Oh no! You’ve arrived in Sunny Florida to find out there is a rainy day in the forecast. Although the Florida sun does shine an average of 300 days per year, there are also many rainy days. During the summer months, from June to September, the heat can spawn daily afternoon showers. These showers are usually short and intermittent. Here is your rain survival guide for Orlando.
Be Adventurous and Go To the Parks Anyway
Break out that rain poncho you brought with you (What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You; 12 Must Haves For The Parks) and enjoy the smaller crowds in the parks. Most queues are covered and there are plenty of indoor attractions: It’s Tough To Be A Bug! at Animal Kingdom, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at the Magic Kingdom, Muppet Vision 3-D show at Hollywood Studios are all indoor attractions to enjoy during the heavier rains. If you are playing the Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at EPCOT game, head for the Mexican Pavilion and play entirely indoors.
Go To I-360 Drive
There are numerous places to visit in this area for indoor activities. Madame Tussauds, Skeletons: Animals Unveiled, WonderWorks Orlando, iFly Orlando and the SeaLife Aquarium are all indoor activities in the I-360 drive area. There are plenty of entertainment and learning venues to be found. See our Insider’s Guide: I-360 Drive for more details.
Shop Until You Drop
Orlando is known for its theme parks but it also known has great shopping centers and malls that cater to all preferences and budgets. In addition, Highway 192 is lined with numerous gift shops to bring back that special Florida souvenir. See our Insider’s guide: Shopping page for information about several of the area malls.
Take a Day Trip
Check the weather radar often because the rain can be local to certain areas. Just an hour drive may bring you back to the Florida sun that you are seeking. If you travel west, explore the gulf coast beaches. Our favorite is watching the pelicans dive into the water on Anna Maria Island’s Holmes Beach. Traveling east will take you to Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach or Daytona Beach. The Kennedy Space Center is located on Cape Canaveral. If you drive north to Ocala, you can see some of the finest horse farms in the country. The nationally renowned horseman, Pat Parelli, has a ranch in the Ocala area that we visit when we are up there.
Plan for Some Down Time
A trip to Orlando and its theme parks can often times leave you feeling like you haven’t had time to rest and relax. Instead of rushing off to do more, enjoy a day at your vacation rental home. You will be glad you didn’t rent a cramped hotel room. Let the kids play in the home’s game room, curl up with your favorite book and a cup of tea or rent a Disney movie that features your favorite attraction from the parks; our favorite is Monsters Inc. Making a special family meal together in the fully-equipped kitchen is a great way to connect and make memories.
No matter what your family decides to do on a rainy day in Orlando, you are sure to find something for everyone. Have fun playing in the rain!
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