Weather Averages for Orlando in May
Averages for Orlando in May
Orlando’s weather in May is warm and humid so you only need to pack light clothes. The average maximum daytime temperature in the month of May in Orlando is a steamy 31°C, about 88°F, while the average minimum temperature is still a pleasant 18°C, about 65°F. On average, there will be 10 hours of sunshine per day.
The average amount of rainfall expected for this month goes up to 84 mm. The rainy season generally starts in May, although this is not always the case. When it does, it usually begins towards the end of the month, so come prepared with your umbrella just incase. A plastic poncho is best if you’re going to the theme parks, and they have plenty for sale if you don’t have one.
The humidity is gradually rising through May, and you are likely to sweat if you are not used to the heat. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking lots of water. This is particularly necessary if you are spending a lot of time queuing up for rides at the theme parks such as Disney World and Universal.
Things to do
If you can cope with the heat and want to head to the theme parks, why not go to the fantasy-themed Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Go on an epic journey as you discover rides, shows and attractions that bring your favorite stories, cartoons and comic book heroes to life. Battle villains with Spider-Man, launch from zero to 40 mph in two seconds on The Incredible Hulk Coaster and escape a T-rex as you plummet down an 85-foot waterfall on the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Younger kids will love Toon Lagoon and the Dr Seuss area.
The park now includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you can relive J.K. Rowling’s magical tales. Explore the familiar corridors and classrooms of Hogwarts castle, visit Honeydukes and Zonko's Joke Shop and try a Butterbeer in at the Three Broomsticks pub. Thrill seekers can ride Dragon Challenge rollercoaster, while families will enjoy Flight of the Hippogriff.
For those who’d rather avoid the heat and theme park crowds, or if the heavens have unexpectedly opened, Orlando Science Centre in Lochaven Park is a must. A fun way for your kids to learn, the indoor centre has four floors of engaging exhibits and exciting 3D movies.
If you’d like to get active on your Orlando holiday, you could give stand-up paddle-boarding a go at Wave of Wellness in South East Orlando. SUP is an easy way to work your core muscles, and once you’ve got the basics you can also try out stand-up paddle-surfing or SUP yoga. If you’d rather stick to something you know, why not try a cycling ride with West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades based in Winterpark. Choose from three different routes and your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the lesser-known areas of Orlando.
Time to celebrate
There are a few events to get involved with in May if you enjoy the party vibe.
There’s Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for May 5, which celebrates the fact that one this day in 1862, during the Battle of Puebla, around 8,000 French soldiers took a beating from a Mexicans force half that size. From May 3 to 5 there are various events across Orlando including a Chihuahua race to raise money for animal charities, Latin music performances and a bar crawl. Expect a carefree vibe and lots of tequila.
For Caribbean-style celebrations there’s Orlando Carnival which takes place every year at the Citrus Bowl near the end of May. There are plenty of events in the lead up to the Mardi Gras parade including fetes and parties.
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival celebrates the performing arts in various venues across the city. From mid May to Memorial Day there are around 500 theatrical performances in and around Loch Haven Park. As well as theatre shows there’s a lively outdoor stage, a beer tent and Kids’ Fringe.
For something completely different there’s Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival in late May, an entire festival based around corn. Every year two hundred thousand ears of corn are consumed, either for pleasure or in eating contests. There are also arts and crafts exhibits, souvenir stalls and family fun.
Eating and drinking out
Orlando has a great range of dining options and nightlife so there’ll be something to suit you.
If you’re a fan of Hard Rock Café you’ll love Graffiti Junktion, an American burger bar in Oviedo. Listen to some rock and admire the colourful graffiti and artwork as you sink your teeth into a mouth-watering burger. Why not try their signature Iron City Burger topped with a fried egg?
For more exotic cuisine, try out Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion serving up seafood including delicacies from Hawaii, as well as hand-cut meats and sushi. Try a bottle from their award-winning wine list and don’t miss Aloha Hour for discounts on appetizers and drinks.
Still in Universal as the day draws to a close? Head to Latin Quarter, an award-winning ‘Churasscaria’ (Brazilian steakhouse) and club. You’ll be immersed in the culture of Latin America with Aztec décor, authentic food, and vibrant entertainment. There’s nightly live music on the patio and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday the crowds hit the dance floor of Orlando’s most popular Latin nightclub.
In the Downtown Orlando there’s the chic 23 bar. Sink into a plush leather chair and enjoy the ambience as you peruse the unique cocktails, vintage wines, fine champagne and cigars.
Where to stay
Whether you’re on a budget or you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, there are plenty of hotels in Orlando to choose from.
If you’re heading to Islands of Adventure, there’s the reasonably priced Rosen Inn on International Drive less than a mile from The hotel is situated in lush grounds with an outdoor pool and has a dining room where kids eat free.
Or for those who are planning on getting active with some SUP or cycling and want a relaxing hotel to come back to there’s Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa just off International Drive. The world-class Serenity Spa is decorated in a Grecian style and has a range of treatments and salon services. Soft candlelight, soothing music and an aroma of green tea completes the experience. There’s also a kids’ clubs to keep you little ones entertained.