Orlando, Florida in May offers the best of both worlds: a colorful and cheery spring during the first half of the month followed by the beaming summer sun in the second half. An exciting vacation destination for families with members both big and small, young and old, it’s no wonder why then, that Orlando is the perfect place to visit in May.
In our list below, you will find some of the best events and things to do in Orlando in May to make the most of the season transition. Between food festivals, art shows, scavenger hunts, and the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, you will see that May truly has it all!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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The Disney Epcot Spring Flower Festival in Orlando is in full bloom from as early as March and continues on till the beginning of July. What better way than to celebrate this spectacle with your family at Disney!
Discover spectacular topiaries of your favorite Disney characters, weave your way through the colorful flower beds, uncover exotic gardens that create lasting memories, particularly with their unforgettable fragrances, and so much more.
There are plenty of activities to keep your kids busy such as the interactive play areas and a field excursion. You and your kids will also get the opportunity to learn about the Disney Conservation Fund, focused on saving wildlife for future generations. Read further to learn more about the activities here at Epcot Orlando in May.
Topiaries, Gardens, and Displays
The best part about this festival is locating all the stunning topiaries located around the park. A Topiary is a shrub, tree, or any other type of green bush that’s clipped to resemble a recognizable shape.
Here at Epcot, the little ones will find all their favorite Disney characters from Goofy to Peter Pan in full bloom! Adults at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival will enjoy the thousands of vibrant flowers in the Global Gardens, attend seminars led by Disney horticulturists, and learn more about gardening from the Disney garden experts.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
If you fear you might not be gifted with much of a green thumb, then worry not. There is plenty to do aside from plants at this festival like grooving to live music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series.
Head over to the America Gardens Theater and catch your favorite artists bust out some dance tunes every evening of the event. Opt for the Garden Rocks Dining Package for guaranteed seats and pair the toe-tapping concert with some lip-smacking eats!
Treat yourself to some fresh festival dishes by participating in the Garden Graze activity in the outdoor kitchens and food kiosks spread all across the park! Menus are made exclusively for the festival featuring delicious dishes full of garden flavors, each offering some creativity to tingle your taste buds. Enjoy those snacks and family restaurants!
Kids can even redeem a Festival-exclusive treat by collecting five matching stamps on their Festival Passport for every marked dish you purchase from each of the five booths. It’s a food adventure that will keep the little ones engaged!
Enjoy trotting through the various country-specific food pavilions with your family, between Japan, Morocco, and Mexico – there’s a lot to explore! Check out the farmers’ market kitchens for some exquisite food made from fresh ingredients, and come prepared for the hard-to-resist baked goodies that will lure your sweet tooth and satisfy your cravings.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration
This crowd favorite festival-exclusive springtime scavenger hunt is perfect for gardeners of all ages and sizes.
Buy yourself a map and some stickers at select merchandise locations before following Spike the Bee on his adventurous pollination trail through the park. Once complete, head over to Disney Traders or the World Traveler kiosk with your scavenger hunt map for a fun surprise. This is hands down one of the best ways to celebrate sniffly Orlando in spring!
LEGO NINJAGO Day at LEGOLAND
Get your kid ready to “become the ninja” and reveal their ninja skills during the LEGO NINJAGO Days in May at LEGOLAND in Florida! Head down with the family and celebrate with your favorite ninja heroes at this one-of-a-kind weekend event.
Throughout the weekend, the Ninjago characters Nya, Lloyd, Zane, as well as Master Wu, will be taking photos with children at the meet-and-greet. Participate with the family in Master Wu’s Expedition, a fun scavenger hunt, testing your ninja knowledge for a special reward. Another attraction you don’t want to miss is the LEGO NINJAGO ride where you’ll get to show off your skills by fighting 3D villains in battle!
The park also has two new exciting experiences for your child to practice their warrior skills. Namely, the NINJAGO Legacy quest, a mini-AR experience, and the School of Spinjitizu, a Ninja Training academy with real-life ninjas slicing up some sharp moves.
Boost your energy throughout the day with trips to the Ninja Kitchen food truck, serving you delicious protein-filled Pork Belly Yakisoba and Samurai “S’mores” bao buns. To make your weekend extra special, stay at one of the twelve Ninjago Themed Rooms at the LEGOLAND Hotel and immerse yourself completely in the ninja experience.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival
The Seven Seas Food Festival runs every weekend between early February and early May and is one of the biggest and best food festivals in Orlando. It is an oasis for food lovers who come for all the flavors their taste buds can pack and makes for the perfect place to spend any evening with the family.
Take a stroll through the vast open-air grounds and embark on a food tasting journey that encompasses more than 50 global cuisines; Caribbean, Brazil, Italy, Asia, and beyond! When the kids are busy among themselves, treat yourself to some drinks from the incredible menu of curated cocktails, wines, and craft beers. All this paired with Rock, Country, Latin, and 90s throwback tracks at the live performance venues will surely make for a memorable night filled with dancing and merrymaking!
SeaWorld Orlando also celebrates Cinco de Mayo, The Fifth of May, with seven super fun days of dancing, indulging in Mexican-inspired tunes, and traditional food. Join in on the celebrations at the fiesta surrounded by decked-out stilt walkers and energetic performers all around the park. It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, when it’s May in Orlando, there’s always something to look forward to at SeaWorld!
Take your kids on an adventure at the Orlando Science Center night exhibit. This three-time Editors Choice winner offers two different and unique experiences each time you visit, making it one of the best events in Orlando May for kids.
The kids-only event has loads of interactive activities that promote learning and fun, like pizza-dinner tables for kids aged 5 to 12, an Interactive Live Science Show, and other experience-enhancing programs.
Let your kids explore the science world of their dreams and take the opportunity to enjoy your evening alone. With check-in at 5:30 p.m. and check-out at 9:30 p.m, this is one of the most unique events in Orlando in May. It is known for selling out quickly, so register soon and save your kids a spot.
Mayfaire by the Lake Fine Arts Festival
Polk Museum of Arts presents Mayfaire by the Lake, an event that has grown over the years to become one of Florida’s biggest and most popular outdoor festivals in Orlando. This award-winning fine arts festival has slowly but surely taken on the role of a beloved community tradition since its launch in 1971 as a small crafts fair. Presented each year on Mother’s Day weekend, the festival features over 140 artist booths on the shores of the beautiful Morton lake, a location that is popularly considered to be one of the best things about the event by regular attendees.
If you consider your family to be a creative bunch, this event is the one for you! The festival runs all day long and offers an expansive range of arts and crafts right from clay arts, paintings, jewelry, photographs, and much more. Not only do you get to take home some beautiful artwork, but all contributions go towards providing scholarships to students attending the summer program at the Southern College of Florida.
Make sure to bring along a bottle of cold water, an umbrella, and maybe a hand-held fan as the weather can get quite hot. Nonetheless, a truly wholesome art event to stop by if you are visiting Orlando in May!
SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean
Electric Ocean is coming back to SeaWorld Orlando this summer! Participate in the ultimate family dance running on select nights at the end of May. As the sun goes down, the entire 200-acre park is lit up and set aglow with the joy and laughter of kids and adults alike. Witness glowing sea creatures swooping overhead and enjoy your favorite theme park rides in a totally new setting with spectacular lights.
Join the floor at the Electric Current, a daytime dance party with world-class DJs dishing out some peppy tunes. Head over to the Nautilus Theater with the whole family and groove along to rock n’ roll band Elmo Rocks. Keep the party going with Club Sea Glow and dance away to some pumping beats beside Sea Glow Dancers. Marvel over some gravity-defying aerial acts and watch dancers play with fire and light it up like the Fourth of July! End the night on a bright and dazzling note with Ignite, a spectacular event full of fountains, lasers, and fireworks.
Rescue Tails is one special event that helps warm kids up to the rescue-to-rehabilitation stories. The event also provides kids with the unique opportunity of meeting and greeting some of these incredible animals too.
With so many things to see and do, make sure you make the most of this electrifying event!
Blueberry picking season
If your family enjoys getting their hands dirty in the garden, don’t miss out on this opportunity to pick blueberries from farms around Orlando. Several of them in the area even welcome guests with fun Orlando activities like family yard games, tractor rides, and kids’ play areas, in addition to blueberry picking.
The best part about visiting in May is that you also get the chance to go Sunflower picking and make the whole experience a 2-in-1 adventure! While these farms and their locations are easily discoverable on the internet, remember to check their operating times beforehand on their Facebook pages to ensure you visit when all the action is happening. Bring sunscreen, umbrellas, and closed-toed shoes as these events are known to get significantly hot and muddy.
Alphabet Plant Scavenger Hunt at the Harry P. Leu Gardens
The Alphabet Plant Scavenger Hunt at the Harry P. Leu Gardens is yet another must-visit outdoor spring event in Orlando in May that is perfect for some family fun. At this event, every letter of the alphabet corresponds to a different plant, and each letter is hidden in different spots all across the 50-acre botanical garden. The objective of the game? To find them, of course!
Dress your kids up in their favorite detective garb and explore the garden with the fun scavenger hunt map that is designed for all ages. With the scavenger hunt already included in the price of daytime garden admission, you don’t even have to worry about it burning a hole in your pocket; practically free, educational, and full of fun, it’s really the best kind of event if you ask us!
Free things to do in Orlando in May
The best part about taking a trip to Orlando in May with kids is that having a fun time doesn’t have to mean shelling out the greens if you don’t want it to! There are tons of things to do in Orlando in May for families that are low-key and affordable but just as entertaining and wholesome when experienced together.
The open-air Disney Springs dining, shopping, and entertainment district is a great place to start. With remarkable architecture, natural beauty, and free family fun there are lots to look forward to at this venue. It includes live performances and other entertaining interludes, such as kids being welcome to build as many LEGO figures as their hearts desire. Hop on the free ferry rides with the whole squad and travel to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, all for no cost!
When it comes to events, Orlando Fringe is one you don’t want to miss! Drop by on the weekends of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in May to attend the free Kids Fringe festival with your family. Enjoy live performances, workshops, and other activities aimed at the young and young-at-heart. Artists also present special children’s theater performances on the Fringezilla Mainstage. Taking over the entire indoor and outdoor spaces of the Garden Club, the event aims to educate, encourage, and shape the artists of tomorrow.
If you want something more laid back, why not pack some popcorn and literally “lay back” to watch a movie outdoors with the fam? There are two options for watching free nighttime movies under the stars in Florida.
Movieola takes place in Lake Eola Park on the last Friday of the month from April through August and features family-friendly films starting at 6 p.m. Bring some blankets and snacks along with you to enjoy a movie night under the stars. This event is also pet friendly so bring your fur babies along to enjoy quality time with the whole family.
On the second Thursday of each month, the city of Winter Park partners with Maitland’s Enzian Theater to host Popcorn Flicks in the Park. Held in the charming community’s Central Park, the movies are suitable for all ages and begin at sunset. Bring some snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and blankets along with you. It is important to note that movie nights are subject to cancellation or rescheduling, so always check with their websites before driving out!
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