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Celebrate Leap Day in Orlando - Ideas for your Extra Day of Fun!

Updated: Feb 28

Time always flies when you're having fun in Orlando, especially in February, the shortest month. But every four years we get a bonus Leap Day on February 29 to have even more fun!



2024 is a Leap Year, and this means we get an extra bonus day on February 29, so get out and enjoy it. Let loose and have as much fun as you can cram into 24 hours in Orlando!


 What will you do with the extra day this leap year?





We will be adding even more Leap Day Special Offers, Events and Things To Do in Orlando as we get the details, so be sure to check back often! Submit your event or offer here.


 

THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR EXTRA DAY IN ORLANDO

Orlando really does have something for everyone, and whether you're a family, a couple or a large group, everyone will discover multiple amazing things to do on your extra day in Orlando!


To help you decide what to do, we've brought together this list of amazing Leap Year Day activities..


Fun Spot America Orlando

Enjoy some good ole' fashioned fun at an Amusement Park

Do something different from a theme park on your extra day, visit Fun Spot America which has two locations, Orlando and Kissimmee, heck 24 hours is enough time to visit both!


Enjoy unique mult.i-level racing go-kart tracks, roller coasters, kiddie rides and thrill rides. Parking is FREE at Fun Spot America as well as FREE admission. Pay by day or by ride.


Aquatica Water Park Orlando

Leap into an Orlando Water Park this Leap Year Day

What better way to enjoy a Leap Year Day than by leaping into one the awesome water parks in Orlando!


Aquatica Orlando offers a vibrant aquatic landscape, splashed with South Seas spirit and dotted with towering, colorful slides. High-speed adventures get your heart racing, while white-sand beaches offer the perfect spot to slow down. Island H2O Water Park is located at Margaritaville Resort Orlando! The water park offers over 20 experiences, including several exhilarating drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a children’s area to ensure fun for the whole family.


Escape for the day to CoCo Key Water Resort on International Drive, where kids can play on the slides and rides and parents can relax under the Florida sunshine. Nona Adventure Park is a water-based family entertainment center in Lake Nona, Orlando, featuring an inflatable aqua park with 60’ climbing tower, ropes course, rock walls and more, provide the ultimate outdoor adventure!


Kennedy Space Center

Take a Leap Out Of This World at Kennedy Space Center

Have you ever wanted to go behind the gates of NASA? Have you ever wanted to get an up-close look at the largest building on Earth? Have you ever wanted to get so close to a rocket that you could almost touch it? Your extra day is the perfect excuse to explore at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Walk through the giants of space travel in THE famous Rocket Garden, learn about the men and women who’ve lived and worked among the stars at the Heroes and Legends exhibit, and stand nose-to-nose with the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis. But if that’s not enough, you can come and watch an actual rocket launch.


Spin Around The Clock at The Wheel at ICON Park

Not your average Ferris wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park is a stunning 400 foot tall Observation wheel gives you a view of Orlando like no other. From the top of this spectacular Observation wheel, you can take in the sights throughout Orlando, all while beholding the stunning skyline.


 Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland

Take a Leap of Faith at an Orlando Zip Line Course

Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure with the Screamin' Gator Zip Line at Gatorland. Your journey will take you along 1,700 feet of high flying, heart pounding adventure from some of the finest zip line towers in the world. Standing over seven stories tall, these amazing towers feature multilevel launch pads and breathtaking views from high above the treetops.


Soar through the air and defy gravity at Orlando Tree Trek, a unique adventure including ziplining, climbing, running and jumping! Climbers navigate their way through a maze of obstacles to truly test their limits and to have some FUN!


Aerophile Balloon Rides Disney Springs

Soar High this Leap Year Day on a Aerophile Balloon Rides

Soar sky-high during an 8-minute tethered adventure in the world’s largest hand-painted helium balloon at Disney Springs. Aerophile Balloon Rides will give you a birds eye view of Walt Disney World!


Orlando StarFlyer

Do something you would never do on a normal day!

The Orlando StarFlyer on I-Drive is the world’s tallest stand-alone swing ride attraction standing 450 feet high. go on be brave!


Visit Old Town and you'll be sure to see Old Town Kissimmee Slingshot & Vomatron 

high in the sky! You take your seat in Slingshot and buckle up. BBOOOMMM….you are catapulted over 360 feet into the air, straight up reaching speeds of 0 – 100 mph in less than 2 seconds, then you experience weightlessness for a split second before you freefall back towards the ground. The Vomatron is best described as a 200-foot, giant propeller with seats on each end powered by six huge electric motors. A similar mechanism was used by NASA to train astronauts for space flight. The Vomatron rotates riders at speeds up to 70 mph as individual capsules spin putting 4Gs of force on the riders. And just when a rider thinks they’ve conquered the Vomatron, it then spins in reverse order with the same degree of intensity!


 Lazy H Ranch Kissimmee

Take it easy on a Trail Ride, you have 24 hours to enjoy it!

The Lazy H Ranch offers scenic trail rides through hundreds of acres of pristine Florida ranch lands. Mosey along and ride across the Kissimmee Valley, through hundred-year-old oak hammocks and along the shores of beautiful lake Tohopekaliga. Take in the beautiful scenery while you hear the tales of Florida's cattlemen, Kissimmee's cow town heritage, and what it means to be a Florida Cracker.


Slow down you have a full day to enjoy a Boat Tour

The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, located on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through narrow manmade canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.


Head downtown for a Leap Year Day Swan Boat Ride

The City of Orlando rents pedal-powered swan boats on historic Lake Eola so guests can view the park from the lake and enjoy the fountain up close. A relaxing way to enjoy your extra day!


Turn Time Upside Down at WonderWorks on I-Drive

WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with 28,000 square feet of “edu-tainment”. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.


This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda Triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory, carrying it to International Drive in Orlando, Florida where it landed upside down. Luckily, all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.


iFLY Orlando

Leap into thin air at iFLY Orlando

Discover the dream of flight at iFLY Orlando! Experience the true free fall conditions of skydiving without jumping from an airplane. iFLY's vertical wind tunnel technology creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float.


There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you and the air. Super fun, super safe, and super cool! Children as young as three, to adults as old (or young at heart) as 103 can fly with us. It’s safe for kids, challenging for adults and realistic for skydivers. They provide all the gear and a personal instructor will guide you through your flight.


Believe it's a Leap Year or not at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Sure to entertain the entire family, adults and children alike will be astounded by incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true stories from around the world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando. Admire hundreds of artifacts, incredible art, animal oddities, pop-culture memorabilia, interactive games, and more that you won’t find anywhere else!


Do something really cool on your Leap Day - Ice Skating

​It might surprise you to know that right here in the heat and humidity of Central Florida, you can enjoy daily public skating sessions at the Ice Factory, the kids will love it and yes, it's really cool! The Ice Factory is conveniently located just off of the Florida Turnpike exit 244 in Kissimmee.



Fly through time on your Leap Year Day

International HeliTours helicopter flights are a favorite with Florida's tourists, HeliTours is the ONLY 5 passenger Tour provider in Orlando that offers Air conditioned comfort. An amazing team of pilots and brand new helicopters to give you and your family a fun and safe bird's eye view of Orlando!


Leap Around at an Orlando Bounce Park

At Launch Entertainment Park Orlando there is something for everyone to enjoy. You will be sure to launch on trampolines, put your ninja skills to the test, battle each other, and so much more. Another option is Altitude Trampoline Park in Kissimmee, an exciting destination for families, groups, and individual jumpers to have healthy, athletic fun.


Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Horizon West features a very impressive line-up of activities the entire family can enjoy Urban Air’s award-winning wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball courts, and obstacle courses, plus tube playgrounds with multi-level climbing ropes and twisting tubes.


An indoor play space where young ones find their happy space with unlimited play on inflatable-filled jumps, and obstacle courses is Monkey Joe's within Pointe Orlando on I-Drive.


The Escape Game Orlando

Escape Time on Leap Year Day in Orlando

From uncovering lost treasure to breaking out of prison - The Escape Game offers a uniquely premium experience within 7 escape rooms. Team up, follow clues, and solve puzzles to complete your mission and become the hero of these immersive 60-minute adventures.


At Will To Escape Orlando you are solving a series of puzzles to complete the ultimate mission of the room you are in. It’s an immersive team experience like no other, choose from a choice of 5 escape rooms. Dare 2 Escape is a fully immersive escape room where guests have only one hour to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape before time runs out. Dare to face the paranormal in The Asylum? Dare to unearth a new dinosaur species in The Dig? Dare to enter a twisted freak show in The Ringmaster?


Orlando Science Center

Go Millions of Years Back In Time at Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center is Central Florida’s award-winning, hands-on science museum. For more than 60 years, the exhibits and programming have brought science to life for not just residents of Central Florida, but also visitors from around the world.


With four floors of interactive exhibit halls, labs and workshops, theaters, an observatory, and experiences that change with the seasons,


Spend the Entire Day Leap Year Day at Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a wonderful place to waste away a few hours or more, and it's free to visit, and parking is free too.


Stroll through Town Center at Disney Springs to view vibrant displays from talented artists at the Art Walk, let the kids enjoy the interactive fountains, while everyone will love checking out a unique collection of stores including The Coca Cola Store, M&M's World, Lego Imagination Center and more.

Enjoy the free entertainment atmultiple locations where individual musicians and bands perform in the evening, plus House of Blues frequently offers free live music at its Front Porch Bar, Raglan Road usually has free live music on their patio, and on a Saturday morning there is even a free kids club with lots of entertainment!


Expore Orlando parks and gardens for free

Take The Time to Explore the Great Outdoors

Orlando is blessed with an abundance of parks, gardens, and the chance to escape the tourists and enjoy the great outdoors where you'll get the chance to become one with nature.


The variety of parks, gardens, nature trails, bike trails and more here in Orlando is breathtaking, get outside and enjoy!


Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park is a must visit, located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, with a sidewalk that circles the lake 0.9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running


Relax amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline and the gorgeous Lake Eola, enjoy the swans and other birds inhabiting the park, or you can check out a free concert, movie or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.


Harry P Leu Gardens

Explore an amazing botanical oasis nearly 50-acres minutes from Downtown Orlando. Harry P Leu Gardens features landscaped grounds and lakes, with walking trails all shaded by 200-year-old oaks and forests of camellias. Free entry days at Leu Gardens are offered on select Mondays throughout the year, check the website for details.


The UCF Arboretum

The Arboretum of the University of Central Florida is located on the main campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. Covering 80 acres, it contains more than 600 species of plants, including more than 100 bromeliads, in cultivated gardens.


Lake Lotus Park

Lake Lotus Park is the City of Altamonte Springs’ nature preserve. The total area is approximately 150 acres, including 120 acres of woods and wetlands. The park is a diverse, natural habitat that provides limitless natural encounters with flora and fauna.


Oakland Nature Preserve

West of Orlando, just 30 minutes from the attractions and nestled between Winter Garden and Clermont in the beautiful Town of Oakland, lies a "hidden gem." Oakland Nature Preserve is a150-acre preserve offering environmental education and ecotourism activities for visitors of all ages.


Mead Botanical Garden

With 47 acres to explore in Winter Park, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and scents of the garden. Mead Botanical Garden offers hiking trails, creek, boardwalk, tall pine trees, greenhouse, butterfly garden, and pond that’s home to turtles, fish and wading birds.


Kraft Azalea Garden

This 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open year round from 8 a.m. until dusk. Kraft Azalea Garden is a beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property


Orlando Urban Trail

The Orlando Urban Trail is located near Downtown Orlando and is considered the spine of Orlando’s trail network.


The trail is approximately three miles long and runs from Lake Highland through Loch Haven Park, to Mead Garden in Winter Park. Highlights include connections to six lakes, Orlando Cultural Park, and the Gaston Edwards Trail.


Lake Nona Sculpture Garden

The Lake Nona Sculpture Garden is a 50,000 square-foot outdoor space designed for the exploration and discovery of a distinguished selection of sculptures from one of the world’s largest private art collections, The Lewis Collection.


Downtown Orlando Historic Districts Walking Tour

Take a Time-Out and Explore Old Orlando

Mixing architecture and history is a great way to spend the day and learn more about downtown Orlando with a self-guided Historic Districts Walking Tour.


You’ll learn about structures that were designed and built when horses were still clopping along Church Street and see how they’ve been adapted for modern uses.


The Downtown Orlando Historic District Self-Guided Walking Tour gives you the opportunity to experience Orlando history first hand.


This self-guided walking tour is available online.



 


LEAP YEAR DAY SPECIAL EVENTS IN ORLANDO

We will be adding even more Leap Day Special Events in Orlando as we get the details, so be sure to check back often! Submit your event here.


Laugh Out Loud with some Leap Day Comedy!

Get ready to laugh your heart out with a a hilarious night of laughter at Leap Day Comedy at Grape and the Grain Wine Bar. Enjoy a glass of wine while you watch some of Orlando's premier comedians perform.



 


LEAP YEAR DAY SPECIAL OFFERS IN ORLANDO

We will be adding even more Leap Day Special Offers in Orlando as we get the details, so be sure to check back often! Submit your offer here.



Enjoy $0.96 Leap Day Treats at Jeremiah's Italian Ice

On February 29, the Frog Squad at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is putting on a fun, family-friendly Leap Day event complete with $0.96 Ices and Gelatis for J-List rewards members at the company’s first ever location in Winter Park!


The 90’s-themed event will also feature a live DJ, carnival games, face painting, a food truck, magician, and a 90’s movie, sponsored by Enzian Theater, will be shown on the lawn after the event.


Museum of Illusions Offers Free Entry for Leap Day Birthdays

In celebration of this year’s Leap Day, and to make up for many missed birthday celebrations, Museum of Illusions at ICON Park will offer free entry to anyone born on February 29th with the purchase of a ticket for a guest.


To take advantage of the deal bring a paying guest and present a valid ID with proof of Leap Day birthday. Guests can leap into a world of optical illusions, eye-fooling exhibits, and interactive fun as they embark on a magical journey of discovery and wonder.


STK at Disney Springs

On Leap Day, treat yourself, seize the extra day we have to live large, and enjoy a $29 6 oz. filet from STK. Pair it with any of the modern steakhouses’ decadent sides – Confit mushrooms, truffle fries, or the baby gem Caesar. Kick off the meal with Jalepeno Pickled Shrimp Cocktail and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes before digging into your filet, and put a cherry on the indulgent experience with tasty Chocolate Cake or Apple Pie. Reserve online HERE.


Cowboy Chicken Leap Day Chicken Giveaway

Cowboy Chicken at Sunset Walk

Leap Day birthdays are a big deal, and Cowboy Chicken is ready to celebrate with a savory birthday gift. The wood-fire rotisserie chicken chain will give all leaplings, or those born on Leap Day, Feb. 29, a free whole chicken to celebrate their special day.


Guests must appear in person at Cowboy Chicken Kissimmee and must show identification proving that their birthday is Feb. 29. This offer is available during operating hours on Feb. 29. No purchase is required. Only one free chicken per person and this offer may not be combined with other offers. 



Fun Spot America

Fun Spot America is jumping with joy because of this deal! Take the Leap on Leap Day! Enjoy some budget-friendly family fun with a $29.00 Single Day Fun Pass!!  Jump over to either park location in Orlando or Kissimmee or visit the website to purchase up to 10 tickets on February 29th!! Buy now, use later any day throughout the year!


Plus, REE SkyCoaster flight if you redeem your ticket on 2.29, and $2.29 Beer Refills too!


The Melting Pot Orlando

The Melting Pot is offering Cheese fondue, salad and chocolate fondue for $29 per person, or take $29 off "The Big Night Out" for two. Must mention Leap Day to get discount.


Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese is celebrating the once-every-four-year Leap Day during the month of February by giving away free All-Day Jump Passes to children under 52 inches tall who visit fun centers featuring Chuck E. Cheese Trampoline Zones. Guests can find the one-day coupon only on ChuckECheese.com and present it anytime they visit on Feb. 29.


Krispy Kreme Leap Day Deal

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is offering customers a dozen original glazed doughnuts for $2.29 with the purchase of any regularly priced dozen on Thursday, Feb. 29 in honor of Leap Day. Plus, customers who have a Feb. 29 birthday can receive a free dozen original glazed doughnuts, no purchase necessary. Proof of birthday is required.


Wendy's

On Leap Day, Wendy's customers can get a free Cinnabon Pull-Apart at their local Wendy's restaurant during breakfast hours, while supplies last. One per vehicle in the drive thru or one per dining room transaction. The item, a new collaboration with Cinnabon, is now available at Wendy's restaurants nationwide during breakfast hours.


BurgerFi

To make your leap year birthday even more memorable, BurgerFi is offering an exclusive 20% discount on your birthday meal on 2/29 when you dine-in.


7-Eleven

7-Eleven is offering any combination of five wings for $2.29 on Leap Day.


Chipotle

Chipotle is offering its rewards members a free side of guac on Thursday for orders placed online or via the app.


Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company is offering Noodles Rewards Members 29% off on orders of $29 or more on Feb. 29. Customers can sign up for the Noodles Rewards program by visiting Noodles.com/rewards or downloading the Noodles Rewards app.


Hooters

Hooters HootClub Rewards loyalty members will receive on Leap Day an automatic reward to redeem for one select appetizer for $2.29 per loyalty account. Appetizers offered include cheese sticks, fried pickles, chips & queso, lots-a-tots, cheese & pretzels, and 12 buffalo shrimp.


Hungry Howie’s

Hungry Howie's is offering a special BOGO promo. Buy one large pizza, get one for 29 cents! Offer is valid for carryout only.


Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies is offering one free classic cookie with any six or 12-pack purchases now through Sunday. For customers who have leap day birthdays, you’ll get four free classic cookies (a cookie for every birthday year missed), birthday décor, and party hats. Customers must show their ID.



Build-A-Bear Workshop

Anyone celebrating their Leap Day birthdays this year are invited to visit any participating Build-A-Bear Workshop to build a Birthday Treat Bear for the special price of $4.


Long John Silver’s

At Long John Silver's get a free piece of fish or chicken when you use promo code LEAPDAY at checkout through Thursday.


Smoothie King

Smoothie King ustomers can receive 29% off the purchase of 20-oz smoothies or larger at all Smoothie King locations on Feb. 29, when they spend $15 or more. The offer is only valid through the Smoothie King Healthy Reward app.


Taco Bell

Rewards members visiting Taco Bell can grab a Crunchwrap for $2.29 in the app on Thursday.


Buffalo Wild Wings

On Leap Day, buy one order of boneless wings at Buffalo Wild Wings and get another order free.


BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is offering its popular Pizookies for just $2.29 with a minimum purchase of $10. Dine-in only on Leap Day only.


Jersey Mike’s Subs

Buy a sub in the Jersey Mike’s app and get a free sub later! The offer is valid for MyMike’s members (one time only) through February 29.





Fun Facts About Leap Day

It takes the Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds to orbit the sun. This creates approximately an “extra” 6 hours each year, or 24 hours every four years.


Leap Day is added to the calendar every four years to account for this extra 24 hours.

 

If we didn’t add a Leap Day on February 29 every four years, each calendar year would begin about 6 hours before the earth completes its revolution around the sun.

 

Doesn’t seem like such a big deal does it? Well, it is. With a deviation of 6 hours per year, the seasons would shift by 24 calendar days within 100 years. Within a few centuries, people in the Northern Hemisphere would be celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer.

 

A person born on Leap Day is known as a “leapling” or a “leaper”. They usually celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1 in a non-leap year.

 

The odds of being born on Leap Day is 1 in 1,461.

 

There are just over 187,000 Leapings in the United States, with more than 4 million people around the world.

 

The town of Anthony, TX is the self-professed “Leap Year Capital of the World” and the it celebrates the distinction with a festival and a parade.


The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years on leap years.


Some cultures that use a lunar calendar – a calendar that is based on the moon’s movement, add a whole leap month every three years.


According to tradition, it's OK for a woman to propose to a man on Feb. 29.



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