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When someone says Orlando, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Likely, it’s theme parks, Disney princesses, and roller coasters to boot.

But what about the fun activities for adults? Sure, you can have fun exploring Universal Studios and Disney World, but most of the activities are geared towards the young visitors—or the young at heart. Check out our guide to the Central Florida golf courses for more adult-friendly options.

In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the top fun things to do for adults in Orlando. So the next time you choose to stay at one of our vacation rentals, you’ll have plenty of adult-only fun to look forward to!

1. Ride the Waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Located in the Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay is a tropical-themed water park centered around the 200-foot volcano, Krakatau. Adrenaline junkies can slide down the volcano via the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, while the rest of us can lazily float the Kopiko Wai Winding River.

When you’re done getting wet, you can even rent a private cabana or grab a drink at the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar.

2. Experience the Kennedy Space Center

About an hour east of Orlando lies Cape Canaveral, home to the birthplace of America’s space program, the Kennedy Space Center.

When you visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can embark on a tour, discover current cutting-edge innovations, and even enter the spaceport of the future and experience one of four immersive journeys.

3. Tee Off at the Golf Course

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If you’re a golf lover, it doesn’t get more picturesque or pristine than the golf courses of Central Florida. From Orlando, you’ll be close to a number of gorgeous courses, each with varying levels of difficulty. Here are some we recommend:

4. Dedicate a Day at Winter Park

Winter Park, dubbed “Little Europe,” is a mere 7 miles from Orlando, yet its cobblestone streets, abundant outdoor spaces, and upscale restaurants feel like a world away from the chaotic Disney parkscape.

When you visit, you can explore one of the many public parks, take a scenic boat tour, visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, or dine in one of Winter Park’s upscale restaurants.

5. Shop at the Florida Mall

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Whether you’re traveling with kids or not, everyone loves a little retail therapy. Orlando has numerous malls, though none are as popular as the Florida Mall. With over 250 retail stores, there is a good mix of popular brands like Apple, Zara, and Sephora, alongside luxury brands like Rolex and Armani Exchange.

6. Ride the Wheel at ICON Park

Just because this is an “adult” day doesn’t mean we can’t embrace our inner child. ICON Park is an entertainment destination located along International Drive. Popular with tourists and locals alike, it’s one of the few places where visitors can get up close and personal with their favorite heroes at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

After the museum, you’ll want to ride The Wheel, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel that offers an unbeatable view of Orlando’s skyline. Finally, end the evening with a drink and some live music at the Tin Roof.

7. Grab a Glass at a Wine Bar

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Of course, no adult-focused vacation would be complete without a little wine tasting. While there are a few wineries around Orlando (like Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards), if you’re staying local, these are the must-visit wine bars for you:

8. Get Lost in a State Park

By far, one of the most unexplored experiences in Orlando (and Central Florida in general) is its state parks. Whether you’re looking to stretch your legs with a hike, explore some springs, kayak, or perhaps even see a manatee, there’s likely a state park within an hour’s drive. Here are some favorites:

9. Grab a Drink at the Walt Disney World Resort

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When you’re hustling between rides, there’s nothing quite like a quick trip to the nearest beer garden, but if you have a little more time on your hands, you can quench your thirst in style. Here are our favorite spots within the Walt Disney World Resort where you can really relax and grab a craft cocktail:

10. Take a Scenic Stroll through the Leu Gardens

Encompassing 50 acres of gorgeous botanical gardens, the Harry P. Leeu Gardens offer the perfect reprieve from the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando. There are multiple gardens to meander, as well as the historical Leu Estate, which has been converted into a museum and art gallery available to tour.

11. Rent a Swan-Shaped Paddleboat

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Keen on a romantic ride around Lake Eola Park? Visitors can rent an adorable swan-shaped paddleboat and ride across the lake, getting up close and personal to the massive fountain. Don’t be surprised if you swim alongside real swans, too!

12. Sample the Local Breweries

What adult trip to Orlando would be complete without a brewery hop? No pun intended!

Central Florida’s craft beer scene is thriving, and more than 20 breweries in the Orlando area participate in Central Florida’s Ale Trail. Pick up a trail map at one of the participating breweries and collect passport stamps as you sample the local ales. If you finish the map you’ll even get a free 64 oz. growler fill at the last stop!

13. Spend the Day at Seaworld

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Adults and kids alike agree that Seaworld is one of the best parks in Orlando. Whether you’re looking to ride the tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster, Mako, or you’ve always wanted to go snorkeling and swim with dolphins in Discovery Cove, you’re guaranteed to have a blast when you spend the day at Seaworld.

14. Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding

Nothing screams Florida vacation like taking advantage of the watersports. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are within arms reach, and numerous tour companies over these unique experiences. Here are some that we love:

15. Visit a Museum

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There are over 40 museums in Orlando that cater to a variety of interests, whether you’re into contemporary art, science, or aquariums. Here are some worth checking out:

16. Support a Farmer’s Market

Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there’s typically always a farmer’s market going on. Not only does this give you the chance to buy local organic produce, but there are often food trucks and live music, making this the perfect family-friendly way to spend an afternoon. Here are some of our favorites:

17. Go Zip Lining

Consider this your sign if you’ve always wanted to go zip lining. At Gatorland, you’ll be able to experience the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, featuring five sections of zip lining totaling 1,200 feet and a 150-foot chain bridge. As you ride, you’ll fly over over 130 giant alligators, guaranteeing an experience you won’t forget!

18. Take a Day Trip

One of the best parts of visiting Orlando is that not only is there endless fun right from your doorstep, but you can effortlessly travel all around Central Florida. Here are some of the best day trips from Orlando:

19. Get Shocked at Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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Ever think you’d be able to touch a piece of Mars? How about seeing a shrunken torso owned by Ernest Hemingway? When you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you’ll get to observe countless oddities and engage in interactive exhibits you’re guaranteed to never experience elsewhere!

20. Experience the Local Bar Scene

Whether you’re traveling kid-free or you’re trading babysitting duties for the day, nothing screams adult vacation quite like experiencing the neighborhood bar scene. Luckily, Orlando is buzzing with nightlife and live music on every corner.

Here are some of our favorite bars in Orlando:

Treat Yourself with Fun Adult Activities in Orlando

Whether traveling with kids or on an adult’s getaway, an Orlando vacation should be on the top of your bucket list. With thrilling theme parks, gorgeous scenery, and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

The next time you visit Orlando, book your stay at one of our vacation rentals, and you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the best activities Central Florida has to offer!

No one does fireworks quite like Disney World, so naturally, it’s a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July. With patriotic-themed characters, parades, live music, and of course — an epic fireworks show, there’s so much to do at local theme parks like Disney World on Independence Day.

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Whether you want to spend all day in the theme parks or have a BBQ and pool party in your private vacation rental before the fireworks, the 4th of July fun doesn’t stop in Central Florida!

So, grab your red, white, and blue Mickey Ears — here’s your ultimate guide to planning a Disney vacation and celebrating the 4th of July in Disney World!

4th of July Festivities at Walt Disney World 2024

The 4th of July is one big, days-long party at Walt Disney World. Every park has its own set of festivities that include special 4th of July-themed characters and shows, lots of special sweet treats, live music, and parades.

While Disney offers fireworks shows nightly, the 4th of July fireworks are extra special. They illuminate the skies above Magic Kingdom and Epcot in red, white, and blue.

Magic Kingdom Celebrations 2024

The Magic Kingdom celebrates the holidays of July 3rd and July 4th. Experience the magic of Independence Day with the dazzling “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” a 14-minute fireworks display that illuminates the sky above Cinderella Castle on both evenings. The fireworks are choreographed to a thrilling musical arrangement designed to evoke feelings of American pride and inclusivity, welcoming visitors from all corners of the globe to join in the revelry.

You can also pay homage to the nation’s highest office by visiting the renowned Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. This attraction features representations of all 45 U.S. Presidents, offering a historical journey through the esteemed position.

Don’t miss the poignant Flag Retreat ceremony held daily at 5:00 p.m. on Main Street U.S.A., where guests can recite the pledge of allegiance, listen to patriotic melodies, and witness the flag being lowered with a selected veteran receiving the honor. Those eager to participate should inquire at City Hall for availability.

Guests can also engage in lively DJ dance parties scattered throughout the park for added festive fun.

What to Know Before You Go

Disney World is a popular summer destination, especially on the 4th of July. Here’s a look at what to expect when visiting during the holiday.

What’s the best Disney park to visit for the 4th of July?

While Disney has multiple parks, and they all have their own special events, Magic Kingdom and Epcot take the cake when it comes to 4th of July festivities. Both feature special shows, patriotic-themed Disney characters, food, and fireworks for the 4th of July.

The Magic Kingdom is home to Main Street U.S.A, Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents, and Voices of Liberty — what better time to visit these patriotic attractions than the 4th of July?

Epcot features the American Adventure in The World Showcase, and its iconic geosphere, Spaceship Earth, is illuminated in red, white, and blue for the holiday.

Can’t decide which one to visit? Consider the Park Hopper pass which grants you access to both parks but plan to arrive early — you’ll have a lot of ground to cover! If you’re planning to visit for a few days, you can also catch many of the special events on July 3rd.

What’s the weather like in Disney on the 4th of July?

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The weather in Disney during the 4th of July is typically hot and humid. Temperatures tend to range between the 80s and 90s, and there’s usually lots of sunshine. Afternoon thunderstorms are always a possibility during the summer in Florida, but they tend to move through quickly.

The good thing about Disney parks is there are plenty of indoor attractions, shops, and restaurants where you can take a break from the heat or wait out the rain.

What should I pack for the 4th of July in Disney?

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Spending the 4th of July in Disney World will likely involve lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. You’ll also be spending lots of time outside in the sun and heat, so cool, comfy clothes and sun protection are important. Consider layering up with comfy tees, quick-dry pants or shorts, and a light athletic or tech-material jacket for sun protection or when indoors in cooler spaces. Top it off with sunglasses or a hat, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

If you’re not used to the Florida summer heat, consider packing some extra cooling items like cooling towels and personal fans. You’ll see lots of people walking around Disney World with personal fans (mini, battery-operated fans that are handheld or hang from the neck). You can find these online or in just about any store in Orlando.

Don’t worry if you miss anything, there are plenty of shops in Disney that have everything you might need for comfort, and of course, all the fun stuff to complete your outfit, like Mickey Ears!

Where should I stay for the 4th of July in Disney World?

While there’s no shortage of accommodations in and around Walt Disney World, if you want to avoid the noise, crowds, and high-priced hotels — a private vacation rental is the way to go! You can enjoy spacious, fully furnished vacation homes with fun amenities like themed rooms, home theaters, pools, indoor rock climbing walls, game rooms, and so much more. It’s perfect for families with kids!

What else is there to do in Disney World for the 4th of July?

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While the patriotic festivities and special fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot draw the biggest crowds for Independence Day, there’s still so much more to see and do in Disney to enjoy your holiday.

Want to keep the theme park fun going? Visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. Both parks have lots of attractions and are typically less crowded than Magic Kingdom or Epcot on the 4th of July (just be aware they don’t do fireworks).

Want to cool off? Head to one of Disney’s Water Parks, like Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. You may find fewer crowds than the more popular theme parks, and nothing beats floating in a lagoon or splashing down a waterslide on a hot summer day in Florida!

Want a more laid-back day of strolling, shopping, and dining? Make your way over to Disney Springs or the Disney Boardwalk. These charming entertainment complexes have plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, live music, special attractions, and more. And, the best part is — there’s no ticket needed to enter.

Tips For Navigating Disney World on The 4th of July

Here are some tips for navigating Disney World on the 4th of July and making the most of your visit. 

Celebrate the 4th of July at Disney World

Ready to experience the magic of a Disney Independence Day? There’s no topping the 4th of July festivities and fireworks you’ll find in Walt Disney World.

Keep the magic going by staying at an Element Vacation Home. The fun never stops with themed rooms, home theaters, pools, BBQs, mini-golf, tiki bars, and much more.

Book your stay now and start planning your happily ever after with a Fourth of July grand finale to remember.

Aptly known as the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to over a dozen theme parks (and counting). Whether you want to experience the magic of Disney, the thrills of Universal Studios, or the fun of Legoland, there’s no shortage of theme park fun to be had in Orlando.

Coupled with Central Florida’s abundant sunshine, outdoor recreation, shopping, golf, and luxurious vacation rentals — Orlando is a world-class destination year-round. While any time can be a good time to visit Orlando, each season offers something a little bit different by way of weather, crowds, and special events.

Here’s a look at Orlando theme parks by the season to help you plan your best vacation yet!

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks in The Spring

Spring is blooming with fun at Orlando theme parks. The weather is nice, the crowds are moderate, and there are lots of fun festivals to enjoy.

Spring Weather in Orlando

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Spring weather in Orlando can fluctuate between cool and warm but usually never gets too cold or too hot. Often, it’s considered “just right” and is comfortable for being outdoors all day. Temperatures can range from the mid-60s to the low 80s, with some cooler mornings and evenings. Days are typically sunny and dry, but towards mid-May, you may start to see some rain showers.

Spring Crowds in Orlando

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Spring crowds in Orlando can be moderate to high. The higher crowd levels usually occur around spring break and during holidays and special events.

Spring break can occur from early March to mid-April, but the third week of March, when local schools go on spring break, tends to be the most crowded. The Easter holiday weekend is also a notably busy time, especially in Walt Disney World.

Spring Events in Orlando Theme Parks

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Visiting Orlando Theme Parks in The Summer

Summer heats up in Orlando with hot weather and high crowds but you’ll also enjoy more time at the parks with extended summer hours and lots of water park fun — a summer must!

Summer Weather in Orlando

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Summer weather in Orlando is hot and humid with a mix of sun and rain. Temperatures tend to range from the lower 80s to the lower 90s, with evenings remaining balmy in the upper 70s. Summer is also the rainy season so afternoon showers and thunderstorms become increasingly common, especially during July and August.

While Orlando typically doesn’t face many hurricane threats due to its inland location, summer is hurricane season in Florida so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on any developing storms.

Summer Crowds in Orlando

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Summer is the high season in Orlando so crowds can reach peak levels. With schools across the US being out and an influx of international travelers, Orlando theme parks are at their busiest during the summer months. As schools return from summer vacation in mid-August, you’ll start to see fewer crowds.

Summer Events in Orlando Theme Parks

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks in The Fall

Fall is an exceptionally fun and busy time in Orlando’s theme parks with cooler weather and lots of festivals and special events for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Fall Weather in Orlando

Similar to the spring, fall weather in Orlando can fluctuate between warm and cool. September is typically still hot, humid, and rainy with average temperatures in the 80s, but by October, cooler, drier conditions set in. Mid to late fall temperatures tend to range from the upper 60s to lower 80s and rain chances begin to dissipate.

Fall Crowds in Orlando

Fall crowds in Orlando can fluctuate quite a bit, depending on the month and events. Typically, September crowds are low, October crowds are high (especially nearing Halloween), and November crowds are moderate up until the week of Thanksgiving, which then gets quite crowded again.

If you’re looking for a less crowded time to visit in the fall while still enjoying cooler weather, a week or two after Halloween but before Thanksgiving can be the sweet spot.

Fall Events in Orlando Theme Parks

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks in The Winter

Winter in Orlando has great weather and lots of holiday magic. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year, but as they say — the more, the merrier!

Winter Weather in Orlando

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Winter weather in Orlando is cool, breezy, and dry. Temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s for most of the winter, with some cooler days in January. There’s also typically plenty of sunshine and little to no rain. Winter is the closest you’ll get to perfect weather in Orlando!

Winter Crowds in Orlando

Winter is one of the most crowded times of the year in Orlando, especially around the holidays which are the peak of the season. It’s not uncommon for parks to reach capacity on those days, so arrive early if you are planning to spend Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve at a theme park. January and February are still busy but have lower crowds than December.

Winter Events in Orlando Theme Parks

Note: These are just a few of the most popular winter events; nearly every theme park has special holiday happenings, so be sure to check their event calendars!

Theme Park Thrills for All Seasons

No matter what season you visit, an Orlando vacation never disappoints. Experience all the theme park thrills, cozy up with your favorite characters for photos, and indulge in one-of-a-kind sweet treats. After all the excitement, start your day right with a delicious breakfast at one of the best breakfast spots in Orlando.

The fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave the theme park! Extend the magic by staying with Element Vacation Homes where you’ll enjoy themed rooms, home theaters, arcades, indoor mini-golf, and much more.

Central Florida is a haven for theme and amusement park enthusiasts. Epcot, Busch Gardens, Legoland, Universal Studios, Seaworld. Florida has it all. But the biggest attraction in all of Florida is right here in Orlando. Walt Disney World. WDW, for short.

Planning a trip to Disney World can be a daunting task. There are secret attractions, park foodie favorites, new ride releases, and novelty merch. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the top Disney influencers, bloggers, and vloggers to help guide your WDW journey and make sure you have the perfect family-friendly or adult-only getaway while staying at one of our conveniently located Kissimmee or Davenport, Florida vacation rentals.

These are the 29 best online sources of Disney news and valuable Disney travel planning tips!

Best Disney YouTube Channels & Disney Vlogs

Vlogs on platforms like YouTube are a great way to get a visual sense of Disney.

1. The Disney Food Blog

Let’s start with the most important part of every Disney World trip. The food. Or at least Disney Food Blog thinks so. This YouTube is dedicated to dissecting everything edible within the Disney universe and recommending the best eats to add to your bucket list. Start your park planning here.

2. The Tim Tracker

While The Tim Tracker is not a Disney exclusive vlogger, they are among the most prominent Youtubers in the Orlando area. Their Disneyworld Vlogs, in particular, are super informative and really showcase what you can pack into a single day in the park.

3. Mickey Views

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Self-proclaimed to be your one-stop shop for all things Disney, Mickey Views delivers in the diversity of topics covered. You can expect new ride releases, proposed park overhauls, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and personal recommendations on how Disney could improve their parks.

4. Theme Park Stop

Alicia Stella covers all the news and rumored happenings of theme parks in Orlando and elsewhere in the globe. While you’re not going to find tips to plan your visit, you will find exciting park news — often heard on the Theme Park Stop first!

5. The Orlando Real

Ken Pozak is not your typical Disney influencer. He’s actually an Orlando real estate agent who also extensively covers the local theme parks on his The Orlando Real YouTube channel and is a great resource for all the fun things to do in the Orlando area!

6. Paging Mr. Morrow

This Disney vlogger posts videos about a variety of Disney-related topics from Japan to Disneyworld Florida. He loves to cover the best eats in the parks, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and other Disney events. The Paging Mr. Morrow YouTube channel is down-to-earth and very relatable.

7. DSNY Newscast

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Want to know what’s going on in the world of Disney? The DSNY Newscast is the Vlog for you. Rather than focusing on one person’s experience in any parks, this vlog dives into Disney news and helps you stay up to date on all Disney happenings.

8. Adam Hattan

Tired of only American perspectives? Try Adam Hattan’s vlog instead. He’s a British WDW lover who creates long-form videos about his experiences on Disney Cruise Line and within the Disney Parks.

Best Disney Content Creators/Influencers

YouTube isn’t for everyone. Social Media creators on Instagram often offer more valuable Disney info in shorter amounts of time. These are our favorite Disney fans on Instagram (& TikTok).

9. Disney Foodie

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IG: @disney_foodie

Want to see crisp clear photos of all the best things you can eat in Disneyland? Disney Foodie has got you covered. The account also covers exactly where to find each tasty treat.

10. Vegan Disney World

IG: @vegandisneyworld

This account covers exactly what the name promises. Consider Melissa your complete and up-to-date guide on all the best Vegan-friendly meals to indulge in on your next visit.

11. California Disney Bliss

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IG: @Californiadisneybliss

Warning! This Disney Guru is based in California. This means that Bridget doesn’t cover Disney World but rather Disneyland! Her excitement over the Disney Theme Parks is infectious and bound to get you stoked to visit Disneyworld during your Florida vacation. Her videos are unique and more from a personal perspective, so you can see the park from her eyes.

12. Chasing Magic Daily

IG: @chasingmagicdaily

Lindsay is a Disney Mom. She’s brimming with tips for traveling with your littles to Disney Parks and is also friends with Bridget from California Disney Bliss. While most of her content is also based around the California Parks, she’s well worth a follow for all the Disney Lovers out there.

An honorary mention goes tc @magicintoontown and @morningswithmickey, who also spend time in(fluencing) the parks on Main Street with Lindsay and Bridget. If you have a Disneyland, California trip on the books, be sure to check out all four of them for the best family-friendly tips.

13. Magical Tour Guide

IG: @magicaltourguide

If you’re looking for actionable tips to get the insider experiences at WDW for your first-time visit then Sharon has some gems in her Instagram feed.

14. Magical Places Family

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Camille from the Magical Places Family is the best account to follow on this list if you are looking for secret strategies to cut down on time spent in line, where to get unique merch, iconic snacks, and other important Disney strategies to maximize your time in the park. She’s a planner and gives A++ information.

15. Bethany Vinton

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IG: @Bethanyvinton

Food and Disney Tips combine to create a personal account that all Disney Lovers love to follow. Bethany offers up her honest take on WDW food and Walt Disney Cruises. What makes her Instagram info unique? She’s got all the hot tips on where to drink in Walt Disney World! Theme parks can be for adults, too.

16. History at Disney

IG: @historyatdisney

This Instagram account caters to history buffs and delves into Walk Disney himself. It walks you through the wild ride of the Walk Disney Companies creation with inside stories.

Best Disney Podcasts

These four podcasts dive deep into various aspects of Disney Magic.

17. Disney Travel Secrets

The Disney Travel Secrets podcast covers how to avoid Disney scams, hidden treasures on Disney Cruises, and how to pack the perfect Disney bag.

18. The Happiest Plate on Earth

Foodie’s rejoice! The Happiest Plate on Earth covers exactly what you should eat at Disney Springs, the best restaurants in the parks and at the Walt Disney World Resorts, and what’s worth eating at the Epcot festivals.

19. Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

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This award-winning Disney Pod covers everything you would EVER need to know about Walt Disney World.

20. Main Street Dish Podcast

Co-hosted by Bethany Vinton (from the Influencers above), the Main Street Dish Podcast covers all things foodie and alcohol-related within the Disney parks. Both California and Florida!

Best Disney Bloggers & Websites

Now that you’ve been properly influenced and are excited to visit a Disney Park on your next Florida Trip, you’re ready to dig into the details. These websites will help you get ready to tackle the park with vigor, knowing all the insider expert tips and tricks.

21. All Ears

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While All Ears might not be the most modern-looking website, it delivers value. Here, you can see what’s going on with the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Universal Orlando news, and so much more.

22. Yesterland

This super niche blog doesn’t offer any insights into planning your future Disney trip. Rather, it showcases all the defunct and retired Disney rides of the past. Yesterland covers Disneyland, Disneyworld, and all the international parks as well!

23. Tips from the Disney Divas and Devos

From special park events like RunDisney to planning the perfect park experience for you and the whole family, this uber-dedicated blogger has all the details. She documents all her dining and hotel reviews from each park as well as super in-depth vacation planning guides on Tips from the Disney Divas and Devos.

24. Disney Tourist Blog

Get your Disney World News and vacation planning tips in the same place at the Disney Tourist Blog. With novel blog topics like tips for pin trading (a popular pastime for parkgoers) and where to see the brand-new drone shows within the parks.

25. WDW Prep School

Are you trying to plan your Disney Vacation and struggling to know where to start? Use Shannon Albert’s six-step process to plan the perfect WDW trip. The WDW Prep School is the most comprehensive guide to Walt Disney World on the internet. She visits the park monthly and has stayed at every single resort. This wealth of knowledge means she is known to have the best recommendations for parkgoers.

26. Dad’s Guide to Walt Disney World

While much of the Disney info is often from Mom’s POV, this website is dedicated to Dads. On the Dad’s Guide to Walt Disney World, You’ll find all the usual tips and tricks, like how to plan the perfect trip, skip the crowds, and prioritize which rides, but all of it will be from the perspective of the website’s very own “dad.”

27. The Disney Blog

By fans, for fans. The Disney Blog is a compilation of all the latest WDW news today.

28. Blog Mickey

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The Blog Mickey is another excellent website dedicated solely to the most up-to-date news regarding the Disney universe. Check out what’s going on at Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, or Animal Kingdom.

29. Polka Dots and Pixie Dust

Sleek and useful, the Polka Dots and Pixie Dust travel blog is focused solely on Disney and broken down by park. You can scroll through hundreds of useful blog posts about each park, covering not only day-to-day trip planning but also special events and festivals, as well as things you can do to embrace the Disney spirit from home.

We’re Ready to Welcome You To Florida!

Get ready to livestream your entire vacation. Following the tips of these creatives, you’re all set to spend Halloween, Christmas, or Spring Break in one of the happiest places on Earth. Not only that, but you’re set to tackle the park like a true expert.

Understanding all the Disney-adult lingo and how to skirt the notoriously long lines. After you’re done with a long day at the WDW, our carefully designed vacation rentals with pet-friendly options are ready to send you off to sleep. Comfortable, quiet, and just an easy 20-minute drive from the park itself, our rentals guarantee a cozy getaway for the whole family.

More than 135 million people visit the Sunshine State every single year. Surprisingly, it’s not the soft white sand beaches, manatee-filled lagoons, and tart slices of Key Lime Pie that keep the tourists coming. It’s the theme parks.

While I’m sure many visitors love to soak up the Florida sun and relax in nature, the vast majority are here to indulge in the state’s impressive theme parks, the most popular of which, is Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is just a 30-minute drive from our quiet Element Vacation Homes Kissimmee. Our Davenport rentals are just 15 minutes farther. This means you can savor a full day of amusement in the park and then retire to the relative quiet of a small Floridian town for an evening of relaxation.

Quick Things to Know About Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is not just one single theme park. It’s actually three. The main two are Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Both these parks have an abundance of rides spanning a variety of themes and “skill” levels. The third park, Volcano Bay, is known for its water rides and attractions and is the least-visited of the three parks.

Before you plan your visit, be sure to purchase the correct park-to-park ticket pass or multi-day entry and understand which of the three parks your tickets grant you access to. See the official website to compare your ticketing options.

But which rides are most thrilling in this expansive amusement park? Let’s look at what the vast majority of visitors to Universal Orlando find to be the most amusing rides in the park.

Best Rides for Thrill-Seekers

1. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

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As you can deduce from the stats above, this scream machine is the most intense of all the rides within the three parks. With seven inversions and a 67-mph starting speed, this is for the biggest thrill-seekers in the group.

2. Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Sky-high and screaming fast, this is a ride that coaster enthusiasts will love. What it lacks in inversions (but it does still have 4 of them), it makes up for in speed and elevation. Only for the most intrepid of park-goers.

3. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The long lines of this Harry Potter-themed coaster are well worth the wait. Here, you’ll hop on the back of Hagrid’s motorcycle for a journey through the world of HP and a thrilling roller-coaster-style ride.

4. Revenge of the Mummy

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An indoor roller coaster that is hailed as one of the best at Universal Studios Orlando. Not to be missed.

5. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

If you’re looking for thrills. You’ve found it. The best part is riders get to choose their soundtrack for the 65 mph coaster.

6. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The pinnacle of thrill rides. Harry Potter fans delight in this super realistic dark ride where you fight to escape the goblins of Gringotts Bank.

7. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall

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This 185-foot-tall needle freefall machine reaches speeds of 40 MPH. If you have a fear of heights, this is not the ride for you.

8. Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride

Although the ride begins as a scenic boat ride through placid waters, it quickly turns into a tumultuous water ride through rapids and ends in an 85-foot drop. Expect to get wet.

9. Skull Island Reign of Kong

This dark ride is trackless and has intense visuals, which makes it unsuitable for young children.

Best Kid-Friendly Rides

10. E.T. Adventure

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This ride first opened in the park in 1990. It’s one of the oldest and most enduring attractions. Although the animatronics are dated, they still entertain.

11. The Hogwarts Express (King’s Cross Station or Hogsmeade Station)

This unique train ride takes you from one side of Harry Potter Land to the other. This is also how you travel between Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure which explains why you need the “park-to-park” pass to enjoy this ride.

12. The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train

This mellow coaster takes you high above the Seuss Landing world and offers two separate track systems. This means you can enjoy the scenery twice in one day without riding the same ride two times.

13. The Cat in the Hat

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One part nostalgia, one part motion simulation, this ride is fun for everyone. It’s immersive and closely follows the storyline of the beloved Dr. Suess character.

14. Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

A simple spinning ride for fans of the classic Tilt o’ Whirl or a time filler if the line is short.

15. Villain-Con Minion Blast

Interactive point-and-shoot game-style ride that is very similar to the Men and Black-themed ride.

16. Caro-Seuss-El

The most whimsical carousel you’ll ever ride. Rather than circus-themed animals and seats you can expect the wacky Dr. Seuss characters we all know and love from our childhood.

17. Flight of the Hippogriff

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A short family-friendly coaster with views of the Hogwarts Castle.

18. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

This is a true kiddo ride with minimal thrill. It’s colorful, whimsical, and has some mild spinning for the kids who can’t ride some of the other attractions in the park.

19. Pteranodon Flyers

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A ride not for adults! In a major park plot twist, these parasailing dinosaurs are ONLY for riders with a child between the 36-56 inch height range.

20. Storm Force Accelatron

If you’re familiar with Walt Disney World and the spinning tea cups of the Mad Hatter, this is a spinoff. Pun intended.

Best Motion Simulator Rides

21. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

This ride straddles the line between motion simulation and thrill coaster. This ride is consistently labeled as one of the best attractions in the park overall due to the innovative technologies used in its special effects and the stunning (and super realistic) backdrop that is Hogwarts Castle.

22. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

A fully immersive indoor amusement ride that takes you into the Marvel universe.

23. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

We all love an interactive ride. Come shoot some aliens and compete against yourself as you ride again and again.

24. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Want to experience New York City in Florida? This is your chance. A super high-speed 3D motion ride that the whole family will love.

25. The Simpsons Ride

This ride gets extra points for being so hilariously funny. In classic Simpsons fashion, you’ll be laughing the whole way through.

26. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

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Right off the CityWalk, this family-friendly ride system is right next to one of the best-themed restaurants in the park.

27. Transformers: The Ride 3-D

This is one of the best 3D projection rides in the park. Beware, this ride can give visitors a little motion sickness. But it’s unmissable if you’re a Transformers fan.

Best Water Rides

28. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

A classic log-flume-style ride with bright colors and cartoony features that make it a fun water ride for the whole family! But as with all the other water rides on this list, be sure to plan to get very wet.

29. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges

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Another wet and wild ride. While it’s not a thrill-seeker ride, it is the wettest ride in the park. Here, you can help Popeye rescue sweet Olive Oyl from Bluto in this oldie-but-goodie-themed ride.

30. Krakatau Aqua Coaster

Ditch the rafts and the body slides, and check out this real-life water roller coaster. You’ll climb aboard a canoe-shaped cart and twist and turn through the watery tunnels into a volcano.

31. Ko’okiri Body Plunge

Go shooting down this 145-foot slide coffin style at nearly a 75-degree angle. This is a high-speed wedgie-inducing tube slide for the bravest and most daring among you.

32. Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides

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A 6-person waterslide ride that careens through twisting colorful tubes. The least intense of the water rides in Volcano Bay on this list.

Stay With Us On Your Next Theme Park Adventure!

The best way to enjoy these rides and attractions to their fullest is to get a good night’s sleep. The only way to ensure that is to ditch the crowded and overpriced Universal Orlando Resort and instead stay at one of our carefully curated vacation rentals in Kissimmee and Davenport, Florida, within easy reach but beyond the chaos of the parks themselves.

Here, you can choose between a plethora of parks, such as Universal Orlando (coming soon: Epic Universe), Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and several water parks.

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Right in the heart of the state, Central Florida is a unique blend of Old Florida charm, natural beauty, and modern thrills. It may be home to the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” but this region is much more than meets the eye.

From exploring beautiful springs, lakes, and parks to outdoor activities like kayak tours, wine tastings, and dining out on one-of-a-kind Michelin-starred meals — there is so much to do in Central Florida.

Get your itinerary set for your stay at an Element Vacation Home or resort. When you’ve had your fill of theme or water park fun and want to relax and explore all the hidden gems, here are 12 unique things to do in the center of the Sunshine State that don’t involve the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Visit Central Florida’s Famous Springs

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Central Florida is home to some gorgeous natural springs with crystal clear water surrounded by stunning scenery. No visit to Central Florida is complete without a visit to the springs, where you can swim, snorkel, float, or paddle down the ethereal waters and lush green landscapes.

If you prefer to stay out of the water, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views. Most parks have hiking trails and even observation boardwalks where manatees and other wildlife can often be spotted from above.

Wind Down at a Winery

Whether you prefer a classic Chardonnay or want to try something a little adventurous like fruit wine, Central Florida’s wine scene delivers. From wineries and vineyards to wine bars and tasting rooms, there are plenty of great spots around Central Florida to wind down with a glass of wine.

Spend a day touring and tasting at Florida’s largest vineyard, Lakeridge Winery. Enjoy a glass of organic, small-batch wine in the cozy tasting room at Quantum Leap Winery. Sample a classic wine flight and charcuterie board at Eola Wine Company. Or, try a one-of-a-kind blueberry wine at True Blue Winery or strawberry wine at Formasa Winery.

Celebrating a special occasion or looking for a more upscale place to wine and dine? Check out the famous Wine Bar George in Disney Springs (no ticket is needed to enter Disney Springs). It’s the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida and holds numerous awards and accolades, including being named “The Best Wine Bar List in the World.”

Discover Unique Museums

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Central Florida is no stranger to museums. You’ll find dozens throughout the region, including the ever-popular Orlando Museum of Art and Orlando Science Center. While the big museums are certainly worthy of a visit, there are several smaller museums that offer unique exhibitions and experiences.

Travel back in time to peek inside one of history’s most ill-fated ships at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Find fun for the whole family at Wonderworks, touted as “an amusement park for the mind” with brain-bending illusions, artwork, and virtual reality experiences. Or, learn history through live reenactments at the Osceola Pioneer Village.

To end your day with something truly unique — visit the World of Chocolate Museum. You’ll learn everything there is to know about chocolate, browse a collection of chocolate sculptures and artwork, and, of course, sample some sweet treats.

Sip, Stroll, and Swan Boat at Lake Eola

Right in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola is a peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling city. It’s the perfect spot to take a break and get out into nature without leaving town. You can stroll the lake trail, grab a coffee or bite at one of the cafes, or set sail on the lake in one of the famous Swan Boats.

The Swan Boats are one of Lake Eola’s most popular attractions, and yes — they are shaped like actual swans! Spend an afternoon peddling around the lake, enjoying the cool breezes and picturesque views.

Go on an ATV Off-Road Adventure

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If you’re not afraid to get a little dirty, there’s no greater adventure than exploring the rugged wild landscapes of Central Florida on an ATV. Get your adrenaline pumping while you ride through rocky trails and muck through marshes. Don’t worry; you’ll be outfitted in safety gear.

There are several places that rent ATVs or offer tours around Central Florida, but one of the most popular is Revolution Adventures. They offer a wide range of vehicles, from different types of ATVs and swamp buggies to the famous “Mucky Duck,” a unique, amphibious vehicle made for all-terrain and water. There’s no shortage of adventures to be found on four wheels!

Take an Airboat Tour

Central Florida has a vast chain of lakes, wetlands, and marshes; this is where the headwaters of the Florida Everglades begin.

One of the best ways to explore these swampy areas is by airboat. You’ll find more than a dozen airboat tour operators in the Central Florida area, providing a unique way to get out on the water and spot wildlife. You’ll have a chance to spot alligators, birds, turtles, and more.

Want to make a whole day of it? One of the most popular airboat tour companies in the area, Wild Florida, offers other outdoor adventures you can pair with your airboat ride. Explore the nature park, meet their resident alligators, or hop on a safari wilderness tour to see some roaming bison.

Enjoy a Michelin-Starred Meal

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There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Central Florida, but if you want to try a culinary experience like no other, make reservations for a Michelin-starred meal. That’s right, foodies take note — this region boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants! When you want to indulge or celebrate a special occasion, these restaurants deliver a one-of-a-kind, luxury dining experience.

Go for a Bike Ride

With over 100 miles of bike trails throughout the region, Central Florida is a peddler’s paradise. Whether you want a smooth ride around the city or a rugged off-road adventure, there’s a trail for every type of cyclist. Biking is also a great way to explore many of the parks and natural areas.

One of the most popular trails in the area is the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. This 14+ mile gravel trail winds around Lake Apopka and is the best for wildlife spotting. You’ll see countless birds, turtles, and, of course, alligators that can be spotted basking along the shores at nearly every turn.

Visit Local Breweries

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If you’re a craft beer connoisseur or just occasionally like to mull over a microbrew, you’ll love getting to know Central Florida’s brewery scene. The greater Orlando area boasts over 25 breweries — each with its own unique twist. Spend an afternoon touring breweries and tasting in taprooms until you find your favorite.

You’ll find every type of beer imaginable, from pilsners to porters, plus plenty of unique flavors. Sample a Jelly Bean Sour at Broken Strings Brewery, try a Coquito Cream Ale at Motorworks Brewing, or taste a Chocolate Coffee Stout at Crooked Can Brewing Company.

Hit the Golf Course

Want to hit the links? Central Florida is home to dozens of world-class golf courses designed by Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, and other award-winning architects. Don’t be surprised if you spot famous golfers or PGA professionals around — Central Florida is a mecca for all golfers.

Whether you want to play a quick 9, a leisurely 18, or just work on your swing at the driving range, Central Florida is a great place to spend a day on the greens.

Book a Food Tour

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If you’re a foodie at heart and love to discover hidden gems, there’s no better way to spend a day than on a Central Florida food tour. Learn local history while you stroll the streets, explore new restaurants, and of course — sample lots of delicious food!

Let Wandering Palm Food Tours take you through several different districts, including Ivanhoe Village, Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, and more. Most food tours feature at least five stops where you’ll sample a variety of different dishes, drinks, and desserts along the way. It’s a great way to get to know the area and find places you’ll want to come back to for dinner.

Take a Day Trip

One of the best things about Central Florida is, well — just how central it is! You’re only a day trip away from so many other great Florida attractions. Here’s a small sample of the places you can visit within a few hours.

1-Hour Drive from Central Florida

2-Hour Drive from Central Florida

3-Hour Drive from Central Florida

If you don’t feel like driving but still want to take a day trip, check out the new high-speed Brightline Orlando. With stops in several major South Florida cities, you can reach West Palm Beach in just two hours or Miami in a little over three hours.

Play and Stay in Central Florida

Whether you’re looking to fill your itinerary between visiting theme parks or staying off the beaten path, there’s no shortage of unique things to do in Central Florida.

Looking for a place to stay in the center of it all? Element Vacation Homes offers the ultimate luxury vacation rentals close to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Icon Park, and all the fun things to do on this list. With amenities like resort-style pools, themed rooms, home theaters, arcade games, and even indoor mini-golf courses, the fun never stops!

While there’s no shortage of things to do in Orlando, you’ll need a good breakfast to start your day before you start checking off Central Florida’s famous springs, golf courses, and amusement parks from your itinerary.

Don’t worry; you won’t have to stray too far from your vacation rental. There are plenty of great breakfast spots nearby. Whether you want just a pastry and coffee for a quick bite, a classic breakfast of eggs and pancakes, or a lavish brunch with cocktails — we have you covered.

Here are the ten best breakfast spots in Orlando to start your day with something tasty!

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

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Where the locals go to start their day, Keke’s Breakfast Cafe is a cozy spot that serves up all your breakfast food favorites, plus some must-try house specialties. Keke’s made-from-scratch menu features all the classics like eggs, waffles, and pancakes, but they are best known for their more decadent dishes.

If you want to start your day with something sweet, Keke’s signature stuffed French toast is a fan favorite. You’ll have your choice of fillings, including apple-cinnamon and raspberry, but the most popular, by far, is the banana caramel pecan — for a dessert-worthy breakfast treat!

If you prefer savory over sweet, try Keke’s famous Greek omelet, made with fresh spinach and feta cheese, another dish that never disappoints. There’s something for everyone on the menu!

Se7en Bites

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Known for their funky retro artwork and multiple appearances on The Food Network, Se7en Bites is one of the most famous breakfast spots in Orlando. Their claim to fame? Drool-worthy comfort food classics like biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, and their famous oatmeal cream pies.

Want to turn breakfast into brunch? Just add a cocktail. Try one of their famous jalapeno bloody marys or orange blossom beer mimosas.

And, of course, grabbing something from the bakery is a must. You can’t go wrong with their fresh-baked oatmeal cream pies, bread pudding, or the pie that made them famous — Vanilla Bean Bourbon Bacon Nighttime SkyPie. A dessert that’s as full of flavor as it is words! But, come early, they tend to sell out every day.

Hash House A Go Go

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With deliciously fun food and a funky atmosphere, Hash House A Go Go is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The breakfast menu features all the classics you know and love, plus some creative dishes.

You can’t go wrong trying any of their signature Hashes, served in a cast iron skillet with crispy potatoes, eggs, and toppings of your choice. Or, try the Twisted Flapjacks, served in fun flavors like blueberry, cinnamon roll, and Snickers.

In the mood for a cocktail with your meal? Or, should we say a meal with your cocktail — try the ever-popular BLT Bloody Mary, a bloody mary featuring all the fixings of a BLT sandwich. It is by far their most popular, and likely most “Instagrammed” drink!

Dixie Belle’s Cafe

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A cozy, country cafe featuring Southern breakfast specialties, Dixie Belle’s Cafe is a must-try if you’re looking for some old-fashioned comfort food for breakfast. You’ll still find all the breakfast usuals like egg dishes and waffles, but their signature Southern dishes are what put Dixie’s on the map. The biscuits and gravy, fried catfish breakfast, and fried chicken and waffles are just a few of their most famous breakfast items.

No matter what you order at Dixie Belle’s, your meal is not complete without a side of their famous sweet potato biscuits. You can even order some extra to-go for enjoying in your vacation rental later, which, trust us, you’ll want to do!

Shakers American Cafe

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Voted “Best Breakfast in Orlando” numerous times, Shakers American Cafe has been a local favorite for over 25 years. Shakers serve up all your breakfast favorites like eggs benedict, western omelets, and fluffy buttermilk pancakes. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, you’ll also find bagels, croissants, fresh fruit, and more.

Shakers’ signature grilled blueberry muffins are also a delightful must-try; you’ll never want to go back to plain old baked muffins again. Not looking for breakfast? You can still pop in anytime to grab a muffin and a cup of coffee for a midday pick-me-up.

Veg’n Out

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Looking for vegan breakfast options in Orlando? Whether you’re vegan or just looking for a lighter bite for breakfast, Veg’n Out has you covered. From organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies to Acai bowls and gourmet toasts, you’ll find plenty of fresh, healthy, and even gluten-free options at Veg’n Out.

The popular strawberry shortcake smoothie bowl, made with fresh fruit and oats topped with homemade granola and coconut whipped cream, will have you feeling like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.

For a heartier bite, try one of their avocado toasts topped with a crispy coconut bacon that you’ll have a hard time believing is plant-based.

The Salty Donut

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Who doesn’t love donuts for breakfast? The Salty Donut is a must-try when you want to sweeten your morning routine. This small donut shop has become a cult sensation since its inception as a food truck that quickly grew into eight locations and counting. You’ll find a rotating menu of gourmet flavors like salted brown butter and blueberry crumb cake, along with classics like traditional glazed and chocolate cake donuts.

If you’re looking for something a little less sweet and more ‘breakfasty,’ try one of their signature bagel and cream cheese puffs or savory egg and cheese turnovers. Of course, what’s breakfast without coffee — you’ll find fun flavors like cinnamon cereal milk and salted caramel to liven up your coffee at The Salty Donut.

White Wolf Cafe

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With colorful, funky decor and a menu of foodie favorites, White Wolf Cafe has been a local favorite for over 30 years. You’ll find all the breakfast classics like eggs benedict and French toast, plus their ever-popular build-your-own-omelet, “Colossal” pancakes, and the “Hungry Like the Wolf,” which features a little bit of everything.

For a sweet morning treat, White Wolf Cafe’s cinnamon buns are a must-try. These jumbo cinnamon buns are baked fresh to order and smothered in decadent vanilla icing. Paired with a cappuccino or espresso — there’s no better way to start your day!

Le Cafe de Paris

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For breakfast with a French twist, head to Le Cafe de Paris. Here you can indulge in famous French favorites like the Croque Madame with eggs, ham, and Swiss cheese, or try the sweet lemon crepes. Of course, you can’t go wrong trying the quiche du jour or ordering a classic croissant or French pastry.

In addition to all delicious French dishes and baked goods, you can also build your own omelets or crepes with an assortment of fillings, including fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Le Cafe de Paris is a great spot for breakfast, brunch, or when you want a light lunch or afternoon coffee and a pastry.

903 Mills Market Cafe

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As much of a friendly neighborhood hangout as it is a restaurant, 903 Mills Market Cafe serves up breakfast favorites made by friendly locals. Enjoy a slice of their famous breakfast pizza, a plate of tasty pancakes, or try a “Big Boy” — the breakfast burrito of your dreams!

903 Mills Market Cafe is a favorite among locals and the perfect spot for a laid-back breakfast or breezy brunch on their outdoor patio. In a hurry? You can also grab coffee, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, and more for a quick bite.

Rise and Shine in Orlando

Stay close to Disney and Universal theme parks and of course, all the best breakfast spots when you plan your stay with Element Vacation Homes

You’ll have access to premium amenities like resort-style pools, home theaters, arcade games, elaborately themed rooms that the kids will love, and so much more. 

And, if you decide to stay in and whip up your own breakfast, you’ll have a fully stocked kitchen available. Enjoy all the comforts of home with all the fun of being on vacation.

Stretches of sugary sands, a dozen theme parks, and a promise of endless sunny days — Central Florida has it all. Along with beach bums and Disney fans, Central Florida’s Orlando, Davenport, Kissimmee, Lakeland, and Clearwater draw active travelers to the area’s expansive theme parks and abundant natural beauty.

Comfortable temperatures, moderate humidity, and fewer tourists than in the summer months make Spring the best time to escape to Central Florida.

Uncover breathtaking natural springs, kayak through peaceful waterways, or simply enjoy the creature comforts with a stay at Element Vacation Homes. Our themed luxury rentals in Davenport and Kissimmee provide a perfect base for your exploration. Our team’s deep knowledge of the area ensures that you get the most out of your visit.

This guide offers all the insider info for a springtime escape to Central Florida!

Spring Weather in Central Florida

Breaking free from the clutches of a mild yet cold winter, the Spring season in Central Florida makes a noticeable entrance. Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, red maples are blooming, and the days feel longer than in the winter months.

Spring in Central Florida is between March and May, with April being when it gets drastically warmer. Throughout the season, daytime highs sit in the comfortable 70s°F to mid-80s°F. Evenings tend to get chilly, with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 60°F. This pleasant weather pattern extends across the region, from Orlando’s lively streets to the quieter areas of Kissimmee and Davenport.

Spring Activities in Central Florida

1. Feel the Wind on Roller Coasters

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A short drive from our rentals in Kissimmee and Davenport sits Orlando, the theme park capital of the world. Disney fans should set aside a few days to take in this magic tourist attraction.

Springtime makes this experience even better, thanks to the cooler, less humid weather and fewer crowds before the school break and summer heat arrives. The infamous theme park also invites you to discover water slides that plunge into a family-friendly swimming hole, along with dreamy mermaid shows on special occasions!

Parks in the area host special spring events, such as EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival, showcasing fabulous floral arrangements and garden-themed attractions.

Legoland Florida is a great spring recreation area and attraction for families with young children. The usual throngs are missing, making exploring easier, and the mild weather enhances the fun of outdoor rides and water-themed attractions.

2. Go Beach Hopping

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When the thrill of roller coasters and water parks wears off, family-friendly beaches await for surfing or relaxing in the shade of swaying palm trees.

Skipping a dip in Central Florida’s turquoise waters is almost unthinkable. While islands in Southern Florida boast warm waters throughout the year, Central Florida’s beaches have a refreshingly cool touch in early spring. Expect to cool down in 72-degree water on your next swim.

There are over a dozen beaches scattered around, but our favorite three are Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Cocoa Beach, with its ultra-charming beach town.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, with its expansive sands and forever lively ambiance, invites slow walks hand-in-hand with your loved one and a fun-filled day by the sea. Its wide shores and picture-perfect ocean views are immaculate.

New Smyrna

In contrast, a visit to New Smyrna Beach makes for a more chilled-out excursion, where the gently rolling waves gently lull you to a beachside siesta. Spring break sees big beach-going crowds, but before or after that, it’s relatively quiet all around.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach, popular for its surf- and paddleboard-friendly waves, is a haven for both seasoned surfers and those looking to try surfing for the first time. Bring a few sandwiches and enjoy lunch on the picnic tables. The backdrop of occasional rocket launches from the nearby Kennedy Space Center makes it an experience found nowhere else.

Speaking of rockets?

3. Visit Florida’s Space Coast

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Spring on Florida’s Space Coast, named for its proximity to the John F. Kennedy Space Center, brings fewer crowds and ample opportunities for discovery.

Start your adventure at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. Space enthusiasts can align their visit with a rocket launch for an unforgettable memory of spring in Central Florida. After exploring space wonders, Canaveral National Seashore awaits with its beautiful shores. When hunger strikes, treat yourself to Soul food at local favorite Loyd Have Mercy Restaurant.

Cocoa Pier is another highlight, making for Instagram-worthy shots and thrilling adventures on the surf-friendly waves. Conclude your trip at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Around May, you might see the rare sight of sea turtles nesting on the beach – a highlight for wildlife enthusiasts.

4. See Beautiful, Natural Rock Springs

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Do you dream of natural waterfalls? How about ones you can jump right into? If you’re craving a dip in waters beyond the beachside or poolside, you’re in luck! Central Florida is famed for its numerous salt and freshwater springs with clear, blue waters, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Manatees come out to play in Blue Spring State Park, while Alexander Springs presents an incredible chance for diving underwater exploration.

Other photogenic springs include Rainbow Springs, Three Sisters Springs, and Juniper Springs, each with its own set of available outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing, and hiking lush trails. If you are willing to drive a bit further, Wakulla Springs is the deepest and largest first-magnitude springs in the world.

Other notable springs to include:

5. Get Outdoorsy at Wekiwa Springs State Park

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Wekiwa Springs State Park might be the best all-around location to dip your toes into. Start your day bright and early, surrounded by lush greenery and the crisp morning air at this natural haven.

Wekiwa Springs State Park’s crystal clear water invites for a swim, but there are also plenty of trails to hike and abundant wildlife to spot. Alligators sunbathing and raccoons foraging for food is a common sight around these parts, as common in many of the Central Florida state parks.

Pack lunch and drinks because a small convenience store is the only spot for refueling in this sublime nature-focused spot.

Spring Packing List for Central Florida

To save you time, we’ve compiled a list of must-have items for a perfect trip to Central Florida in Spring.

  1. Comfortable Clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable clothes for the warm weather – shorts, summer dresses, linen shirts, and tank tops are ideal.
  2. Outdoor Gear: Hikers and kayakers and those going on boat tours should be prepped with boots, bug repellent, a day pack, and a small quick-dry towel.
  3. Dressy Outfit: Flaunt your stuff at one of the many more upscale restaurants.
  4. Swim Gear: Mid-spring temperature is warm enough to trade your sweaters for a swimsuit. Bring several swimsuits to enjoy the beautiful springs and swimming areas. If you plan to scuba dive or swim with manatees, include a waterproof camera or phone case.
  5. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are crucial for sunny days.
  6. Walking Shoes: Sneakers are ideal when visiting theme parks and cities. Also, pack a pair of flip-flops for beach days.
  7. Rain Protection: The weather can be unpredictable – carry a compact umbrella or rain jacket.
  8. Hydration: A reusable water bottle is essential for staying hydrated in the heat.

Save packing space and leave the thick towels, toiletries, cooking utensils, grills, and gaming systems at home. Element Vacations provides luxurious amenities and entertainment options to last for days, while you’re welcome to cook entire feasts for dinner or your own pancakes for breakfast!

Soak up the Spring Sun in Florida with Element Vacations

Central Florida is far from hidden, with thousands of tourists visiting year-round. But this popularity is more than justified. With so much to see and do every spring season, one visit is not enough. From inviting picnic areas in Rainbow Springs State Park to enchanting sights of otters at various parks, every traveler will relish endless activities during a Central Florida spring.

Our recommendation? Grab a big group of loved ones and book our larger themed rentals for a dream holiday to Central Florida. We’ll even assist you in curating the perfect spring itinerary tailored to your guests’ preferences.

Book your Spring Central Florida vacation today!

A city in America synonymous with the beloved black-eared mouse and the magnificent Cinderella Castle, Orlando thrums with the background score of laughter, joy, and the whooshing of roller coasters. Yet, the city’s enchantment extends far beyond the entrances of its famous theme parks, which, while extremely fun, come at a hefty price tag—especially for families.

Lucky for us, there’s so much more to do in Orlando! And the best part? These experiences will fill up your heart without emptying your wallet.

Get lost in the heart of downtown Orlando, take in art at CityArts Factory, scour for hidden gems at kitschy flea markets, or find stillness in the nature-heavy spots of this lovely Floridian city. Element Vacation Homes boasts a deep-rooted presence in the nearby Kissimmee and Davenport areas, making us the perfect guides for your Orlando getaway. Keep reading for ten free events to enjoy in Orlando.

1. Traverse the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

If you’re staying in our rentals on a Friday or over the weekend, make sure to include a day trip to Lake Apopka’s wetlands in your plans. Grab a grouper sandwich or two and head to Lake Apopka to enjoy a free 11-mile drive through lush wildlife. This scenic route, open from sunrise to sunset, typically takes around 2 hours to complete.

Along the way, expect to spot majestic alligators basking in the sun, playful otters, turtles, and hundreds of species of birds like osprey, hawks, egrets, and herons.

Beginning at Lust Road and ending at Jones Road in Orange County, getting to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is an easy 20-minute car ride from downtown Orlando. Biking or walking on the path is allowed. But, it can quickly become a scary experience for visitors anxious about being near large gators.

Take the experience up a notch and use the free audio tour tool to learn about the area’s history and wildlife. Also, don’t forget your camera! The scenes along the drive are absolutely breathtaking and worth capturing.

2. Visit Kraft Azalea Garden

A mere 15-minute drive from Orland brings you to Winter Garden Park, a quaint town that’s home to Kraft Azalea Garden. This lovely botanical garden boasts endless shades of green along its nature trails and a waterfront setting, making it a favorite amongst birdwatchers and picnic goers. Kraft Azalea Garden welcomes guests all year with free admission, offering a quiet escape filled with natural beauty, especially during the fall.

Shutterbugs are drawn in droves during the early hours of the day to catch the light filtering through dense banyan trees. Spanning over five acres, there’s no shortage of photo ops in this stunning garden with a self guided walking tour. Couples can be spotted strolling hand-in-hand alongside the towering cypress. Tranquil lake views mirroring the surrounding foliage create a perfect backdrop for bonding with your family or for a quiet afternoon of self-reflection.

The garden also serves as a gateway to the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, a popular natural splash pad for kayaking enthusiasts. With facilities for launching kayaks and canoes, it’s a convenient starting point for water-based activities.

3. Spend a Day at Disney Springs

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Looking for a free family activity in Orlando? Get a dose of Disney magic without the cost, by visiting Disney Springs. Sitting inside Walt Disney World, this free-to-enter sprawling shopping complex is brimming with restaurants, cafes, shops, live music, and the iconic World of Disney store— perfect for picking up Disney-themed items.

For a pocket-friendly souvenir, drop by Basin for a cute Mickey Mouse bath bomb, or head to Uniqlo and buy affordable but adorable Disney-themed apparel. Craving a bite? Go to Earl of Sandwich! They sell exciting flavors and ingredients packed away in hearty sandwiches.

Weekend visitors are in for a treat, with live entertainment lighting up the open spaces with tunes you’ll find yourself humming long after you’re home. Just a heads up – it’s a favorite hangout spot for the locals, too, thanks to the free entry, so expect a lively atmosphere!

4. Explore the Grounds of the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Teleport to South Africa’s grand savannahs at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Don’t worry; you don’t have to spend the night. Non-guests are welcome to explore the grounds of Jambo House and Kidani Village at no cost. The easiest way to get there is by taking a bus from Disney Springs and getting off at Lodge Jambo House. Dense green welcomes you when you get off the bus, making you forget you’re in a city.

Begin your family fun at the main lobby of Kidani Village, an architectural wonder offering stunning views of the savannah. Then, make your way to the viewing dock, where you can marvel at giraffes towering amidst tall trees alongside zebras and gazelles grazing nearby.

If time and budget allow, book a table at Sanaa, a one-of-a-kind restaurant with views of animals while you dine. It also boasts irresistible dishes like the crowd-favorite butter chicken.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge offers free parking for day visitors, making it convenient to visit this slice of African wilderness right here in Orlando.

5. Enjoy Serious R&R at Element Vacation Home Rentals

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With a plethora of restaurants, activities, and galleries, Orlando sure knows how to keep you on your toes. After a day of taking in the sights of the city, treat yourself to a much-needed break by unwinding at our family-friendly Element Vacation Homes.

Escape from the heat with a dip in the pool, or sweat it out in the sauna. Play indoor games and sports with your family on our soccer field, or challenge your boo to a volleyball match. And as night falls, catch up on your favorite shows on our large HD-quality TVs. All these fun things come without any extra cost.

And when it’s time to call it a day, look forward to a peaceful night’s sleep in the coziest beds you’ve ever experienced. After all, our properties are designed with our guest’s utmost comfort in mind, ensuring that you wake up relaxed and ready for another day of fun under the Floridian sun.

6. Get Entertained at Universal CityWalk

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What’s CityWalk? Picture the best shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences condensed into one spot. It’s no wonder Universal Orlando calls it “The Epicenter of Awesome” – and it truly is! Conveniently located on the way from Universal Studios Hollywood’s main parking area, CityWalk offers a plethora of free attractions that will keep you engaged for a solid 2-3 hours.

Expect to spend even longer if you’re keen on a sit-down meal at a restaurant or going on a shopping spree. Regardless of your plans, kick start your wandering with a visit to the famous dancing water fountain. Or come later, around sunset, and follow the tunes of live bands to enjoy a free concert or a light show.

Meal options are plentiful, from Italian fare at Vivo Italian Kitchen to Hard Rock Cafe. Hankering for something sweet? Why not pick up a box of sinful VooDoo Doughnuts to bring back to your rental?

7. Walk Along the Disney Boardwalk

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Drawing inspiration from the early 20th-century coastal areas, the Disney Boardwalk is one of the best free activities to do in Orlando. Pause to watch street performances and grab hot dogs or ice cream from the stands and food trucks nearby.

If you prefer a sit-down meal, you have plenty of choices. Hungry for seafood? Cape May Cafe’s New England fare is just exceptional. For a delectable Italian meal, Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria will not disappoint. Just don’t forget to make reservations in advance. Given its location near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the boardwalk and its establishments tend to get crowded.

8. Check Out Lake Eola Park

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Ask anyone in the Sunshine State what their favorite pastime is, and Lake Eola Park is likely to top that list. Home to swan boats, gorgeous swans, and several bird species, it’s the ideal place for catching a breather.

Families visiting with children will find joy at the playground, offering endless entertainment for the little ones. Fitness addicts will love going for a run along the paved path encircling the lake. Alternatively, you spend a relaxed evening people-watching, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Eola.

Come summer, there’s a shift in energy, with the usual joggers replaced by fans of farmers and artisan markets. During the holiday season, Lake Eola Park lights up like a Christmas tree, creating an ideal setting for photo ops.

9. Find Inspiration at CityArts

Boundless creativity lives in Orlando’s CityArts. This creative hub hosts multiple forms of fine arts expression within its art galleries, like paintings, sculptures, and even digital art. Exhibits change monthly and include refreshing work by both local artists and timeless best-sellers from creatives around the world.

Entrance to the gallery is free on the 3rd Thursday of each month, with a paid option available to purchase drinks.

10. Browse Winter Park Saturday Farmer’s Market

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Every Saturday, just 30 minutes from Orlando, the Winter Park Farmers Market comes to life. The aroma of freshly baked goods, complemented by colorful plants and handcrafted items for sale, fills the air as you wander through. The market exudes a welcoming vibe, fostering a sense of community even for those who are just looking around.

If you find yourself tempted to purchase some delicious artisanal cheese, we wouldn’t blame you.

Enjoy Orlando on a Budget with Element Vacations!

With this list of incredible free activities available in the Orlando area, your days in the Sunshine State will be packed to the brim with fun and adventure. And when you decide to call it a night,  our stunning rentals await to give you a deep, restful, and restorative sleep.

Eager to plunge into your Orlando adventure? Get in touch with us for even more insider tips or to lock in your favorite rental now. Our properties serve as the perfect starting and ending points to discover the less heralded yet equally magical sides of Orlando.

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While Central Florida is known for its theme park thrills, it’s also home to lush forests, sparkling springs, and lots of wildlife. There’s no better way to get out and explore the area than on two wheels. From leisurely boardwalk trails and paved greenways to rocky lake loops and hilly mountain bike trails, Central Florida is a cyclist’s paradise.

Ready to soak up some sunshine, breathe in some fresh air, and peddle through some amazing scenery? We’ve put together a list of some of the best bike trails (some also double as hiking trails!) in Central Florida — all located just a short distance from the best vacation home rentals in the area! And if you’re looking to explore beyond Orlando, check out our guide to day trips from Orlando for even more adventure trips.

West Orange Trail

Stretching from Killarney Station in Oakland to Apopka Station in Apopka, the West Orange Trail follows a 22-mile path once the site of the Orange Belt Railway. This scenic trail system connects several small towns and passes through Oakland, Winter Garden, and Apopka. There are multiple trailheads to begin or end at, with plenty of parking, restrooms, and water stations.

Riders can enjoy biking through a variety of landscapes, including bustling city centers, serene woodlands, and scenic viewpoints like the old covered railroad bridge near Killarney Station. In Winter Garden, bikers can enjoy stopping for lunch in one of the many outdoor cafes on Plant Street, where you’ll be sure to meet other cyclists doing the same.

Lake Apopka Loop Trail

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With stunning lakeside views and nearly endless opportunities to spot wildlife, this 14.6-mile loop trail around Lake Apopka just outside of Orlando is perfect for leisurely cyclists and nature lovers. The trail is mostly gravel and can be rocky enough to present a fun challenge but is easy enough for beginners. Along the way, you’ll likely spot a wide variety of wading birds, turtles, and the highlight of the trail — lots of alligators!

There are a few trailheads with parking, but the only one with amenities is the Magnolia Park Trailhead, so cyclists should plan ahead for water and restroom breaks. There is also virtually no shade on the trail, so sunscreen and/or protective clothing are a must!

Shingle Creek Trail

A quiet oasis near downtown Orlando, the Shingle Creek Trail offers a leisurely bike ride over smooth pavement with boardwalk stops overlooking the water. This easy, two-mile trail follows a loop around Lake Fran, offering great water and wildlife views. Cyclists are likely to spot many birds, turtles, and the occasional alligator.

The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is a multi-use trail, so bikers will be sharing the path with walkers and runners. There is little shade so a hat and sunscreen will come in handy on most days. The trailhead has plenty of parking, restrooms, and water stations.

Spring To Spring Trail

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As the name implies, the Spring-to-Spring Trail stretches between two beautiful Central Florida Springs Gemini Springs and DeLeon Springs, just outside of Orlando. In addition to the springs, the trail winds through several natural areas, including forests and wetlands, where an array of wildlife can be seen, like birds, deer, and alligators.

There are five trailheads throughout the Spring-to-Spring Trail, with plenty of parking, restrooms, and water stations. The trail has a nice mix of shaded canopies and open-air roads. Cyclists riding the Spring-to-Spring Trail from November through March may get to witness the manatee migration.

There are several manatee-viewing areas along the trail, including the famous observation platform at Blue Springs State Park, where hundreds of manatees congregate during the winter.

The Santos Trails

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Just an hour outside of Orlando in Ocala, The Santos Trails are well worth the trip for off-road riders. With over 80 miles of technical/mountain biking trails in all skill levels, there’s a trail for every rider. Beginner trails feature more semi-flat trails and mild turns, while the more advanced trails have lots of twists and turns through rocky natural features and wooden ramps. The main trailhead has large parking lots, restrooms, water stations, and other amenities for mountain bikers.

Known as a “Mecca for Mountain Biking,” The Santos Trails are one of the most popular mountain biking spots in Florida, even drawing international visitors with many festivals and competitions.

Orlando Urban Trail

Located right in the heart of Downtown Orlando, the Orlando Urban Trail offers a fun way to get some outdoor exercise and explore the city. This 3-mile, paved trail connects two parks and takes bikers through scenic roads, lakes, and bridges. You can spot murals painted by local artists along the way or grab a bite from a local food truck or coffee stand.

Parking, restrooms, and water stations can be found at either Loch Haven Park or Gaston Edwards Park. Want to extend the ride? The trail also connects to the Cady Way Trail (6.5 miles) and the Downtown Orlando Loop Trail (8 miles) — two other popular urban biking trails in the Downtown Orlando area.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

Just west of Orlando in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve area, the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is one of the most scenic bike trails in Central Florida. For almost 30 miles, the trail winds through vast swamps, rivers, pinelands, tropical hardwood hammocks, and old orange groves.

The bike path is brimming with wildlife at nearly every turn. While cycling through the wetlands, you’ll likely spot alligators, birds, and turtles. On the forest roads, you may find deer, armadillos, hogs, and tortoises.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail stretches through a variety of environments, including areas that are shaded, open, and some that can be quite “buggy.” Cyclists should be prepared with sunscreen, protective clothing, and insect repellent. The trail also has four trailheads with plenty of parking, restrooms, water stations, and shaded pavilions for breaks.

Peddle The Day Away in Central Florida

We’ve barely scratched the surface on the bike trails in Central Florida, if you’re an avid cyclist, there’s no better place to pedal the day away! Florida’s mild climate makes it a great cycling destination year-round.

Looking for a place to park your bike and the whole family? Element Vacation Homes has everything you need for a perfect stay. After a day of cycling, soak away sore muscles in your private hot tub or unwind by watching a movie in your very own home theater. And of course — you’ll be close to all the best bike trails plus theme parks, shopping, dining, wineriesgolf courses, and more!