Averages for Orlando in January

Weather low-down

Orlando has fantastic all round weather but there are still some slight variations from month to month. The city is still fairly warm during the winter so it's a popular getaway for those who want to escape the bitter cold of home. January is therefore a good time to come if you want to visit the theme parks as the temperature is bearable and it's not too crowded. The first week of the month may still be quite busy from the Christmas holidays, so go ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 15°C 59°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 71°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 47°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 57 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 73°F

Weather low-down

Orlando has fantastic all round weather but there are still some slight variations from month to month. The city is still fairly warm during the winter so it's a popular getaway for those who want to escape the bitter cold of home. January is therefore a good time to come if you want to visit the theme parks as the temperature is bearable and it's not too crowded. The first week of the month may still be quite busy from the Christmas holidays, so go later on if you want to avoid the masses.

January is characterised by a contrast of warm days and chilly evenings. It may be one of the cooler months, but it still has an average daytime maximum temperature of around 21°C, which is around 71°F, while the average minimum temperature falls down to 9°C, or 47°F. It will seem cold to the locals who will usually be wrapped up but it's fairly warm for tourists so it's safe to bring the shorts.

Sunshine averages just under 220 hours in January, with the average amount of sunshine expected at 7 hours per day. There's only a slight chance of rain with an average monthly precipitation of 57 mm, and it's not too humid, so if you want a pleasant winter holiday, visit in January. However it's not entirely predictable – in 1998 El Nino brought about an unusually wet January to Orlando, so come prepared.

Things to do

Why not take advantage of the bearable weather and short queues by heading to Epcot, one of the four theme parks at Disney World. Experience a place that is out of this world in the Future World zone with Mission: SPACE rocket ship simulator, and you'll feel like you're flying on the Soarin' ride. Go on a global adventure in the World Showcase area where you'll find shops and restaurants representing countries from Morocco to Mexico. Don't miss the amazing IllumiNations firework, laser and water show over the lagoon every evening.

Epcot entrance at Disney World

Epcot entrance at Disney World, Orlando Photographed by Christian Lambert.

If you're more into your literature, head to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre located within the scenic Loch Haven Cultural Park. The venue is host to a range of plays and shows throughout the year including those by Shakespeare. A great way to enjoy an evening in Orlando, there's even theatre for young audiences and they hold workshops if you want to try your hand at acting.

For those who are interested in one of the worst maritime disasters in history, The Titanic Artifact Exhibition on International Drive is well worth a visit. Immerse yourself in the 100 year old story as trained actors in period dress guide you through the Titanic tale. The recently redesigned museum features 10 full-scale recreations from the ship including the Grand Staircase along with 400 historic treasures and artefacts recovered from the wreck.

Why not return on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night for the Titanic Dinner Show. You'll feast on a three-course meal, interact with notable Titanic passengers and the night also includes a re-enactment of that fateful night back in 1912.

Time to celebrate

There's a lot going on in Orlando in January whether you're in search of sports or cultural events. January in Orlando marks the beginning of college baseball season. American football enthusiasts can also head to one of the annual collage games like the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

As well as this, there is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration held on the weekend of his birthday. The festival offers entertainment for all the family, with parades, live acts and children's activities.

Why not check out what's going on at the Zora! Festival running from January to February. This African American festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year with its art, music, dance and Pulitze prize winning poetry.

Eating and drinking out

There are more than 4000 restaurants in Orlando so there's bound to be something to suit your taste. If you're after some typical American food, head to Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, a highly rated steakhouse located at the Hilton Orlando serving USDA prime beef, dry aged for up to 28 days.

Or for authentic Italian cuisine, head to Maggiano's Little Italy on International Drive. It may not be the cheapest but the portions are generous so it's great value. Try the Ravioli stuffed with roasted mushrooms and Parmesan cheese with spinage and sun-dried tomatoes.

Maggianos Little Italy International drive Orlando

Maggianos Little Italy, Orlando. 

In terms of nightlife, there are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to try in the city. Why not grab a Guinness at Murphy's Arms Pub on International Drive next to Gator Golf. This friendly family-owned Irish pub has daily pitcher offers, karaoke, live sports and beer pong every Friday.

If you're in search of a more sophisticated way to enjoy your evening, get on down to Howl at the Moon, a duelling piano bar with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Two pianists duel every hour and at the end of their time two more take over. All four play at once for a few songs during the crossover, which they call the four-way. Be sure to try one of their signature cocktails.

Where to stay

There are a range of accommodation options in Orlando depending on what you want to do and where you want to be.

If you're planning on visiting Disney World and on a budget, there's Clarion Inn nestled in a beautiful setting in Lake Buena Vista only 5 minutes from Downtown Disney. Rooms have all the usual amenities, plus a fridge and microwave, while the hotel has a bar, buffet restaurant and mini-mart. It offers a range of packages from the 'Theme Park Survival Package' to the 'Romantic Getaway' package.

Clarion lnn  swimming pool Lake Buena Vista Orlando

Clarion lnn, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando.

If you'd rather go self-catered, there's the centrally located Extended Stay America – Pointe Orlando on Universal Boulevard. Aside from your fully equipped kitchen you'll get a free breakfast each morning, a shuttle to Walt Disney World, as well as use of a 24 hour fitness centre, pool and outdoor barbeque grills.

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