How to Enjoy Summertime in Orlando

A summer trip to Orlando is full of opportunities to make lifelong memories! Check out the tips and tricks below to make the most out of your sunshine-filled vacation!

Bright blue sign at the entrance of Equatica

Theme Parks
Orlando is arguably known best for its vast selection of theme parks. From the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Resort, and SeaWorld; there are endless possibilities when planning a park day.  However, you might not be used to the heat that accompanies the beautiful Florida sun. On this summer trip, I suggest going to a waterpark! Orlando has four major waterparks to choose from. My recommendation, Aquatica, it was rated #1 Waterpark in the United States by USA Today! It has a truly unique atmosphere, excellent attractions, and is forward thinking in its company values. In fact, Aquatica Orlando is the first waterpark in the country to be a Certified Autism Center. With that being said, you should definitely set aside a day to float along the lazy river or race down the waterslides. It is the perfect way to beat the heat when enjoying the Florida sun!

Ariel view of the pier at Clearwater beach.

Orlando Beaches
Nothing says summer like visiting the beach, only 90 miles west of Orlando is Clearwater Beach. The perfect distance for a day trip and a great escape from a busy work week. TripAdvisor recently rated Clearwater Beach the #1 beach in the US and it’s easy to see why! It features white sugar sand, beautiful blue water, and stunning sunsets. It is the perfect backdrop for enjoying a tropical drink at the Palm Pavilion while watching dolphins play in the waves just off the coast.

Ocean view overlooking Disney Springs dining with a purple fountain

Urban Adventuring
Do you love to stroll through downtown areas or shop until you drop? Be sure to visit one of Orlando’s urban centers such as Disney Springs, CityWalk, or International Drive. Each of these unique areas features award-winning dining, expansive shopping, and live entertainment. Disney Springs is my personal favorite to grab a refreshing Frosé from Wine Bar George and enjoy an energizing atmosphere while doing some light shopping.

Amusement Park Swing Ride with bright lights against a jet black night sky.

If you are looking for something with a faster pace, visit International Drive and take on the Orlando Star Flyer. This attraction lifts you 450 feet above the heart of the city and swings you through the air – providing a breathtaking view of Orlando. It is sure to be the highlight of the trip for any adrenaline junkie!  Afterward, stroll over to ICON Park where you can grab dinner, drinks, or take a ride on the 400-foot observation wheel.

Pink, orabge, and yellow beach sunset.

 Know Before You Go
Your Orlando trip is sure to be full of memories – but be sure to remember these tips to make the most of your trip!

  • Most attractions in Orlando require at least 20 minutes of commuting and parking is almost never free. Whether you rent a car or use rideshare/public transportation, be mindful of the cost and travel time when scheduling your trip!
  • The Florida sun can be harsh and a sunburn can disrupt your plans. Sunblock is not optional.
  • For those on a budget, Orlando is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and it can be costly. Consider pre-planning your meals for any major parks or day trips. It can help you stay on schedule and save money.
  • Lastly, the majority of Orlando attractions have lists of prohibited items (selfie sticks, costumes, etc.) Review the attraction guidelines ahead of time to avoid having to make unscheduled trips back to the car.

I hope these tips and tricks prove useful for your summer escape to Orlando. Have fun in my backyard!

Know Before You Go

  • If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, be sure to pack adequate walking shoes. The resort is close in size to San Francisco!
  • At Universal Orlando™, the general parking is $25.
  • International Drive is known as the tourist center of the city – you’ll be close to trendy restaurants, bars, and sightseeing activities.
Blonde man wearing glasses & a blue suit.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Trinten O. Are you interested in traveling to Orlando? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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