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Thinking of visiting Orlando, but want to know when's the best time to visit? There are amazing things to do and see all year round in Orlando, but the best time for your visit depends on your family's vacation goals. We're breaking the year down into the four seasons to see when the theme parks are least crowded, when the weather is just right for you and what special events are happening around town when you plan to visit.

Summer
Orlando in the summer is perfect for taking that refreshing dip into one of the city's beautiful resort pools or water parks. The theme parks can tend to be a bit more crowded in summer than other times of the year, but they do stay open later which means more time for fun – plus, there's no better time to ride those water flume and river raft rides! The summer boasts some special events at the parks like SeaWorld Orlando's Electric Ocean celebration and Busch Garden's Tampa's Summer Nights. These events bring the parks to life at night with special shows, food and nightly fireworks. Summer is also a great time to experience the real Florida, like Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and the animals of ZooTampa at Lowry Park. If you're planning on spending time lounging by the pool, remember the days are longer in the summer, so you can soak up more of that Florida sunshine.

Fall
Autumn is one of the most wonderful times in Orlando because the weather is not too hot and not yet cold. Enjoy the theme parks during one of of the least crowded times of the year after the kids have gone back to school. Fall is home to the nation's premiere Halloween event when Universal's Halloween Horror Nights starts. This special event transforms Universal Studios Florida into a whole new experience with incredible haunted houses, scare zones and live entertainment. Fans of the frightful should not miss it. And for the younger ones, Mickey throws his Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. Enjoy the mild weather at outdoor attractions around town like the thrill rides and family attractions of Fun Spot America, the out-of-this-world experiences of Kennedy Space Center and gorgeous views from the air on Orlando Balloon Rides.

Winter
The theme parks are filled with magic during the holiday season. From Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World all lit up in shimmering icicles to Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando brought to life using state-of-the-art projection to tell the story of Christmas in the Wizarding World, all of the theme parks are transformed into winter wonderlands. In addition to the holiday parades and special events at the parks, winter is a wonderful time to take in some of the indoor experiences around Orlando. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye complex has lots to explore, like the Sea Life indoor aquarium, Madame Tussauds wax museum and, of course, the 400-foot tall iconic Ferris wheel overlooking all of Orlando! After some of the biggest New Year's events in the country, January is another slow season at the theme parks. If you're looking to save time waiting in lines, it's the perfect time to visit.

Spring
Orlando's weather is never better than when the flowers are in bloom during spring. It's the best time to visit Orlando's world-class water parks like Universal's Volcano Bay, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Discovery Cove, where you can swim with a dolphin! It tends to rain less during this season in Orlando than in the summer, so you can spend more time in the parks and less time carrying around that poncho. Florida's biggest party kicks off around this time of year: Universal's Mardi Gras. This event features a family-friendly Mardi Gras parade, live concerts and of course, beads! One of the greatest things about spring is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Epcot is in full bloom with over 100 character topiaries, colorful gardens and some of the most delicious food and drink offerings you will ever taste – but it only happens in Spring.

No matter what time of year you visit, Orlando has something amazing to offer. One of the best things about the Florida weather is you can always pack your swimsuit, because there may be a good day for swimming at any time of year. In Orlando, it never snows and you'll find clear blue skies filled with more happy vacation days here than anywhere else.