Orlando Without the Kids
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:
With hundreds of golf courses, golf resorts and golf academies, plus 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 dozens of relaxing spas throughout the Orlando area.
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, Apple, M&M's World, Sephora and Florida's first H&M.
Orlando International Premium Outlets 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. Just down the road, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 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.
Enjoy the Nightlife
Some of the country's most popular music acts of today performing at Hard Rock Live and House of Blues. There are also plenty of clubs at Universal CityWalk (how about Karaoke with a live band at CityWalk's A Rising Star?) , Disney Springs, Pointe Orlando and downtown Orlando's Church Street with all varieties of bars.
This post was written by syndicated travel writer and mom, Eileen Ogintz. To read more family travel tips from Eileen, visit TakingTheKids.com.
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