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Orlando Summer Bucket List

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Hey Orlando! Are you ready for the ultimate summer bucket list? Whether you’re looking to get out of the city for a day or stay put for a staycation, we’ve got you covered!

Check out this awesome list of summer activities to do in Orlando like the springs, outdoors, cheap things to do, resort pools, and more that will help guide you to having your best summer yet!

Do you have a need… a need for speed? Luxe Rentals has you covered for a day out of the water with friends! They rent out jet skis, boats, vanderhalls, and more! No matter what you’re looking for, Luxe Rentals will provide you with the best tips and tricks of how to spend your best day out on the water! Plus, they’re available for pick up or delivery right here in Orlando!

How lucky are we that there are so many natural springs around Orlando that we can visit? A perfect addition to your summer bucket list is a visit to a Florida spring! You can float down the river, kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, and there are plenty of amazing state parks to check out as well! A few you don’t want to miss are Wekiwa, Blue Springs, and Devil’s Den.

If you need to stay cool this summer, there’s nothing better than spending the day at one of Orlando’s many water parks! From Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, to Island H2O, Aquatica, or Universal’s Volcano Bay, there’s no shortage of water slides in this city! 

Think you have what it takes to make it to the top? The Wheel at Icon Park and the Orlando StarFlyer are iconic attractions on International Drive that are perfect for the thrill seeker’s summer bucket list. Soar 450 feet above the city on a swing, or enjoy the slow-moving, 400-foot tall observation wheel. When you’re done, don’t forget to explore the many shops and restaurants available at Icon Park!

Orlando is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from some of the best beaches in Florida and we have the perfect list for you to check them out! Pack your car for the day and hit to road to explore some of these amazing places. Explore space coast beaches like Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna, and Satellite Beach, or head to gulf coast to check out the beautiful Siesta Key!

No pool? No problem! We’ve curated the perfect resort pools in Orlando that are perfect for a summer stay. Enjoy a lazy river at the Omni Resort, hidden caverns at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, or the water park at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Many of these resorts you can find on Resort Pass, which offers the perfect pool day trip!

We’re not just on a regular vacation, we’re on a STAYcation! Sometimes spending your time somewhere close, makes it feel so far away and on a tropical vacation! Check out some staycation spots in Orlando! From the Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando, Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the options are endless for any staycationer!

The outdoors are calling and we must go! Orlando is famous for not just theme parks, but there are plenty of outdoor activities to spend a summer day as well. If you love to bike you can check out the Orlando Urban Trail, or if wakeboarding is more your thing you can visit the Nona Adventure Park. If your idea of outdoors is drinking wine at Lakeridge Winery? We’ve got that too!

If you need a meal in between breakfast and lunch that also includes alcohol, we’ve got the perfect list for you! An Orlando summer bucket list staple has got to be brunch at one of these awesome places that also has bottomless mimosas! On this list you’ll find Santiago’s Bodega,  American Social, and Earl’s Kitchen and Bar to name a few.

We know Orlando can be expensive, so that’s why we’ve created this list of some of the best cheap things to do in Orlando! Many museums and gardens like Leu Gardens, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, and Mennello Museum of Art are inexpensive, or opt for a farm experience like Southern Hill Farms or Wildflower Farm!

Summer is all about ice cream right? At least we think so! And Orlando ice cream should be on your summer bucket list! Why not cool down with a delicious Cookie Monster from Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, or check out downtown’s Greenery Creamery! You can even try liquid nitrogen ice cream at Abracadabra, or ice cream with booze at Mild to Wild Ice Cream Shop.

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While you cross off things to do from your Orlando Summer Bucket List, be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #StuffToDoInOrlando. Have a great summer!

Kimberly Gooch

Kimberly Gooch

Hi I'm Kim! I am a Florida native from Clearwater Florida, and now currently living in Orlando. I've been in Orlando for the last 6 years and love to explore everything the city has to offer. I travel a lot on the weekends visiting new cities, and in my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and discovering new things to do.

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