It’s no secret that Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world. The city is, at first glance, meant to cater to a younger demographic, but don’t let that stop you from turning Orlando into your own personal adult playground. Orlando offers a whole other world, full of enriching cultural experiences, to people trained to see it as such.
With that in mind, here is a helpful guide to ensure that your next Orlando, Florida vacation can be enjoyed by your grown-up self.
It should come as no surprise that in a city full of excitable children living out their fantasies of being at the happiest place on earth, grown-ups might need a break or two in between the madness. Thankfully, when booking a stay in Orlando, guests are encouraged to indulge in much-deserved relaxing spa treatments. Luxury spas are scattered throughout Orlando and a few even offer one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to take your mind of your worries hakuna matata-style. Mokara Spa at ChampionsGate offers services to ease the pain and discomfort of sunburn with their Dilo Rescue Wrap. The Neu Lotus Spa at SeaWorld offers unique warm-lava shell massage that promises to leave you feeling like a ‘neu’ you!
While on vacation in Orlando adults have the opportunity to really let loose – some for the first time in years – traversing the eccentric avenues of Universal CityWalk. With countless gourmet restaurants, shopping centers and lively nightclubs, adults will feel right at home in this veritable smorgasbord of entertainment. Dine at the world-famous Hard Rock Café or try something new like local delicacy ‘Burgushi’ – a wildly inventive combination of burgers and sushi – at Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. After dinner, join in on all the excitement of Orlando’s unique interpretation of karaoke. Rising Star is a complete karaoke-immersion experience that comes packed with a full live-band and backup singer accompaniment.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Let’s face it. Harry Potter isn’t just a guilty pleasure for children anymore. The sooner we all admit that, the better. Exploring the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is one of the most exhilarating experiences central Florida has to offer. Whether you’re exploring the underground vaults of Gringott’s Bank, entering the Triwizard Tournament of champions or guzzling down a pint of the world-famous house-brews on tap at the Leaky Cauldron, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter packs a powerful punch of excitement for anyone willing to pay the price of admission – you won’t regret a single moment! Want to know the best part? Visitors can pick up a wand of their own and try out real interactive spells that activate in designated areas throughout the park.
With summer finally upon us, there’s no better time to travel to the United States and get out of your comfort zone. Whether you choose the exciting nightlife of Universal CityWalk or the peace and quiet a relaxing spa day can bring, Central Florida really has something to satisfy anyone’s taste for adventure.
Katie Parsons works as a reservations specialist with Westgate Reservations. She is also the creator of parenting blog MumblingMommy.com and lives in Central Florida with her family of 7.