It may feel like fall in your part of the country, but in Orlando it definitely still feels like summer.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy tons of fall fun, Florida-style!
If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in Orlando in the Fall, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including:
- Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
- SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
- Events at Kennedy Space Center
- Arts festivals
- and more!
Save on Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these Orlando area activities are included on the Go Orlando® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Orlando® Card.
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28, & 31, 2018
While LEGOs are undeniably awesome year ‘round, it’s much better to enjoy the iconic LEGOLAND theme park without the sweltering heat of summer.
Take the kids and enjoy their special seasonal programming, like Halloween’s Brick or Treat. Some of the featured content at Brick or Treat includes:
- The chance to embark on a “spooky” scavenger hunt that spans all of Miniland USA.
- Daily costume contests with valuable LEGO prize packs.
- Inventive seasonal building activities.
Each Brick or Treat date will conclude with a creepy-crawly, spider-themed fireworks show at 8 p.m. in the skies above Lake Eloise. Pick up a complimentary pair of viewing glasses to add a brick-tastic LEGO twist to the colorful spectacle.
Fall fun at LEGOLAND is sure shaping up to be a real delight!
Getting In: LEGOLAND Florida tickets and admission to Brick or Treat is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Insider Tip: For even more info on the event, check out our post on the Brick or Treat LEGOLAND Halloween event.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
September 29 – October 28, 2018
If you’re looking for great Halloween fun, SeaWorld has you covered. Their Bayside Stadium comes to life with colorful creatures and festive activities that celebrate this kid-favorite holiday.
Immerse yourself in “an ocean of Halloween fun,” including “fantasea” sea creatures, trick or treating in costume, and much more.
Don’t miss your chance to meet some pumpkin fish!
Getting In: Admission to SeaWorld Orlando (and the Halloween Spooktacular) are available with the Go Orlando® Card as a special add-on ticket.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
Select dates, September 21 – October 28, 2018
For those really big Halloween fans out there, this is the event for you. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Tampa offers a series of truly terrifying experiences and events for adults to enjoy.
Roam the creepiest haunted houses you’ll ever see. Get stalked by hordes of roaming monsters as you wander through scare zones. Be endlessly entertained by the dancing Fiends. Enjoy the extra level of thrill that comes with riding the coasters after dark. Don’t forget to sample their signature cocktails!
This is for those who love nothing more than a good scare!
Getting In: Admission to Howl-O-Scream is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Orlando Card. General admission to Busch Gardens is available on the Build Your Own Pass.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
And now for something completely different! Head to Winter Park, a wonderful artsy suburb of Orlando, for some quality shopping and dining. You’ll find little boutiques, art galleries, cozy little wine bars and pubs, and much more.
It’s also just a really beautiful city in its own right: they’ve got charming waterways, beautiful gardens, and inventive architecture. A boat tour is a great way to see it all without the effort of driving yourself around.
Don’t forget – this time of year you may experience a slight breeze on the water. Remember a light sweater!
Getting In: Winter Park boat tour tickets are included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Here you’ll find great opportunity to take the kids someplace special without making them wait in the endless lines of summertime.
Some of their most popular exhibits are a great way to keep kids engaged and learning even when they’re not in school. This great educational destination has multiple exhibits that focus on topics like natural disasters, light and sound, physical challenges, space discovery, and more.
They’ve even got a totally awesome Imagination Lab! WonderWorks achieves that ideal balance of education and fun, making it a smart choice for parents.
Getting In: WonderWorks Orlando tickets are included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
August 24 – September 30, 2018
If you’re a foodie, you’re in luck this September. All month is Magical Dining Month in Orlando, which means delicious food at delectable prices.
Enjoy affordable prix fixe menus at fine dining locales, special deals at local favorites, and even unique menus designed just for the event. Come hungry!
Getting In: Meal prices are not included with the Go Orlando® Card. For more information about participating restaurants, please visit the event website.
Global Peace Film Festival
September 17 – 23, 2018
Winter Park & Downtown Orlando
This feel-good festival uses the medium of film to promote positive change and peaceful action. It’s run by a great non-profit, so you know the minimal ticket fees are going to a good cause.
There are even some free screenings if you’re looking for a budget-saving attraction.
Getting In: Admission to the Global Peace Film Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Orlando® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
October 13-14, 2018
Central Park in Winter Park
Now in its 45th year, the annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is a wonderful creative opportunity for the whole family to explore the local arts scene.
Exclusively showcasing Florida artists, this community event features visual art in addition to live entertainment, kids’ activities and crafts, and much more.
It’s also held in an historic district, so a visit here will give you the chance to see more of Florida’s heritage.
Getting In: Admission to the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is free.
Movie Nights at Leu Gardens
The Friday of the Month, September – December, 2018
Harry P. Leu Gardens
For families looking for a great evening out that doesn’t involve a theme park, movie nights at the lovely Leu Gardens are a safe bet.
Come here to enjoy family-friendly films for a very low price, with food and beverages available for purchase.
Bring a blanket, some chairs, and a picnic, and you’re all set.
Getting In: Admission to Movie Night at Leu Gardens is not included with the Go Orlando Card. You may purchase tickets at the door.
A Few Other Activities for Fall Fun
- Check out fall special exhibits at places like the Kennedy Space Center (general admission is included with the Go Orlando® Card!)
- Visit the Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs for some spooky fun.
- Cheer for the Orlando City Soccer Club.
- The NBA’s Orlando Magic is just beginning their season, too, so why not head to a game?
- Visit Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup for free nature and animal exhibits, and to get a taste of what Orlando vegetation actually looks like in the fall.
- Stock up on seasonal veggies at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market (held on Saturdays).
- Take a free weekend brewery tour at the Orlando Brewing Company.
- If you’re in the mood for some inexpensive shopping, stop by FleaWorld, located just north of Orlando.
- Keep an eye out for our forthcoming post on Halloween events – Orlando has some really fantastic ones!
As you can see, Orlando is tons of fun in the fall. From festivals and specialty events to museums and parks, we know you’ll find something to love in Florida this autumn.
We hope you enjoyed these suggestions of a few popular things to do in Orlando in the Fall.
And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with the Go Orlando® Card.
Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Orlando® Card.