25 Easter Festivities in Orlando

Check out these fun, family-friendly Easter activities happening in Central Florida!




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Tapa Toro

It's hard to beat this location, right beneath the Coca Cola Orlando Eye, the city's new 400-foot enclosed Ferris Wheel. Celebrate Easter with a $35 Spanish-style brunch buffet and add unlimited mimosas and sangria for $15 more. Enjoy specialties like house-cured salmon, pulled pork hash, gambas al ajio and grits, tortilla Espanola, a beef and mushroom tart, eggs your way and more. Kids 10 and under are just $15 and can choose from mac 'n' cheese, chicken tenders and the whole buffet as well. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and enjoy live entertainment from the DJ and the talented flamenco dancer. Feliz Pascua! http://tapatoro.restaurant/

Taverna Opa

From the same owners as Tapa Toro comes this ever-popular Greek restaurant at Pointe Orlando, known for its authentic cuisine and lively atmosphere. Of course lamb is an Easter treat, and nobody prepares it better than the Greeks. The lamb chops are marinated for 36 hours with fresh herbs and garlic, and come with lemon potatoes and yiayia vegetables. Other choices include Kleftiko, lamb slow roasted in parchment paper with carrot, potatoes, rosemary, whole garlic and Greek cheese, as well as slow-roasted lamb shoulder or a braised lamb shank in a tomato and red wine sauce over orzo, or lamb tenderloin kebobs with spinach rice. With a lamb entree of $24-$26, enjoy a free glass of wine. http://opaorlando.com

Winter Park

63rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt for over 10,000 eggs placed around downtown Winter Park's Central Park. No child is left empty handed as all participants enjoy special treats at the designated candy area. Don’t forget your Easter basket! Saturday, April 15, at 9:30 am in Central Park, corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard in Winter Park, www.cityofwinterpark.org

Easter Weekend Open House at the Morse Museum

Delight in the melodies of classical guitarist Joshua Englert while taking in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s leaded-glass windows emblazoned with the flowers of spring. Free admission April 14-16, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, www.morsemuseum.org

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at The Alfond Inn

Dig in to a decadent brunch served at chef-attended food stations and accompanied by live music and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Adults are treated to a welcome mimosa or glass of champagne upon arrival and kids enjoy the after-brunch egg hunt at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. $69/adults and $29/children ages 5–12. April 16, at 10 am or 1 pm. 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, www.thealfondinn.com

Prato

By award-winning chef Brandon McGlamery, Prato serves an Italian-inspired brunch for Easter along with Bellinis and Bloody Marys. The menu will be available from 11 am to 3 pm. ​Afterward, stroll the charming boutiques of Park Avenue. 407.262.0050,  124 N. Park Ave., www.prato-wp.com 

Downtown

The Grand Bohemian

Indulge at this award-winning jazz brunch held in the heart of downtown. With even more culinary options, this spectacular spread for Easter includes interactive stations for meats, omelets, waffles, crepes and crab cakes. Afterward, take a stroll around Lake Eola and enjoy the city-wide farmers market. $69/adults, 325 S. Orange Ave., www.grandbohemianhotel.com

Lake Nona

Canvas Restaurant & Market

Celebrate Easter with a brunch on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Sunday, April 16 in the picturesque, new urbanism town of Laureate Park right on the lake. During brunch service on Easter Sunday, Canvas will be hosting a kid-friendly egg hunt, and the Easter Bunny will be visiting each table. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm; 407.313.7800; 13615 Sachs Ave., www.canvaslakenona.com

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen

At sister restaurant Chroma, you can celebrate Easter with culinary classics and holiday favorites in Lake Nona, with specials including Chuletas Can Can with roasted crispy pork, charred orange, chimichurri rojo and micro cilantro, and Lamb Porterhouse with mint chimichurri, caramelized carrots and micro celery. 407.955.4340; 6967 Lake Nona Blvd., www.chromalakenona.com

International Drive/Sand Lake Road/South Orlando

The Hilton Orlando

This International Drive hotel next to the Orlando Convention Center is featuring an array of holiday offerings through the Easter weekend, like a bunny hop race, arts-n-crafts, Easter bunny meet-and-greet, and egg hunt and an amazing Easter brunch on Sunday. The menu will feature imported fish and an eye-catching omelet station along with a sweet and savory crepe station and Easter sweets spread. $55/person, $22/children under 12, and 5 and under is free; 6001 Destination Parkway; www.thehiltonorlando.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Enjoy a three-course Easter brunch including a savory potato leek soup, modern Caesar or fresh seasonal berries to start, choice of eggs Benedict and baked brioche French toast or prime rib and porcini crusted filet mignon, and a sweet ending of Callebaut white chocolate bread pudding or mixed berry cobbler. $39.95, beginning at 10 am, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Rosen Shingle Creek

Easter brunch is an all-day affair at this signature property in Orlando. Enjoy a festive buffet with fresh seafood, pasta station, market salads, a sushi and dim sum station, kids station, a variety of traditional entrees and decadent desserts with a chocolate fountain. The buffet also includes unlimited champagne and mimosas. $68.95/adults; $29.95/children 4-11; Florida residents 25% off; free parking; 11:30 am-7 pm; 9939 Universal Blvd., www.rosenshinglecreek.com

The Florida Mall

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Bunny Photo Experience, open March 24-April 16, and take home a snapshot of your fun experience. While you're there, find the perfect Easter outfit for everyone in the family at a variety of popular retailers. 8001 Orange Blossom Trail, www.simon.com/mall/the-florida-mall;reserve your appointment 

Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton

With an explosion of Southern flavors blossoming in the Highball & Harvest kitchen, enjoy a Southern-inspired Easter Brunch. The menu will feature an omelet station, carved meats, a fresh raw bar with crab claws and cold water oysters, farm-fresh spring vegetables galore, desserts and a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Noon to 3 pm. $115/adults and $50/children 12 and under. 407.393.4422, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, www.ritzcarlton.com 

Universal Orlando Area

Easter Ciao at Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Celebrate Easter with the Italian Riviera as your backdrop. Sample the best of spring with seasonal delights including pappardelle with mussels, a raw bar and chilled seafood display, create-your-own pasta bar, kids buffet and carving stations with roasted prime rib and pork loin during an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Listen to the sounds of a strolling musician while you dine, plus Universal characters, a face painter, balloon artist and special children’s activity entertain the kiddos. April 16, from 10 am – 7 pm, $65 for adults, $22 for kids, 5601 Universal Blvd, www.universalorlando.com/Hotels/Loews-Portofino-Bay-Hotel

The Kitchen’s Easter Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel

Experience Easter with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll in The Kitchen restaurant with carved items like roasted oregano and harrisa rubbed leg of lamb, bourbon and brown sugar glazed ham and breakfast favorites like an omelet and eggs benedict station and oven fresh pastries. Kids can hop on over for a special appearance by the Easter Bunny and a “kids only” pancake and cupcake decorating station. 5800 Universal Blvd, www.hardrockhotels.com/orlando

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

Celebrate Easter Emeril Lagasse style where you'll find a spectacular fusion of Creole and Hawaiian. Brunch is offered from noon - 3 pm and the regular dinner menu runs from 3:30-9 pm. You'll find an ala carte menu of flavor-packed appetizers and entrees like Korean chicken and waffles, braised short rib hash, ahi tuna and stuffed Hawaiian French toast. 6300 Hollywood Way, Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 407.503.2467.

Seaworld Orlando

40th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

One of the Orlando’s longest-running Easter sunrise services is held at Bayside Stadium and offers a beautiful view to watch the sunrise. Past services counted close to 8,500 worshipers of all denominations. Services are free, including parking, and begin 6:30 am, 7007 Sea World Drive, www.seaworldparks.com

Disney Area

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

Through April 16, you can meet and even have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 am to 6 pm the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square. Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade, which runs noon to 3 pm daily, features pre-parade festivities with the Azalea Trail Maids, who are also available for meet and greets, during Easter weekend. Free with park admission, 1180 Seven Seas Drive, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Epcot Egg-Stravaganza

Available now through Easter, you can purchase a map and stickers and search for special Disney character "eggs" throughout Epcot's World Showcase. When you've completed your map, return it to Port of Entry in Epcot for a special surprise. Stop by the Heritage Garden for a photo op with the Easter Bunny and take a break from the hunt to enjoy Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival’s towering topiaries and tasty treats. 200 Epcot Center Drive, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Services at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Just next door to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort is holding Easter services for the public, with a Catholic Mass at 8 am and 10:15 am and a Protestant service at 9 am. Free, 4600 World Drive, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

The Four Seasons

Indulge in a lavish Easter brunch at both Ravello and Plancha at Orlando's five-diamond resort. Downstairs at Ravello, enjoy a raw bar, seafood station, antipasti and salad bar, a carving station and classic brunch favorites along with decadent desserts and Easter candies. 11 am-6 pm; $105/adults and $45/children 5-12. At Plancha on the golf course, enjoy a three-course, Cuban-inspired brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. The children's buffet features pancakes, chicken tenders, mac 'n' cheese, grilled salmon, mini burgers, cookies and fruit. 10 am-3 pm; $68/adults and $20/children 5-12. 10000 Dream Tree Blvd., www.fourseasons.com/orlando

Easter Eggstravaganza Weekends at the Gaylord Palms

For Easter, guests will discover beautiful pastel-colored tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and more blooming alongside giant, decorated Easter eggs and a particularly large “chocolate” bunny inside the impressive atrium. Special events occur on weekends from April 1-16, with a scavenger hunt offered daily. Meet Queen Titania and her Royal Court, and in addition to sing-alongs, kids will decorate an Easter egg cookie and learn some hippity-hoppity dance moves ($14.99). While enjoying a lavish breakfast buffet at Villa de Flora, guests can visit Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny ($27.50/adult, $13.75/4-12). Easter-themed arts and crafts will be available near Cypress Springs Water Park ($6.99), at Relâche Spa, you can make your own egg-shaped bunny bath fizz ($13.99). On Easter Sunday, all guests can enjoy the Easter Egg Dash with 1,000 multi-colored eggs on the outdoor lawn at 11 am.  6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407.586.0000, bit.ly/Easter_GP17

Beyond Orlando

91st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens in nearby Lake Wales offers one of Central Florida’s longest running Easter sunrise services under a canopy of majestic oak trees. An annual tradition since 1926, the service allows worshipers to experience the majesty of the sun rising over the horizon atop Iron Mountain. The gardens’ carillonneur Geert D’hollander begins the celebration at 6:30 am with a selection of seasonal music performed on the 60-bell singing tower carillon, followed by inspirational music presented by the Parkview Christian Life Center “Sounds of Judah Mass Choir”  and a half-hour concert performed carillon concert to close the worship. Following the service, the Blue Palmetto Cafe opens at 8 am for an Easter breakfast buffet. Free admission to the sunrise service from 6 to 8 am. Accessible parking, shuttle service and seating for guests are available. Brunch buffet is $10.95 per adult, $7.95 per child under 12. www.boktowergardens.org

Easter Egg Hunt at Green Meadows Farm in Kissimmee

This family tradition features an annual treasure hunt plus visits with Whiskers the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and baby animals. Be sure to bring your Easter basket. April 13-16; $23/adults and $20/children 3-12. 1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee, www.greenmeadowsfarm.com  

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