Orlando is widely recognized as a must-see destination for families, but adults traveling without children may not know the adventures awaiting those young at heart. Exciting additions join the world-class attractions in 2020, including state-of-the-art hotels and resorts, while vibrant nightlife and one-of-a-kind experiences are ready to be discovered. Armed with a childlike sense of wonder and a thirst for adventure, grown-ups will delight in Orlando’s diversity – no kids required.
Be a Big Kid at the Theme Parks
- VIP tours are a great way to feel like a kid again, while experiencing the parks at your own pace. Private VIP tours of Walt Disney World Resort parks include door-to-door transportation from your resort, VIP viewing areas for nighttime spectaculars and a customizable itinerary. Universal Orlando Resort also offers VIP guided tours to give guests exclusive backstage access and instant access to the most popular rides, including all of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions.
- Made popular by Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Disney character-inspired makeovers are not just for the little ones anymore. Disney’s Character Couture packages for adults offer sophisticated hairstyles, as well as detailed makeup and nail designs inspired by Disney characters including Cinderella, Minnie Mouse, Ursula and more.
- Another grown-up way to explore the parks is to visit during one of the many annual food events, including SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival in the spring and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the fall.
Relax at the Resort Pool
From lazy rivers and secluded grottos to private cabanas, an afternoon at one of Orlando’s resort pools is a great way for adults to take in the year-round warmth. Some of the more notable adult-only pools include Hilton Orlando’s “Quiet Resort Pool,” complete with private whirlpool and cabanas, the new JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort and Spa whirlpool and “The Oasis” at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, which has underwater audio and a Jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation.
Enjoy a Night on the Town
- Visitors don’t even need to leave the theme parks and tourist hot spots for nightlife; Universal CityWalk, Pointe Orlando, ICON Park, Mango’s Tropical Café and Disney Springs are all walkable hubs for after-sunset fun. Thursday through Saturday guests can take advantage of special late-night menus and live music offered until 2 a.m. throughout various locations at The Landing, in the heart of Disney Springs.
- A plethora of nightlife options await travelers in the City Beautiful, from the swanky Bösendorfer Lounge inside the Grand Bohemian to the epicenter of dancing and nightlife found along Wall Street and Orange Avenue downtown. For some old fashioned cocktails, The Courtesy serves craft cocktails and hosts a cocktail class for aspiring mixologists the first and third Saturday of every month. Cocktails & Screams, Orlando’s first and only Halloween-themed bar opened in the fall of 2019. The bar’s décor, creepy music and an all-around spooky atmosphere will chill even the most sinister spirits. Downtown’s stylish Mathers Social Gathering welcomes patrons to relax and mingle in its 1800s atmosphere and enjoy house made cocktails and lite bites. Local speakeasy Hanson’s Shoe Repair provides a fun twist on a night out, requiring a password for entry.
Take a Beer or Winery Tour
- Orlando Brewing uses only organic ingredients, which has made it the first brewery to be declared “Fresh from Florida.” Crooked Can Brewing Company, located inside Plant Street Market in historical downtown Winter Garden, holds Sunday tours lead by knowledgeable tour guides who delve into the history of their beer and the liquor barrel aging process.
- Those who enjoy mingling over a beer or two – or more – can take a ride with Hop On! Central Florida Brew Tours to try some of Orlando’s best beer spots. If interested in a beer-adventure, Central Florida Ale Trail features a map with more than 25 local breweries and offers a special gift for all of those who complete the trail.
- Wine lovers will find their happy place at The Imperial and Eola Wine Company, two of Orlando’s wine bars, as well as Florida’s only sustainable winery, Quantum Leap, with a tasting room and free tours upon request.
- For a unique option, Castle Church Brewing Community, located near the Orlando International Airport, is a craft brewhouse, indoor beer garden, tasting room and church all in one.
Dine Like a Local
- Local favorites including Prato and The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, and French-style restaurant DoveCote Brasserie, are among the reasons Orlando was named a top foodie city in the United States by Wallethub.com in 2019.
- Food tours, running weekly in Winter Park, downtown Orlando and Celebration along with neighborhood markets allow for a progressive dining experience.
- Orlando has many brunch options including Santiago’s Bodega and Canvas Restaurant & Market, both offering a wide variety of delicious plates to choose from.
- A local late-night favorite is Gringos Locos, offering a simple menu of fresh tacos, burritos and sides. Another nighttime favorite happens every Tuesday in the Milk District at Tasty Tuesdays, featuring local food trucks with everything from vegetarian plates to American gastropub favorites.
Experience Orlando’s Romantic Side
- Capa, located on the top floor of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, and California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort offer high-end dining with spectacular views of the nightly theme park fireworks. Another Disney dining highlight, Victoria & Albert’s, is the only five-star restaurant in Orlando, featuring a seasonal menu with ingredients from around the globe and white glove table service.
- VIP chef’s table dining experiences, including Luma on Park and Chef’s Table at the Edgewater, offer an intimate setting along with the opportunity to converse directly with the chef, expanding their palates and food knowledge.
- More specialty dining experiences are available at local dessert havens Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant and Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory, which hosts a weekly date night where couples make a pound of handmade chocolate to take home.
- At ICON Park, guests can savor a glass of champagne during a picturesque, private ride on The Wheel, a 400-foot observation wheel, followed by a night of live music at Tin Roof or Flamenco dancers at Tapa Toro tapas bar and restaurant.
- At the Lake Eola Park Farmers Market find seasonal fresh produce, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, artwork, handmade craft items like pottery, soap and jewelry. The beautiful lake makes a perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic.
Attend a Sporting Event
- Orlando is also a hub for sports fans to cheer on their favorite teams. The Amway Center is a fixture for sporting events downtown, serving as home base for Orlando Magic basketball games and Orlando Solar Bears hockey games.
- The Exploria Stadium, which opened in 2017, hosts Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride games.
- As the home of American tennis, fans can check out the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus, featuring a 65-acre complex, the largest tennis facility in the world.
Experience an Adrenaline-Fueled Adventure
- Nona Adventure Park is the ultimate outdoor park adventure featuring the largest aqua park in central Florida, a water park and an adventure tower. After your adventure, stay for a drink at the bar and listen to live music at sunset.
- Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland allows guests to clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure soaring 1,200 feet through the air and over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with 130 alligators watching from below.
- Take a spin at Orlando StarFlyer, the “world’s tallest swing ride,” standing at 450 feet. Guests are seated in a double seat, then secured with seat belts and lifted up and down at 45mph.
Catch a Performance
- The Enzian Theater shows indie films, cult classics and hosts the annual Florida Film Festival every spring. Come early to enjoy a drink at the theater bar.
- Fans of theater will enjoy the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, featuring well-known musicals, including “Hamilton” and “Wicked,” as well as musical performances by top artists like Josh Groban, The Beach Boys and Gladys Knight.
- The Amway Center in downtown Orlando hosts a variety of award-winning artists – both classic and new – with a 2020 lineup featuring Jason Aldean, Marc Anthony, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Harry Styles, Jimmy Buffett and more.
- For something a little more grass-roots, visitors can catch a performance from Indie bands and artists at The Social or The Plaza Live in downtown Orlando.
- The Timucua Arts Foundation presents and inspires great music and art in Central Florida through performance and education – all within the confines of an ordinary house.
About Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and Theme Park Capital of the World®. A not-for-profit trade association that brands, markets and sells the Orlando destination globally, Visit Orlando represents 1,200 member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community.