Orlando is filled with attractions, but the weather gets so hot that you probably don't want to be waiting in long theme park lines. August is one of the warmest Orlando months, so taking a cruise (or a few) is definitely suggested. If you’re looking for things to do in Orlando in August 2018, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including...

  • ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
  • Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
  • Congo River Adventure Golf
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • and more...

Check Out ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)

Orlando eye 4 Take a spin on ICON Orlando, the largest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States. Each high-tech capsule is stocked with an iPad that allows you to take an interactive look at the landmarks and surroundings below you. Getting In: ICON Orlando tickets are included on the Go Orlando Card.

Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World

Gator Bellow at Gatorland

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, boasting thousands of crocodiles and of course alligators. There is also a petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife exhibits and shows. Seeing someone wrestle a gator is a show that you can't catch just anywhere! 

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy space center astronaut

A visit to Central Florida really isn’t complete without spending some time at the inspiring and fascinating Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. During your visit, you will be able to take a tour of NASA's launch and landing facilities, try out interactive simulators, watch live shows, and experience jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. Depending on when you visit, you may also be able to meet a real astronaut! 

Congo River Adventure Golf


You know what's a really fun thing to do in Orlando in August? Mini-golf, of course! Congo River offers Florida's premier adventure golf course, and trust us, it's fun for the whole family. Beat the heat and explore caves and waterfalls in a cool, lush tropical environment. Wait until the sun goes down to get your putt-putt on; Congo River Adventure Golf is open pretty late so you can avoid standing around in the sweltering August heat. 

WonderWorks Orlando

Wonderworks Orlando (3)

Get out of the heat and head on over to WonderWorks, this amusement park is an arena of oddities, filled with zany exhibits, and a whole lot of fun. There are hurricane and earthquake simulators and so many more interactive exhibits at WonderWorks, it's a unique and fun experience for kids at every age. 

Dolphin Racer Speedboat Cruise


Located in the nearby Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area, this cruise is narrated and travels through elegant homes alone the inland waterways before jetting out into the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphins love to swim in the wake that is created behind the boat, so it's actually guaranteed by the tour company that you will see dolphins. 

StarLite Majesty Daytime Clearwater Beach Cruise

Image credit: Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Also located in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area, this luxurious cruise aboard a 115 foot vessel is designed for comfort. The spectacular views on this cruise can be taken in from the dining room while enjoying delicious dining options. 

Forever Florida Coach Tour

Take a guided tour through a traditional Florida ranch

Head to Saint Cloud for this 2-hour safari adventure tour. Your tour takes you deep into the almost 5,000 acre Forever Florida Wildlife conservation area. This tour consists of 9 distinct Florida ecosystems, which gives you the opportunity to see a wide variety of different animals and plants on this exciting tour. 

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

If you're looking to stay indoors and beat the heat, consider paying a visit to the deliciously air-conditioned Madame Tussaud's Orlando. Enjoy strolling through life-like wax replicas of your favorite celebs, and snap a few killer selfies.