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Orlando Like a Local
Orlando for Adults
A Local Guide to Grown Up Fun
Orlando is widelyrecognized as a must-see destination for families, but adults without children maynot know the adventures waiting just for them in the Theme Park Capital of the WorldSM.Exciting additions join the world-class attractions in 2017, including anentire water park, while globally inspired eateries, vibrant nightlife, andone-of-a-kind experiences are ready to be discovered by curious travelers.Armed with a childlike sense of wonder and a thirst for adventure, grown-upswill delight in Orlando's diversity--no kids required.
Adult Friendly Attractions
Orlando, themepark capital of the worldSM, is the ideal place for grown-ups toreconnect with their inner child. Disney's MagicKingdom Park, Disney's AnimalKingdom Park, Epcot, UniversalStudios Florida, Universal'sIslands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Aquatica all call Orlando home, and exciting additions are instore throughout2017. Two highly anticipated new thrills arriving in 2017 are Universal'sVolcano Bay Water Park and Pandora - World of Avatar at Disney'sAnimal Kingdom. For those looking to step off the beaten path, lesser known adult-centricactivities include America'sEscape Game, SAK Comedy Lab, and Science Night Live, a 21+ event at the Orlando Science Center offeringlate-night educational fun and adult beverages for purchase.
Dine Like a Local
In 2016,Orlando was named the top foodiecity in the United States by Wallethub, focusing national attention on thebustling food scene full of local eateries, food tours, eclectic neighborhoodmarkets and talented chefs. Upscale dining options include favorites such as Prato and The RavenousPig in Winter Park, along with newcomer DoveCote, an inviting French-style brasserie located in theheart of downtown. Soco, inpicturesque Thornton Park, serves up contemporary Southern cuisine and top-notchbrunch. Food tours, running weekly in Winter Park and Celebration, andneighborhood markets allow for a progressive dining experience. East End Market caters to a diverse culinarycrowd with decadent hockey-puck-sized cookies at Gideon's Bakehouse, all-natural detoxifyingsmoothies at Skyebird JuiceBar & Experimental Kitchen, and the recently opened Domu, which serves authentic ramen. The city is also hometo some of the nation's best chefs, including chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, one of four local Orlando chefsto receive a 2016 nomination for "Best Chef: South" from the James BeardFoundation.
Any Hour Can Be Happy Hour
A plethora oflively nightlife options await travelers in the City Beautiful, from the swankyBösendorferLounge inside the Grand Bohemian to the epicenter of dancing and nightlifefound along Wall Street and Orange Avenue downtown. In between, The Courtesy serves craft cocktails and hosts a monthly cocktail classfor aspiring mixologists. Wine lovers will find their happy place at The Imperial and Eola WineCompany, two of Orlando's wine bars. Local speakeasies Hanson's Shoe Repairand Herman's Loan Office provide a fun twist on a night out, with the formerrequiring a password for entry. The craft beer scene is also hopping, withbreweries such as Crooked CanBrewing Company and The Bear and Peacock, newly openedand Florida's only brewstillery. Visitors don't even need to leave the themeparks and tourist hot spots for nightlife; Universal CityWalk, Pointe Orlando, and Disney Springs are all walkable hubs for aftersunset fun. Raglan Road in DisneySprings offers an authentic Irish pub experience with nightly live music, anextensive beer and food menu, and Irish dancers in a lively pub atmosphere.
The Great Outdoors
Outdoor adventures begin downtown with local parks andbike shares, then branch out to state parks and adrenaline pumping activities ashort drive away. A focal point of downtown, Lake Eola Park is a flurry ofdaily activity and swan sightings, especially on Sundays with the arrival ofthe weekly Orlando Farmer'sMarket and a free community yoga class, Yoga in Lake Eola Park. The city'sbike share program, Juice, offers bikerentals by the hour for self-guided exploration. Orlando's year-round warm andcomfortable climate means nature lovers can appreciate Wekiwa SpringsState Park, a short 30-minute drive north of Orlando, throughout the year. For amore adrenaline-fueled experience, visitors will love the Screamin' Gator Ziplineat Gatorland, a 1,200 footlong zip line course in which adventure-seekers soar over alligator marshes andenclosures. More zip lining venues include Forever
Florida and Zip Orlando.
Beyond the theme parks, locals know Orlando as adiverse city with its own unique culture. Museums offer a glimpse into the"real" Orlando, from the OrangeCounty Regional History Center to the Morse Museumin Winter Park, home to the world's largest collection of LouisComfort Tiffany works. Harry P. LeuGardens is a peaceful, historic sanctuary, while the Enzian Theater shows indie films and cultclassics, and hosts the annual Florida Film Festival. Fans of theater will alsoenjoy the Dr. PhillipsCenter for the Performing Arts, featuring well-known musicals, such as Wicked,alongside performances by musicians Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow in 2017.
A Night to Remember
Orlando boasts many exclusive experiences catered toadults, from world-class restaurants to custom chocolate creations andchampagne flights. Disney area restaurants Capa, located onthe top floor of the Four Seasons Resort, and CaliforniaGrill at Disney's Contemporary Resort offer high-end dining with spectacular views of the nightly theme parkfireworks. Another Disney dining highlight, Victoria & Albert's is anaward-winning American restaurant featuring a seasonal menu with ingredientsfrom around the globe. VIP chef's table dining experiences, including Luma on Park and the Chef's Table at the Edgewater, offer dinersthe opportunity to converse directly with the chef, expanding their palates andfood knowledge. More specialty dining experiences are available at local desserthavens Better ThanSex Dessert Restaurant and Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory, which hostsa weekly date night. During date night, couples will make a pound of handmadechocolate to take home. Another unique adventure can be found at The Coca-ColaOrlando Eye, where guests can savor a glass of champagne during a picturesque rideon The Eye.
Cheer on Your Favorite Team
Orlando isalso a hub for sports fans to cheer on their favorite teams while attendingsporting events. The AmwayCenter is a fixture for sporting events downtown, serving as home base forOrlando Magic basketball games and Orlando Solar Bears hockey games. Coming in2017, the new Orlando CityStadium will host Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride games. The downtownlocation, just two blocks away from the Amway Center, will seat 25,500, andinclude a spacious 10,000 square foot fan plaza. Sports-lovers have even morereasons to cheer in 2017, as both the NFL Pro Bowl and the First/Second Roundsof the NCAA 2017 Basketball Championship will be hosted in Orlando. Tennis fanscan check out the brand new U.S.Tennis Association (USTA)National Campus, featuring a 65 acre complex, thelargest tennis facility in the world.
Handmade artisangoods, name-brand designers, and everything in between are all waiting to bediscovered in Orlando's diverse shopping malls and districts. For a mix of namebrand and local, Park Avenue in WinterPark is a walkable European-inspired district where name brands such as LilyPulitzer mingle among fashion boutiques and specialty stores. Another optionfor shopping small, The Districtat Mills 50 features goods from local artisans, from repurposed vintage items tooriginal artwork. Disney Springs also offers ahealthy mix of shopping options, with stores such as Zara, Kate Spade, MACCosmetics, The Coca-Cola Store, and various Disney goods. High-end designerssuch as Prada, Gucci, Chanel, and Kate Spade can all be found at one ofOrlando's premier shopping malls, the Mall at Millenia.
The Orlando Destination
Hometo seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of theWorldSM is the No. 1 family vacation destination and most visiteddestination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of uniqueexperiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary themeparks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks,entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports andnightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options thannearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquelythemed hotels.
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