Spring is the perfect time to enjoy some fresh air, sunshine, and a few showers before the heat of the Floridian summer kicks in. In fact, April is almost always your last chance in a year to enjoy Orlando in spring. And the flowers, blooms, and butterflies only make it better!
In addition to pleasant weather, the Spring Holiday Season and Easter Weekend also offer a plethora of things to do in Orlando in April. While it’s certain that crowds will be high throughout this month, don’t let that stop you, as the events we go over below are pure madness – in all the best ways possible! It doesn’t matter whether you want to stay on budget or splurge this season, Orlando will have you covered.
Spring Fiesta in the Park
Lake Eola Park has hosted the largest spring outdoor event in the area for over three decades. There are over 250 stalls to explore, ranging from exquisite paintings, wooden crafts, and pottery. If you’re lucky you will even catch some artists live in action as they create their works of art.
The goal of Spring Fiesta in the Park is to host a well-rounded event for families visiting the area in April, and because of that, has loads to do and see for children of all ages. The dedicated play area includes a darts contest that is popular with the older kids and a bouncy castle that is an all-time favorite among toddlers. There’s also a temporary tattoo stall at the event that is sure to grab every teenager’s attention!
Choose from a variety of delicious cuisines served fresh by onsite food trucks to complement your lovely afternoon at the Spring Fiesta. For those that aren’t big on outside food, pack a picnic basket and enjoy a family lunch by the lake. The spring festival has something for everyone whether it be art, live music, or delicious food, making it perfect for a weekend away. As one of the few spring events in Orlando that are pet-friendly, this is one for the WHOLE family!
Easter in Orlando
Easter at Disney World
Easter at Walt Disney World is well known for being one of the best things to do in Orlando in April. It is sure to make every kid’s day magical with a once-in-a-lifetime experience you cannot miss. Easter weekend is easily one of the busiest seasons at Walt Disney World, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from having a fantastic time!
The world-famous Eggstravaganza, EPCOT Scavenger Hunt, is a must-do if you’re in Disney World Florida in April. This year, use your purchased scavenger map and add the corresponding character stickers to where you find the eggs within the World Showcase- look high and low and all around to find all 12! The best part is, every child who completes the scavenger hunt receives a prize! (Don’t worry – anyone does whether they complete the hunt or not, as long as they have their own scavenger map.) It’s a great way to celebrate this festive season with the family, a blast for tiny tots, and makes for the ultimate springtime tradition. Guests can purchase a scavenger hunt map for $9.99 at merchandise locations within the park.
Next, witness the Easter decorations with your family at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. It hosts an array of events like the Easter procession, bunny meet and greets, and a trolley show. And make sure not to miss the Azalea Trail Maids flaunt their antebellum-style dresses every Easter at Disney World’s Easter Parade!
When hunger strikes, satisfy your sweet tooth at EPCOT Disney’s restaurants by indulging in Easter-themed treats like chocolate eggs and mini bunny cakes. Tiffins, Creature Comforts, and Contempo Cafe are crowd favorites! If you have more time to spare, enjoy a lovely Easter brunch at Olivia’s Cafe.
Besides the celebrations in the park, Disney’s resorts also get into the Easter spirit with their deliciously eggsravagant edible Easter egg art exhibits, displayed for your viewing pleasure. Molded and lavishly painted by Florida’s finest pastry chefs, these Disney-themed decorations are truly worth checking out. Drop by the BoardWalk Resort and Grand Floridan Resort & Spa to watch your kids’ faces light up when they spot their favorite characters on the marvelous Easter eggs!
Easter Egg Hunt at Drive Shack and Winter Park
Want to avoid the crowds but still give your kids a terrific egg hunting experience? A visit to Drive Shack and Winter Park is the answer! Not only are they fantastic locations to visit as a family, but your children will get the chance to participate in egg hunts, take pictures with the Easter Bunny, and do other fun activities.
P.S – At Drive Shack, kids get a free meal after the event!
Attend Easter Services
Attending an Easter service with your family will give you a unique opportunity to reflect and teach your children about the meaning behind the tradition of Easter. Z88.3 radio hosts one of the largest services in Orlando called the Easter Sunrise Service at Seaworld where many well-known Z artists and motivational speakers are invited each year. After the service, there’s even a huge egg hunt for the kids making it all the easier to get them excited about attending!
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow is live at the Abbey on April Fool’s Day! Hellzapoppin is a high-energy circus stunt show that features record-breaking live acts. Expect to be on the edge of your seat as you witness freaks performing terrifying but thrilling feats like fire breathing, sword swallowing, “cutting” humans in half, and much more. Be sure to catch this exciting event in Orlando in April featuring magician Dan Sperry and Auzzy Blood.
The amusing group of freaks has featured on AMC’s Freak Show, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and America’s Got Talent. It’s a favorite among audiences and a crowd-pleaser among all ages, making it perfect for the whole family!
Winter Park Paint Out Garden Party
Every April, The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens presents “Paint Out” where guests get to watch twenty professional artists painting their hearts out. Watching each artist’s creative process resulting in such beautiful paintings makes for an incredible experience. And don’t worry, the artwork illustrated during this event doesn’t go to waste. Instead, it’s available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the museum.
The Garden Party event, which includes art stalls, food, and live music is a beautiful spring activity in Florida. At sunset, artists capture the magnificent Florida sunset on the shores of Lake Maitland at the Winter Park Racquet Club. It’s a lovely spot to settle down for a picnic while watching the painters at work, so bring along some snacks or buy some there. Either way, it’s a guaranteed fun time with the family!
Dapper Day at Disney World’s EPCOT
Dapper Day is one of Disney World Orlando’s most popular events that showcase visitors dressed up in sophisticated, fashionable, and unique styles. It involves thousands of people from all over Florida attending to celebrate spring fashion by dressing up in styles from the past and present.
Celebrate the uniqueness of your individual style by wearing anything, from your best vintage classics to elegant, contemporary attire. Get the kids in on it too and pull out their bowties and tophats (they’ll look adorable while keeping the sun out of their eyes – it’s a win-win!).
Some fun ideas are to dress up as your favorite vintage Disney character or pick a family attire theme to set yourself apart from the crowd. Just remember to ensure the whole family wears comfortable shoes because there will still be tons of walking to do – It’s Disney World after all!
The International Flower and Garden Show, an event that runs from March to July, makes it even more enjoyable to attend Dapper Day at EPCOT. Make sure not to forget your phone in your room or car because you’re going to want to take pictures in front of gorgeous floral displays.
Drop by the Dapper Day pop-up shop to check out the interesting pieces of clothing put up for sale. While the prices aren’t exactly the most affordable, most parents agree the memories are worth every penny.
EPCOT does tend to fill up pretty quickly on the day of the event due to its popularity, so buy tickets online well in advance and get there early to avoid the long waiting lines.
Lake County Fair
The annual Lake County Fair is a ten-day event with something for everyone. Popularly known as one of the best spring activities in Florida, many Floridians have made it a family tradition to visit every year.
Some attractions that will get the kids excited include fun rides, eating contests, circus and magic acts, livestock competitions and shows, educational adventures, LEGO challenges, arts and crafts, and, of course, tons of food stalls!
Them Sweeney Boys, Deep Fryd Funk, Fritzy Brothers, One Man Circus, and Kardenni are all notable performers at the event. And not to mention, everyone’s favorite “The Amazing Bubble Factory” is a must-experience!
Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort
Mardi Gras, Florida’s biggest party, is a family-friendly festival that is famous for its spectacular concerts, parades, merchandised stores, international food and beverages, and more. After a fun-filled day of catching beads, shopping, and eating, stop at the “bead tree,” a massive tree that is designated by festival lovers to hold as many beads as possible on its branches!
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival
Central Florida’s Lake County has more than a dozen blueberry farms and is known for the lovely ripe berries it produces every April. Held each year in Donnelly Park during peak season, Mount Dora’s Blueberry Festival aims to honor the local farms and vendors with a day of community fun and food.
Apart from the freshly picked and packaged blueberries, you will find plenty of local merchants selling blueberry-based products like blueberry jam, sausage with blueberry salsa, blueberry cakes, arepas, and pancakes. Everything is prepared from scratch with local ingredients. And if you aren’t already licking your lips, try the blueberry beer and wine and you will definitely see what all the hype is about!
Get the gang to participate in the super-popular blueberry pie-eating contest if you’ve got any room in your tummies left! Blueberry picking is another family-friendly activity that is available on the farms for you to enjoy if you want something more laid back.
Earth Day in Orlando
April 22nd is observed as Earth Day to celebrate Mother Earth and promote awareness about environmental conservation. Central Florida commemorates this day by engaging the public in educational activities at various locations. Here are some well-known Orlando Earth Day events to look forwards to:
Annual Central Florida Earth Day
Lake Eola Park celebrates Earth Day with an alcohol-and-smoke-free vegan event that is organized by the vegetarians of Central Florida. This mega event has activities for adults and children with environmental presentations, vegan food prep demonstrations, live music, and mind-body-spirit activities. Workshops that offer STEM learning are also held at the Earth Kid Zone, along with the Teens Go Green Project and Special Kids Yoga.
Over 100 eco-friendly and sustainable enterprises promote their goods at this Earth Day event, which makes it an amazing opportunity to browse and buy earth-friendly products. And with all the food sold being vegan and organic, it’s also the perfect chance to experience just how delicious vegan food can be!
Earth Day at Seaworld Orlando
Seaworld is committed to marine life conservation both inside and outside the park. Every year on Earth Day, it strives to increase awareness and educate people on the importance of environmental protection.
Passport to Adventure is a program that is held on Earth Day at Seaworld that involves multiple educators providing presentations and answering questions about environmental protection. Every interaction with an instructor leads to your kid receiving a stamp on their “passport,” and collecting four of these stamps entitles them to a special free gift! Fun and educational, it’s the best way to get kids interested in understanding our impact on the creatures we share our big blue planet with.
If you are planning on visiting Seaworld for this event, visit the Seven Seas Food Festival as well. Typically held between February and May, it features more than 50 cuisines, 150 different alcoholic beverages, and is among the most popular things to do in Orlando in April.
Earth Day at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
In addition to Earth Day, April 22nd also marks the anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Many special events are organized to make sure everybody has a good time and this includes everything from games and activities to delicious themed treats!
Have you or your kids ever wondered how Disney characters are created? Attend “The Animation Experience,” a 25-minute long workshop that teaches you how real-life animals are animated into beloved Disney characters like Bambi and Simba. This hands-on experience promises to help you gain some artistic skills while having fun creating your own Disney character.
The Wilderness Explorer is another educational activity, but this one is for nature lovers of all ages. Complete the interactive nature-themed challenges and earn yourself some valuable badges. And before calling it a day, be sure to stop by a couple of Animal Kingdom Disney restaurants because on Earth Day, they offer animal-themed treats for you and your little ones to indulge in!
Apopka Art and Foliage Festival
Every year in April, the city of Apopka presents the arts and craftwork of some of the best artists in the country. Paintings, ornamental pottery, woodwork, glass and art, and leatherwork are all sold for minimal prices at this event. You’ll also find locally grown, aesthetically beautiful flora displayed by more than a dozen plant experts.
You can rest assured that your little ones will enjoy themselves at this kid-friendly event too. The butterfly tent, in particular, which has around 400 butterflies, is a favorite among the kids. So head down to Apopka this April to spend some quality time as a family.
Free things to do in Orlando in April
Higher ticket and hotel prices during the spring holiday season can cost you a bundle. But don’t worry just yes, because there is a slew of free events to pick from in Orlando in April as well.
Popcorn flick in the park is one such free event that is organized by the Florida Film Festival. Grab your blankets and chairs, and head to Winter Park with your family and friends for a relaxing movie night outdoors. And don’t forget to pack plenty of popcorn and junk food!
For something more stimulating head to Absolutely Avalon, a one-day festival at Avalon Park that celebrates multiculturalism. The festival features international cuisine, music, community performances, a laser light show, and other activities for both adults and children. Although admission is free, activities and refreshments are chargeable.
Looking for something centered around Easter? Enjoy Easter bunny celebrations at ICON Park. Every child who visits the bunny receives a ticket for a free ride! Heading to Fort Mellon Park in Sanford or Reiter Park in Longwood are another two options to consider for a free Easter egg hunting event.
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