Orlando’s seemingly endless list of attractions are no secret – and that’s why it’s such an overwhelmingly popular holiday destination. This popularity can be a bit of a problem if you’re not one for crowds, or simply don’t like the thought of long queues and soaring temperatures. But is Orlando worth visiting out of season? Definitely – here’s why.
When is Orlando’s main season?
Due to Florida being ‘The Sunshine State’ with its year-round sunny climate- it’s the go-to domestic destination for millions of Americans. As such, it doesn’t have conventional and straightforward ‘peak-summer’ and ‘quiet-winter’ seasons like most European destinations do.
Typically, Orlando and its attractions are busiest in the summer months of June, July and August – when both British and American schoolchildren are off school for their summer break. However, as winter in Orlando is still very pleasant, there’s a huge influx of visitors throughout December and into January – seeking some sun over the festive season. This means that the months of October, November, February and March are quietest.
What is the weather like out of season?
Florida benefits from good weather all year round. While temperatures do indeed soar at the height of summer, conditions stay warm throughout winter, rarely falling below 10c, and usually hitting highs above 20c during the day. Despite the popularity of June, July and August – these months actually fall within Florida’s wet season and are the wettest of the year. Comparatively, Orlando’s off-season months are the driest; so while there may be fewer sunlight hours on offer, you’ve plenty of chance of actually seeing the sun during them.
In short; Orlando’s weather out of season is pretty ideal – warm and dry.
What is there to do in Orlando out of season?
The good news? Many of Orlando’s attractions are open all year. If you visit out of season, you’ll have the added bonus of smaller queues and fewer crowds. Here’s a few of our top picks.
There was a time when the Disney Parks ruled the roost in Orlando, but Universal have upped their game. Split across two parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – there are entire worlds to explore. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is simply mind-blowing and a must-visit for every fan of the books and movies, while the Jurassic Park River Adventure is a journey 65 million years in the making.
Universal Orlando is open 365 days a year, so expect big thrills with smaller queues when you visit out of season.
If the weather does take a rare turn for the worse when you visit out of season, a day indoors at the Florida Mall is a good shout. 250 shops and restaurants cover an astonishing 1.8 million square feet, making this one of the largest and most popular malls in America, with all the stores and facilities you could possibly want. With so much on offer you’re sure to find something you love to take home with you.
Florida Mall is open every day until 9PM.
Floridians may feel a chill in the coldest months of the year, but with daily temperatures peaking above 20c at this time, conditions are perfect for International visitors. As such, Florida’s waterparks stay open all year round. One of the best is Aquatica, part of Sea World Resort. Here you can plunge through dolphin tanks in transparent tubes, race family and friends on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls or ride out Roa’s Rapids. And whatever time of year you visit, the weather’s likely to be spot on.
Orlando might be world-famous for its theme parks and associated attractions, but it’s also a thriving city, home to more than 2 million people. This means that, no matter when you visit, Orlando’s downtown district is always full of life. From high-end shops to theatres, cinemas and buzzing nightlife – there’s plenty to do and experience when you rub shoulders with the locals at the heart of the city.