Best Theme Parks & Attractions for Adults in Orlando
Gathering the kids and heading to Orlando’s theme parks and attractions is a worldwide aspiration. As many adults have learned, though, our top draws are also ideal places to reconnect with one’s inner child.
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You don’t have to be a kid to have the time of your life thanks to the best Orlando theme parks for adults, including those at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando.
Walt Disney World® Resort
The magic comes alive at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs®.
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Magic Kingdom® Park
After being teetotal for decades, Magic Kingdom Park now offers multiple places to enjoy alcoholic beverages, including Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern and Tony’s Town Square.
EPCOT is easily Orlando’s most adult-oriented Disney theme park, with the World Showcase inviting you to drink and eat around the world. And in spring and fall, respectively, the annual EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival and EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival are not to be missed, showcasing libations from around the world.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
See exotic animals from all over the globe via Kilimanjaro Safaris® at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, plus some otherworldly varieties at Pandora — The World of Avatar.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Many adults have spent their entire lives with Star Wars, and the Force is strongest at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which features Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, three Star Wars attractions, live performances, replica displays, fireworks and shopping.
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Universal Orlando Resort
Experience sheer awesomeness at Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks, water park and Universal CityWalk.
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Universal Studios Florida
This park is home to half of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. There are plenty of other fun activities for adults at Universal Studios Florida, too, including thrilling rides like MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™ and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, plus special seasonal events.
Universal Islands of Adventure
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ continues at Universal Islands of Adventure, where you’ll also find heart-pounding rides featuring Marvel icons like Spider-Man and The Hulk.
Universal Volcano Bay
Universal Volcano Bay water theme park is a blast for thrill-seekers of all ages. In addition to its massive volcano, the park also boasts wearable TapuTapu technology that holds your place in ride lines so you can relax and play around the park until it's time to ride.
Dive into unique, conservation-focused adventures at SeaWorld Orlando’s theme park, water park and ecotourism day resort.
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SeaWorld® Orlando Theme Park
Since 1973, SeaWorld Orlando has boasted some of the area’s most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides, including the all-new Ice Breaker coaster. Animal encounters, such as the Dolphin Nursery, are also on tap, and you can reconnect with childhood favorites at Sesame Street Land™. You can also look forward to fun annual events that are perfect for adults, such as the Seven Seas Food Festival, Craft Beer Festival, Electric Ocean and more.
Wild water slides and wave pools compete for your attention with blissful beaches and lovely landscaping at Aquatica Orlando.
An all-inclusive day resort, Discovery Cove gives you the chance to swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and have heartwarming encounters with other animals.
Thrills for adults continue beyond our theme parks at unforgettable Orlando attractions for adults throughout the area.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Adjacent to International Drive, aka I-Drive, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features multilevel, indoor karting, plus 12 lanes of retro-chic bowling, more than 120 arcade and prize games, a two-level laser tag arena, a ropes course and zip line, gourmet food, and two full bars.
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Axecelsior Axe Throwing
One of many indoor attractions at Dezerland Park, Axecelsior Axe Throwing offers traditional-style scoring targets for competitive throwers plus unexpected surprises like moving targets, end-grain wood and a robust mix of games, and even safety axes for kids.
New to the International Drive district, Beer Spa stays true to its name by serving frosty mugs of local brews as you unwind in their signature beer-soak hot tubs. The latter get filled with beer’s main ingredients — water, hops, malt and brewer’s yeast — which helps to relax tight muscles, purify the skin, lock in moisture and reduce stress. Admission also includes unlimited beer from self-service taps located right next to your tub.
In addition to Axecelsior, Orlando’s largest indoor entertainment center hosts numerous other attractions perfect for adults, including Orlando Auto Museum, Bowling Orlando, The Pinball Palace, Arcade Orlando, Karting Orlando and Jump Start Trampoline Park, with more on the way.
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Drive Shack Orlando
Offering an innovative take on golf in Lake Nona, a future-facing community close to Orlando International Airport, Drive Shack features fun games like Monster Hunt, where you destroy monsters to save a princess, and ShackJack, which is based on classic blackjack.
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Orlando offers several attractions where you and your companions work against time to escape from any number of challenging situations. They include The Escape Game Orlando (get discount tickets) and Escapology, among others.
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One of Orlando’s longest-running attractions, Gatorland gives you the chance to see thousands of alligators and crocodiles, plus an aviary, breeding marsh, Florida panthers, nature walk and their signature reptilian shows, all about 20 minutes from I-Drive. Two of its add-on attractions are also ideal for adults, including the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Explore the past, present and future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, located about an hour east of Orlando’s tourism districts.
Kings Dining & Entertainment
In addition to bowling, Kings Dining & Entertainment on International Drive has billiards, ping pong and an outdoor bocce ball court, plus food, drink and much more.
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Lake Eola Swan Boats
To hear some locals tell it, you haven’t really experienced Orlando until you’ve taken one of these beauties for a spin. What’s more, the swan boats and their dock benefited from a refresh in early 2022. You’ll find Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando.
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Madame Tussauds Orlando
Rub shoulders with highly detailed wax versions of A-listers from movies, music, sports, history and more — including DC Entertainment’s Justice League — at Madame Tussauds Orlando, located at ICON Park® on International Drive.
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Main Event Entertainment Orlando
Part of Pointe Orlando on I-Drive, Main Event Entertainment features an indoor ropes adventure course, virtual and interactive gaming, billiards, big-screen TVs, state-of-the-art bowling, dining, and a full bar.
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Museum of Illusions Orlando
With more than 50 exhibits, Museum of Illusions offers hours of mind-twisting, eye-tricking fun at ICON Park.
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Just off International Drive, discover a fresh way to enjoy golf at Topgolf Orlando with climate-controlled driving bays, a high-tech scoring system, and expansive food and drink menus.
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The Wheel at ICON PARK®
The Wheel at ICON Park on I-Drive is the tallest observation wheel on the United States’ east coast, offering relaxing, air-conditioned rides to a height of 400 feet with unbeatable views of the surrounding area — not to mention one-of-a-kind selfie opportunities.
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