Orlando Summer Bucket List for 2023

Is a Summer vacation to Orlando in your 2023 forecast? Make this year’s Summer Central Florida getaway the one best ever by completing as many bucket list items as possible!

Have Water Park Fun

Where better to splash and play the day away than in the sunshine state? Enjoy Florida’s perfect, warm weather at any of the incredible nearby water parks. Find thrill and chill in harmony at Universal’s Volcano Bay or see some melting snow at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. There’s also incredible fun to be found at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando, Island H2O Water Park(walking distance from our resort!), and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Two friends holding hands while sitting in separate tubes in the Island H2O Live! water park wave pool.

Play a Round of Mini-golf

Orlando is filled with elaborate, well-themed mini-golf courses that any age will adore. From stand-alone, roadside courses to Disney and Universal-made courses, there is no shortage of mini-golf fun in this city. You may see everything from baby gators and water effects to spinning floors and hole riddles. Mini-golf in Orlando pulls out all the stops!

Young boy playing a round of mini golf

Check Out Winter Park

Want to experience more of the local culture in Central Florida? Head over to Winter Park! Filled with amazing dining, nice parks, great shops, and more, this stunning Florida city is worth a visit. Plus, there’s golf, museums, and so much more to see!

A family holding hands while walking

Have a Unique Dining Experience

Orlando is home to an array of unique, thrilling, and novel dining experiences. There’s Medieval Times, where you can watch a joust. Pirates Dinner Adventure serves great food as a stunt show aboard a Spanish ship takes place before your eyes. Sleuths Mystery Dinner is a murder mystery comedy show that changes every night. And, let’s not forget character dining at Walt Disney World, where your favorite Disney characters join you for a delicious meal!

Family enjoying a dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom

Ⓒ Disney

Ride a Roller Coaster

With all the fantastic theme parks in Orlando, a thrilling ride on a coaster is something everyone should seek out. SeaWorld, Universal, Disney, Legoland, and beyond ALL have amazing roller coasters for every age. These coasters are some of the best in the nation. Universal’s newest coaster, Velocicoaster, won an award just last year!

Group of people riding the Velocicoaster at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure

Ⓒ Universal

Get Up Close to Amazing Animals

So many experiences in Central Florida allow animal lovers to get up close and personal to incredible creatures. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has excellent exhibits, a safari, a petting zoo, and even an animal hospital! SeaWorld shows off its brilliant aquatic life in stunning ways, all with an emphasis on rehabilitation and conservation. Gatorland, a Florida gem, has gator shows, zip lines, tours, and more!

A father and daughter on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom looking at a giraffe.

Ⓒ Disney

Be Wowed by a Nighttime Spectacular

When day turns to night, look to the sky to see what wonders await. Fireworks, lasers, projections, and more take to the stars at many of Orlando’s theme parks. Viewing these nighttime spectaculars is a quintessential Orlando experience that can be enjoyed anywhere in range. Some to note are Magic Kingdom’s beloved nighttime spectacular Happily Ever After, as well as Epcot Forever, which celebrates Epcot’s past, present, and future!

Harmonious fireworks show at EPCOT

Ⓒ Disney

As you can see from our bucket list, Orlando is full of unique and memorable experiences for all ages! From thrills to food to fun and beyond, this incredible city has everything you need for a great getaway.