A Break from Theme Parks During Spring Break in Orlando
I love Orlando’s theme parks! I’ve lived in Orlando for 13 years, and it still hasn’t gotten old that my own backyard is where the rest of the world comes to play. But if you’re planning an Orlando theme park vacation during spring break….let’s just say you won’t be the only one with that idea!
Peak-season crowds can be on the hectic side; and you may be longing for, well, a break! I always suggest taking a quick, one-day break from the crowds to re-boot. While there are many great activities in Orlando, here are a few of my favorites for a break from the theme parks that are sure to turn your Orlando spring break into an unmistakably Floridian experience.
Pick Oranges from an Orange Grove.
A sack of Florida oranges has been a longtime staple of rest stops and souvenir stands – but why not head home with ones that you’ve hand selected from the grove? Check out Showcase of Citrus in nearby Clermont! Along with picking among their oranges, they also have an open-air country market and monster-truck rides throughout their 2,500-acre property. An afternoon of citrus picking will breathe some sweet orange-scented air into your Instagram feed!
Visit a Florida Winery
Florida wines are developing a following! For the authentic vineyard experience, visit Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. They offer complimentary tours, including tastings of their award-winning Muscadines, seven days a week. Or, have a great conversation at your next dinner party by sharing stories of your visit to Quantum Leap, an “urban winery” near downtown Orlando.
Spot an Alligator from an Airboat
An airboat looks like a rowboat that’s been rigged up with an oversized fan! These vessels allow your driver to skim effortlessly through shallow swamp waters to find alligators, otters, and herons for your viewing pleasure.
Most airboat rides are 30-60 minutes long. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and bug repellent! I suggest Boggy Creek Airboat Rides; it’s close to the theme parks, but far enough to immerse yourself in Florida nature.
Where to Stay – My Hotel Recommendations:
- Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations – This property features roomy one- and two-bedroom suites. It is the perfect location if you’re visiting multiple theme parks as it is incredibly close to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World!
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando – If your idea of vacation is relaxing in the lap of luxury (with maybe a water slide spin or two mixed in), no one pampers you better than the Waldorf, nestled right next to Walt Disney World!
- DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance of Universal Orlando: located just across the street from Universal Orlando Resort with easy highway access to other theme parks — and the delicious warm cookie you’ll receive at check-in rivals any treat you’ll find in the parks!