You’ve booked your flight, reserved your room and are ready to explore everything Orlando has to offer. But, where to start? Not to worry, for your weekend getaway we have put together this weekend plan to help make your Orlando visit a hit!
What to do in Orlando
Orlando caters to all ages, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how adult-friendly Orlando really is. There’s more to the perpetually sunny town than meets the eye, and those same theme parks the kids always beg to go to, well let’s just say they are filled with adult fun too. If you’re looking for the perfect adults-only getaway, we’ve got an excellent Orlando itinerary in mind for you.
6 P.M. | DINNER AT RESTAURANT ROW
The two-mile stretch of Sand Lake Road in Doctor Phillips (yes, the name of a suburb in Orlando) has earned the nickname of “Restaurant Row” for good reason: some two dozen upscale and casual eateries serve up some of the finest fare Orlando has to offer, from Polynesian fusion at Roy’s to fondue at the Melting Pot to Lebanese cuisine at Cedar’s.
8 P.M. | HEAD TO HOWL AT THE MOON
Just a right turn off Sand Lake Road brings you to this lively dueling piano bar, where two pianists (and their baby grands) sit across from each other and trade songs requested by you, the patrons. As the night wears on, the addition of drums, bass, even the trumpet (the pianists are all-around musicians) transitions the bar into full-out party mode.
9 A.M. | PLAY A ROUND AT GRAND CYPRESS GOLF CLUB
There are two signature courses – both Jack Nicklaus designed – at Villas of Grand Cypress: the legendary 27-hole North-South-East Course and the inspiring 18-hole links-style New Course. The latter is the real gem, bringing a little bit of Scotland to Florida with several holes that are replicas of the Old Course at St. Andrews. Expect double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns, and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet.
1 P.M. | LUNCH AT THE CLUB RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR
Overlooking the fairways of the North-South Course, this casual bar’s farm-to-fork menu features an elevated twist on pub food, like pig’s ears tacos, mojo-marinated skirt steak, and beer-poached shrimp. Ingredients are sourced from several homegrown partners, including Cypress Point Creamery in Gainesville and Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon Park.
7 P.M. | A SHOW IN THE CHURCH STREET DISTRICT
Head to Orlando’s historic downtown, home to the city’s top entertainment venues, fine dining, and nightlife, for a 7:30 show at Mad Cow Theatre. Photos from more than 100 productions – a mix of classics, contemporary plays, and musicals – from 15 seasons grace a colorful wall in the lobby. While a small theater, that just means you’re that much closer to the stage.
9:30 P.M. | KASA RESTAURANT & BAR
The kitchen of this restaurant just a block down from Mad Cow doesn’t close until 11, so if you haven’t had dinner or just want a quick tapas plate or two after the show, this is the place. The menu – boasting Spanish and Asian influences, as well as a raw bar – is as fresh as the decor’s mix of warm wood and cool aquamarine.
10 A.M. | STROLL DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN
Seventeen miles north of the Grove Resort & Spa, this scenic downtown exudes the small-town charm of old Florida with brick-lined streets, historic Mediterranean revival architecture, and a central clock tower and pavilion. A few to dos: Grab a Nutella latte at Axum Coffee, a colorful café that donates all its profits to good causes; stroll the Plant Street Market, with 20 vendors selling natural, organic food and artisanal goods all inside one building; and admire the restored façade and marquee of the 1935 single-screen cinema, the Garden Theatre.
Now that you have your itinerary, the rest of your planning should be a breeze. (And, to make it even easier you may enjoy these Orlando packing tips.) Now, go have some fun!