Orlando isn’t just for family vacations! Whether you’re sunning it up as a couple, visiting as part of a group, or are planning to see the sights with friends, there’s plenty for adults to enjoy. Get going with this guide, which has lots of suggestions for things for adults to do in Orlando.
Check out Orlando’s nightlife
Nightlife may not be what first springs to mind when you think of Orlando, but there’s a decent party scene that heats up after dark and stretches all the way from Downtown Orlando to the suburbs. The main tourist centers (including the Disney and Universal theme parks) come alive each night with parties, concerts and one-off celebrations.
Rooftop bars, mega clubs and friendly local pubs attract party people to Downtown Orlando, and there are a few different spots to try. If you fancy a few drinks and a bit of bar-hopping, make a beeline for Wall Street Plaza. There’s a surprisingly ‘local’ vibe here compared with more touristy parts of town, and you’ll also find some great places to eat.
Otherwise, the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex has something for everyone, from dining and nightlife to world-class shopping. The famous Improv Comedy Club is located here, too, and you can always hit up the Imax cinema complex for a movie. The BB King Blues Bar attract fans of live music, while the Minus5 Ice Bar provides the perfect place for a chilled-out evening (in every sense!).
Disney’s daily firework displays are always a good option, and there’s plenty of after-dark excitement at Universal’s CityWalk. Alternatively you can watch Cirque du Soleil perform at Disney Springs and be amazed by the array of acrobats, jugglers and contortionists performing right in front of your eyes. Another option is the Mad Cow theater in Downtown Orlando, which puts on musicals and stage shows.
Eat, eat, eat!
Whether you’re a massive foodie or just love eating out, there are thousands of restaurants to try in Orlando. Downtown Orlando is one of the city’s best kept secrets. The incredible skyline is provides the perfect backdrop to a romantic meal and the food scene is diverse enough that you’ll never have to eat the same type of meal twice.
You’ll find loads more dining options at Orlando’s theme parks. Some of the restaurants are aimed squarely at kids, offering character breakfasts and colorful decor, but there are also sophisticated bars and restaurants to explore, from nautical-themed watering holes to upscale fine-dining restaurants.
Over in the artsy Winter Park neighbourhood you’ll find chilled independent restaurants serving locally sourced meals. There are fine dining establishments, stylish wine rooms to sophisticated bistros – it’s the ideal place for a laid-back evening.
Another great option is Restaurant Row. Five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center, it serves up a selection of fine-dining restaurants and low-key eateries. There are top-class steakhouses here, and some of the upscale restaurants even put on live jazz performances.
Shop till you drop at Orlando’s malls
If shopping is your thing then Orlando is the place to be. Malls, boutiques and markets can be found wherever you look (there’s more on the shopping scene here). The two Premium Outlets are found over on Vineland Avenue and International Drive, each offering over hundreds of top brands, including Louis Vuitton.
As they’re outlets, you can save up to 65% on the top designer brands. The Mall at Millenia is one of Orlando’s top malls, located near the northern end of International Drive and home to more than 150 fashion stores. The upscale Florida mall is the the largest indoor shopping mall in Central Florida with nearly 2m sq ft of retail space, including over 270 stores and restaurants.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, an open-air outlet mall offers over 40 different stores, whilst Pointe Orlando Shopping Mall is open every day of the year and features a wide variety of shops for all styles.
Take a ride on the Orlando Eye
What better way to see Orlando than from up above? The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye lets you admire the city’s beauty from above and snap some fabulous photos, day or night. For couples, it’s a romantic spot to pop the question or simply sip champagne.
Rent a kayak at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
At Weeki Wachee Springs, around 80 miles west of Orlando, you can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board and then explore 5.5 miles of calm, crystal-clear water. This one-of-a-kind river adventure will take you past old oak trees, Florida’s distinctive palms and even endangered West Indian manatees. It’s also worth keeping your eyes peeled for otters, turtles and pelicans as you soak up the scenery.
Enjoy dinner and a show at the Treasure Tavern
From burlesque dancing and comedy acts to big-name magicians, the dinner show at the Treasure Tavern has it all. Performers from across the globe take to the stage while world-class chefs serve up delicious steak dinners. As the name suggests, the whole place has a fun, piratey theme.
Take a romantic cruise
Clearwater Harbor is a beautiful setting for a boat tour. Whether you’d like to join a public cruise or would prefer a private boat tour, there’s a variety of options available. Why not board the 60-ft-long paddlewheeler, The Chief Waupacaor for an enchanting ride? You can learn about the history of the lakes with a narrated cruise or dine like a celebrity with the Sunday brunch cruise Our concierge team can help you book a place on this and other guided city tours.
Visit Orlando’s museums
Whether you’re into history, art, airplanes or trains, Orlando offers a whole host of museums. At the famous Harry P. Leu Gardens you can explore more than over 50 acres of charming grounds, enjoying the ‘Old Florida’ vibe as you stroll along the winding paths. Cronell Fine Arts Museum and the Morse Museum of American Art both showcase works by local and international artists. Train enthusiasts will want to visit the Central Florida Railroad museum, located Downtown, or head over to the Kissimmee Air Museum and learn all about aircraft dating back to World War II. The Holocaust Memorial Center and Orlando Science Center are also well worth a visit.
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