Spring Break Ideas for the Whole Family In and Around Orlando

By Cassady Quintana

Spring Break is a time for families to come together and create lasting memories, but also when you may be wondering - what should I do today? Luckily, Orlando offers a plethora of activities suited for every budget and interest. Whether you're looking for free, affordable, or splurge-worthy experiences, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy for those last few days of family time before the kids return back to school.

Free Things to Do:

What better way to spend the week than with free activities? Orlando has several free attractions perfect for families looking to have fun in the city beautiful. Whether you're seeking outdoor escapes, community events, or opportunities to immerse yourself in the local arts scene, there's something for everyone to enjoy without spending a dime. Let’s jump in to some ideas that make Orlando Spring Break exciting for the whole family!

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Image by Leu Gardens

  • Explore Lake Eola Park and enjoy a stroll around the lake.

  • Attend the Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park on Sundays for fresh produce and live music.

  • Take a scenic drive along the historic Winter Park Chain of Lakes.

  • Visit Disney Springs for live entertainment, street performances, and waterfront views.

  • Explore the gardens and art installations at the Mennello Museum of American Art, and many other free/cheap museums around Orlando.

  • Wander through the shops and boutiques of Park Avenue in Winter Park.

  • Attend a free outdoor concert or movie screening at Leu Gardens.

  • Discover the street art scene in the Mills 50 District.

  • Explore the trails and wildlife at the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve.

  • Enjoy a day at a park like Barber, Trotwood, Capehart, and many others!

Affordable Things to Do:

While most out-of-town spring breakers will be hitting the parks and biggest attractions, local families may want to avoid those areas. Let’s discover how to enjoy the city's best attractions without overspending!

From thrilling attractions to serene escapes, there's a plethora of budget-friendly activities. Check out this list that includes a curated selection of affordable activities that promise to keep the whole family entertained!

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Image by Orlando Science Center

  • Purchase a Play Pass at ICON Park for discounted access to attractions like The Wheel, Madame Tussauds, and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

  • Spend a day at Kelly Park, where admission is typically only a few dollars per vehicle, and enjoy swimming in Rock Springs Run or tubing down the lazy river.

  • Visit Gatorland, where tickets are affordable and you can experience up-close encounters with alligators and other wildlife.

  • Explore the Orlando Science Center, which offers interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for both kids and adults at a reasonable admission price.

  • Take a guided tour of the historic Harry P. Leu Gardens, featuring lush botanical gardens and beautiful landscapes.

  • Go on a self-guided walking tour of the Thornton Park District, known for its charming streets, local shops, and dining options.

  • Rent bikes and explore the West Orange Trail, a scenic trail stretching over 20 miles through Central Florida's natural landscapes.

  • Enjoy a day at Wekiwa Springs State Park, where entrance fees are minimal, and you can swim, kayak, or hike amidst stunning natural surroundings.

  • Visit the Orlando Fire Museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of firefighting in the region for a small admission fee.

  • Take a scenic drive along the Canaveral National Seashore and spend the day exploring pristine beaches, wildlife viewing areas, and historic sites.

Splurge-Worthy Activities:

For those willing to splurge a bit more and brave the crowds, Orlando has some of the world's most famous attractions. From world-renowned theme parks to exclusive tours and immersive attractions, there's no shortage of options to elevate your Spring Break!

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Image by Walt Disney World

  • Experience the magic of Universal Orlando Resort with park-to-park tickets granting access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

  • Dive into adventure at Walt Disney World Resort with tickets to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom.

  • Enjoy a day of thrilling rides and entertainment at SeaWorld Orlando, where you can also learn about marine life conservation efforts.

  • Visit Discovery Cove for an all-inclusive day of snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and exploring lush landscapes (advanced reservations required).

  • Embark on an airboat tour through the Florida Everglades for a chance to spot alligators, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. You can also book an eco-tour, where you can kayak, canoe, or hike through pristine wetlands and see native wildlife up close!

  • Treat the family to a dinner show at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, where you can feast on a medieval-style meal while watching knights joust and compete.

  • Explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you can learn about the history of space exploration and see actual spacecraft and artifacts.

  • Spend a day at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, where you can enjoy rides, shows, and attractions designed for families with children ages 2 to 12.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the Orlando area for a unique perspective of the city's skyline and surrounding landscapes.


No matter your budget, Orlando provides endless opportunities for family fun during Spring Break. From free outdoor adventures to affordable attractions and indulgent theme park experiences, there's no shortage of activities to keep everyone entertained. So gather the family and get ready to make unforgettable memories in the heart of Florida!

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