Chill out in Orlando with tried-and-true travel tips and tranquil must-do’s.


Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States, boasting incredible sights, flavors and experiences for all ages and interests. In fact, it would take you 121 days of nonstop fun to see everything there is to do in Orlando — so you might as well give in and allow yourself some time to relax during your next trip.

Whether you prefer to go, go, go or take it easy on vacation, be sure to take some time to relax with these top tips and laid-back must-do’s during your next stay.

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Relaxing Orlando Travel Tips

Guests can meet Princess Tiana dressed for adventure when the iconic 1900 Park Fare restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa reopens on Apr. 10, 2024, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The buffet-style restaurant reveals a refreshed look, delectable dishes and beloved characters who celebrate the power of wishes. (Olga Thompson, Photographer)
Character Dining at 1900 Park Fare Restaurant at DISNEY’S GRAND FLORIDIAN Resort & Spa, Part of WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort (Photo by Olga Thompson/© Disney)

Plan Some Downtime

No matter your travel style, make sure to build in some breaks to recharge between activities. If you’re visiting the theme parks, consider booking a midday character dining meal, stopping for a sweet treat, or heading back to your resort for a refreshing afternoon nap.

Discover: Orlando Theme Parks

If you’re more of a wilderness warrior, take some time between zip-lining, hang-gliding and off-roading to soak up the untamed beauty of your surroundings. I promise, you’ll enjoy the day a lot more if you’re refreshed and energized rather than exhausted from trying to squeeze everything in.

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Orlando Ballet

Be Flexible

It’s always wise to research your destination in advance, and our Vacation Planners are happy to step in and help you make the most of your trip. Still, things don’t always go according to plan. As a chronic over planner myself, I’ve found it’s helpful to have a loose idea of what you’d like to see and do during your trip, while still leaving some flexibility for delays, cancellations, or even just a change of heart.

I recommend advance booking for Orlando theme park tickets, major concerts, sporting events, select high-profile dining reservations and guided tours, but aside from that, you can wing it in Orlando and still have a great time.

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Lake Nona Wave Hotel

Be Prepared (For the Trip of a Century)

Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends and family, make sure you come prepared with snacks, sunscreen, water, battery packs and anything else you may need to keep the fun going. This is especially true if you’re traveling with kids or picky eaters. A favorite snack, some cold water and a quiet spot in the shade have saved many long afternoons out with my family.

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If you start to feel fatigued, take a 10-minute break to fuel up, cool down and clear your mind — or plan your next steps.

Lazy river at Hilton Orlando.
Hilton Orlando

Plan a Rest Day

If you’re visiting Orlando for several days, consider designating a rest day for sleeping in, relaxing at the pool and exploring at a leisurely pace. After all, you’re on vacation!

Discover: Orlando’s Cool Pools

Stay up all night, grab a late brunch or a poolside massage, then spend some quality time chasing whatever strikes your fancy. For an extra-indulgent touch, consider booking a cabana or a Resort Pass to our most extravagant resort pools for a full day of laid-back fun.

Wandering Palm Food Tours group toast
Get a Taste of Orlando With Wandering Palm Food Tours, Courtesy Thuy Vi Gates, Tracy Kuch and Chris Gotshall

Book a Guided Tour

If you plan on powering through your vacation without any rest time, at least cut yourself some slack and book a guided tour at your next stop. From docent-led tours of Orlando’s top museums to sunset sailing adventures in our downtown core, you’ll discover plenty of ways to take it easy and just enjoy the ride. You can even try behind-the-scenes tours of our theme parks, walking tours of historic downtown Orlando, or a tasty culinary tour for foodies on the go.

Family canoeing at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Work It Out

It might sound counterintuitive, but making time for physical activity can be a great way to relax and reenergize during your vacation. Orlando has plenty of ways for you to chill out, soak up some mind-body goodness, and soothe your muscles, all without missing a second of the action.

Go for a serene bike ride, join a laid-back yoga flow at our breweries and museums, paddle through our natural springs, or take a stroll through our theme parks and scenic gardens. Remember, park hopping totally counts as cardio.

Relaxing Activities & Tranquil Hidden Gems

Now that you know some of the best ways to relax and go with the flow on vacation, here are some of the best spots to visit in Orlando for a mental reset.

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Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

Pack a picnic and reconnect with nature at Orlando’s lush botanical oases and sculpture gardens. I recommend grabbing some to-go goodies from La Femme du Fromage and enjoying them at Harry P. Leu Gardens, both in the Audubon Park Garden District.

Discover: Orlando Gardens

Other great options include the The Mennello Museum of American Art sculpture garden in Loch Haven Park, the Art & History Museums of Maitland, the Lake Nona Sculpture Garden, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens or Kraft Azaela Garden in Winter Park, and other serene getaways. Many locations also host hands-on classes, workshops and cultural events for a creative boost.

Park Avenue in Winter Park
Winter Park

Explore Orlando’s Neighborhoods

For a laid-back day that requires very little planning, choose one of Orlando’s ultra-walkable neighborhoods or surrounding cities and spend the afternoon shopping, dining and exploring whatever catches your eye.

  • Winter Park: Just north of downtown Orlando, Winter Park is filled with serene canals, cafe-lined streets, lakeside views and plenty of unique museums, parks and gardens to capture your imagination.
  • Winter Garden: Downtown Winter Garden is another charming choice, with loads of locally owned shops and restaurants, a brewery, a performing arts space, and idyllic bicycling along the West Orange Trail.
  • Celebration: Finally, Celebration is a picture-perfect locale near Walt Disney World® Resort where you can score an old-fashioned ice cream cone, shop for unique gifts, and take a leisurely stroll or electric tricycle ride along the lake.

Discover: Orlando Neighborhoods

And that’s just the beginning! Explore nightlife, dining, themed bars, entertainment, galleries and anything else that floats your boat throughout our unique neighborhoods.

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Swan Boats in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park

Enjoy a Swan Boat Ride on Lake Eola

Is there anything more iconic — or relaxing — than a swan boat ride in downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park? We doubt it. Hop aboard and score a new perspective of the city skyline from one of our pedal-powered boats.

Discover: Things to Do in Orlando’s Thornton Park District

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Discovery Cove®

Unwind at Discovery Cove®

For the ultimate relaxing getaway, head to Discovery Cove®, a tranquil oasis where you can stroll on white sandy beaches, hand-feed exotic birds, and snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. It’s all-inclusive, with unlimited food and drinks, complimentary snorkel and wetsuit rentals, up-close animal encounters, and reef-safe sunscreen and towels. In other words, you don’t have to plan a thing — unless you want to up the thrill factor and book select upgrades in advance.

Discover: Things to Do at Discovery Cove


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