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:

  • Silver Glen Springs
  • Ginnie Springs
  • De Leon Springs
  • Ichetucknee Springs

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!