Visiting Orlando Without Kids
You don’t need kids to have the vacation of a lifetime in Orlando. The fact is, we have much to offer adult visitors, including high-end shoppers, art aficionados, tennis and golf enthusiasts, adventurers, and sun-worshippers — not to mention those seeking upscale experiences. Best of all, travelers in your position have the means to experience it all. See what’s waiting for you in Orlando!
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Exclusive Experiences in Orlando
Orlando’s ability to make you feel like royalty begins at our theme parks. Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando all offer private VIP tours with features such as exclusive ride access, behind-the-scenes experiences, insider information and amenities you can’t get anywhere else. Check with your preferred theme parks to confirm availability of VIP experiences ahead of your visit.
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For an even more refined experience, charter a nighttime cruise from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and watch the spectacular fireworks at Magic Kingdom® Park or EPCOT® from a truly unique vantage point. Or, encounter majestic African wildlife on a private safari expedition via a Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
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At Discovery Cove®, swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs and lounge in your own private cabana. Plus, unlimited food and beverages — including alcohol — are included!
Golfers will find Orlando to be an absolute paradise thanks to prestigious golf courses designed by pros, starting with Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge®, located just 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort. Other Palmer designs can be played at Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort, Reunion Resort, Shingle Creek Golf Club and Walt Disney World® Golf.
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In addition to a Palmer course, Reunion Resort has courses dreamed up by Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Rees Jones’ work can be found at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club and Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club® Orlando, Grande Lakes and Champions Gate Golf Club have courses by Greg Norman. For Tom Fazio designs, head to Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
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If tennis is your racket, prepare to be amazed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Lake Nona, about 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport. At this massive, state-of-the-art facility, you can watch, learn and even play tennis on more than 100 courts with both red-clay and hard surfaces.
Art-lovers will be impressed by the depth of Orlando’s high-end cultural offerings for adults, starting with Broadway productions and other eclectic fare at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Other performing arts venues in the area include Orlando Shakespeare Theater (aka Orlando Shakes), Orlando Repertory Theatre (aka Orlando Rep), The Winter Park Playhouse, Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, and Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, among others.
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You’ll also want to take advantage of our art museums and galleries. In the downtown Orlando area, these include CityArts and Snap! Space, as well as Orlando Museum of Art and The Mennello Museum of Modern Art in Loch Haven Cultural Park. Over in Winter Park, you’ll find the Rollins Museum of Art (with free admission!) at Rollins College, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art, and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
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Orlando has a rich history, too, and you can explore it at museums and other venues throughout the destination. Top examples include the Orange County Regional History Center and Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture in downtown Orlando, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida just north of Winter Park in Maitland, and the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in nearby Eatonville. Explore them all!
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First-Class Orlando Shopping
Orlando’s elegant malls, factory outlets and fashionable boutiques make the destination a veritable wonderland for serious shoppers. What’s more, some of our best shopping can actually be found at our theme parks.
At Disney Springs®, for instance, more than 100 stores are available now and coming soon. They range from World of Disney — the largest Disney character shop on the planet — to top brands such as Coach, Free People and Lily Pulitzer. And at Universal CityWalk, you can buy rarified character collectibles at the Universal Studios Store.
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Close to Universal and SeaWorld, The Mall at Millenia focuses on high-end luxury. At more than 150 stores, you’ll find world-famous brands such as Apple, Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade New York, Prada, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., and Tory Burch.
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This stylish, sophisticated mall also offers complimentary valet parking and Wi-Fi. You can even take advantage of currency-exchange services while you’re there.
About 25 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport, The Florida Mall® is the region’s largest shopping center with a whopping 1.8 million square feet of retail space. It features more than 250 retail, dining and entertainment choices, with anchor stores that include Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The Florida Mall has some juicy market exclusives, too, including Carlo's Bakery and more. Naturally, you’ll also find a galaxy of best-of-brand retailers, such as A|X Armani Exchange, Apple, Banana Republic, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, and ZARA.
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The latter two outlets can be found in the International Drive area, which is also home to Pointe Orlando’s collection of bespoke retailers. Highlights here include Cigars to Go and Hollister Co.
Finally, don’t drop until you’ve shopped the elegant boutiques in and around downtown Orlando and Winter Park, about 20 minutes northeast of the city’s core. In addition to leisurely strolling down brick-paved and tree-lined streets, these areas offer national names, antique stores, vintage clothing shops, one-of-a-kind gifts and much more.
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Elegant Orlando Accommodations
With more than 450 hotels and resorts in Orlando, you’re going to find the perfect accommodations — especially if your tastes run toward exquisite luxury. Consider, for example, Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond-rated place of lodging: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, where an adults-only pool, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course and a soothing spa provide subtle sophistication.
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Also near Walt Disney World, Waldorf Astoria® Orlando presents an artful blend of classic elegance, contemporary style and complete relaxation. It’s an oasis of luxury and impeccable service offering immediate access to Orlando’s theme parks and attractions.
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This area also has the brand-new JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa — a sister property to JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes in the International Drive area, close to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. Adjacent to I-Drive, Rosen Shingle Creek will treat you to 255 acres of pampered living, including Shingle Creek Golf Club and The Spa at Shingle Creek.
Another I-Drive-area favorite, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is set on 500 lushly landscaped acres and bordered by the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. It features 56 club-level rooms, 60 executive suites, two presidential suites and one royal suite, along with a host of amenities.
Downtown Orlando and Winter Park, about 20 minutes north of the city’s core, also boast luxury accommodations. In the downtown area, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Grand Bohemian Hotel offers an exquisite mix of art, music and memorable hospitality, while the new AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown offers stunning, 360-degree city views courtesy of its SkyBar Rooftop Terrace. And at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art — on loan from Rollins Museum of Art — is displayed in public spaces throughout the premises.
Refined Orlando Dining
Orlando’s diverse dining scene has dishes to please every taste and price points to meet every budget. Whether you prefer fast-casual eateries, upscale restaurants or a middle ground between the two, your taste buds are in for a thrill.
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For instance, Disney Springs has been an epicenter of culinary delights since its debut. Dishes from around the globe, innovative fusions and world-renowned celebrity chefs are all represented. Add the open-air dining, shopping and entertainment district’s immersive atmosphere, and it’s no wonder that so many visitors and locals reserve tables here.
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Regarding celebrity chefs, Disney Springs is home to José Andrés’ JALEO, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, as well as Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! and his line of burgers and sandwiches at Planet Hollywood Observatory.
Imaginative themed dining is the name of the game at Universal CityWalk, including choices like The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, and more. Just be sure to save room for a sweet treat from Voodoo Doughnut!
If you’re staying in the International Drive area, you won’t have to travel far to find incredible restaurants. At Pointe Orlando alone, enjoy Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and Taverna Opa, among others. And at nearby ICON Park®, pair dinner with live music and dancing at Tin Roof and Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, which join numerous other dining and entertainment options.
Not far from International Drive on Sand Lake Road, Orlando’s Restaurant Row is a must-visit for serious foodies. It boasts Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, The H Cuisine, and Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, among others.
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Orlando also has a lot of homegrown culinary legends, as does Winter Park. The latter is home to Brandon McGlamery’s Prato as well as James and Julie Petrakis’ The Ravenous Pig. Both are James Beard Award semifinalists.
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Some of the most noteworthy restaurants in downtown Orlando’s core and its adjacent neighborhoods include Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, Reyes Mezcaleria and Kabooki Sushi, with the last two being headed by Food Network star Wendy Lopez and James Beard honoree Henry Moso, respectively. But make no mistake: You’re never far from a great meal when you’re downtown.
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Ready to experience Orlando without kids? The knowledgeable Vacation Planners at Visit Orlando’s Vacation Planning Services can help you with every step of your planning, including answering your questions, providing trusted advice, and being your source for discounted theme park and attraction tickets from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com. Then, make your reservations and prepare for the sort of wondrous getaway for adults you’ll only find in Orlando!