6 Irresistible Things to Do in Orlando During Summer

March 14, 2022

Long days of splish-splashing water park fun, lazy days cruising through the Winter Park lakes, and plenty of theme park action make summer vacations in Orlando simply sensational!

If you can stand the heat, we highly suggest stopping by O-town this summer. Follow along to discover every last irresistible activity in Orlando!

Irresistible Things to Do in Orlando During Summer

Summer begins early in the City Beautiful, and while some may shrink away from the balmy temperatures that last from May through the end of September, we believe with a little planning this central Floridian oasis provides plenty of kid-friendly action. 

Average summer temperatures will hover at a high around 87 degrees, with a low of mid-70s. Be sure to pack that poncho and umbrella, as it is not uncommon to have daily rain showers in the later afternoon. 

However, with endless activities, not to mention air conditioning, it’s easy to take advantage of the best Orlando offers.

Keep reading to discover our favorite ways to embrace and beat the heat in Orlando this summer:

Lake Eola Downtown Orlando FloridaOrlando Hotels and Resorts

Live out your Orlando vacation in style when you reserve any of our premier options for Orlando Hotels and Resorts. Whether you are seeking luxurious tiki-themed accommodations near Walt Disney World. Or if your kids have their heart set on cruising down a lazy river, we have an endless array of lodging choices to suit any budget or desire.

As always, make your reservations stress-free knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates online. 

Winter Park

Before you head straight to Disney and don’t pass go, we highly suggest taking a day trip to the quaint city of Winter Park, Florida. Dripping in Spanish Moss and historic charm this lake-bound hamlet is just bursting with abundant greenery, museums, world-class retail, and restaurants. 

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Scenic Boat Tour

Soak up the sunshine and the quiet beauty of Lake Osceola from a pontoon when you board a Scenic Boat Tour. This ever-popular hour-long guided cruise takes intrepid visitors on a meandering tour through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow man-made canals of the Winter Park water chain.

Keep your eyes peeled for the area's native fauna, including statuesque cranes, lazy alligators, fish, and more. Architecture fiends will feel their jaw drop as they take in the opulent mansions and private homes that dot the shores, while budding botanists will catch glimpses of swaying palms, stately cypress trees, and a plethora of subtropical flowers. 

Wide shot of Lake Osceola in Winter Park on a sunny day with clouds in the sky near Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Liz Thao via Facebook

All Fired Up

Need a kid-approved indoor activity while you wait out that summer rain? Harness your creativity and design a memorable keepsake when you head to All Fired Up.

This educational, paint-your-own-pottery center provides little ones the tools and techniques to craft their own one-of-a-kind ceramics. No reservations are necessary, so simply stroll in and choose from over 250 items, including plates, mugs, boxes, and dinosaurs to paint.

Learn how to apply creative designs and patterns, or memorialize your baby’s hand, or footprint. Upon completion of your masterpiece, All Fired Up will glaze and fire your work and have it ready for pickup within a few days. 

Close up of a couple painting pottery in blue aprons at All Fired Up in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: All Fired Up via Facebook

Orlando

The Wheel at Icon Park

Did you know a world of high-flying adventure awaits you just off International Drive? Buckle up for a soaring trip 400 feet in the sky when you witness the sweeping views from the  Wheel at Icon Park.

Climb into the air-conditioned capsule and revel in the breathtaking views of Big Sandlake, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, Downtown Orlando, and more. With so many diverse Icon Park passes and combos to choose from, you and your family are guaranteed hours of nonstop entertainment.

Wander through the park’s 20 acres of open-air restaurants, bars, boutique shops, and more as you decide which attraction to tackle next. Test your mettle on the world’s tallest swing ride, or hang out with your favorite (wax) celebrities at Madame Tussauds Orlando.

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Those yearning for a spot of H20 fueled education and amusement will relish the chance to touch sea anemones and starfish at the SEA LIFE Aquarium. 

ground view of The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida, USASeaworld Orlando

Take a deep dive into the wonder and mystery of the oceans when you visit SeaWorld Orlando this summer. An epicenter of all things marine and magical, SeaWorld lets curious critters explore the dynamic and watery ecosystems that call our planet home.

Dart between heart-pounding rides aboard the mighty Manta roller coaster or fact-filled shows starring cute and cuddly Sea Lions and Otters. An exciting fusion of aquarium and animal-themed attractions, SeaWorld serves up gallons of live aquatic entertainment.

Sit in the splash zone and cool off with an epic Orca encounter show, or jam out with your favorite furry friends during a Sesame Street Party Parade.

True adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss the fiery new Ice Breaker coaster, which features Florida’s steepest vertical drop and four airtime-filled launches. 

Families looking at Penguins in Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, Florida, USA

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Camps

Sticking around Orlando this summer? Tantalize your little Nemo with days of ocean discovery, immersive education, and more when you enroll them in SeaWorld Summer Camp.

A unique blend of sensory learning, up-close animal encounters, arts and crafts, and animal training trips. These all-day experiences are available for children ages 3- 18.

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Ocean lovers of all ages will adore the opportunity to conduct their own hands-on watery experiments, snorkel in the shark cages, and even observe animal care specialists at work. 

Universal Orlando Resort

What’s more summery than a big blockbuster movie? Inject the excitement and exhilaration of your favorite flicks and comic book heroes into your vacation, with a day of silver screen-inspired sensations and thrills at Universal Orlando Resort.

Mountains of movie magic, fearsome Jurassic beasts, and mischievous Minions are just waiting to be uncovered at this 541-acre oasis of awesome.

Face the dragons with Harry Potter as you plot your escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida, or hightail it to Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a daring new dino high speed themed rush when you take on the prehistoric world’s apex predator on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

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Cheese it up for the camera as you’ll want to snap selfie after selfie with beloved park characters like Spiderman, The Grinch, and other members of the mighty Marvel Universe.

Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando - Orlando, FL USA

Universal Summer Concert Series

Parades, parties, and concerts are always popping off at Universal Orlando, but due to the COVID 19 pandemic, many of these sensational summer events have been curtailed. While we anxiously await the summer lineup, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for some world-class celebrations this year!

Volcano Bay

The best way to beat rising Florida summer temperatures? Get out of the heat and into the water! Cool off cranky kiddos with a splashtastic sojourn to Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

Winding rivers, wave pools, and mega water slides come together to make a splashing good time at this South Pacific-themed paradise. Conquer the waves like the ancient Waturi people when you twist, turn, and slide down the massive walls of the Honu ika Moana. Or experience the thrilling plunges of the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Looking for a more laidback sea-themed reprieve? Post up in the idyllic Waturi Beach lagoon and swim, tan, and splash as you take in the picturesque Wave Village.

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Families seeking refuge from the sun (and a tad more privacy) will do well to purchase a Cabana rental which provides concierge service, padded lounge chairs, a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water, a complimentary fruit, and snack basket, towels, and locker service.

couple on yellow tube sliding down green slides Taniwha Tubes Volcano Bay Universal's Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida, USA

Walt Disney World Resort

Dreaming of visiting Disney this summer? While we think there’s never a bad time to get up close and personal with Mickey, Minnie, and the gang, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your ultimate Walt Disney World Resort trip:

It will be hot! Orlando summer temperatures are no joke, and can easily hit highs of the high 90s or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to hydrate, wear adequate SPF, and most of all be honest about your children’s ability to spend large amounts of time outdoors and in line.

Disney World crowds tend to ebb and flow with the school calendar year. Following this, summer (especially July) can bring substantial crowds to the park. However, ingenious Mouseketeers who decide to visit during the second half of August or in September will find a much less congested world of imagination to explore. 

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Whether you are dreaming of a snowy Frozen sing-along at Hollywood Studios, or have been craving the eternal exhilaration of a ride on Space Mountain, Walt Disney World will always deliver.

Family in front of Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - Orlando, Florida, USAGenie+ 

Ensure your Walt Disney World Resort is smooth sailing this summer when you utilize the newest Disney service of Genie+.

Crackdown on wait times and cranky children when you allow the Genie+ to grant all your ride wishes! Available at over 40 attractions and experiences throughout the park. Genie+ affords visitors the option to select the next available arrival window for Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane experiences all day long.

Park patrons can make ride selections one at a time, beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit. Disney guests who have purchased the Park Hopper option will be able to select Lightning Lane arrival windows across multiple theme parks.

Melting faster than a push-up popsicle? Refresh yourself with an invigorating dip, dive, or dunk in any of Walt Disney World’s world-class water parks:

Typhoon Lagoon

Surfs up! Prepare yourself for the big one when you paddle on over to the tempting Typhoon Lagoon. White water rafting, crystal clear lagoon pools, and plenty of icy eats are on deck when you spend a day (or two) navigating this watery kingdom.

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Beware the Crush ‘N’ Gusher, an adrenaline-pumping water coaster. Featuring a 400-foot-long tube slide, sudden drops, sharp turns, and water jets. Have the whole family get drenched when you attempt to help the sea-faring treasure hunter, Captain Mary Oceaneer recover her haul from the Miss Adventure Falls.

End your aquatic escapade on a sweet note. Indulge in an EARidescent Ice Dream Cone or Sand Pail at Happy Landings Ice Cream.

Close up of a family riding Miss Adventure Falls with water falling on their heads on a sunny day at Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Epic Adventures Travel Co. via Facebook

Blizzard Beach*

Check that weather forecast because we hear it’s about to snow in July! While Orlando may not be privy to the cold, you can enjoy the bounty of Blizzard Beach this summer.

Slap on that swimsuit and don’t forget your sunscreen. You’ll want to toboggan, water slide, and raft down every last crevice of this polar-themed water park.

Daredevils will be dying to try out the tallest and fastest free-fall body slide. Summit Plummet contains a 12 story drop and 360-foot long high-speed descent. Whereas tiny tots will love taking it easy at Tike’s Peak. They can joyfully slip down snow chutes and junior inner tube rides.

Refuel for even more icy arctic adventures when you grab a bite at the Lottawatta Lodge. Feast on cheeseburgers, chicken strips, and pepperoni pizzas. Then quench your thirst with an ice-cold frozen Blue-Raspberry Lemonade. 

*Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment

Close up of a family shopping at Disney Springs on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Disney Springs via Facebook

School’s out for the summer! With high temperatures and free time to look forward to, there’s never been a better time to plan an Orlando getaway.

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Floridian summers may be sizzling, but they are stacked solid with tons of high-impact fun. Enjoy several amusement parks, engaging attractions, and indoor activities.

Saddle up for a day of underwater sights when you stop by SeaWorld. Or unleash your inner artist when you paint pottery in Winter Park.

Savor the magical lights of the Wheel at Icon Park at night. Or prime yourself for an eruption of wet and wild fun at Volcano Bay. 

Whether you are a sun worshiper or an air conditioning aficionado, Orlando offers endless options for family-friendly entertainment. 

Tell us, what's your favorite thing to do in Orlando during the summer?

Leave us a comment below!


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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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