You maybe wondering, just how bad is the summer heat in Florida?
Well, the Florida heat is unlike no other state in America, especially during the peak months of the sunny season.
If you’re a resident of an area that experiences all four seasons with mild summers, then you will definitely be taken aback by the hot, humid, indescribable weather that Florida is known for.
When you add:
FLORIDA SUMMER + THEME PARKS + CROWDS = FRUSTRATION!
So I’m here to help you manage your times outdoors whether it be at the beach, at a cookout or even at a theme park.
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When does summer start in Florida?
When does summer end in Florida?
Summer in Florida is supposed to end in mid-September, but I disagree.
The heat of Florida feels as if it peaks in September with the temperatures feeling much better towards the end of October.
30 Tips to Dealing with the Florida Heat at Theme Parks
Now I want to give you the best ways to stay cool during your Florida visit with things I have done over the years as a Floridian.
You need water to survive since it helps your organs, your cells, and your body work properly.
Each day you should be drinking at least six 8-ounce glasses of water and even more during the Florida summer months.
If you’re out in the theme parks, it’s important that you know what the symptoms of dehydration are:
- Dry mouth
- Extreme thirst
- Very little urine or dark urine
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2. Bring Lots of Water
You will want to bring at least two bottles of water for each person in your group.
However, if that’s way too many bottles, then consider purchasing a water bottle that has a built-in filter.
This way you can use the water from the fountains in the area and know that it will be filtered.
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3. Bring Sunscreen
Why is sunscreen important?
Sunscreen acts as a blocker to the UV rays released by the sun.
When you visit Florida, you’ll notice that we have more sunshine filled days than most of the states in the country.
When choosing a sunscreen, you want to find one that is at least a broad spectrum with 15 SPF (use 30 SPF for your day at the theme park).
This will help reduce your risk of cancerous skin cells and help prevent the premature aging of your skin.
Hipster Power Tip: Apply your sunscreen 30-minutes before starting your day at one of the Florida theme parks like Walt Disney World.
4. Buy a Water Mist Fan
5. Check the Weather Temperature Before Your Theme Park Visit
It’s not enough to know if there’s going to be a monsoon during your visit to Florida, you want to check the weather to see what the temperature will be.
This will help you determine what time to start your day and when to leave for a break to beat the Florida heat.
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6. Wear Hat with Ventilation
You’ll want to choose a proper hat that not only protects the sun from your face, but also has ventilation in the back to help keep your head cool.
Especially for summer in Florida.
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7. Bring UV Protective Sunglasses
When choosing glasses to help block the Florida sun, you’ll want to choose ones that have some type of UV ray protection. This is extremely important in protecting your eyes.
So, try to find a good pair on Amazon that you can have for a long time.
8. Take Frequent Breaks
You should be prepared to take frequent breaks in areas with air-conditioning (AC) especially if you’re at a Florida theme park.
You should take your breaks once every hour during the peak of the Florida summer heat.
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9. Plan Out Your Longer Break
Another great tip to beat the Florida heat is to start your day early, leave midday from your destination to rest up at your hotel, and return in the evening.
This will help ease the brunt of the summer weather.
10. Wear Light-Weight Clothing
You want to wear clothing that’s not too heavy such as a breathable t-shirt and shorts.
11. Bring a Small Fan
You’ll also want to think about getting a clip on fan for the stroller just in case you bring the little ones.
1 2. Get Your Free Cup of Water or Ice
13. Avoid Alcoholic Beverages
When you combine alcohol with the Florida heat and humidity, you’re in for a miserable day that can possibly lead to dehydration, vomiting or alcohol poisoning.
14. Eat Frozen Treats to Stay Cool
15. Listen to Your Body
If you feel like the Florida summer heat is getting to you, then stop whatever you’re doing a take a break!
You can do this by finding a cool area, gulping down a liter of water, cooling yourself off with a fan and staying in that area for 45-minutes to an hour.
Above all, just listen to your body!
Hipster Power: Most theme parks have a first-aid center that will help you recover if you find yourself feeling ill.
16. Get Refreshed in a Splash Zone
You can find splash zones in popular Orlando theme parks or the Florida parks where you let loose and cool yourself off in your own watery adventure.
17. Run Cold Water On Finger Tips
This is my own little theme park hack that l like to use during those hot summer days in Florida.
Running cold water under your finger tips really does cool your body down.
It won’t be a miraculous cool down, but it does help you feel a little bit better.
18. Pack Wipes
I good idea for you is to pack frozen Wet Wipes or small towels and keep them cool in small lunch bag that has an ice-pack.
You can later pull them out and place them on your forehead.
Don’t forget to check out the cooling towels that can be placed on multiple areas of your body to keep you cool.
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19. Wear an Under Shirt
If you can wear a thin undershirt, it can help absorb some of your excess sweat.
20. Avoid the Most Dangerous UV Rays
Remember the most significant amount of dangerous UVB rays occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
21. Avoid Caffeine
I know I’m speaking blasphemy to all my coffee, tea, and soda lovers.
Too much caffeine can make you have to urinate more which can end up dehydrating you, if you are not balancing it out with drinking more water.
22. Conquer the Water Rides and Water Parks
This is perhaps the most fun way to cool off from the Florida heat in the summertime.
Just pack an extra shirt and shorts if you’re not a fan of walking around the theme park wet.
23. Hunt for Shade
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24. Locate the Water Mist Sprayers
These are great for a quick cool down on your trip.
You can usually find them throughout the Florida theme parks especially in the lines for the attractions.
25. Add More Indoor Attractions to Your Park Plan
As mentioned earlier, you’ll want add more AC breaks to your day. You can do this by finding attractions that are indoor like Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom.
Find the theme park map you need and make a list of all the indoor rides and attractions.
26. Cool Off Your Pulse Points
Apply ice pack, cool Wet Wipes or cold compresses to pulse points to keep your body cool.
Your pulse points include the:
- Behind the knees
27. Eat Light Foods High In Water
These types of food include veggies and fruits that you can find in salads or fruit cups on your Florida vacation.
Watermelons, cucumbers and other melons are really good at hydrating you!
28. Watch For Signs Of Heat-Related Illnesses
It’s important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
A Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It happens when your body builds up heat and can’t cool down. HEAT STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
The symptoms include:
- Extremely high body temperature
- Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
A Heat exhaustion is when your body loses too much water and salt through sweating.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, damp skin that’s slimy to the touch
- Irritable or confused
- Weak pulse
Heat fatigue, heat cramps, and heat rash are less serious, but are also signs of over exposure to heat.
29. Pack an Umbrella
30. Wear Clothing to Block the Sun
There is something called UPF clothing.
These are clothing that are actually sun protective and a company called Cool Bar produces UV ray protective clothing which is absolutely amazing!
If you want that extra layer of protective clothing that is also breathable, then the UPF clothing is something that you’re definitely going to want to look into for your trip.
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My Final Thoughts on Beating the Florida Heat
You’re now loaded with all of the tips to surviving your summer vacation here in the Florida heat.
They can even help you at any outdoor event that you may visit during the sunshine season.
Let me know which tip was your favorite in the comments section below!
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!
Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.
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(Original Article Date: June 20, 2016/Updated August 6, 2023)