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Weather Averages for Orlando in February
Averages for Orlando in February
It’s still quite cool in February, but warm enough to go swimming or enjoy Orlando’s water parks. It’s also a good time to go if you want to visit the theme parks as they aren’t as crowded as in the peak summer period, and the weather isn’t as humid. February is a popular time for golf as well, as you don’t have to endure the severe heat experienced later in the year.
February is characterised by gradually increasing daily high temperatures, with the average maximum daytime temperature generally around 23°C, which is about 73°F, whereas the average minimum temperature drops down to 11°C, or 52°F.
On average, 8 hours of sunshine per day can be expected throughout February. As is often the case in Florida, there is a chance of rain. The average amount of rainfall for February is 82 mm over the month, so come prepared with your umbrella just in case. Even if it does rain while you are there, it usually doesn't last long and soon clears up.
Things to do
If you’re a keen golfer, this is a great time to sample some of the world’s finest courses. Why not try out the challenging 18-hole course at Ritz Carlton Golf Club located at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando golf resort. This renowned Greg Norman signature course is situated within the idyllic headwaters of the Florida Everglades. It’s family friendly so children and young adults up to the age of 17 can play for free with each adult’s paid round of golf.
Also on the headwaters of the Florida Everglades is the Grande Vista Golf Club at Marriot’s Grande Vista resort. Surrounded by mature oaks and cypress trees, this 35-acre golf club features a 9-hole course designed by Ron Garl and provides expert golf instruction.
Or there are the award-winning courses at Grand Cypress Golf Club which can be found at Villas of Grand Cypress. The two different courses designed by Jack Nicklaus include the North, South and East Course, which is split into three separate nines which can be combined to create three different 18-hole courses, and the New Course, a homage to the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland with steep slopes and challenging bunkers.
Make the most of the short queues and pleasant weather and head to the nature-themed Animal Kingdom, the largest of the four parks at Disney World. It sprawls across 500 acres of lush landscape and is home to more than 1,700 animals from 250 species. Witness exotic animals up close on the Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition, watch Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo the Musical, and take on Expedition Everest, the high-speed rollercoaster.
Time to celebrate
There’s plenty going on in February in and around Orlando, whether you’re into art, music or culture.
The first weekend of the month is Mount Dora Arts Festival which takes place just outside of Orlando in the beautiful Downtown Mount Dora. This distinguished fine arts festival is host to around 285 artists from around the world, making it one of the largest in the state. During the two-day event, oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography are displayed throughout the village, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. If art isn’t your thing there’s the Mount Dora Music Festival a 4-day cross-cultural celebration of music with genres from reggae to classical.
For more classical music there’s the Annual Bach Festival celebrating the birth of the famous composer. Various performances take place at the Rollins College campus in the Winter Park area of Orlando throughout February and into March.
Antique lovers will enjoy the Antiques, Vintage and Garden Show at Orlando Museum of Art which takes place mid February. There are respected dealers offering a wide election of antique furniture, paintings, jewellery and collectibles, while inspiration is provided by expert home and garden designers.
For a real American party there’s George Fest in the nearby city of Eustis to celebrate George Washington's birthday. From February 22 to 24 there are patriotic festivities with parades, a carnival, arts and crafts, live entertainment, children's activities, a water ski show and fireworks.
Eating and drinking out
There are loads of places to eat and drink in Orlando with the majority on I-Drive.
If you’re in search of somewhere family friendly, why not sample one of the many dinner shows on offer in Orlando? For old-fashioned fun there’s Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Seek out the castle in Kissimmee and you’ll feast on a four-course meal fit for a king as you witness an epic jousting tournament and marvel at astounding horsemanship and falconry.
For Brazilian cuisine, try Fogo de Chao on International Drive, an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. Take your seat in the contemporary designed restaurant and visit the gourmet salad bar before choosing from 15 cuts of fire roasted meat that are brought to your table and served by their gaucho chefs.
After you meal, try Icebar Orlando, the coolest place on International Drive. It’s the largest permanent ice bar in the world with over 50 tons of carved ice. Sip on shots in glasses made from ice as DJs spin the latest top 40, dance and house. You can’t just turn up so be sure to book your ticket in advance and check their calendar for special events and sold out dates.
Comedy buffs will love The Improv also on International Drive. Every evening they welcome the biggest names in comedy as well as supporting local talent.
Where to stay
There is a range of accommodation options in Orlando so they’ll be somewhere to cater for your needs and price range.
If you’re on a budget there are the Floridian Hotel and Suites located just off International Drive. At this simple hotel you’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, an outdoor pool with tropical landscaping and a free shuttle service to Universal and Disney.
Or there’s the family friendly Hilton Orlando. It’s more expensive but has a central location right next to the Orange County Convention Centre and offers two pools, a waterslide and a lazy river. You could even save money with the ‘Family Fun Package’.
Of course, if you’re going for the golf, you could stay at the previously mentioned Marriot’s Grande Vista offering spacious villas overlooking a scenic lake, several pools and three championship golf courses. Or the Villas of Grand Cypress has luxury villas, gourmet dining and endless recreational activities, while the Italian-inspired Ritz-Carlton boasts on-site hiking trails, butterfly gardens, as well as a 40,000 square foot spa and 11 restaurants.