The Best Time to Visit Orlando

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The best time to visit Orlando is typically between February and May, when you’ll find fewer crowds, more affordable accommodations, and absolutely perfect weather (especially if you live in a colder climate!).

Orlando is a major tourist destination—thanks to its multiple theme parks and attractions—but traveling during the city’s “off season” can help you save a few bucks on travel expenses and entertainment. If you’re traveling at this time of the year, however, you may see higher pricing during Easter and spring breaks, so try to book ahead.

Ready to start planning? Read on for more information about Orlando’s weather and its busiest season, as well as a month-by-month guide on the best times to visit Orlando.

The Weather in Orlando

It’s true that the Sunshine State has an abundance of sunshine—and in land-locked Orlando, it can be extremely humid, too. Temperatures in the summer can climb well into the 90s, but the humidity can make it feel like it’s in the 100s—and you can expect a rain storm every day. Florida has a subtropical climate, after all! This makes it great for swimming at the beach or the natural springs.

During the winter and spring, however, the weather is much more moderate. Daytime temperatures hover between the 50s and 70s, and can dip into the 40s at night—so be sure to pack a light jacket or sweater. Winter and spring are also Florida’s driest seasons, averaging only four rainy days per month.

Unbearably hot, summer weather continues until about mid-September, but Florida’s falls can be pleasant, too. The downside to fall travel? Hurricane season runs from June through October. Although hurricanes don’t often affect Orlando—and the chances of a hurricane hitting Florida during your trip are slim—it’s definitely something to keep in mind as you craft your itinerary. 

Peak Season in Orlando

Because Orlando has so many theme parks and kid-friendly attractions, crowds typically peak whenever there’s a school holiday—think summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break—and during the holidays, when families head to Florida to visit grandparents. During these times, you’ll find airfare and accommodations are significantly more expensive, and crowds around Orlando’s tourist spots are bigger.

Tourist Attraction Availability in Orlando

Orlando’s temperate climate helps many tourist attractions stay open all year long, but depending on the time of year, there may be some exceptions. Disney World, for example, has slightly shorter hours during the fall and winter months, and many of Orlando’s waterparks are closed during the winter season.

January

January can be a busy time in Orlando, as many schools are still on winter break. While super high, holiday pricing for airfare and accommodations tend to drop in January, crowds can linger. Outside of Orlando’s tourist destinations, you’ll find a lot to do—with far fewer crowds—so be sure to check out downtown Orlando, Mills 50, and nearby Winter Park. 

Events to check out:

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts: Celebrating all things art—and eating—this festival brings must-see exhibits, professional workshops, live concerts and performances, and some of the world’s most delicious foods to Epcot’s grounds. 
  • The Orlando Magic at the Amway Center: Even if basketball isn’t your thing, you’ll want to check out a Magic game at Orlando’s Amway Center. The stadium features locally-made eats from O-Town favorites like Black Bean Deli and Gringos Locos Tacos, as well as a stunning rooftop bar with 360-degree views of downtown Orlando.

February

Aside from President’s Day Weekend, February is generally slower than January. The weather remains clear, comfortable, and dry, so take advantage by hitting the great outdoors. Try your hand at paddle boarding or kayaking on one of Orlando’s numerous lakes, or head to Blue Spring State Park to see the manatees migrate for the spring.

Events to check out:

  • Universal Orlando Mardi Gras: Universal brings the Big Easy to the Sunshine State with authentic Mardi Gras entertainment, eats, and daily parades.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon: runDisney races bring thousands and thousands of runners to Orlando, and this half marathon is no exception. The best part? Many runners dress up as their favorite princesses and princes!   

March

Spring break, Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, and Daytona Bike Week may bring crowds to Orlando in March, so check out some of the city’s other offerings, like museums, breweries, and gorgeous public parks. If you’re heading to the theme parks, be sure to arrive early—before the park reaches capacity.

Events to check out:

  • Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival: OK, it may be crowded, but the absolutely amazing floral and garden arrangements are well worth it. Think: Your favorite Disney characters crafted out of beautiful florals and greenery.
  • APGD Eat Local, Sip Local Stroll: Head to the Audubon Park Garden District for a night of local beers and spirits, and inventive eats made with Florida-grown ingredients.

April

Spring breakers abound! You can expect some serious theme park crowds around spring break and Easter, but otherwise, Orlando isn’t super busy. If you want to skip the theme parks, check out the area’s lakes and nearby beaches for a little fun in the sun. By April, the temperature—and water—tend to be warm enough for recreation.

Events to check out:

  • Florida Film Festival: Hosted by the beautiful Enzian theater, this 10-day film festival screens nearly 200 films and hosts over 20,000 guests. Plus, the Enzian offers delicious, hand-crafted cocktails and locally-inspired eats, so you can nom while you watch Oscar noms.  

May

May kicks off Florida’s rainy season, so you can expect higher temperatures and regular afternoon rainstorms. Most schools are still in session, so airfare and accommodations will be on the cheaper side, and crowds will be minimal. Take advantage by heading to the theme parks early, then checking out the city of Orlando at night.    

Events to check out:

  • Cinco de Mayo in downtown Orlando: Head to Church Street—the city of Orlando’s very first strip of bars and restaurants—for endless margaritas, guacamole, and dancing.

June

The first month of summer brings brutal heat and massive crowds to Orlando. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat—the Florida sun is much stronger than you may think—and be prepared to wait in longer lines at theme parks. If you’re not visiting the area’s attractions, stick to air conditioned destinations, like museums, movie theaters, and bars and restaurants.

Events to check out:

  • Bite30: Orlando’s 30-Day Restaurant Week: Eat your way through the City Beautiful—and stay cool in the air conditioning!—during this month-long celebrate of Orlando’s best restaurants. Participating eateries will showcase their food with $30 prix fixe dinner menus.

July

Every child in America is on summer break in July, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the peak month for Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. Expect extremely long waits for rides and attractions; unbearably hot and humid weather; and heavy traffic on Orlando’s major roads. Apply (and reapply!) sunscreen and drink lots of water to help beat the strong summer sun.

Events to check out:

  • Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs: Looking for a spectacular fireworks display for the Fourth of July? Look no further than the House of Mouse.
  • Lake Nona Great American Block Party: This free event offers entertainment, activities, and eats for the entire family. We should also mention there’s free apple pie a la mode after the block party’s annual pie baking contest. 

August

August is the hottest month of the year in Orlando, so try to stay inside when the sun is strongest—between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If theme parks are on your August itinerary, be sure to visit some of Orlando’s water parks, like Typhoon Lagoon, to cool off. Alternately, you can head to Winter Park, Florida, and hop on the Winter Park Boat Tour. You’ll catch a nice breeze from the boat’s deck, and get a glimpse at some of Winter Park’s most gorgeous waterfront abodes.

Events to check out:

  • Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival: Sample drinks and delicacies from around the globe at this months-long festival.

September

School is back in session, so September is one of the best times to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Plus, hotel rates hit their lowest price points of the year. The one downside? The heat and humidity can be almost unbearable. Like we said: Drink lots of water and don’t forget your sunscreen.

October

October’s cooler temperatures are a much, much welcomed reprieve from the summer heat. Many theme parks have fun events for Halloween, like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (definitely not for kids) and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (perfect for kids), so you can expect some crowds. In the city of Orlando, you’ll find amazing Halloween parties and a city-wide pride celebration. 

Events to check out:

  • Orlando Pride Festival: October is Orlando’s pride month, so there are tons of events happening around the city—from a drag 5k road race, to a LGBTQ film festival, to massive parties downtown.

November

Between snow birds settling in for the winter and family members visiting for the holidays, November can be a busy time in Orlando. If you can manage the crowds, however, you’ll be rewarded with some gorgeous weather.

December

Both the city of Orlando and the theme parks get totally decked out for the holidays during December. It’s kind of like a winter wonderland, except the temperatures hover around the low-70s during the day and the 50s at night. The best of both worlds, right? Unsurprisingly, holiday and winter breaks bring major crowds to the theme parks and attractions, so expect long lines and heavy traffic in the areas surrounding the parks.

Events to check out:

  • Epcot’s Candlelight Processional: If you can brave the crowds, don’t miss Epcot’s gorgeous retelling of the Christmas story, during which the narrator is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.  
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