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Places in Orlando to escape this summer weekend and brave the heat

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Hot and Humid is the name of the game every summer in Florida; after all, they call it the Sun State for a reason. But with all of the beautiful and fun places to cool off, dealing with a little heat wave is worth the price of living in a tropical paradise. From pristine beaches to refreshing springs to some of the wildest water parks in Orlando, there are plenty of places to escape and brave the heat.

One of the best things about the Florida heat is that it’s basically summer all year round, and it adds much more to your beach and pool time than other states. That means you’ll have extra time to explore all of the beautiful watery wonderlands, unlock your inner mermaid, and swim to your heart’s content.

You don’t have to travel far to freshen up, and Orlando offers many unique, creative, and vivid ways to cool off in the scorching summer sun. Have a sweet drink, escape to a magical underwater world or romp in the turquoise spring water.

Editor’s Choice: Dine under the sea alongside marine life at this Orlando restaurant

Wherever you go you’ll be cool and have a great time!

So grab your swimsuit and don’t forget to use a waterproof case for your camera as you check out these Orlando locations to beat this weekend’s heat.

Kelly Park / Rock Springs Run

Price: $ 3 to $ 5

Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL

Why you need to go: Float, splash and enjoy the crystal clear waters of this beautiful spring just 40 minutes from the heart of Orlando.

Ice and Bites Café

Price: 💸💸

Address: 3402 Technological Ave. # 220, Orlando, FL

Why you need to go: Refreshing doesn’t describe the first sip of a cool bubble tea on a hot day or any of the other glorious and delicious ice cream and tea concoctions that you have at the Ice and Bites Café! They have the cutest cotton candy drinks with clouds.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Price: $ 24.95

Address: 8449 International Dr., Orlando, FL

Why you need to go: Escape to the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium and step into a magical underwater world where you can cool off while staying dry.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Pool

Price: 💸💸

Address: 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, FL

Why you have to go: Have a little stay at the Grand Cypress and discover a hidden mermaid grotto by their fantastic pool with waterfalls, rock walls and caves!

Tropical river at Discovery Bay

Price: $ 119

Address: 6000 Discovery Way, Orlando, FL

Why you need to go: Float down a lazy river that leads to an aviary full of friendly birds and cruise through other exotic wildlife from Discovery Cove. If you have a little extra cash to spend, you can take a stroll through an underwater world with the fishies for $ 50.

In the wise words of Dori, “Just keep swimming” as you beat the Florida heat this weekend!

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest updates on potential hazards, safety, water quality, and closures before swimming or visiting any location. If you plan to visit any place, be respectful of the environment and obey local laws.

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