Things To Do: August 2023 Edition

The end of summer is just around the corner, but that’s not slowing down the fun events here in Orlando! This August, join the excitement with a wide selection of enjoyable things to do with the whole family. From driving your vehicle around the Daytona International Speedway to experiencing what it's like to launch into space, join us as we celebrate the end of summer!


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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party | August 11th - November 1st


Get in the spooky season spirit early with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This celebration is being held after park hours on select nights from August 11th - November 1st. During this frightfully fun adventure, dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy trick-or-treating, meeting characters in Halloween costumes, and catch some thrills on the rides!

Check out the select dates and purchase tickets here.


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Free Family Fun Day | August 13th


Join the Mennello Museum of American Art every second Sunday of the month for Free Family Fun Day. You and your family will start your adventure with free admission to the museum and a guided tour of the galleries. Then participate in a free take-home craft that was inspired by the current exhibit anytime from 12pm - 2:30pm.

For more information and a list of previous projects, check here.


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License To Drive Track Laps At Daytona | August 15th


NASCAR fans rev your engines and drive your family over to the Daytona International Speedway because this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! For just $50 per vehicle, you will get to experience the racetrack up close and drive your car through 2 laps. Proceeds from this event will benefit children in The NASCAR Foundation.

Register your vehicle here.


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Fly With An Astronaut | August 18th - 20th


If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The Kennedy Space Center is offering exclusive tours behind the gates led by a veteran NASA astronaut. After your tour, listen to personal accounts of what it takes to become an astronaut with a question and answer session over a catered lunch. Then go on to explore the Space Shuttle Atlantis and experience what taking off into space at 17,500 mph feels like on the Shuttle Launch Experience!

Note, this experience is not suited for smaller children due to the length of the tour.

For ticket information, visit the Kennedy Space Center’s website here.


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The Carnival Presented By Creative City Project | August 25th - August 27th


Creative City Project and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra have teamed together to present a carnival like never before! This thrilling night out will feature actors, circus performers, dancers, puppetry, and live music based on Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Le Carnaval des Animaux.” The story will explore self-discovery and life’s complexities behind the meaning of being alive. Come out and enjoy this unique experience for a night to remember!

Tickets can be found here.


As you plan your August trip to Orlando, be sure to keep these exciting events in mind! Your Vista Cay stay is in the perfect location to enjoy both the thrills of the theme parks and downtown Orlando festivities. So it’s time to gather your family, pack your bags, and head to Vista Cay to end the summer with an unforgettable time!