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Things to do in Orlando for Adults

While Orlando is renowned for its family-friendly attractions, the city offers plenty of experiences that will appeal to adults. From nature to nightlife, here’s some of the top things to do in Orlando for adults.

Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park - Orlando, Florida

Located in downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a beautiful urban oasis. Take a leisurely paddleboat ride on the lake, enjoy a picnic, or simply relax and people-watch. The park is also home to the Orlando Farmers Market, where you can browse local produce, artisanal goods, and enjoy live music. This free park is an excellent place to spend an afternoon in nature, with the trendy shops and restaurants of the Thornton Park neighborhood only a short walk away.

Tour Downtown Orlando

Dive into the local history and culture with a walking tour of downtown Orlando. There are a range of guided and self-guided options exploring everything from the architectural history of the area to the thriving local arts and food scene, as well as a top-rated ghost tour exploring the spooky history of downtown. These tours are usually a couple of hours long and considered to be one of the best low cost or free activities in Orlando.

Wekiva Island

Escape the bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Wekiva Island. Located just a short drive from downtown Orlando, this eco-friendly destination offers a peaceful retreat where you can enjoy activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding along the Wekiva River. The onsite bar and cafe are a perfect spot to relax with a snack or beverage, while sand volleyball and a swimming beach offer more active options. With a minimal admission fee and watercraft rentals available, this popular spot is a great way to explore the beautiful nature of the Orlando area.

Grab Some Drinks

Cocktails Orlando

For a sophisticated evening out, head to The Courtesy Bar, a stylish establishment known for its expertly crafted cocktails and intimate ambiance. Beer lovers will enjoy the creative offerings on tap at one of Orlando’s craft breweries, where many taprooms also offer tastings and tours to learn more about the brewing process. Or make the rounds at Wall Street Plaza, a complex in downtown Orlando with a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Wine Tasting

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando’s first sustainable winery. Located in the heart of the city, this boutique winery offers a variety of handcrafted wines made from sustainably sourced grapes. You can sample a selection of their finest wines paired with delicious charcuterie. For an even wider selection, visit The Wine Room in Winter Park, where you can sample a variety of 150 vintages using a prepaid tasting card.

Universal CityWalk

While theme parks are often synonymous with family fun, Universal CityWalk offers an exciting nightlife scene perfect for adults. This entertainment complex boasts an array of dining options, bars, and live music venues. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Cafe or Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, then dance the night away at the Red Coconut Club. If you’re feeling a little brave, embrace your inner rockstar at CityWalk’s Rising Star, a karaoke bar with a live band and back-up singers!

SAK Comedy Lab

SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando is a premier comedy club known for its high-energy improv shows that have launched the careers of notable comedians like Wayne Brady. There are options for shows that appeal to all ages, as well as 21+ shows that can get a bit spicier. SAK also hosts special events, workshops and classes for those interested in learning improv. 

Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Art

Immerse yourself in the artsy side of Central Florida at the Orlando Museum of Art. With a diverse collection spanning ancient Americas to contemporary art, the museum offers a refreshing change of pace. Adult visitors can also attend art classes, lectures, and special events such as Art Night Out, a monthly themed interactive event.

Orlando Science Center

Embrace your scientific curiosity at the Orlando Science Center’s Science Night Live, a 21+ event with programming for adults. Explore the museum after hours, participate in hands-on experiments, and enjoy food and drinks. Each event has a different theme, with speakers and workshops creating a truly unique experience.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

For foodies and wine lovers, EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival is a must-visit event. Typically held from late summer through fall, this festival transforms the park into a global culinary journey. Sample international cuisines, attend cooking demonstrations, and participate in wine tastings. The festival also features live music performances and special dining or wine tasting events, many of which are reserved for guests 21 and older.

With a wide array of adult activities and events, Orlando proves it’s not just a destination for families with kids. So don’t let the kids have all the fun – book your Orlando vacation rental with Global Vacation Rentals and get started exploring the adult side of Orlando!

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