Universal Orlando celebrates summer all year long so if you need a break from the arctic temps up north, there is no better place to retreat. In case you need more reasons to leave the frigid weather, and head to Universal for a week, here are 10:

Waturi Beach
Does anything sound nicer than sinking your toes into warm sand? We didn’t think so, which is why a visit to Waturi Beach at Volcano Bay is on the list. The beach offers gorgeous views of Krakatau, the mighty volcano that sits at the center of Volcano Bay, as well as warm waves and a tropical landscape. You’ll forget all about winter at Waturi Beach.

Food & Drink
From doughnuts the size of your head at VooDoo Doughnuts in Universal’s CityWalk to tropical fare at Volcano Bay, and many other award-winning restaurants, a trip to Universal Orlando brings unique food and drink offerings you can’t find anywhere else in the country.

Thrill Rides
A trip to Universal Orlando will make you shiver but not because of the cold. Your teeth will chatter from excitement as you experience all of Universal’s rides like escaping from Gringotts in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, racing through New York on Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios and speeding through twists, turns and drops while listening to your favorite song on Rip, Ride Rockit.

Trade in your hot cocoa this winter for butter beer at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The drink comes in either hot or cold varieties and has flavors reminiscent of butterscotch and cream soda. Yum!

The sun doesn’t set at 4 p.m. in the winter here like it does in other parts of the country. But even if it did, the fun certainly doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, Universal offers plenty of excitement at night as it does during the day, especially at CityWalk. Enjoy entertainment and dining options for every age at the entertainment district.

The Hotels
We highly recommend you stay at one of Universal’s many on-site hotels. When you do you’ll enjoy many benefits like quick and easy transportation to and from the parks, early park admission, access to even more pools, fun events at the hotels and much more. 

Sweet Treats
Get a taste of spring with some of Universal’s best cool treats like Waturi Fusion ice cream at Volcano Bay, massive milkshakes at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Kitchen in CityWalk, No Melt Ice Cream at Honeydukes in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and many more.

Nighttime Shows
Remember how we said the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down at Universal Orlando? This is also true inside the parks with many thrilling nighttime shows like Universal’s Cinematic Celebration - a colossal celebration of music, water and light that takes you inside the movies like never before and the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios.

Minion Breakfast
Instead of starting your day shoveling your driveway, you can start your day with a fun character breakfast at Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort. Join your favorite characters from Despicable Me including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions as you fuel up with an awesome breakfast buffet before a day in the parks.

Brag to Your Friends and Family
While your friends and family shovel snow you can enjoy a tropical drink on a white sandy beach or scream with excitement as you fly through one of Universal’s many thrill rides. Make sure you capture it all in a photo or two to make your friends and family jealous.