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The College Kids Guide to Spring Break in Orlando

Updated: Apr 4

Spring break in Orlando brings hot days, and even hotter nights, Orlando is the perfect choice for an action-packed Spring Break, with fun-filled theme parks, , never-ending entertainment, and so much more, Florida is the perfect spot for Spring Break, and Orlando remains the top Spring Break destination!


Spring Break Fun In Orlando

When you think of Spring Break, you think of Florida, and it's easy to see why the sunshine state is the number one destination for college kids wanting a memorable Spring Break!


Top of the list in Florida for fun is Orlando, with an unrivaled choice of theme parks and attractions, together with amazing restaurants, brilliant entertainment and thumping nightlife.


So where do you start? Here at Gotta Go Orlando we've brought together the best Spring Break must-do's in Orlando!


So when does the fun start? Florida Spring Break typically last around 6 to 7 weeks, usually from late February to early April, so let's get the party started on your Orlando Spring Break bucket list!


Spring Break at Universal Orlando Resort

You Gotta Visit A Theme Park

As the undisputed theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to the world's most famous theme parks! Every Spring Break, visitors, old and young arrive in Central Florida to immerse themselves in our theme parks.

From the magical adventures at Walt Disney World, to the epic theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, there is a whole world of fun and excitement for everyone to enjoy here in Central Florida's awesome theme parks.

The fun continues with SeaWorld Orlando where you can experience ocean animals together with thrilling shows and rides, plus the fun doesn't stop there, we have LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Park, where you can enjoy Lego rides, shows and attractions plus Legoland's little theme park for little visitors, Peppa Theme Park!

Enough fun? No way! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is where the fun is thrilling with wild animals and even wilder rides!


There is also lots of special events happening at the theme parks during Spring Break:


EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

February 28 - May 27

Attend a springtime event abloom with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, lively entertainment and more! The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series is back in 2024, featuring favorite tunes at the America Gardens Theatre. And of course, fresh flavors will be on the menu at Outdoor Kitchens and other food and beverage locations throughout the park, among other delights.


Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Select Dates, February 2 - May 19

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct offerings. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 refreshing wine, cocktails, and craft brews. Plus, add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or throwback sounds at live music shows! every weekend.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival

Select Dates, March 9 - May 19

A world of taste awaits at the annual Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival with a delicious menu and drinks as dynamic and unique as the park's thrilling roller coaster collection. Guests can sip & savor their way through flavorful eats and mouthwatering treats before finding their new favorite brew or cocktail. Park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert lineup, including acts for all tastes.


Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval!

February 3 - April 7

It's the beads and fun of Mardi Gras and beyond at Universal Orlando Resort! Enjoy Universal Mardi Gras, an awesome party inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world. Catch the spectacular parade, beads by the handful, live concerts on select nights, and amazing international cuisine along with sizzling New Orleans favorites


Enjoy The Great Outdoors Here In Orlando

Enjoy Outdoors Adventures In Orlando

For those seeking adventure in Orlando this Spring Break, you have a ton of epic choices! Highlights include riding an airboat through the swamps in search of gators at both, Wild Florida or Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, or soar above the trees on zip lines and tarzan ropes at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park! 


Looking for something a little more laid back? Enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Orlando with Painted Horizons Hot Air Balloon Rides, or enjoy 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!


A must-do in Orlando is a Swan Paddle Boat Ride around Lake Eola! Or for a complete change of pace, The Lazy H Ranch offers horseback 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 trees and along the shores of beautiful lake Tohopekaliga.


For a wild outdoor adventure, The Showcase of Citrus’s Park Rangers drive guests aboard monster trucks into the vast Florida Outback. Guests will explore Native Woodlands, Citrus Groves, and Bigfoot territory. The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, located on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb of Winter Park, offers hour-long, guided cruises through narrow manmade canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.


Another fun option is a thrilling jet ski ride on a Sea Doo Jet Ski from Luxe Jet Ski Rental, or captain your own personal catamaran across some of the cleanest waterways in all of Florida - pushing the throttle at up to 25MPH while enjoying some of the best scenery you can find during a 2 hour adventure on the Clermont Chain of lakes with Catboat.


Cool Off In An Orlando Water Park

Cool Off In An Orlando Water Park

This Spring Break you can experience miles of lazy rivers, massive wave pools and some of the most thrilling water slides imaginable at Orlando's awesome choice of water parks!

Highlights include Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World, and the amazing South Pacific themed Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, while SeaWorld Orlando of course specializes in all things aquatic and their water park Aquatica is amazing.

 

LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park features Lego of course and is so much fun, while over at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay you'll discover Adventure Island!

Plus, for even more splashing fun in the sun, a must-visit is Island H20 Water Park at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, plus in addition to the awesome Orlando water parks, check out these water adveture park, well worth splashing into! Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona features an inflatable aqua park/obstacle course, and 60’ climbing tower/ropes course/rock walls, while over near Orlando International Airport you will discover Orlando Watersports Complex, one of the largest cable wakeboard parks in the U.S.



Discover Orlando's Awesome Attractions

Orlando offers a never ending choice of fun experiences for everyone to enjoy, young or old and no matter what you're interested in, you'll find all right it here. including one of the world's tallest rides! The Orlando Starflyer which towers over I-Drive at 425 feet tall.

Next door is Kings Dining And Entertainment offering bowling, billiards, bars and more, all in a spacious retro-chic setting. I-Drive also offers Florida's largest indoor attraction, Dezerland Park with so much to enjoy including bowling, go-kart tracks, axe throwing and a huge auto museum.


Fun Spot America is a must-visit, with two locations (Orlando and Kissimmee), with both parks offering thrills for all ages. Parking is FREE at Fun Spot America as well as FREE admission. Pay by day in advance or by ride at the park.


Take a walk on the weird side at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando with kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads & rare skeletons. Then visit Orlando's upside down house, WonderWorks, an amusement park for the mind with 35,000 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.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features indoor karting, 12 lanes of boutique bowling, more than 120 arcade, prize games, two-level laser tag arena, six virtual reality racing simulators, 7D interactive motion theater, an extreme ropes course and more!


At Topgolf Orlando, enjoy climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort with HDTVs in every bay. Using complimentary clubs or your own, take aim at the giant outfield targets and our high-tech balls will score themselves. 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.



Meet Wild Animals At Orlando's Amazing Animal Encounters

Come on out and enjoy all the alligator awesomeness of a day at Gatorland, “The Alligator Capital of the World!” There isn’t a better place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, also known as grunts, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. We even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators. But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park! Enjoy the free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, and more


You can also enjoy a road trip through the Wild Florida Drive-thru Safari Park where you and your family can see more than 150 exotic and native animals roaming freely. In addition to exploring the drive thru safari, there are also a variety of animal encounters and experiences you and your family will enjoy. From feeding to painting with the tallest living animals on Earth, this adventure will definitely reach new heights.


Wild Florida Alligator Park gives visitors the opportunity to watch, touch and even feed native Florida animals, various species of tropical birds and exotic animals from all over the world. See more than 500 animals, including rare and endangered species at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, as well as 23 acres of lush natural beauty. Discover more than 900 animals from around the world set within the natural beauty of Florida landscapes at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.


Spend The Day Exploring ICON Park

Spend The Day Exploring ICON Park

ICON Park isa must visit on International Drive, offering fun adventures for the whole family.


Located in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District, the complex encompasses entertainment attractions, over a dozen world-class restaurants and bars, nightly live music, retail stores and an outdoor marketplace – all anchored under the 400-ft icon of the Orlando skyline, The Wheel.


The Wheel at ICON Park is not your average Ferris wheel, this stunning 400 foot tall Observation wheel gives you a view of Orlando like no other.


In addition to The Wheel, there is lots of inside attractions at ICON Park including Madame Tussauds Orlando, here you get up-close and personal with the hottest celebrities and enjoy the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. Dazzle your friends with the ultimate selfie as you strike a pose with Taylor Swift, kick a GOOOAL with Neymar, fly back through history to meet our greatest leaders, and save the world with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.


Next door is SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium where you come face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and many more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles, and razor sharp teeth. Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans, explore our 360-degree ocean tunnel, meet our friendly rescue sea turtle, and touch exotic starfish and anemones.


Also at ICON Park you can enter the fascinating world of illusions which will trick your confidence in senses, but amaze you by doing it; the world that will confuse you completely, but also educate you… Visit the Museum of Illusions Orlando and you will be thrilled because nothing is what it seems, especially not HERE!


Next to Museum of Illusions you will discover Max Action Arena, the perfect place for friends and family to hang out during the rain, competing and exploring together.


This is an extreme fun center featuring free-roam Virtual Reality, Axe Throwing, Adventure Rooms, Escape Room and more.


The fun never stops at ICON Park, you can enjoy great attractions including a stunning Mirror Maze, 7D Motion Theater, breath-taking Virtual Reality experiences, great games, prizes, and more at In The Game Orlando,  located inside the Wheelhouse at ICON Park. Right in the middle of all the action!


You won’t go hungry at ICON Park, either, thanks to amazing restaurants including Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, Tin Roof, and Yard House, plus Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips and legendary Key West saloon Sloppy Joe’s.  


Ready to dance? Ole Red and Tin Roof also offer live music to dance the night away!


Eat, Drink And Be Entertained At The Pointe Orlando

Eat, Drink And Be Entertained At The Pointe Orlando

An open-air dining, entertainment and shopping hub close to the Orange County Convention Center, Pointe Orlando offers an amazing choice of places to ea,t drink, and have fun, perfect for a night out!


 Savor a taste of Havana and late-night dancing at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, headed by two-time James Beard award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot, or feast on fine Greek cuisine with a side of live belly-dancing entertainment at Taverna Opa.


You can also opt for fresh catches at The Oceanaire Seafood Room and legendary steaks at The Capital Grille. Pointe Orlando constantly adds new flavors, too, such as Chicago’s famous The Hampton Social and Brazilian churrasco steakhouse Rodizio Grill. You can’t go wrong with British favorites at The Pub Orlando, and don't miss JoJo’s Shake Bar, and for nightlife a must visit is Blue Martini!


Orlando Nightlife

Glam Up And Get Ready To Party

When the sun goes down, it sure gets hotter around here, Orlando an electric nightlife scene with a never ending choice of bars and clubs offering drinks, music, dancing and more, it's an ever changing scene with new locations popping up all the time and here at Gotta Go Orlando we've got your back!


For tourists and locals alike Disney Springs, Universal's Citywalk, ICON Park, Mango's Orlando, and The Pointe on I-Drive are obvious choice for a night out, with plenty in the way of things to do after dark, but look beyond the bright lights of the tourism areas and Downtown Orlando is the place to go and be seen for a big night out!

Turn it up, way up. Looking for loud and all the right moves? Downtown Orlando has been the area’s dance floor for decades, Downtown Orlando is packed with options, from quaint hole in the wall bars to all out nightclubs, Downtown comes alive in the evening, with a solid mix of local-style taverns, modern bars, rooftop bars and a solid selection of nightclubs, hosting everything from live music to globetrotting DJ's.

 

So get ready to glam up, let your hair down and let loose, it's time to have fun! 


Hit The Beach This Spring Break in Florida

Hit The Beach This Spring Break

So... when you think of the Sunshine State, two things spring to mind, theme parks and beaches, and thanks to Orlando's central location, you don't have to choose, pretty awesome!

Orlando is practically in the middle of both the historic east coast beaches and the stunning gulf coast beaches in the west coast of Central Florida, so this Spring Break, whether you want a day at the beach or a weekend away, get ready to soak up the sunshine!


East Coast Beaches

The world's most famous beach is just an hour from downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach is all about the cars, a place to catch a NASCAR race and even drive your own car right on the beach.

 

For a quieter corner, head to Ponce Inlet and climb to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse, built in 1835. Plus, for shopping and dining, a visit to Beach Street is a popular choice.

 

New Smyrna Beach is a hot spot for surfing, quirky shops, and delightful eats, plus you can drive your car onto this beach’s wide, compacted smooth sand! A must do for sure!

 

Once you’ve gotten your fill with paddle boarding and sunbathing, check out Flagler Avenue with Old Florida shops, local boutiques and casual eateries.


Orlando's closest beach is well known for its surfing culture with Cocoa the home of the world's largest surf shop, Ron Jon Surf Shop at 52,000 square feet.

 

Open 24 hours a day, the huge store features everything under the sun, from T-shirts and seashells to beach bikes, paddleboards, and of course, surfboards.

The Cocoa Beach Pier area is fun with lot's of beach activities, while many families like the quiet of Lori Wilson Park where you'll find free parking, restrooms and outdoor showers.


West Coast Beaches

America’s number one beach, Clearwater is definitely a renowned hot spot, complete with shopping, dining, live entertainment, and a revitalized downtown area. White sand and clear, shallow waters make this beach a destination that can’t be beaten for families.

 

Don’t miss the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and the awesome sunset celebration that is held nightly at the always fun Clearwater Beach Pier. Don't miss it!

 

At Madeira Beach, the sun, the white sand beaches and emerald turquoise waters invite swimming and sunning, be a beachcomber, or just sit and watch the world go by from the shade of a beach umbrella.

 

Set sail on a sunset cruise or a daylong fishing excursion or just stroll the wooden boardwalk and check out the waterfront shops and dining options.

The main draw here is three miles of sparkling white, sandy beaches on shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Go swimming, shelling, sunning, snorkeling, parasailing and more, or simply walk the beach and take in one of the most stunning and memorable sunsets that you will ever see.

Hang out at the world's longest waterfront bar, Gators Cafe & Saloon, to catch the sunset and enjoy the atmosphere at the surrounding beach bars, for live music and dancing.


With miles of beaches, surf shops and boutiques, along with dining and water sports for all ages, it's easy to see why St. Pete Beach is voted one of the best beaches in the U.S.

 

At the heart of St. Pete Beach is the historic pink palace, the Loews Don Ce Sar Hotel, built in 1928 at the heart of America's Jazz Age. It's worth a visit to soak up the nostalgic, Gatsby-like atmosphere.

Make time to see the Salvador Dali museum in downtown St. Petersburg, housing the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Spain.


Eating Out for Spring Break

Go On A Foodie Adventure In Orlando This Spring Break

Superb dining choices are hallmarks of a great city, and here in Orlando their is many standout eateries offering dishes from around the world, so whether you're looking for authentic ramen dishes, mouthwatering dry-aged steaks, or decadent crab nachos, you'll discover it all and more in Orlando.

 

Orlando is well known for the best theme parks in the world, and yes, of course we love eating and drinking our way around the world at Epcot... But beyond the bright lights and mouth watering delights of the parks you'll discover a world of wonderful food. In recent years, our foodie scene has exploded. We’ve got ​food halls, food trucks, farm-to-table restaurants, food tours, craft breweries, gastropubs, scratch bakeries and more, and with so many mouthwatering options, where do you begin?

 

Here at Gotta Go Orlando we've got you covered on the best places to eat. Orlando's impressive culinary scene awaits, keep up to date with the freshest Restaurant news and reviews here at Gotta Go Orlando, now go and eat your way around Orlando!


Shop till you drop in  Orlando

Shop Till You Drop This Spring Break In Orlando

Orlando really is a shoppers paradise, discover fabulous malls, amazing value outlet shopping, and exclusive specialty stores, truly something for everyone!

Disney Springs offers an eclectic mix of unique stores including M&M's World, Coca Cola Store, The Lego Store, Ron Jon Surf Shop and of course the world's largest Disney Store, The World Of Disney.

Outlet shopping is very popular here in Orlando and we're lucky to have our fair share of outlets, including Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, which both feature Orlando's only official Walt Disney World outlet stores.

Another popular outlet location is the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores with many brands you will not find anywhere else in Orlando.


Mall shopping continues to be ever popular here in Orlando with The Florida Mall a must visit, featuring over 270 retail stores, it's the areas largest shopping destination. The Mall at Millenia is a world class shopping destination boasting 150 of the finest stores, it's popular for upscale shopping here in Orlando.



Play A Round Of Put Put

Play award-winning miniature golf at Congo River Golf, with locations on I-Drive, Kissimmee, and Altamonte Springs. Also on I-Drive you'll discover Bonanza Golf featuring two 18-hole miniature golf courses with an Old West mining theme.


An indoor mini golf option is Putting Edge at Dezerland Park, a “Black Lit” courses, offering a dizzying universe full of fun, imagination, and activity. You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images and sounds, rocking your senses in extraordinary and unbelievable ways.


Experience Central Florida's most outrageously themed miniature golf - Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk Orlando! Inspired by the 1950's era, guests enter a classic drive-in theater box office area where they select either a "single feature" (18-holes) or "double feature" (36-holes) with a choice of two family friendly courses, "The Haunting of Ghostly Greens" and "Invaders From Planet Putt."


Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Kissimmee offers a unique “Adventure Golf” experience for ages 3 to 93. Follow in the footsteps of notorious pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. d their booty and explore the mountain to view a panorama of the entire pirate adventure.Extraordinary landscapes, waterfalls, streams and bridges await, as you stroll through this themed setting.


Free Orlando Museums and Galleries

Visit Orlando's Museums and Galleries

It might surprise you to know that that Orlando has a wonderful selection of museums, and cultural attractions, plus, many are free, while others offer designated free admission days.


Rollins Museum of Art

The Rollins Museum of Art features rotating exhibitions, ongoing programs, and an extensive permanent collection that spans centuries, from examples of ancient art and artifacts to contemporary art.


 Open to the public free year-round, its holdings include the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area, a sizeable American art collection, and a forward-thinking contemporary collection.


Mennello Museum

Paintings of American Impressionism and Realism from the Mennello Museum collection alongside important works from prestigious Florida museums. Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries during Free Family Funday.


CityArts

Funky gallery collective with monthly, varied exhibitions from local & international artists. CityArts in downtown Orlando is the Downtown Arts District's flagship venue containing six galleries, presentation and events spaces, as well as home to Curate Cafe.


Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center housed in a historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando, offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage. Enjoy free entry the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6 pm to 9 pm.


The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

The Morse Museum in Winter Park is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of dazzling works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A visit is complimentary during Friday Nights at the Morse scheduled November through April from 4 pm to 8 pm.


The museum is also free on Independence Day, Easter weekend, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival weekend, and Christmas Eve.


Art & History Museums of Maitland

You can enjoy free admission on the last Wednesday of every month to the current exhibition of the Maitland Art Center Gallery.


Open House At The Casa

Casa Feliz, or "Happy House," is the signature work of noted architect James Gamble Rogers II. The Andalusian-style masonry farmhouse has significantly influenced the architectural and cultural aspects of the community and served as a gathering spot for cultural discussion and education. Enjoy an open house on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon


The Alfond Inn Art Tours

Meet in The Alfond Inn lobby for a free tour with a Rollins Museum of Art staff member every first Wednesday of the month, which lasts about 60 minutes.


Artlando

Grab a map from the DT Orlando Information Center and go on a self-guided tour of downtown Orlando's streets to discover the contemporary sculptures which are Art Orlando. Not only will you get to know Downtown as you walk around, you’ll be seriously impressed by these stunning works of art.



So there you have it, a huge list of things to do in Orlando for Spring Break! Whatever you decide to do have an awesome Spring Break in Orlando!


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