Orlando, FL, for Adults
Are you seeking a little grown-up getaway? Whether it's a girls' weekend or a romantic rendezvous, Orlando, FL, delivers. Yes, it's possible to turn your back on the kid-filled masses that inundate Orlando's theme parks and family-friendly attractions. In fact, Orlando has more than a few adult-centric tricks up its sleeve — including all-new luxury resorts with posh amenities such as adults-only pools and spas, as well as overlooked neighborhoods teeming with charming boutiques, culture, grassy parks and hip restaurants and bars. Take a look at our guide for accessing the best of adult-friendly Orlando.
If you've never associated Walt Disney World Resort's hotels with high-end, luxury travel, you've yet to meet the brand-new Four Seasons Orlando. While families are certainly welcome and even catered to, the property is a veritable haven for adults. They can unwind with a pampering spa treatment or salon appointment, play a round of golf, swim in the adults-only infinity pool, or dine and drink in style at the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse, Capa, while watching fireworks light up the sky over Disney's theme parks.
- 10100 Dream Tree Blvd
- Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836 US
Another pleasant surprise for adults, the newly opened B Resort & Spa is a Walt Disney World Resort lifestyle hotel. Designed with a stylish, playful aesthetic, the property features a full-service Aveda spa, a fitness center and tennis courts. Grab a tasty barbecue dinner at the American Q restaurant, then sip gin or whiskey cocktails at the American Q Bar before heading to nearby Downtown Disney — a 10-minute walk away — for evening entertainment.
- 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd
- Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 US
Once a popular 19th-century winter retreat for wealthy Northerners, the village of Winter Park is teeming with charm. Boutique shopping, trendy restaurants and bars, and sprawling Central Park make this neighborhood just north of Orlando a must-see. Grown-ups can stroll Park Avenue's 10-block stretch; visit the Morse Museum, which is home to a magnificent Tiffany glass collection; peruse funky shops and upscale lingerie and pet stores; and then pop into Cask & Larder to unwind with a craft cocktail.
- Winter Park, FL 32789 US
Quickly becoming one of Orlando's hottest hipster enclaves, Audubon Park began to gain widespread acclaim with the opening of the East End Market, a cultural haven filled with local food enterprises. Catch up on shopping at independently owned boutiques including Dear Prudence, or get an outdoors fix at Leu Gardens, a peaceful, 50-acre respite. When you've worked up an appetite, head to Blue Bird Bake Shop for what's been voted Orlando's best cupcake, or visit the Smiling Bison for poutine and bison shank ravioli. End your evening with a nightcap at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour.
- Corrine Dr
- Audubon Park, FL 32803 US
Start your exploration of Orlando's historic Church Street District with a walking tour, visiting 19th-century establishments such as the Bumby Hardware Building and the iconic Old Orlando Railroad Depot. After your history needs are sated, you can catch an Orlando Magic basketball game at the Amway Center, see an offbeat cultural performance at the Mad Cow Theatre or dine at the Rusty Spoon, one of Orlando's most celebrated farm-to-table restaurants. On Sundays, the Boheme Restaurant's jazz brunch lets you groove to music while indulging in special chef stations and mimosas.
- W Church St
- Orlando, FL 32801 US
Chock-full of charm, tiny Thornton Park feels a world away from the mass-produced entertainment you'll encounter in Orlando's omnipresent theme parks. Quirky boutiques and trendy restaurants lie along either side of tree-lined, brick streets. Visitors should take an afternoon or evening jaunt to nearby Lake Eola Park, where they can rent paddleboats or watch a performance under the stars at the Walt Disney Amphitheater. Then, grab a late-night snack or nightcap at Eola Wine Co. or World of Beer.
- Thornton Park, FL 32801 US