50+ Orlando Activities for Adults (Girls Trip Guide!)

Renowned as a mecca for family fun, Orlando activities for adults abound in this Florida vacation spot, too! From the best theme parks for grown-ups to water sports and spa treatments, this Orlando girls’ trip guide covers the best things to do with your gal pals. Based on many marvelous visits to Orlando and a memorable girlfriend getaway with my very best friend (my sister), I’m sharing Orlando attractions not to be missed and suggested itineraries for your adult Orlando vacation.

Adult activities in Orlando
Orlando isn’t just for kids! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

My recent Orlando trip was hosted by Visit Orlando and Universal Orlando. All opinions are mine, as always.

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Why Orlando

The world is a big place full of exciting vacation destinations for an adult getaway, so why choose Orlando? Florida’s City Beautiful helps us grown-ups get in touch with our inner children! Orlando reminds us that FUN is what makes life worth living. And as a mom, experiencing the Theme Park Capital of the World without the obligations of parenthood made it all the more freeing and fabulous.

Girlfriend getaway tips for Universal Orlando
Sisters at Universal Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

My sister, Karen, and I built beautiful memories together in Orlando. We got our adrenaline pumping on roller coasters and water slides. Then we held our breath while watching incredible Cirque du Soleil tricks. She and I laughed at comedic performances and inside jokes. There were deep talks and maybe a few sentimental tears, too, shared over delicious meals, indulgent desserts, and crazy cocktails. I loved watching my big sister’s childlike joy at the prospect of boarding the Hogwarts Express Train and I even enjoyed listening to her (many) enthusiastic explanations of Harry Potter lore at Universal Orlando. Karen and I are very close and would have a great time in any destination, but none would be as magical as Orlando!

Disney balloons for sale at Disney Springs
Disney balloons for sale at Disney Springs (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Disney Springs

No matter if you choose to spend time at Walt Disney World Theme Parks during your Orlando girls’ getaway, you can experience a dose of Disney without even purchasing a park ticket.

Your besties will find plenty of amusements in the Disney Springs Entertainment District, formerly known as Downtown Disney. Plus, it’s a pretty place to explore with fountains, streams, and lush greenery.

Disney Springs is fun, rain or shine!
Disney Springs is fun, rain or shine (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life

Presented in a 1,671-seat theater, Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life lures vacationers to Disney Springs. Similar to other Cirque du Soleil productions, Drawn to Life is a contemporary circus featuring gasp-inducing acrobatics, gymnastics, and aerial artistry. What makes Drawn to Life unique are the original Disney musical pieces and animations.

Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life
Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

What’s more, this production centers around an engaging plot. The main character, Julie, embarks on a quest to overcome fears and finish an animation started by her late father. My sister and I found this storyline added more feeling and meaning to the already amazing performances.

Shopping at Francesca's in Disney Springs
Shopping at Francesca’s in Disney Springs (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Shopping with Friends

What would an Orlando girls’ trip be without a little retail therapy? Disney Springs features 100 stores for your shopping pleasure. Hit up clothiers like Anthropologie, Kate Spade New York, and my favorite, Francesca’s. Then get your Disney fix at shops like World of Disney and Goofy’s Candy Company.

Tapas at Jaleo by José Andrés in Disney Springs
Tapas at Jaleo by José Andrés (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Dining and Drinks at Disney Springs

Home to over 60 eateries, you won’t go hungry at Disney Springs. Get everything from quick bites like churros and burgers to Spanish tapas by philanthropist José Andrés at Jaleo or gourmet Asian fusion by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto at Morimoto Asia.

Rolled Pavlova White Chocolate Mousse at Wine Bar George
Rolled Pavlova White Chocolate Mousse at Wine Bar George (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Wine Bar George

Wine connoisseurs should not miss Wine Bar George. Create your own wine flight of three 1-ounce or 3-ounce pours of premium wines usually available only by the bottle at this wine bar led by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. This is particularly appealing to oenophiles like me with expensive taste and shallow pockets. Plus, this restaurant serves some incredible cuisine. (Save room for the Rolled Pavlova White Chocolate Mousse!)

View of Lake Buena Vista and Disney fireworks from The Boathouse's Dockside Bar
View of Lake Buena Vista and Disney fireworks from The Boathouse’s Dockside Bar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The Boathouse

For a spectacular view of Walt Disney World fireworks bursting over Lake Buena Vista, pull up a bar stool at The Boathouse’s Dockside Bar. I’d skip the overpriced kitschy 20-minute rides on the lake, but it’s fun to watch other folks go for a spin in vintage cars that can drive on land and float on water.

Dancing with the Stars performance at Disney Springs in Orlando
Dancing with the Stars live performance at Disney Springs (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Other Disney Springs Entertainment Options

For an uplifting 8-minute ride and great views, purchase a spot in the 29-person basket of the Aerophile Helium Balloon. Additional entertainment options at Disney Springs include bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, live music at House of Blues, and films at the AMC Disney Springs Dine-In Movie Theater. Look also for complimentary live performances throughout Disney Springs. (We stumbled upon a Dancing with Stars demonstration.)

Girlfriends ready to slay some aliens on Men In Black Alien Attack at Universal Orlando
Ready to slay some aliens on Universal Studios Florida’s Men In Black Alien Attack (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Universal Orlando Resort

One of the best theme parks in Orlando for adults is definitely Universal Orlando Resort. This multifaceted attraction is comprised of the non-ticketed CityWalk complex, the Universal Volcano Bay Water Park, two amusement parks, and a network of related hotels. Your crew could center your entire vacation around Universal Orlando, especially if there is a Potterhead in your midst (like my sister!).

Elaborately themed queue area for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Themed queue area for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Universal Studios Florida

The original Universal theme park in Orlando, Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990. With a video of Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon guiding the way, the World-Famous Studio Tour enables riders to feel like they are part of thrilling movies like Jaws and King Kong. Another exciting ride in this park is Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, for which riders choose their own roller coaster soundtrack. Be sure to challenge your friends to Men In Black Alien Attack, an interactive shooting game/ride, too.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the Boy Who Lived — Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an absolute must at Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy thoroughly themed shops, wand-activated magical displays, and a fire-breathing dragon. Plus, Travel + Leisure named Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts the best Universal Orlando ride for, “combining dark ride and coaster elements with 3-D projections to create a truly immersive and exciting experience.”

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Photo credit: Universal Orlando)

Islands of Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is one of the newest and most exciting rides at the newer Universal Orlando Park, Islands of Adventure. Located in Hogsmeade in the second half of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one passenger straddles a motorcycle while another sits in an attached sidecar for a zippy ride frontwards, backward, and through free-falls. Afterward, pop into Hog’s Head Pub for a frosty mug of Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, or an adult libation of your choice.

Incredible Hulk Coaster
Incredible Hulk Coaster (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Daredevils at Islands of Adventure won’t want to miss Jurassic World VelociCoaster, a terror-inducing dinosaur-themed roller coaster. Not for the faint of heart, the Incredible Hulk Coaster features SEVEN inversions. (I enjoy typical roller coasters, but I was so scared on the Hulk that I couldn’t even muster up a scream. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

Universal CityWalk Orlando at night
Universal CityWalk Orlando at night (Photo credit: Universal Orlando)

Universal CityWalk Orlando

Similar to Disney Springs, CityWalk Orlando is an entertainment complex filled with restaurants and shops. It’s much smaller, though, and easier to tackle.

Restaurants range from popular chains like Starbucks and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. to the crowd-pleasing Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Meanwhile, the handful of shops are more for souvenir purchases than serious shopping. For a permanent memory of your Orlando vacation, those aged 18+ can get inked at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company.

CityWalk's Rising Star Karaoke
CityWalk’s Rising Star Karaoke (Photo credit: Universal Orlando)

To satisfy sweet teeth, book a table at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for over-the-top milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and chocolate desserts of all sorts. For a quick fix, get a signature VooDoo Doll donut with a pretzel stake through its heart, or the ever-popular Maple Bacon Bar topped with real bacon crumbles at VooDoo Doughnut.

CityWalk buzzes with energy and colorful eye candy, especially at night when it’s glowing with neon lights. Bars and nightclubs keep vacationing adults content. Watch the game at NBC Sports Grill and Brew, grab the mic for Karaoke at CityWalk’s Rising Star, or dance the night away at the sophisticated Red Coconut Club.

Ride the Hogwarts Express from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure
Ride the Hogwarts Express from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Park-to-Park Tickets

Contrary to Walt Disney World, where I recommend sticking to one theme park per day, you may want to explore both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure in one day via a Park-to-Park Ticket. In fact, riding the Hogwarts Express from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure is an exciting part of the experience and is possible only with a Park-to-Park Ticket.

Universal Water Taxi in front of Hard Rock Cafe in CityWalk
(Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Express Pass and Universal Premier Hotels

Universal Orlando’s Express Pass enables you to easily skip to the front of most attraction lines. This is particularly handy if you’re short on time (and who isn’t?!). It’s available for purchase on top of your One Park Per Day or Park-to-Park tickets. Better yet, book a Universal Premier Category Hotel to receive this perk as part of your stay.

Italian-themed Loew's Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Italian-themed Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Three Universal Orlando Hotels come with a complimentary Express Pass: Loews Royal Pacific Resort (tropical-themed luxury hotel where we stayed for two nights), Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (a pretty resort with an Italian aesthetic and yummy restaurant, Mama Della), and Hard Rock Hotel Orlando (long live rock and roll!).

What’s more, these hotels (along with Loews Sapphire Falls Resort), provide convenient and picturesque water taxis to and from the Universal Orlando Theme Parks and CityWalk. An included shuttle bus is available between the parks and all eight Universal hotels and their many enticing restaurants, too.

Barbie Lounge at 1-Up Orlando
Barbie Lounge at 1-Up Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Themed Downtown Orlando Bars

In a city rich in amusement parks designed by talented Imagineers, it’s no wonder Downtown Orlando takes nightlife up a notch with elaborately themed bars. For an out-of-the-ordinary night out on the town, take a look at three mind-bending bars.

Cocktails for adults at 1-Up Orlando
Cocktails and dreams at 1-Up Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

1-Up Orlando

Step into a time machine and emerge at 1-Up Orlando in the 1980s and 1990s when arcade games, Malibu Barbie, and MTV were totally excellent, dude. Order cocktails and dreams before challenging your travel mates to a round of Tapper, Centipede, or Ms. Pacman. (No tokens needed!) Then grab a seat in the Barbie Lounge or tour the Goonies-themed room.

Alice in Wonderland-themed HighT in Downtown Orlando
Alice in Wonderland-themed HighT in Downtown Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)


Go up the stairs with Alice and fall down a rabbit hole into Wonderland at HighT on Church Street. Whimsical cocktails here will make you curiouser and curiouser. The unusual libations come bubbling with dry ice, topped with a whirl of cotton candy, or served in a glass mushroom. As you sip, listen to live music from the elevated Red Queen’s Piano Lounge.

Knave's Gambit and Looking Glass cocktails for adults at HighT in Downtown Orlando
Knave’s Gambit and Looking Glass Cocktails at HighT (Photo credit: Karen Mullery)

All ages are welcome for Afternoon Tea with Alice and Friends, complete with savory bites, finger sandwiches, scones with marmalade and clotted cream, and pastries. Evenings are solely for tea-partiers aged 21+. Make reservations in advance for this speakeasy.

Cocktails & Screams Halloween Bar for adults in Downtown Orlando
Cocktails & Screams, Halloween-themed Bar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Cocktails and Screams

If you like all things spooky, then you’ll have a screaming good time at Cocktails & Screams. This Halloween-themed bar on Pine Street features ghostly décor, costumed bar staff, and skull-shaped bathroom sinks. (Those who suffer from migraines or seizures should beware of flashing lights.)

Skull-shaped sinks in the restroom at Cocktails & Screams Bar in Orlando
Skull-shaped sinks in the restroom at Cocktails & Screams (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

If you and your pals are craving fall flavors, split a Drunken Pumpkin. It comes with Jameson, pumpkin purée, and pumpkin spice in a large pumpkin pail topped with treats. Meanwhile, teetotalers and designated drivers can order craft sodas or a housemade fresh fruit mocktail served smoking and bubbling. A killer brunch soothes hangovers on Sundays, too.

SAK Comedy Lab, improv comedy in Downtown Orlando for adults and kids
SAK Comedy Lab, improv comedy in Downtown Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Orlando Comedy Shows

Laughter brings friends closer together. Get the giggles with your best girlfriends at comedy clubs throughout Orlando.

SAK Comedy Lab

If you like improv skit comedy like my sister and I do, then you’ll love SAK Comedy Lab in Downtown Orlando. Talented improvisers take suggestions from the audience to create hilarious situations and score points in a game of wittiness. All ages are welcome at early evening PG-rated shows but later timeslots may contain adult situations and language. Feeling peckish? Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks, and snackies in the lobby.

Orlando Improv Comedy Club is for adults-only
Orlando Improv Comedy Club (Photo from Orlando Improv’s Facebook page)

Adult-Only Comedy Shows

Reserve tickets for age 21+ stand-up performances by touring comedians at the Orlando Improv at The Pointe outdoor mall on International Drive. Bonkerz offers two adult-only stand-up comic venues to tickle your funny bones — one in Downtown Orlando and one in upscale Winter Park.

Family-Friendly Magic + Comedy

Adults traveling with kids will dig The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks at The Pointe, where the laughs and tricks are free-flowing along with all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, and drinks.

Central Park in Winter Park, Florida
Central Park in Winter Park (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Winter Park

Trade in the crowds and thrills of Orlando’s theme parks to explore a chic small town that feels like a laidback version of Beverly Hills in Florida. For a relaxing vacation day, drive to Winter Park (about 15.5 miles from Universal Orlando or 23 miles from Walt Disney World). There, browse the many upscale clothing boutiques and specialty shops along the tree-lined, flower-bedecked Park Avenue.

My sister shopping at Louise James Boutique in Winter Park during our Orlando girlfriend getaway
My sister shopping at Louise James Boutique in Winter Park (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Find an abundance of alluring restaurants and coffee shops in Winter Park, too. Go to Boca for a modern take on Southern comfort food like fried green tomatoes topped with tomato jam and pimento cheese. Then stop into Croissant Gourmet for an array of tempting baked goods and beverages.

Fried green tomatoes at Boca Kitchen, Bar & Market in Winter Park near Orlando
Fried green tomatoes at Winter Park’s Boca Kitchen, Bar & Market (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

Sign up in advance for an affordable 1-hour Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour. Your 18-passenger vessel cruises through the charming Winter Park Chain of Lakes and Spanish moss-draped straights. Picture living in one of the stately shorefront mansions as you take in the commentary from an affable captain.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Don’t miss the Morse Museum during your Winter Park day trip. It houses to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Charles Lewis Tiffany of the little blue box luxury jewelry brand. Of course, he is a renowned artist in his own right, too, most famous for his stained glass lamps and windows.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, FL
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Start by watching a continuously looping film to learn about the Morse family and the collection of art on display. Then meander through 19,000 square feet of public exhibition space. Be sure to stop into the onsite Museum Shop for an array of jewelry, books, stationery, and glass artwork. It should take about one to two hours to explore the whole museum.

Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando
Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Orlando Lakes

Orlando is not a beach vacation spot. (In fact, the closest ocean shoreline is 60 miles east of Orlando in Cocoa Beach.) But did you know Orlando has over 100 lakes? Here are three watery options that may float your boat, each for entirely different reasons.

Swan boats at Lake Eola Park in Orlando
Swan boats at Lake Eola Park (Photo credit: jacksonjesse, Depositphotos.com)

Lake Eola

Located in Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola is a naturally occurring sinkhole. Its centerpiece is the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain. Rent a sweet swan-shaped boat with up to four friends to get a closer look at the fountain and pedal past real-live swans.

In addition to the small lake, Lake Eola Park is home to the Walt Disney Amphitheater, where you can view outdoor movies, free concerts, and other live entertainment. The park is a pretty green space offering skyline views, a walking path around the lake, and plenty of blooming flower beds.

Kayaks on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe
Kayaks on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Lake Ivanhoe

Outdoorsy gals may want to drive to Ivanhoe Village during their Orlando vacay (about 12 miles from Universal Orlando or 20 miles from Walt Disney World Resort Area). Get out on the water on Lake Ivanhoe via a guided paddleboard or clear bottom kayak tour. Or simply stroll the hiking path that encircles the lake. Views are particularly pretty at sunset.

Grilled Peach and Burrata  at The Pinery in Orlando
Grilled Peach and Burrata at The Pinery (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Across the street from Lake Ivanhoe, The Pinery Restaurant alone is well worth the drive. The food and ambiance celebrate Florida’s history. My sis and I agreed this was the most delicious meal of our Orlando girls’ trip and weeks later, I’m still craving the scrumptious salad made from grilled peaches and fresh burrata cheese.

There are a handful of darling shops along Ivanhoe Village’s Main Street (known locally as Antique Row), too. You could also hit up the vibrant bar scene at hot spots like the Hammered Lamb if you’ve got a designated driver.

Alligator in Orlando
Alligator in Orlando (Photo credit: CheriAlguire, Depositphotos.com)

Lake Tohopekaliga

If you and your compadres have a hankering to see alligators, then the closest place to view them in abundance in the wild may be Lake Tohopekaliga just 33 miles from Orlando. It’s estimated that over 8,200 gators reside in this lake, which edges the Central Everglades. Book an airboat tour to view Florida’s crocodilians in their natural habitat.

For even more reptile play, head to Gatorland, an amusement park and wildlife preserve just outside Orlando that is home to over 3,000 alligators and crocodiles.

Spaceship Earth at Epcot at night
Spaceship Earth at Epcot (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Walt Disney World Resort

No girlfriend’s guide to Orlando would be complete without Walt Disney World Resort. The original park opened in 1971, forever changing Central Florida and transforming Orlando into a top tourist destination in the U.S.

Today, Disney World Resort is home to four separate theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs entertainment complex, more than 25 hotels, miniature and full-sized golf courses, and other enchanting Disney-themed venues. Disney enthusiasts could easily spend an entire week riding roller coasters, posing for pics with Mickey Mouse and other characters, and feeling like a kid again.

Girlfriend getaway shopping at Epcot in Orlando
My sister, modeling her “French” mouse ears at Epcot (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

To leave time for other fun activities, though, you will likely need to narrow down your Walt Disney World fantasies to one or two Disney Parks for your Orlando girlfriend vacation. Furthermore, even with Disney’s many modes of transportation, traveling between parks is quite time-consuming so rather than spending extra on Park Hopper tickets, I recommend picking only one park per day to explore.

To help make your decision, below I outline the best entertainment options for adults at each of the Disney World Parks. Get discounted theme park tickets from our trusted affiliate, UnderCover Tourist before you go.

Blood Orange Shaved Ice in Epcot's Japan Pavilion
Sipping a Blood Orange Shaved Ice in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Epcot (Best Choice for Adults)

My top Disney Park pick for adults in Orlando is Epcot. This more mature theme park focuses on global cultures, outer space, and the natural world.

Drinking around the world - Wine in Epcot's France Pavilion
Wine in Epcot’s France Pavilion (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Drinking Around the World

A favorite grown-up activity in Epcot is drinking around the world. Wander between 11 countries represented in the World Showcase from Canada to China to Mexico, sampling a beverage in each pavilion. To avoid getting too tipsy, alternate grown-up drinks with non-alcoholic options or share sips with your friends.

Sweet crêpe and savory gallette to-go from La Crêperie de Paris in France Pavilion in Epcot
Sweet crêpe and savory galette to-go from La Crêperie de Paris (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Themed Epcot Dining

Themed dining is part of the appeal at Epcot. Note that table-service meals at any Disney Park tend to require reservations made up to 60 days in advance. Of course, casual dining abounds, too. For a fancy meal, Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion is lauded by many. Meanwhile, Chefs de France in the France Pavilion makes my Francophile tastebuds say, “Oui, oui!”

Epcot Fireworks view from Rose & Crown in the England Pavilion
Epcot Fireworks view from Rose & Crown in the England Pavilion (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

To top off your evening with fireworks, I suggest booking a table at Rose & Crown in the England Pavilion. There are more expensive Fireworks Dining Packages at this and Spice Road Table in the Moroccan Pavilion. But during our standard meal, our server at the English-style pub invited us to stand in a designated viewing spot when the nighttime spectacular was about to start. The view was amazing, and we didn’t have to pay the additional package fee.

Foodie friend groups may want to plan their Orlando adult vacation during the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which showcases flavors from around the world and takes place mid-summer to mid-fall each year.

Rescued manatee at The Seas Pavilion at Epcot
Rescued manatee at the Seas Pavilion at Epcot (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Epcot Rides for Adults

Thrill seekers will want to experience Disney’s fastest ride anywhere, Test Track, which tops out at 65 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the first-ever reverse-launch roller coaster at a Disney Park.

Mellower, more intellectual attractions are available, too. Housed in the park’s famous geodesic dome, board Spaceship Earth to journey from the Stone Age to the modern age. Also, the 5.7-million-gallon SeaBase in the Seas Pavilion houses thousands of sea creatures, including rehabilitating manatees.

Cinderella Castle, the icon of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom’s iconic symbol, Cinderella Castle (Photo credit: YAYImages, Depositphotos.com)

Magic Kingdom

For the traditional Disney experience, Magic Kingdom is the perfect place to be. First time visitors will be excited to experience vintage attractions like Cinderella’s Castle, the Haunted Mansion, and the Jungle Cruise. Home to the most rides of any Disney World Park, coaster lovers will be psyched to experience the exhilarating Tron Lightcycle Power Run and other favorites like Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride.

Favorite thrill ride, Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom
A favorite thrill ride at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, Disney)

Alcohol at Magic Kingdom

At the three other Disney World theme parks, adults can sip alcoholic beverages as they stroll. For better or worse at the Magic Kingdom, however, grown-up drinks may only be consumed at table-service restaurants, like Cinderella’s Royal Table character dining.

Pandora - The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom
Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thrill junkies should board Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for somewhat scary encounters with a Yeti and a zippy backward-facing second half. Avatar Flight of Passage is another popular ride at this wildlife park, using a flying theater format similar to Epcot’s Soarin’ Around the World or Disneyland’s Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure.

Owl in Feathered Friends in Flight! Show at Animal Kingdom
Feathered Friends in Flight! Show at Animal Kingdom (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Animal Exhibits

Of course, animals are why you go to Animal Kingdom. Over 2,000 creatures representing approximately 300 species live at the largest of all Disney’s Parks. Look for animal encounters and shows throughout the park.

Kilimanjaro Safaris is this park’s main attraction for animal lovers. Board an open-air vehicle for a make-believe African safari among real-live animals like lions, hippos, and elephants.

Star Wars Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Film buffs will appreciate the movie focus at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Enjoy attractions representing Disney-owned franchises like Star Wars, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, and Frozen.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Newer rides not to be missed include Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance; Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run; and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. You’ll find the popular thriller, Tower of Terror, at Hollywood Studios, as well.

This Disney Park boasts an abundance of stage shows. Most appealing to many adults is the action-packed, long-running Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.

Loews Royal Pacific Pool Complex
Loews Royal Pacific Pool Complex (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Orlando Water Parks and Swimming Pools

Orlando’s best public water parks include Aquatica by SeaWorld, Universal’s Volcano Bay, and Disney’s two options, Blizzard Beach (closed for 2023) and Typhoon Lagoon. Themed slides, wave pools, water coasters, and children’s splash areas entertain families for hours.

Swan Reserve Pool
Swan Reserve Pool (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

But why pay an entrance fee and stand in long lines for water slides when many of Orlando’s hotels and resorts offer amazing onsite water parks and swimming pool complexes free of charge for guests? In fact, many of the best hotel pools in the USA and top hotels with lazy rivers are located in the Orlando area.

Lazy river at Hilton Orlando
Lazy river at Hilton Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Best Orlando Hotels with Water Parks and Pools Adults Love

Private poolside cabana at Hilton Orlando
Private poolside cabana at Hilton Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Increase the fun factor by splurging on a private pool cabana. Our poolside cabana at Hilton Orlando came with a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, two chaise loungers, a cushy seating area, a fresh fruit tray, chilled soft drinks, and bottled water. Plus, it made us feel quite swanky indeed!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa ranks among the best in Orlando
The Ritz-Carlton Spa ranks among the best in Orlando (Photo credit: Ritz Carlton Orlando, courtesy of Visit Orlando)

Orlando Spas

Every girls’ trip is better with a spa day. Thankfully, there are plenty of day spas and wellness centers to choose from in Orlando.

Resort Spas

Start your search with your accommodations since many Orlando resorts and hotels offer spas onsite or at sister properties. In fact, several of the Best Orlando Hotels with Water Parks and Pools Adults Love listed above feature spa facilities, as noted in parentheses.

Thermal soaking tub at Beer Spa Orlando, an activity for adults in Orlando
Thermal soaking tub at Beer Spa Orlando (Photo credit: Beer Spa Orlando, courtesy of Visit Orlando)

My Beer Spa

For a unique experience, book a private room at My Beer Spa. Up to four friends can share a thermal tub filled with hoppy vitamin-filled goodness, touted as beneficial for your skin. Plus, you can sip a cold pint while you unwind.

Discounted Spa Services

Save money on your spa treatment so you can splurge elsewhere during your Orlando vacation. Before you book, check Groupon for Orlando to find discounts on facials, massages, and body treatments.

Clearwater Beach, Florida makes a fun day trip from Orlando during a gals trip
Clearwater Beach, Florida makes a fun day trip from Orlando (Photo credit: AlKan32, Depositphotos.com)

Day Trip Options from Orlando (+ Distances)

Want to add another Florida destination to your Orlando girlfriend getaway? Below are a few popular nearby vacation spots to consider plus distances from sunny Orlando.

Shopping opportunities in Winter Park near Orlando
Shopping opportunities in Winter Park near Orlando (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Orlando Vacation Itineraries for Adults

Ideally, you’ll have a full week to explore Orlando activities for adults. But, as we all know, budgets plus work and family obligations often get in the way of our vacation dreams. That’s why I’m providing two suggested Orlando girlfriend vacation itineraries. Feel free to swap out or add additional attractions recommended in this vacation guide to meet your preferences.

The Drawn to Life Theatre at Disney Springs
The Drawn to Life Theatre at Disney Springs (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7-Day Orlando Girls Trip

  • Day 1: Arrive in Orlando. Check into hotel. Downtown Orlando nightlife.
  • Day 2: Universal Orlando. Dinner and nightlife in CityWalk.
  • Day 3: Epcot. Dinner and fireworks in the park.
  • Day 4: Winter Park boat tour and shopping. SAK Comedy Show.
  • Day 5: Shopping in Disney Springs. Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life. Dinner and drinks in Disney Springs.
  • Day 6: Second Walt Disney World Theme Park or Orlando lake of your choice.
  • Day 7: Morning at spa or hotel pool. Travel home.
Wine flight at Wine Bar George, one of many activities for adults in Orlando at Disney Springs
Wine flight at Wine Bar George (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4-Day Orlando Long Girls Weekend

  • Day 1: Arrive in Orlando. Check into hotel. Downtown Orlando nightlife.
  • Day 2: Universal Orlando or a Walt Disney World Theme Park. Dinner reservations in CityWalk or same Disney Park.
  • Day 3: Shopping in Disney Springs and Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life. Dinner and drinks in Disney Springs.
  • Day 4: Morning at spa or hotel pool. Travel home.
Hilton Orlando Pool Complex
Hilton Orlando Pool Complex (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Final Orlando Vacation Day Activities

Unless you live close by, you won’t have enough time on your final day in Orlando to squeeze in a full theme park or other major attraction. Instead, make the most of your last morning with an easy activity. If you have an afternoon departure time, consider spending your last day in Orlando at the pool or spa.

Ask your hotel in advance for a late checkout so you can maximize your final vacation hours. Simply by inquiring, you can often extend the time by which you must depart your room, usually around 11 am or noon. Sometimes, hotel points program members can secure a checkout as late as 3 or 4 pm.

When you book a spa treatment for your final morning, you may not even need a late checkout. That’s because most luxury spas include showers and lockers, handy for primping before your flight or drive home. Then, stow suitcases in your rental car or with the hotel bell desk. Alternatively, book a day pass directly with the hotel or through ResortPass.com.

Girlfriends in Winter Park, near Orlando
Sisters in Winter Park during our Orlando girls’ trip (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Orlando Girls Trip Tips

Make sure everyone in your travel group has the same vacation expectations before reaching Orlando. To avoid conflicts and maximize fun, it’s important to discuss the itinerary, accommodations, and budget in advance. Whether traveling with friends or family members or both, these tips for planning a reunion vacation will help ensure everyone has a wonderful time.

Sunset Cruise with Solé Watersports in Duck Key, Florida
Sunset Cruise at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Best Orlando Adult Activities

Save These Orlando Activities for Adults

Want to visit Orlando with your gal pals? Be sure to save this list of the best places for adults in Orlando. Simply pin the image above or below to Pinterest. Go ahead and follow Travel Mamas on Pinterest while you’re at it!

Best Activities for Adults in Orlando

Which of these Orlando activities for adults would you like to experience? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My sister and I were hosted by Visit Orlando and Universal Orlando during our recent visit. We received comps or discounts for hotels and some (but not all) attractions and meals. I did NOT receive monetary compensation related to this blog post. These are my own thoughts and travel tips, as always.

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  1. Never been to Orlando buit your detailed trip wants me to get on flight and go there, fun and amazing. Just Wow.

  2. Orlando reminds me of my childhood in the 70s, though it has changed so much. There is a little bit of everything to do now. I wanna go!

  3. Sounds like there is absolutely no shortage of things to do in Orlando! Love the cute cocktail and all the good food. Certainly lots of entertainment options as well.

  4. HighT sounds like the perfect spot for a hang out with the girls. The little bites and fun glass just add to the experience.

    1. Taylor – HighT was one of the coolest bars I have ever visited! I loved all of the whimsical decorations everywhere and unique drinks. Unfortunately, there were no foods offered for sale at night when we were there. But a daytime tea with all the goodies definitely would be fun!

  5. Very extensive article with a lot of helpful info for Orlando visitors. Thanks for sharing. I am an adventure park fan myself .)

  6. Orlando really does seem to fly under the radar when it comes to hopping destinations for some reason. I think the parks put it on the map but then made everyone forget about everything else the city has going for it!