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Top 10 Things to do on Memorial Day in Florida

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I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to Memorial Day this year. It’s the official start of summer and with the kiddos on their last stretch of school, I am so ready for this holiday to come.

For most, Memorial Day and Memorial Day weekend means a time to celebrate and honor those men and women that have died in military service.

Many observe this U.S. Federal Holiday as a time to be together with close friends and family members. From grilling, boating, fishing, theme park hopping or perhaps having a picnic at a nearby lake, whatever you choose to do on Monday May 25th or the weekend of, make sure you enjoy it!

Top 10 things to do on Memorial Day in Florida

Here is my Top 10 Things to do on Memorial Day weekend in Florida.

1. Visit Lake Eola Park  in Downtown Orlando

From May until August, Movieola has returned. On selective nights, you can grab your blanket or chair and watch one of their family favorite movies being played. It’s free! Movie starts at 8pm est, although come early to get a good spot.

2.  For some fun, visit Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for free. You and your family are welcome to join as you sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, join the sing- a -long with Chip n Dale and watch one of Disney’s family movies. Starts at 7:30pm est.

3. Visit the new Gatorland’s Gator Spot at Fun Spot on I- Drive.  This new attraction is located right inside of the Fun Spot America. For a small fee of $6.00 guest will have an opportunity to hold, feed and learn about all the different kinds of animals there.

4. Spend the day at Daytona Beach then enjoy a free saturday night concert at the Friends of the Bandshell. These seasonal concerts begin at 7pm est and are held ocean front. There, you can listen to a variety of music such as jazz, rock, swing, country, big band and latin music. Stick around for the nighttime fireworks at 9:30pm.

5. Be apart of the 24 hour event at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Starting on Friday May 20th at 6am to Saturday May 21st at 6am, the Magic Kingdom is pulling an ultimate all-nighter during Memorial Day weekend. Guests will have the glory of celebrating as they spend day and night at the park. Show your #Disneyside and join in this popular event. It’s a great way to kick off the summer.

6. See the new Clyde & Seamore Sea Lion High Show at Sea World Orlando.

This all new comedy show takes place in aquatic themed high school where education and laughter go hand to hand. I will be personally seeing this show on Memorial Day weekend. Can’t wait to tell you about it!

7.  Visit a near by Florida State Park.

From nature walks, kayaking, fishing and swimming in the clear view springs, Florida State Parks are a great place that allows families to get together and enjoy the outdoors. Visit Florida State Parks and discover new trails and park recreation for your visit.

8. Shop to you drop.

Florida has tons of shopping outlets and malls. During and before a holiday, you will see the best sales offered. It’s one of my favorite times to visit Orlando Premium Outlet. Here, you will find all the best brand name stores for men, women and children.

9.  Visit Downtown Disney or soon to be known as Disney Springs.

This entertainment mega complex includes shopping, restaurants, live and interactive entertainment, a movie theater and the newly opened Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

10. With several dinner theatre shows in the area, I do recommend checking out Medieval Times. This action packed shows allows patrons enjoy a wonderful feast and cheer on your special knight. Chivalry is alive and well during this performance. Children and adults will love it!


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Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!


  • Christy Maurer

    I wish that I were going to be in FL for Memorial Day! I will be babysitting since the boys I watch will be off of school that day! Maybe we can at least soak up some sun :) These are great ideas!
  • Michele

    I won't be in Florida on Memorial Day but there are plenty of activities going on around NY and vicinity as well to not only have fun but to remember our fallen heros.
  • Liz Mays

    It would be fun to spend Memorial Day in a state park down there. I haven't had much of a chance to explore that part of Florida.
  • Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I would love to visit Florida one day, there is so much to do there. This is a great list, Disney would be the winner for me.
  • Alanna

    These sound like some really fun activities to do in Florida! I have only been to Florida once (Disneyworld) a long while ago so would love to go back one day soon!
  • Mary's Marbles

    I haven't been to some of these places as of yet, but Disney is on my list for when I come to Florida. Medieval Times does sound like an amazing time , have you been there yourself?
  • Tanj from A Travelogue

    I would love to do 8 and 9. I miss Florida! The list looks pretty cool and interesting to do while you are in the area. Thanks for sharing!
  • Brittanie @Simplistically Living

    I've never been to Florida but it's on my family travel list so we can visit Disney World! Glad I came across this so we know what else to do on our vacation to Florida!
  • Joanne T Ferguson

    I have very fond connections with Florida and very fond childhood memories! I WISH I was there now as it is winter here and it is freezing!
  • Amby Felix

    Florida has such a great vibe about it. I love how the beaches there are different from ours in California. I'd definitely love to spend Memorial Day eating a fresh orange on the white sand. ^_^
  • Victoria

    This is such a great list! I pinned and shared with all my fellow Florida friends! Can't wait to do some of the things on this list next week!
  • lisa @bitesforbabies

    I wish I were in Florida right now! My friend has a home there and goes a few times a year...I need to go with her next time ;-)
  • CourtneyLynne

    I swear Fort Wilderness is a hidden jem in Orlando!!! One of my best friends worked at the all star resorts at Disney & when she told me about the movies at wilderness.... Omg I wish I would of known about them sooner!
  • Myrabev

    These are all great things to do on memorial weekend in florida, since I am in the UK and though I recognise the memorial day I will be relaxing in my new place as we would have just returned from my brother's wedding on 23rd.

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