Stuck on campus? Here’s how to spend spring break in Orlando

If you are not going home or hopping on a last-minute flight to an Instagram-worthy island this spring break, do not worry; Central Florida offers plenty of exciting Spring Break options. After all, you are in Florida, one of the country’s top spring break destinations.

Florida Strawberry Festival 

Did midterms leave a sour taste in your mouth? Do you yearn for something sweet? If so, the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Fla. features more than 80 fair rides, games, and attractions, as well as bands playing original music and cover versions of anything from Willie Nelson to Kool and the Gang. Admission ranges from $4 to $20; the festival is happening now until March 10. 

Visit flstrawberryfestival.com for more information.

Universal’s Mardi Gras parade

Do you love theme parks, music, and the excitement of New Orleans? Then head down to Universal Studios for its Mardi Gras parade. Along with great food and the nightly parade, there is a concert series featuring famous headliners. You missed Macklemore and Gavin Degraw, but this coming weekend you can catch Becky G and Sean Paul. The fun at Universal does not stop when Spring Break ends; you can see rapper NF on March 23, Pitbull March on 24, and Bazzi on March 30. 

Bike Week 

If you have a motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, or just a car, then head on over to Bike Week, one of the largest motorcycle assemblies in the world. Taking place in both Orlando and Daytona Beach, it runs from March 8 to 17. See www.orlandoharley.com/bikeweek and www.officialbikeweek.com for info on daily concerts and events. 

Lakeland’s Spring Obsession

Saturday, March 9 sees the Lakeland Rotary Club’s 17th Annual Spring Obsession, which, according to its website, celebrates garden, art, and music. Enjoy various flowers, plants, and artwork, while listening to live jazz music from the local band, Free Time. The event is free, too! Check out www.springobsession.org for details.

Winter Park’s Sidewalk Art Fest

If you happen to return from Spring Break early, the 60th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival begins on March 15. The festival abounds in all sorts of art, all of which is for sale. Admission is free, so go enjoy a new twist on walking down Park Ave. More information can be found at www.wpsaf.org. 

Legoland Water Park 

Do not forget to get in touch with your inner child during Spring Break! Head down to the new Legoland Water Park, which opens on March 9. The fun ranges from its Build-a-Raft River to the Splash Out and Twin Chasers slides. You can purchase tickets and passes at www.legoland.com. A discount is given for Florida residents. 

Be sure to make your Spring Break worthwhile and enjoy the various wonders and attractions that Central Florida has to offer.

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