Orlando may be famous for its proximity to world-class theme parks, but the list of fun spring activities to do in the city doesn’t end there. Nature lovers will marvel at the beauty of Lake Eola Park while dolphin enthusiasts will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Discovery Cove.

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Located in the heart of central Florida, the city of Orlando is a perfect place for spring activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Walt Disney World Resort

Best Spring Activities in Orlando - Disney World

It is hard to argue with Disney World’s claim to being the “most magical place on earth.” Composed of four separate theme parks (The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), this mega-resort is the ultimate destination for the young and young at heart.

There is never a shortage of things to do with exciting rides, live shows and delicious restaurants everywhere you turn, the parks are a perfect springtime destination. One of the most highly rated experiences at Walt Disney World is the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. This lights and fireworks show takes place nightly at Cinderella’s castle.

 

Universal Orlando Resort

Best Spring Activities in Orlando - Universal Orlando Resort

Can’t get enough theme park action? Check out everything going on at the Universal Orlando resort. Explore some of your favorite movies at the Islands of Adventure as well as the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

This magical addition to the resort brings the settings and characters of the popular series to life. Travel through Hogsmeade where you can try a butterbeer or purchase your very own wand. Explore the secrets of Hogwarts castle and fly a broomstick with Harry Potter himself on a specially designed ride.

 

Lake Eola Park

Best Spring Activities in Orlando - Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola in downtown Orlando is a great urban park for spring activities. Take the dogs out for a walk or go for a light jog. Pack a lunch and spend the day lounging on the grass surrounding the beautiful lake. Rent a swan boat for a leisurely float on the water. Check out the Chinese Pagoda or check out a performance at the amphitheater. There is always something to do at this city oasis.

 

Discovery Cove

Best Spring Activities in Orlando - Discovery Cove

This is the ideal destination for the lover of marine animals. Discovery Cove gives visitors the opportunity to see and interact with a variety of beautiful sea creatures. The Grand Reef is populated with colorful tropical fish and graceful manta rays and makes for an exciting snorkeling adventure. The Freshwater Oasis is a wading pool populated with otters and marmosets. The SeaVenture is a unique underwater walking tour made possible by innovative dive helmets.

However, the most exciting attraction at Discovery Cove is no doubt the Dolphin Swim Experience. This 30-minute guided adventure gives you the opportunity to swim and play with bottlenose dolphins. The experience starts in shallow water where individuals can become accustomed to the dolphins. Then, guests are taken into deeper waters where they get a thrilling ride on the back of their new dolphin friend!

 

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