Orlando: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||63 %|
|Chance of Rain||25 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||9 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||5 %|
Averages for Orlando in October
October sees a change in climate as autumn arrives in Orlando. This is one of the best times of the year to visit as the weather is still warm but it’s much less humid than in the tropical summer months. The average daytime temperature is a bearable 29°C (about 84°F) while the average minimum temperatures drop down to a pleasant 18°C (about 65°F). There’s an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day during this month.
As well as this, October is outside of the hurricane and rain season, so you’re far less likely to get caught in extreme weather conditions. The possibility of rain is still present, but it tends to be less intense compared to the preceding months. The average amount of precipitation drops down to 86 mm inches so the chances of rainfall are for about 12 days throughout the month.
Now that the kids back at school, visiting the theme parks is sure to be a more enjoyable, with shorter lines for the rides as well as the less intense heat. And of course if you visit near the end of the month you’ll be able to take part in the various Halloween celebrations.
Where to stay
There’s a range of places to stay in Orlando to suit all pockets.
The affordable Extended Stay America – South Park – Commodity Circle is conveniently located between the airport, theme parks and the Orange County Convention Centre. When you get back from a busy day you can chill by the pool, hit the fitness centre, and watch cable TV after you prepare dinner in your kitchen.
More expensive is the tropical landscaped JW Marriot Orlando Grande Lakes. Guests can get active with a golf course, tennis courts, volleyball and outdoor pool. If you’d rather relax, there’s a lazy river and a spa offering massages and body scrubs. Tuck into organic Italian cuisine featuring ingredients from the on-site vegetable garden at Primo, or feast at the American Brasserie Citron. Kids can even eat for free.
JW Marriot Orlando Grande Lakes.
Things to do
With the ideal weather, now is a great time to head out into the parks and other outdoor attractions.
Busch Gardens in Tampa is about an hour drive from Orlando, but definitely worth the trek. At this animal-themed park you can see magnificent animals up close such as gorillas, elephants and giraffes. Marvel as cheetahs run like the wind, come face to face with lions and meerkats on the Edge of Africa safari and get inches away from endangered Bengal tigers and orangutans at Jungala.
If you’re after thrills, speed off on the Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster, dive like a bird of prey on Falcon’s Fury and experience the adrenaline-pumping SheiKra floorless coaster. Younger travellers with love spotting gibbons and flying foxes on the Jungle Flyers ride, while SandSerpent is the perfect family coaster. After all that excitement, catch a showing of Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation, Iceploration or Born to Rock.
SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens, Tampa photographed by Jeremy.
Also a bit further out is Legoland in Winter Haven. Head to the heart of the park at Miniland USA for seven areas of spectacular Lego models based on places such as Kennedy Space Centre, New York and Las Vegas. Go back to Medieval Times at Lego Kingdoms, explore hidden tombs at Lego Adventure and experience thrills and spills at Lego Technic. Younger kids will love Duplo Village and Lego City enables them to live out their dreams in a scaled-down town. You can even build and program Lego robots and cars at the Imagination Zone.
For somewhere closer to your hotel in Orlando, head to Gator Adventure on International Drive. At the Alligator Academy you can get up close to gators of all sizes and learn to be a gator wrestler from a pro. You’ll be amazed by their alligator shows including The Feeding Frenzy, The Gator Adventure Show and Watermelon Smash. There’s also Gator Golf Adventure Park, an 18-hole mini-gold course which winds around Gator Lagoon.
Time to celebrate
October means Pride and Halloween, and there’s plenty going on to celebrate both.
Pride Day is October 5, so join in on the festivities at Come Out With Pride at Lake Eola Park. From noon you can browse stalls, visit the bars and beer tents and enjoy entertainment and live music. In the afternoon you can watch the colourful Gay Pride parade circle the park and there’s a fireworks show in the evening.
In terms of Halloween, at Disney there’s Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Join the mouse himself at Magic Kingdom for a trick-or-treat extravaganza and watch Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. Check out the spooky fun on selected nights between September and the end of October.
Or you could head to the award-winning Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. On select nights from the end of September to the beginning of November, Universal Studios is transformed into your worst nightmare. See if you can survive haunted houses, terrifying live shows, and other creepy goings on.
Alternatively there’s SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular with plenty of pirates and a chance to trick-or-treat for treasure. Join in the ghostly activities on the weekends throughout October.
Eating and drinking out
There’s a range of eating and drinking options depending on your budget.
For the healthy conscious there’s a Sweet Tomato on International Drive, East Colonial Drive as well as in Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee. They serve up a delicious selection of tossed and prepared salads, soups and pasta. Be sure to leave room for one of their tasty low-fat muffins.
If you fancy spending a bit more on your meal, head to Chatham’s Place near International Drive. This highly rated restaurant uses fresh, organic produce for its international menu. Why not try the Spicy Chicken Louisiana Creole or Filet Mignon? Combined with a professional service team and elegant ambience, this really is gourmet dining.
Chathams Place Restaurant, Orlando.
Martini lovers should head to Blue Martini located at The Mall at Millenia. This classy lounge has stunning décor in each of its three party areas. Chill out on the outdoor patio bar, dance the night away in the stage room, or feel like a superstar in the VIP area.
In search of comedic entertainment? There’s SAK Comedy Lab, a 200-seat comedy club in Downtown Orlando specialising in live improvisation shows. Unlike some comedy clubs, SAK is suitable for all ages so you can take the family. Check out their main show Duel of Fools between Thursday and Saturday where their comedians go head to head in a hilarious improv competition.
October events in Orlando
SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular
30th October 2015 to 31st October 2015
For weekends in October only, SeaWorld presents 'Halloween Spooktacular'. The center will come alive with pirates, trick-or-treat prizes, as well as spooky sound waves broadcasted by a live DJ.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
31st October 2015
Americans love Halloween and what better way to celebrate it than attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park inside Disney World. There will be a whole host of events taking place during Halloween, including Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade, trick-or-treat sessions and the chance to mix and mingle with your favourite Disney character.
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
31st October 2015 to 7th November 2015
On select nights from the end of September to the beginning of November, Universal Studios is transformed into your worst nightmare. See if you can survive haunted houses, terrifying live shows, and other creepy goings on.