When someone says Orlando, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Likely, it’s theme parks, Disney princesses, and roller coasters to boot.

But what about the fun activities for adults? Sure, you can have fun exploring Universal Studios and Disney World, but most of the activities are geared towards the young visitors—or the young at heart. Check out our guide to the Central Florida golf courses for more adult-friendly options.

In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the top fun things to do for adults in Orlando. So the next time you choose to stay at one of our vacation rentals, you’ll have plenty of adult-only fun to look forward to!

1. Ride the Waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Located in the Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay is a tropical-themed water park centered around the 200-foot volcano, Krakatau. Adrenaline junkies can slide down the volcano via the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, while the rest of us can lazily float the Kopiko Wai Winding River.

When you’re done getting wet, you can even rent a private cabana or grab a drink at the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar.

2. Experience the Kennedy Space Center

About an hour east of Orlando lies Cape Canaveral, home to the birthplace of America’s space program, the Kennedy Space Center.

When you visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can embark on a tour, discover current cutting-edge innovations, and even enter the spaceport of the future and experience one of four immersive journeys.

3. Tee Off at the Golf Course

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If you’re a golf lover, it doesn’t get more picturesque or pristine than the golf courses of Central Florida. From Orlando, you’ll be close to a number of gorgeous courses, each with varying levels of difficulty. Here are some we recommend:

4. Dedicate a Day at Winter Park

Winter Park, dubbed “Little Europe,” is a mere 7 miles from Orlando, yet its cobblestone streets, abundant outdoor spaces, and upscale restaurants feel like a world away from the chaotic Disney parkscape.

When you visit, you can explore one of the many public parks, take a scenic boat tour, visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, or dine in one of Winter Park’s upscale restaurants.

5. Shop at the Florida Mall

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Whether you’re traveling with kids or not, everyone loves a little retail therapy. Orlando has numerous malls, though none are as popular as the Florida Mall. With over 250 retail stores, there is a good mix of popular brands like Apple, Zara, and Sephora, alongside luxury brands like Rolex and Armani Exchange.

6. Ride the Wheel at ICON Park

Just because this is an “adult” day doesn’t mean we can’t embrace our inner child. ICON Park is an entertainment destination located along International Drive. Popular with tourists and locals alike, it’s one of the few places where visitors can get up close and personal with their favorite heroes at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

After the museum, you’ll want to ride The Wheel, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel that offers an unbeatable view of Orlando’s skyline. Finally, end the evening with a drink and some live music at the Tin Roof.

7. Grab a Glass at a Wine Bar

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Of course, no adult-focused vacation would be complete without a little wine tasting. While there are a few wineries around Orlando (like Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards), if you’re staying local, these are the must-visit wine bars for you:

8. Get Lost in a State Park

By far, one of the most unexplored experiences in Orlando (and Central Florida in general) is its state parks. Whether you’re looking to stretch your legs with a hike, explore some springs, kayak, or perhaps even see a manatee, there’s likely a state park within an hour’s drive. Here are some favorites:

9. Grab a Drink at the Walt Disney World Resort

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When you’re hustling between rides, there’s nothing quite like a quick trip to the nearest beer garden, but if you have a little more time on your hands, you can quench your thirst in style. Here are our favorite spots within the Walt Disney World Resort where you can really relax and grab a craft cocktail:

10. Take a Scenic Stroll through the Leu Gardens

Encompassing 50 acres of gorgeous botanical gardens, the Harry P. Leeu Gardens offer the perfect reprieve from the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando. There are multiple gardens to meander, as well as the historical Leu Estate, which has been converted into a museum and art gallery available to tour.

11. Rent a Swan-Shaped Paddleboat

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Keen on a romantic ride around Lake Eola Park? Visitors can rent an adorable swan-shaped paddleboat and ride across the lake, getting up close and personal to the massive fountain. Don’t be surprised if you swim alongside real swans, too!

12. Sample the Local Breweries

What adult trip to Orlando would be complete without a brewery hop? No pun intended!

Central Florida’s craft beer scene is thriving, and more than 20 breweries in the Orlando area participate in Central Florida’s Ale Trail. Pick up a trail map at one of the participating breweries and collect passport stamps as you sample the local ales. If you finish the map you’ll even get a free 64 oz. growler fill at the last stop!

13. Spend the Day at Seaworld

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Adults and kids alike agree that Seaworld is one of the best parks in Orlando. Whether you’re looking to ride the tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster, Mako, or you’ve always wanted to go snorkeling and swim with dolphins in Discovery Cove, you’re guaranteed to have a blast when you spend the day at Seaworld.

14. Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding

Nothing screams Florida vacation like taking advantage of the watersports. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are within arms reach, and numerous tour companies over these unique experiences. Here are some that we love:

15. Visit a Museum

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There are over 40 museums in Orlando that cater to a variety of interests, whether you’re into contemporary art, science, or aquariums. Here are some worth checking out:

16. Support a Farmer’s Market

Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there’s typically always a farmer’s market going on. Not only does this give you the chance to buy local organic produce, but there are often food trucks and live music, making this the perfect family-friendly way to spend an afternoon. Here are some of our favorites:

17. Go Zip Lining

Consider this your sign if you’ve always wanted to go zip lining. At Gatorland, you’ll be able to experience the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, featuring five sections of zip lining totaling 1,200 feet and a 150-foot chain bridge. As you ride, you’ll fly over over 130 giant alligators, guaranteeing an experience you won’t forget!

18. Take a Day Trip

One of the best parts of visiting Orlando is that not only is there endless fun right from your doorstep, but you can effortlessly travel all around Central Florida. Here are some of the best day trips from Orlando:

  • Mount Dora (45 minutes)
  • St. Augustine (2 hours)
  • Jupiter (2 hours)
  • Tampa (1.5 hours)

19. Get Shocked at Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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Ever think you’d be able to touch a piece of Mars? How about seeing a shrunken torso owned by Ernest Hemingway? When you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you’ll get to observe countless oddities and engage in interactive exhibits you’re guaranteed to never experience elsewhere!

20. Experience the Local Bar Scene

Whether you’re traveling kid-free or you’re trading babysitting duties for the day, nothing screams adult vacation quite like experiencing the neighborhood bar scene. Luckily, Orlando is buzzing with nightlife and live music on every corner.

Here are some of our favorite bars in Orlando:

  • Chillers: A Downtown Orlando staple known for its frozen daiquiris.
  • Hanson’s Shoe Repair: A must-visit speakeasy that requires a reservation the day of to get the password.
  • The Treehouse: Laidback brick-lined cocktail bar that’s perfect for large groups.
  • The Courtesy Bar: Orlando’s first dedicated cocktail bar that also offers classes on cocktail making.

Treat Yourself with Fun Adult Activities in Orlando

Whether traveling with kids or on an adult’s getaway, an Orlando vacation should be on the top of your bucket list. With thrilling theme parks, gorgeous scenery, and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

The next time you visit Orlando, book your stay at one of our vacation rentals, and you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the best activities Central Florida has to offer!