Hot and humid is the name of the game every summer in Florida; they call it The Sunshine State for a reason, after all. But with all the gorgeous and fun places you can go to cool off, dealing with a little heatwave is a price worth paying to live in a tropical paradise. From pristine beaches to refreshing springs and some of the wildest water parks around, there are plenty of places in Orlando you can escape to and beat the heat.
One of the best things about the Florida heat is that it's basically summer year-round, extending your beach and pool time way farther than what other states may get. That means you have extra time to check out all the gorgeous watery wonderlands to unlock your inner mermaid and swim to your heart’s content.
You don’t have to travel far for some refreshment, and Orlando is full of unique, creative, and crisp ways to cool off in the scorching summer sun. Sip on something sweet, escape inside to a magical underwater world, or frolic in turquoise spring waters.
Wherever you go, you’ll be cool and having a blast!
So grab your swimsuit, and don’t forget a waterproof housing for your camera as you check out these spots around Orlando to beat the heat this weekend.
Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run
Price: $3 to $5
Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL
Why You Need To Go: Float, splash, and soak in the crystal clear waters of this gorgeous spring just 40 minutes from the heart of Orlando.
Ice and Bites Café
Address: 3402 Technological Ave. #220, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Refreshing doesn’t begin to describe the first sip of a cool bubble tea on a hot day, or any of the other gorgeous and delicious ice cream and tea concoctions they have at Ice and Bites Café! They have the cutest cotton candycloud-topped drinks.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Address: 8449 International Dr., Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Escape inside and enter a magical underwater world at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, where you can cool off while staying dry.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Pool
Address: 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Make a little staycation at the Grand Cypress and discover a hidden mermaid grotto at their amazing pool, complete with waterfalls, rock walls, and caves!
Lake Nona Adventure Park
Price: Prices start at $20
Address: 14086 Centerline Dr., Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: 1000 feet of watery fun awaits at Lake Nona Adventure Park, where you can challenge yourself on super fun inflatable water obstacle courses, and even try your hand at wakeboarding or their sky-high obstacle ropes course.
Tropical River at Discovery Cove
Address: 6000 Discovery Way, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Float down a lazy river that leads to an aviary full of friendly birds and cruise through other exotic wildlife of Discovery Cove. If you've got a little extra cash to spend, you can add on a walk through an underwater world with the fishies for $50.
In the wise words of Dori, "just keep swimming" as you beat the heat in Florida this weekend!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.