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When most people think of Orlando, there’s usually one obvious place that immediately springs to mind. They envision hordes of mouse-eared kids screaming for more candy and rides. What a miserable vacation, am I right?
Don’t let that nightmare scenario scare you away from Central Florida! Believe it or not, grownups can have a great time in the theme park capital, too – without the hassle of waiting in those long lines at overcrowded amusement parks. From club-hopping to concerts, tee-time to antiquing, Orlando offers so much for adults to enjoy. So, if you are looking for some kid-free fun, here are 3 areas to check out in Orlando that you’ll love.
1) International Drive
International Drive, or I-Drive for short, is basically tourist central in Orlando…but don’t let that be a turn off. I-Drive is an 11 mile stretch filled with hotels, restaurants, and an endless array of attractions. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to entertain them, both day and night.
During the day, do some shopping at the Orlando Premium Outlets. You could spend hours browsing the racks at retailers like Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Coach, and more. Once you’ve built up an appetite, stop into the Bloodhound Brew Pub & Eatery, where Happy Hour runs from 3pm-7pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy drink specials and grab a bite to eat.
The International Drive Resort Area is where you will find theme parks like Sea World and Universal Studios Florida. Skip the rides, and instead check out Universal’s CityWalk, where you can hit up restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and enjoy live music. Catch a concert at Hard Rock Live, or kick back with a cocktail at the Red Coconut Club, a trendy ultra lounge.
2) Downtown Orlando
Enjoy the beautiful and sunny Central Florida weather at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Have a picnic lunch by the water, and follow it up with a romantic ride on one of the swan boats, which you can rent by the half hour. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, be sure to check out the Orlando Farmer’s Market, where you can buy fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, and enjoy a cold drink from the Beer and Wine Garden.
Once the sun goes down, Church Street is the place to be. Orlando’s nightlife comes alive along this stretch of bars and nightclubs. This is where the locals go for a great time, any night of the week. You can dance the night away at Chillers, chill out on a rooftop bar at Latitudes, or enjoy a craft beer and catch the latest sporting events on flat screens at Big Belly.
3) Winter Park
If antiquing, museums, or golfing are more your style, take a drive over to quaint Winter Park. Here you will find charming retail shops, numerous art galleries and museums, and dining options that span a variety of cuisines and styles. You can enjoy a relaxing afternoon, taking in the culture and natural beauty of the area.
No matter what your age, there is tons of fun to be had in Orlando. So, leave the kids at home, skip the amusement parks, and discover all that Orlando has to offer!