Though Orlando is probably the first choice destination for kids, there are countless things to do in Orlando for adults. Whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, or high-speed thrill rides, you’ll be able to find it all in this exciting and vibrant city.
Orlando for the Shopaholics
Don’t feel like dropping cash on park tickets? Save your money for Orlando’s many shopping centers. In addition to the hundreds of gift shops, this city has a plethora of malls and outlet stores, including the Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia.
The 270 stores of the Florida Mall are a shopping hotspot for both locals and tourists alike. Just a few minutes from the airport, the theme parks and major streets, the Florida Mall is truly the epicenter of all the action in Orlando. Stores here include H&M, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Brand Jeans, PacSun, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillards, Sephora, Express, American Eagle and more.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge your taste buds at California Pizza Kitchen, Ruby Tuesday, Portifino Grill or one of the many other eateries.
For those of you with expensive taste, check out the Mall at Millenia for an unparalleled shopping experience. You’ll find high-end stores such as Cartier, Burberry, Dior, Gucci and Chanel, along with traditional staples like Gap, J. Crew, Macy’s, Brookstone and Abercrombie.
Grab a bite to eat at Panera Bread, Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, or one of the fifteen other restaurants in the mall.
Orlando for the Night Owls
If you’re looking for some after-hours fun, Orlando has some fantastic nightlife hotspots.
Pulsing with music and filled with the scent of delicious food, Universal Orlando’s CityWalk is the perfect place to hang out after a long, busy day of sightseeing (or even a relaxing day by the pool).
Listen to live music at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, take the stage at CityWalk’s Rising Star Karaoke or dance the night away at Latin Quarter.
Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island boasts a variety of shopping and dining locations, including Paradiso 37 and Raglan Road Irish Pub & Bar. You can also catch a concert at the House of Blues or see the spectacular Cirque du Soleil!
Outside of the parks, check out one of the many trendy clubs and bars, including Baby Grands Dueling Piano Bar, Ember Bar and Restaurant, Bosdenorfer Lounge, all of which are highly recommended by both tourists and locals. There are also a wide array of dinner theater shows, such as Arabian Nights, that offer quality entertainment and tasty entrees for affordable prices.
Orlando for the Intellectuals
Looking to actually learn something new on your vacation? Believe it or not, Orlando isn’t just about the tourist attractions. Wander the halls and galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art, or discover the wonderful hands-on exhibits of the Orlando Science Center.
Orlando for the Thrillseekers
Orlando is a must for any ride enthusiast. From the parks of Walt Disney World to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, there’s undoubtedly an attraction for adrenaline junkies with or without kids.
Adult thrillseekers will love rides such as the Tower of Terror and The Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Manta and Kraken coasters at Sea World, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge Coaster at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios’ Revenge of the Mummy ride and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. These high-intensity rides are not for the faint of heart. Even if you love thrill rides, these spinning, twirling, flying and speeding attractions will really get your heart pumping.
Beyond the parks, there are plenty of places offering exhilarating experiences. Try indoor skydiving at iFLY Orlando, off-road in an ATV at Revolution or even bungee jump from 300 feet in the air at the Kissimmee Skycoaster.
The city is unlike any other; with hundreds of attractions, rides, museums, shops and restaurants, there are more than enough things to do in Orlando. Even if you’ve been to the city many times before, you will always leave wanting more. Whether you decide to take it easy or plan a full week’s itinerary, you’re sure to have an incredible time in this well-rounded destination.
Editor’s note: this blog post was originally published on 11/29/2011