When you need a break from freezing temperatures and gray, dreary winter days, start planning an Orlando trip. Known for its theme parks, shopping and pleasant weather, the City Beautiful may be the escape you need to make it through the rest of winter. Here’s what you need to know about January in Orlando.

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Where to Stay when visiting Orlando in Winter

Finding a place to stay in Orlando can be more difficult in January since so many winter residents are in town. Consider Orlando vacation rentals that aren’t on the theme park properties but are conveniently located near the most popular tourist attractions. Kissimmee has an assortment of residential and resort areas, some just minutes away from Walt Disney World. The Hunter’s Creek neighborhood in south Orange County blends residential and commercial areas, complete with shopping and dining areas. Southwest of Orlando along Interstate 4, you find Celebration, a town with a distinct small-town feel, and Four Corners, a region specifically designed for visitors.


What to Pack for a Winter Orlando Trip

Orlando’s weather in January is unpredictable. It’s the middle of the dry season, but it may rain when a cold front comes through. Temperatures typically reach the low to mid 70s during the day and drop to the 50s at night, but warmer and colder temperatures are possible. Pack a combination of shorts, capris and long pants as well as short- and long-sleeve shirts so that you have clothing to wear in any type of weather. At the very least, you also need a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt. You may feel colder than you expect in Florida thanks to the high humidity levels, so feel free to throw a scarf or hat into the suitcase.


How to Dress for Winter in Florida

Layered clothing is your best option during the Florida winter. Choose pieces made from lightweight fabrics that dry quickly if they get wet on water rides or in the rain. Put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes that support your feet, especially if you’re spending the day in the theme parks or a shopping mall. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong Florida sun.

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What to Do In Orlando in January

The mild temperatures and sunny skies make January a good time of year to check out outdoor attractions in Central Florida. Crowds at the major parks start to thin as the holiday season ends and students go back to school. You can easily spend your entire vacation in just one section of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or Sea World. Head over to Old Town in Kissimmee to stroll the main street lined with shops and restaurants and ride vintage-style carnival rides. Wander through the exhibits of ice sculptures and slides at Gaylord Palms. Enjoy cultural events scattered around the greater Orlando area. You can even spend some time in one of the water parks.

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Find out why Orlando is such a popular winter vacation spot. Learn more about the area’s neighborhoods and attractions so you can be your own Orlando trip planner.