on the mighty Manta coaster.

Smaller SeaWorld visitors can cruise around Elmo's Choo Choo Train. Similarly, true adrenaline junkies won't want to miss the grand opening of the brand new Ice Breaker Coaster in mid-February. Boldly featuring the steepest vertical drop in Florida.

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For even more watery shenanigans, combine your SeaWorld visit with a trip to Aquatica. Voted America's number one waterpark, this explosion of seaworthy attractions, rides, and thrills is sure to capture your attention.

Bounce between 43 water slides, rivers, and lagoons as you debate which aquatic rush to conquer next. Surf like a pro on the KareKare Curl. Or, satisfy your need for speed on the lightning-fast Tassie's Twisters. 

More than just aquariums and coasters, SeaWorld is also serving up culture and a culinary-packed festival circuit this Spring. Stay tuned and be sure to enjoy:

  • SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - try delectable craft beers tantalizing bites of international specialties as you chow down at this eclectic food festival from February 4th, 2022 - May 8th, 2022
  • SeaWorld Mardi Gras - bunches of beads live music entertainment, and special cocktails promise to bring that Bayou spirit front and center at this limited-time event held in conjunction with the Seven Seas Food Festival from Feb 25th, 2022 - March 6th, 2022.
  • St. Patrick's Day Celebration - get that green clean and ready to go, as you'll want to represent all things from the Emerald Isle at this celebration of Irish epic proportions from March 17th, 2022 - March 20th, 2022

Legoland

Calling all budding builders! Brace yourself for a Spring Break of bricktacular excitement when you hightail it to the 150 acres of awesome known as the Legoland Florida Resort.

Chock full of over 50 kid-friendly rides, shows, and attractions this plastic paradise is the place to be! Swerve through the curves and turns of the jungle on the wooden Coastersaurus. Then, hang out with Emmet and his friends in his Super Suite. Or, test your fighting skills as you vanquish baddies on Ninjago: The Ride.

There are countless ways to achieve your Lego fantasies. From immersive 4-D movie experiences to catching some rays in the wave pool.

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Fans of everyone's beloved pig will be positively tickled pink to hear that in February 2022, the World's First Peppa Pig Theme Park will open!

Located steps away from Legoland, this rosy-colored oasis of merriment was explicitly designed for miniature piggies. It features many interactive rides, live shows, themed play areas, and more!

Close up of children in clear LEGO tubes on the lazy river at LEGOLAND Waterpark in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND Florida via Facebook

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Orlando has long attracted crowds of families searching for Spring Break festivities. School breaks, soaring temperatures, and sunny cloud-free days provide the ideal opportunity to explore the enchantment, natural wonder, and world-class entertainment served up by the City Beautiful.

Take a walk on the wild side and seek out a marine mammal of Florida at Blue Springs. Or, don your bikini and rash guard for a wave-filled afternoon of surfing the breaks at Cocoa Beach.

Amateur epicureans will devour the worldwide tastes and sweet-scented flora on deck at the Epcot International Flower Garden Festival, while those seeking stomach-lurching stimulation won't be able to miss the debut of the Ice Breaker coaster.

However you choose to spend your Orlando spring break, from kayaking through lush wetlands to sipping Hurricanes at Mardi Gras. O-Town's seasonal excitement and events are sure to keep you smiling!


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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