Ultimate Guide to Summer in Central Florida

Summertime in Florida is non-stop fun and sun!

Check out our 2024 Ultimate Guide to Summer in Central Florida!

From summer camps, theme parks, splash pads and beaches in the in Central Florida, this will be your BEST resource for all things summer!

what you’ll find in this guide:

‣ local summer camps ‣ health + beauty resources ‣ experiences + things to do
‣ budget + finance ‣ staycations + vacations ‣ mom perspectives
‣ summer learning + sleep ‣ pool + water safety ‣ summer bucket list
‣ printable summer calendar ‣ summer reading lists ‣ and more!

5 Reasons Your Child Should Attend Summer Camp

100+ Ways to Entertain the Kids this Summer

Summer Bucket Lists

Summer Reading Lists

2024 Reading Lists Information has not been released yet. We will update this article as soon as we have the information!

The ULTIMATE List of Beach Reads

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The Orlando Mom Book Club has developed the ultimate guide to beach reads. Our group was full of amazing recommendations, many of which I...

5 Ways to Make Summer Reading Fun!

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Summer is a great time to relax and take a break from the grind of routines and homework. However, reading should never take a...

5 Summer Books for Young Readers

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Summer is for fun, but we also try to avoid summer reading loss. My little one is going into Kindergarten but he is already...

Need a Break From Scrolling? Here are 5 Summer Reads That...

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Summer's HERE in Central Florida! And so are some summer reads that, I'm sorry, are way better than watching TikTok videos on end. Listen, I...

Sweet and Spicy Book Series to Binge Read by the Pool

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I love nothing more than to binge read an interconnected series of books in the summer time. To me, summer is so entangled in reading....

Central Florida Libraries and Story Time Guide

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This Central Florida Libraries Storytime Guide provides information for libraries and story times for the littles throughout the Central Florida area. what you’ll find in...

Download our Summer Calendar to Track all of the FUN!

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Experiences + Things to Do

Keeping Kids Entertained without Screens

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Summer means the kids are home from school, and if your kids are like most today, they may spend some time in front of...

Legoland Itinerary for Families with Small Kids

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30+ Local Ways to Entertain the Kids

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Free Admission Days: National Park Sites Near Orlando

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Things to Do This Month in Central Florida

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Things to do Around Orlando: The Orlando Science Center

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Budget Friendly Orlando Summer Activities :: 50 free & cheap things...

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We've updated our Budget Friendly Summer Activities list, just in time for summer! The heat is blazing and the end of school countdowns are ticking...

Secrets to Family-Friendly “Campcations” in Florida

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I've lived in Florida my whole life. I've watched dirt roads become paved roads, cow fields become subdivisions, and tiny unknown campgrounds become packed...

Things to do Around Orlando: WonderWorks

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Things to do Around Orlando: The Showcase of Citrus

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Best Meet-up Places for Playdates in Orlando

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Things to do Around Orlando: The President’s Hall of Fame

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A Funky and Fun Family Trip – Weeki Wachee: A Guide

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Ten Reasons Why Living in Orlando is Awesome

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New Smyrna Beach: Paradise for Surfers + More!

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Staycations + Vacations

How To Save Money Quick For A Summer Road Trip

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Do you sometimes wonder if you'll be able to splurge on a vacation or road trip this year. If it seems like you won't have...

8 Day Trip Ideas for Central Florida Families

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As a stay at home mom, I love to have my days planned out especially during the summer. My mom once told me she...

5 Road Trip Ideas for Central Florida Families

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With summer fast approaching, many of us are coming up with ways to keep our kids entertained, enjoy the Florida weather and looking to book...

Smooth Sailing: Why a Disney Cruise is the EASIEST Vacation for...

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As Central Florida moms, we have a little thing in our backyard called the Walt Disney World Resort. I mean, how lucky are we...

How to Enjoy Summer Trips with Kids

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Summer is upon us and that means lots of summer fun, awesome camps, and family vacations. However, if you’ve traveled as a family before,...

2 Cheap and Fun Orlando Staycations

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again - we are so lucky to live in Central Florida. We live where the rest...

Coast to Coast Bucket List: Summer Vacations Destinations for Florida Families

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​There are so many amazing destinations from Florida's coast to coast that it would be impossible to list them all! This year I decided...

Safety Tips for Family Trips

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It’s hard to believe, but the summer travel season is almost upon us. As we make our travel plans and pack up our suitcases,...

An Easy Birthday Staycation Idea

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Anderson's 5th birthday was barreling down on us at 100 MPH. The holidays had just passed. Back to school was done. The recent raging...

Justfly’s Best Tips and Tools for Planning an Orlando Staycation

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Pool, Water Safety & More

Kid Safety During Summer

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Summer’s here, and it’s time for our little ones to get outside and have adventurous fun, enjoying the long days and warm weather. Because...

Pool Safety for Toddlers

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My son almost drowned in a pool. That’s why I’ve become an advocate for pool safety, especially for toddlers. A few years ago, I had...

Water Safety Tips with British Swim School

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Some of my favorite memories growing up took place splashing in pools and jumping ocean waves. We would swim and swim until our fingers...

Pool Care Cheat Sheet: 7 Hacks For Busy Homeowners

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There is nothing better than having a pool in your backyard. However, keeping it in good condition might be a hassle. This is especially...

Staying Safe: Water Safety Tips for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Mom Approved: Boating Safety Tips & Checklist

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Health + Beauty

Healthy Summer Snacks Both Mom and Kids Will Love

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Now that the summer is here, it's essential to stay hydrated. In addition to drinking water and sipping on your favorite beverages, snacks prepared...

6 Ways To Keep Your Family Hydrated This Summer

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Children’s Medical Emergency: How to Handle It

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10 Easy and Healthy Summer-y Snacks for Kids

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Summer is here! Your little darlings will be in your charge while school’s out and if there’s one thing kids love during summer, it’s...

Sun Protection- what you need to know

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It's summertime and that means it is sun protection season. I know it's not really a thing, but it kinda is for us Florida...

5 Summer Drinks to Cool You Off

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Summer Skin Care Routine for Moms

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8 Different Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun

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Comfortable and Stylish: What to Wear This Summer

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Summer Must Haves

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Summer fun calls for a few Summer Must Haves, sure to make life easier! The sun is out and the water is calling! Seasoned moms know...

How to Wash Swimsuits So They Look Good All Summer

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Finding THE ONE is a special moment you’ll never forget – and no, we’re not talking about partners! A great swimsuit that hugs your...

5 Summer essentials every mom needs!

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5 Summer Essentials Every Mom Needs Summer is in full swing and it is inevitable that we pack the "essentials" when heading out for a...

5 Summer Staples Perfect for Orlando Moms

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Summer Survival Guide for Fit’n’Healthy Kids

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Super Pregnant: Florida Summers

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Being pregnant is a blessing, a beautiful blessing; so, don't get me wrong when I say... being pregnant during a Florida summer is the...

Mom Perspectives

How to Make Time for Yourself When the Kids Are Home...

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Moms might joke about how they can’t wait for school to start again, but first, you must survive the long month of July and...

Now Entering: Summer Survival Mode

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I am as over the school year as the next mom. Maybe more so. I'm tired of packing lunches, matching socks, and making sure that...

I’m SO not ready for summer vacation

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As the last few weeks of school come to an end, I am beginning to think about our summer plans. While I love not...

Floating through Summer’s Chaos

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Tips to Get Through Summer with Sanity as a Mother

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10 Rules for a Not Bummer Summer

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Learning + Sleep

Sleep Hacks for Vacation with Children

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It's summer and summer means; V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! When on vacation with children, ensuring adequate sleep can be challenging. Vacation can disrupt sleep, unless you plan...

What Lies on the Other Side of Summer: 5 ways to...

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I've been on the verge of tears for a few weeks now with several times of them overflowing. It could have something to do...

Schooling Through the Summer

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How to Keep Your Child Learning this Summer

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Summer Sleep Tips

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School’s Out!: {5 Easy Ways to Curb the Summer Slide}

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Budget + Finances

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Declare Your Financial Independence This Summer

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