Orlando: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||58 %|
|Chance of Rain||23 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||13 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||14 %|
Averages for Orlando in March
In March, things start to warm up a notch as Spring arrives in Orlando. The temperatures are considerably higher than those in February, and your chances of cooler weather are dramatically reduced. The average daytime temperatures in March reach a blissful 25°C, that's about 78°F, whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 12°C, or 54°F.
You can expect 9 hours of sunshine per day on average, but you might get some rain with an average monthly precipitation of 92mm. However as it is outside of the rainy season, any precipitation should clear up quickly.
The weather may be improving, but Orlando does tend to get busier at this time of the year with many of the schools broken up for the Easter holidays. This is likely to affect you particularly if you are planning on visiting the theme parks, so be prepared for some queues for your favourite rides. March is also the beginning of the Orlando Baseball Spring Training. This is a chance to see major baseball teams at a very affordable price as they limber up for the baseball season.
Where to stay
There’s a wide range of accommodations options close to attractions in Orlando.
Families on a budget can stay at the Days Inn Orlando with an outdoor pool and Tiki Bar. Kids can enjoy their own splash pool and stay for free if they’re under 17. There’s also a free shuttle to and from the airport, a free continental breakfast each morning and a fitness centre.
If you want to be near Disney World there’s, a bit more expensive is the all inclusive Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress featuring an on-site Jack Nicklaus golf course, tennis courts and a private lake, as well as an outdoor pool with a waterslide, six restaurants and a children’s play area.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress swimming pool, Orlando.
Things to do
March is a good time to visit the theme parks as the weather is comfortable – it may be getting busier but not nearly as much as the peak season in summer, and not as humid either. Why not take the kids to Magic Kingdom for an enchanting fairy tale experience. The first of the Disney World parks it is home to the iconic Cinderella Castle, much-loved Disney characters and magical attractions.
Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando photographed by Christan Lambert.
Older kids will enjoy the thrills of Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain while Young Disney fans will love Fantasyland, which has recently been expanded to create New Fantasyland. Don’t miss the afternoon parade on Main Steet USA, or the evening counterpart SpectroMagic. Make sure you wrap up the day with the famous Fantasy in the Sky fireworks which illuminate the sky behind the castle.
Space Mountain roller coaster at Disney World, Orlando.
If you’re looking for real adventure, a trip to Florida would not be complete without going on one of their famous airboat rides. Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides in Saint Cloud is just 30 minutes away. Glide through beautiful marshland and seek out the Florida alligator on your exhilarating airboat tour. Or there’s Boggy Creek Airboat Rides with two sites not far from Orlando’s. Discover exotic birds, turtles and alligators in their natural environment and soar through the wetlands at 45mph.
Time to celebrate
There’s lot’s going on if you’re going to be in Orlando in March with plenty of fairs, festivals and festivities to get involved with.
You’ll find fun for all the family at Central Florida Fair in Pine Hills which is just west of Orlando. Running from the end of February into March the event boasts all the usual fairground rides and attractions as well as themed nights such as the ‘Make a Wish’ night and the ‘Gospel Night’.
Kissimmee Bluegrass Festival is three-day music event, generally held at the beginning of the month at the Osceola Heritage Park. The focus is on old time country music, but there are also arts and crafts exhibits and Southern food stalls.
For art buffs there’s the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. More than 350,000 visitors come every year to enjoy the wide variety of artwork including painting, photography and graphics as well as sculpture, jewellery and digital art.
March 17 is St Patrick’s Day and the Americans love to celebrate it in style with plenty of St. Patrick's Day Festivities throughout the city. Check out Will’s Pub Orlando, Pat O’Briens, and The Harp and Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant for Irish-themed fun, live music and lots of Guinness. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant even have Irish dance and music workshops.
Eating and drinking out
There are plenty of spots across Orlando for a good meal and a leisurely drink.
Need somewhere cheap to eat on International Drive? There’s Chili’s Bar & Grill with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence where you can feast on a wide range of Mexican food such as fajitas, quesadillas and tacos as well as classic American steaks, ribs and burgers.
If you’re seeking a gourmet option there’s Seasons 52 – a fresh grill and wine bar based around the seasons. Try the cedar plank roasted salmon or the Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. Be sure to sample their mini indulgences – tiny desserts in shot-size glasses. For spring they bring at the strawberry shortcake option.
Rising Star on Univeral's CityWalk, Orlando.
Looking for a more sophisticated evening? Then Rocks at The Peabody is the place to be seen. The chic décor and live musical entertain creates the perfect ambience to enjoy a cocktail, a wine from their impressive list, or a one of their bottled beers from around the world.
March events in Orlando
Central Florida Fair
4th March 2015 to 9th March 2015
You’ll find fun for all the family at Central Florida Fair in Pine Hills which is just west of Orlando. Running from the end of February into March the event boasts fairground rides and attractions as well as themed nights such as the ‘Make a Wish’ night and the ‘Gospel Night’.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
5th March 2015
Disney’s Epcot celebrates Spring in style with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival which runs between March and May. Learn tips and techniques from the themed flower and garden displays, admire the topiary displays of Disney characters, and watch artists from the 60s and the 70s perform in the Flower Power Concert Series.
St. Patrick's Day
17th March 2015
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and the Americans love to celebrate it in style with plenty of St. Patrick's Day Festivities throughout the city. Check out Will’s Pub Orlando, Pat O’Briens, and The Harp and Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant for Irish-themed fun, live music and lots of Guinness. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant have Irish dance and music workshops.
Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival
20th March 2015 to 22nd March 2015
The Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. More than 350,000 visitors come every year to enjoy the wide variety of artwork including painting, photography and graphics as well as sculpture, jewelry and digital art.
The International Plastics Showcase
23rd March 2015 to 27th March 2015
The International Plastics Showcase at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando is a five day long exhibition. The showcase will feature 2,000 industry leaders, inventors and manufacturers whose work is revolutionizing the plastics industry. Exclusive to this year's exhbition will be 3D printing and an innovative Zero Waste Zone.