Home to seven of the planet’s top theme parks (including Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND and Universal Orlando), and with perpetually sunny skies and warm temperatures, Orlando lures families in every season. But in January and February the city’s top draw—its theme parks—are much less crowded and, thus, most enjoyable, with reasonable wait times, especially if you plan your visit for Sunday through Thursday.
Some of the area’s most competitive hotel deals can be found online, along with discounts on theme parks, attractions and restaurants. Examples of winter offers include a free third night at hotels, savings of 25 per cent off bookings (with a minimum stay), or a fifth day free with the purchase of a four-day Walt Disney World ticket.
Aspiring witches and wizards come together in January for the annual A Celebration of Harry Potter inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando (Jan. 27 to 29). Die-hard fans can watch the films, participate in Q&A sessions with cast members and try their hand at spell casting during a wand master class. Or, find foodie fare at Lake Eola during the Downtown Food & Wine Fest in February (this year running Feb. 25 and 26), where more than 30 of the city’s best restaurants show off their signature dishes.
Average Winter Temperature: January and February boast balmy highs of 21°C and 22°C.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Orlando 19 times a week from Toronto, Calgary, Halifax and St. John’s.
Why to Visit Palm Springs in the Summer
No lie: Palm Springs is hot in summer. But the locals make it work, and you will, too, if you plan your visit right. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park, where cooler temps make for a great hike, or spend a day with the family at the Wet ’n’ Wild water park.
Why to Visit Cape Cod in the Fall
Most of Cape Cod’s 4 to 6 million vacationers visit in the summer. Come September, numbers plummet, especially on weekdays. But if you want to save money, take in the seasonal colours and gorge on shellfish, fall is the best time to visit this seaside spot near Boston.