10 Things to Do in Orlando in April

Traveling to Orlando in April, in the middle of spring, is a perfect plan for those looking for outdoor activities, water attractions and Easter festivities.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Orlando in April

Vista de castillo |©Orvar Moller

Although at any time of the year you can find a lot to see and do in Orlando, if you travel in April you can take advantage of the good weather for a large number of activities.

During the month of April, you can not only enjoy its great theme parks, beaches and resorts, but also some events and festivals typical of this season. Among them, the Spring Festival or the numerous activities related to the celebration of Easter.

1. Experience the great atmosphere of the Spring Fiesta In The Park

Disney Springs Orlando|©Margalit Francus
Disney Springs Orlando|©Margalit Francus

For two days, Orlando celebrates the arrival of spring at its Spring Fiesta In The Park. This event is totally free and takes place in one of the most popular parks in the city and that you may have seen if you have hired a guided tour of Orlando: Lake Eola Park.

The Spring Fiesta In The Park takes place in both spring and fall and is organized by a committee in charge of promoting the arts. At this event you can enjoy live music with your family in a space full of artists, vendors, artisans, food, a children's play area and much more.

If you're up for it, you'll be able to sample the various foods and buy beautiful handcrafted souvenirs. It also hosts some of the best shows in town and has a playground for the little ones.

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2. Find an Easter Egg around the city

Easter Eggs|©Thomas Thompson
Easter Eggs|©Thomas Thompson

Semana Santa (depending on the year) and Easter are the most important festivities in April. One of its main protagonists is the famous Easter Bunny, who hides eggs all over Orlando. It is, in short, a kind of outdoor escape room, ideal if you are looking for things to do with children in Orlando.

In addition, all the parks in the city and its surroundings organize a great show called Easter Eggstravaganza. Highlights include those at Central Park West Meadow and Lakefront Park, with free admission, interactive games, music, face painting and other events for the whole family.

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3. Enjoy Easter activities at Orlando's theme parks.

Magic Kingdom|©Melissa Romero
Magic Kingdom|©Melissa Romero

No matter if you are only in Orlando for 3 days or if your plan is to visit the city for a whole week, there is one thing you can't miss: going to one of its best theme parks. If you have traveled in April, in any of them you will find activities related to the Easter Bunny.

The popularity of the character causes long lines to form to take a picture with him. For this reason, some places allow you to make a reservation, guaranteeing a space in line and less waiting time. Here are the most common meeting points:

  • Disney World: No doubt this is the best place to find the Easter Bunny and have your picture taken with him and the other Disney World characters.
  • Margaritaville Resort Orlando. You will be able to say hello and take a picture with the Bunny without staying at the hotel.
  • ICON Park: The Rabbit returns here every year for a few days, so you must book in advance. In addition to having their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, children can opt to have a mini photo session with spring backgrounds and pose without the bunny.

4. Attend the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival|©zannaland
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival|©zannaland

Orlando is known for its magical theme parks, but also for the activities that take place there. Disney World 's most important event in April is the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, which lasts until June.

Attending this festival is a must if you have traveled to Orlando in spring: the beauty of the colorful flowers and the artwork made with those same flowers take the gardens to another level.

It's best to ride the city's sightseeing streetcar (another attraction in itself) and stay until late afternoon, as a light show takes place at Spaceship Earth at sunset, accompanied by musical performances.

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5. Don't miss Universal's Mardi Gras and enjoy its international festival of flavors.

Universal Mardi Gras|©UNF Spinnaker
Universal Mardi Gras|©UNF Spinnaker

Within the Mardi Gras that Universal Orlando celebrates every year, the festival dedicated to gastronomy stands out. In this replica of the New Orleans carnival, you will be able to find dishes from almost 20 different countries.

It is a unique experience to live in spring, in which you will be able to enjoy beautiful parades, musical performances, great artists and carnival shows that represent the worldwide celebrations of Carnival. Of course, the best thing to do is to dress up in costume to be part of the party.

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6. Taste the best food at the International Food On Wheels Festival

mini dishes served|©Meals on Wheels San Francisco
mini dishes served|©Meals on Wheels San Francisco

Those who are in Orlando in mid-April will have the opportunity to attend one of the most interesting gastronomic events in the city: the International Gourmet Food trucks.

The place where this food truck gathering takes place, Lake Eola Park, is also very interesting, to the point of becoming for the locals an alternative to the best beaches in Orlando to relax for a few hours.

At this event you will find a large number of food trucks specialized in international cuisine. If you are one of those who enjoy trying all kinds of dishes, this is definitely your chance.

In addition to food, the festival also serves drinks and exotic cocktails. To liven up the stay, live concerts or DJ performances are common.

7. Participate in the Brick Dash 5K Run at Legoland Orlando


Legoland Florida Resort organizes this race every year in April to support the Women and Children's Fund of the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation.

The Brick Dash is a sports and family event that combines physical activity with lots of fun. It is designed so that everyone can participate, as there are categories even for children under 5 years old.

As could not be less, the trophies are made of Lego pieces, although those who are not among the top 3 will also receive a gift: a T-shirt designed by Legoland.

Given the popularity of the race, it is advisable to register in advance. Once at the park, you can take the opportunity to tour the park and enjoy all the activities and attractions.

8. Celebrate another culture at the Florida Puerto Rican Parade & Festival

Florida Puerto Rican|©Elijah Horton
Florida Puerto Rican|©Elijah Horton

If you have enough time, it is always advisable to book an excursion from Orlando (such as the one to St. Augustine) to get to know Florida better. If you can't, another great option is to participate in the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival and get a taste of the Latino influence in the city.

In this case, the festival is dedicated to Puerto Rico and aims to celebrate and promote its culture, from music to food.

The event usually takes place in mid-April and starts with a big parade that leaves from Lake Eola. It then continues with live music, food booths and other attractions on Orange Avenue.

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9. Take advantage of the good April weather in Orlando to take an airboat tour.

airboat on the water|©Airboat Afrika
airboat on the water|©Airboat Afrika

Orlando is not only known for its water parks and theme parks, it also has a wide variety of outdoor activities that you can do thanks to its natural diversity and good weather.

Among all these activities, one of the most relaxing is to take an airboat tour. Away from the city and Orlando's luminous theme parks, you will be able to take a tour through the swamps and wetlands, with a local guide.

In addition to getting to know the area, this type of tour is ideal for animal lovers, as it is quite possible to see alligators, bobcats, snapping turtles, amphibians or raccoons among others.

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10. Be sure to visit the best water parks in Orlando.

Volcano BaycJoe Shlabotnik
Volcano BaycJoe Shlabotnik

Did you know that Orlando is home to the most spectacular water parks on the planet? Among them are SeaWorld Orlando, Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, and two Disney World parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando

This is a large theme park that features activity pools and slow rivers, live river animals, wave pools, slides, family raft rides, interactive playgrounds, bowl rides, rafting, mat races, and entertainment center.

Adventure Island

Although not all the rides are water rides, most of them will get you soaking wet, which is great in Orlando's sunny April weather.

In this park you'll find superheroes and all kinds of magical creatures, plus a school to learn spells. To make it more attractive for children, there are also dinosaurs.

Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay is located at Universal Studios and is open all year round. This fabulous themed water park has a 200 m high volcano with the Krakatau Aqua Coated waterway. There you will be able to enjoy a wave pool, water slides and the fastest tubes in the world.

The Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort

The Typhoon Lagoon 's main attraction is its large water roller coaster.

Other attractions that will not leave you indifferent are its large wave pool, fast slides, a lazy river and family rafts.

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