Reach Nirvana at These 10 Relaxing Destinations in Orlando

Relaxation 2017

With world-class spas, lazy rivers, balloon rides and other surprises, Orlando has everything you need to pamper yourself with some much-needed relaxation.

By Nicole Cantore

From lazy rivers to nature trails, swan boats to balloon rides, there are endless ways to indulge in sweet serenity in Orlando. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy some of the most calming places in Orlando, including these 10 standouts.

Relaxation 2017 Spa at Ritz-Carlton

1. The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Treat your mind and body at the lush spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Relax with a Grand Indulgence Massage, or free yourself from stress on the rooftop eco-garden with a "zero gravity" hammock massage. Additionally, the spa offers treatments using herbs from the resort's organic garden, including local honey and citrus.

Relaxation 2017 Lake Eola Swan Boats

2. Swan Boats at Lake Eola Park

Nestled in downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is the perfect spot to escape your worries. Hop on one of the swan paddleboats, for a truly calming experience on Lake Eola as you take in the downtown sights. Once you're done, you can further destress by grabbing a meal and a drink at the aptly named Relax Grill at Lake Eola at the west end of the park.

Relaxation 2017 Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

3. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando in charming Winter Park, take a relaxing, hour-long tour that starts on Lake Osceola and winds through three of the area's seven lakes and two canals. You'll see flora, fauna and gorgeous homes.

Relaxation 2017 Disney Springs Aerophile Balloon

4. Disney Springs' Aerophile Balloon Ride

Those who find shopping to be a relaxing form of therapy will want to visit Disney Springs. Once you've achieved shopping nirvana, hit up the Aerophile — a helium balloon that takes you 400 feet in the air for a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view. Alternately, if you're in the International Drive area, you can go to ICON Orlando 360 for a slow ride on ICON Orlando, which also goes to 400 feet, but in air-conditioned comfort for an extra level of relaxation as you take in the Orlando sights.

Relaxation 2017 Discovery Cove

5. Discovery Cove

For one of Orlando's most unique attractions, venture over to SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove for a truly dazzling, up-close experience with majestic aquatic creatures. Part tropical paradise and part all-inclusive resort, this destination invites you to swim with bottlenose dolphins and get within inches of otters, along with relaxing pools and white-sand beaches to sunbathe on all day long.

Relaxation 2017 Rock Springs Run Clear Kayaking

6. Guided Clear Kayaking Tour at Rock Springs Run

At Rock Springs Run, you will see first-hand the natural beauty that Orlando has in abundance. And with a guided, clear kayaking tour from Get Up and Go Kayaking, you'll be able to see beyond the surface of the water and explore what lies below.

Relaxation 2017 Volcano Bay Kopiko Wai Winding River

7. Kopiko Wai Winding River at Universal's Volcano Bay

Sit back, relax and float down the Kopiko Wai Winding River at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay. As you go along, take in the tropical environment of the park and even travel within the volcano itself. This unique lazy river packs on the relaxation — with a few hints of excitement, of course.

Relaxation 2017 Capa Terrace View

8. Dinner and Fireworks at Capa Steakhouse & Bar

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort boasts some of Orlando's most luxurious lodgings, as well as some of its best restaurants. Of particular note is Capa, an acclaimed rooftop eatery that offers terrace seating and an amazing view of the Disney parks' nightly fireworks. It's a great way to unwind after a day of adventure. And parents, note that the Four Seasons offers babysitting services in case you'd also like a break from the kids.

Relaxation 2017 Leu Gardens

9. Harry P. Leu Gardens

Just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando, this 50-acre park features three miles of scenic walkways, a butterfly garden and the largest camellia collection in the Southeast, making it a great place to gather your thoughts while communing with nature.

Relaxation 2017 Disney Polynesian Resort Village

10. Oasis Pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Within the middle of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, visitors will discover this aptly named leisure pool amid a lush garden, making it easy to forget you're just a lake away from the world's most famous theme park. For extra serenity, opt for an Oasis Patio, providing your own private, shaded area close to the pool, as well as cushioned lounge chairs, towels and delivery service from the nearby Oasis Bar & Grill.

Relaxation 2017 Couples Relaxing

Relax Your Cares Away in Orlando

If you're looking for more than just thrills on your next vacation, look no further than Orlando, including arts & culture, golf, soothing spas and shopping. Of course, we're pretty good at the thrills aspect too! For the latest updates on Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, visit our blog, and explore everything there is to do in Orlando at our website.

Cover photo courtesy Discovery Cove.

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