Maybe you crave a date night. Maybe you're in Orlando on business and don't have the kids with you. You're guaranteed not to be bored when you can:
- Play Golf With 176 golf courses and golf resorts, 23 golf academies, some of the world's most prestigious tournaments, top-rated professional players and course architects, and even the world's top golf shops, Orlando can confidently meet the needs of any golfer-from Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club with the most unique layout in Central Florida to Walt Disney World with four championship-caliber courses spaced over 775 acres and a variety of instructional clinics to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando Grande Lakes, with its Caddie Concierge program that provides a knowledgeable professional attendant who offers course strategy and history, places food and beverage orders and even makes dinner reservations for after the round.
- Go to a Spa. Take your pick at any of 19 spas from Urban Spa at The Eo Inn, Orlando's premiere boutique hotel and day spa (a Green Coffee Slimming Body Wrap?) to the Balinese Body Polish at the Portofino Bay Hotel Mandara Spa to the Drift to Sleep that features an aromatherapy milk bath, massage and herbal tea to promote sleep at the huge (40,000 square feet!)
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Grande Lakes Orlando with 40 treatment rooms, a private heated outdoor pool, a Carita salon, a boutique and a café. The Spa by Guerlain at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando includes 22 indoor rooms and an outdoor treatment area while Blue Harmony Spa at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Bonnet Creek's uses a marine based product that utilizes seaweeds and seawater in all of their signature services. The Relâche Spa at the Gaylord Palms Resort touts a Thai inspired Lemongrass Ritual that focuses on reducing pains and aches using a healed herbal poultice. The Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort transports guests to a late 1800s New York country retreat with its Adirondack Stone Therapy. Here's what I wrote about indulging at the Ritz.
- Shop the entire shopping experience in Orlando fills 900 football fields. Within approximately 15 miles shoppers find major shopping malls and outlet centers complemented by numerous boutiques. Shoppers will also find major department stores such as Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's, along with numerous trendy, independently-owned boutiques. No other city in the world offers such a choice of famous designer and brand labels in such a compact space The Mall at Millenia - Orlando's most upscale mall -- has more than 150 stories from Gucci and Chanel to Tory Burch. The Florida Mall is Central Florida's largest mall with more than 250 stores such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, Charming Charlie, The Apple Store, the M&M Store, Sephora and Florida's first H&M. Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr touts more than 180 stores including the world's only Baccarat/Lalique outlet, the only Victoria's Secret outlet in the Southeast and the only 7 for All Mankind outlet in the area while just down the road Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave has another 150 upscale outlet stores such as CH Carolina Herrera, Joe's Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Prada and one of the only Dior outlets in the world.
- Tour a unique museum -- The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass from the artist's renowned stained glass windows to his famous lamps. While the Wells' Built Museum of African American History preserves Central Florida's unique African-American history and heritage through tours of the museum and South Street Casino which was home to famous performers like B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.
-- Enjoy The Nightlife -- Some of the country's most popular music acts of today performing at Hard Rock Live and House of Blues while there are plenty of clubs at Universal's CityWalk (how about Karaoke with a Live Band at CityWalk's A Rising Star?) , Downtown Disney (you can even see Cirque du Soleil) , Pointe Orlando (how about Orlando Improv) and downtown Orlando's Church Street with all varieties of bars where you'll meet plenty of locals.
This special post was written by syndicated travel writer and mom, Eileen Ogintz. To read more family travel tips from Eileen, visit takingthekids.com.