Let's face it: Orlando and the theme-park zones usually crawl with kids. That's fine if you have your own in tow, but if you're looking for some quality adult time (or at least a place not necessarily swarming with children), you do have some options. Some people are incredulous when informed that Orlando is the honeymoon capital of the U.S., but it happens to be true; so be assured that there are activities, hotels, and so on that are geared to adults here (though, admittedly, avoiding kids altogether is tough). Aside from the romantic hideaways discussed above, here are some good bets for adults.
- Visit Epcot. Of all the major theme parks in Orlando, this one, thanks to its scientific and cultural themes, is the most adult-oriented of the bunch. Shop, stroll, and dine your way through the nations of the World Showcase; take a behind-the-scenes tour of the park's horticulture or architecture; or explore the technological- and scientific-themed attractions of Future World.
- Dine in an Upscale Restaurant. Though it's not a firm rule (especially inside the theme parks), generally speaking, the more you pay for dinner, the more likely it is that you won't encounter children at your meal. So if you're looking for a romantic dinner, save up and splurge (and I mean splurge). Great options for a special dinner include Victoria & Albert's, Emeril's, Tchoup Chop, California Grill, Ocean Prime, and Flying Fish Café. For a great brunch, head to La Coquina.
- Head for the Circus. Cirque du Soleil, that is. Forget about finding any animals, though. Cirque's stylish La Nouba combines theatrics, acrobatics, and the incredible style for which the Montreal-based troupe is known. It's an incredible (albeit pricey) way to spend an evening in Orlando.
Top 10 Orlando-Area Activities for Grown-Ups
1. Spa Treatments: First-rate spas such as those at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the WDW Dolphin, the Buena Vista Palace Resort, the Peabody, the Portofino Bay Hotel, the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld, the Lake Buena Vista Village Resort & Spa, and the Gaylord Palms provide heavenly pampering and relief for the sore muscles and tired feet caused by the parks.
2. World Showcase Pavilions: Experience a 'round-the-world journey, visiting 11 "nations" with authentically reproduced architectural highlights, restaurants (many of which have recently been updated), shops, and cultural performances.
3. Cirque du Soleil: This no-animals circus is compelling for most anyone older than the age of 6, but its intensity and choreography make it a real winner for adults.
4. The City's Nightlife: Pleasure Island (soon to be Hyperion Wharf) and CityWalk, entertainment and restaurant districts located respectively at WDW and Universal Orlando, provide nonstop fun for the wine-dine-and-dance set. Lounges and clubs, often more upscale than those you'll find in the entertainment districts, can be found at select resorts throughout Orlando -- a particular standout at Disney is Rix, which opened a few years back in Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
5. A Romantic Dinner at Victoria & Albert's: Loving couples cherish the intimate evening and scrumptious seven-course dinner at the headline restaurant in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa -- especially with the addition of Queen Victoria's Room.
6. Discovery Cove: SeaWorld's sister park offers guests a chance to rest, relax, and swim with the dolphins in a remote island atmosphere. It's an expensive but ultimately satisfying retreat.
7. Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Indy Racing Experience: Vrrrooooommmmmm! If you're 18 or older and have the courage, try driving or at least riding in a real NASCAR rocket at speeds significantly above the legal limit.
8. The Grand 1: Take another break from the Mickey madness and cruise Disney's Seven Seas Lagoon (perhaps catching a glimpse of Wishes fireworks) aboard this vintage 45-foot yacht.
9. Innoventions: Epcot is generally geared more to adults than the other WDW parks, and this display of future technologies is especially intriguing, providing a preview of life well into the 21st century.
10. Tee Time: Orlando is home to some of the country's best golf courses -- Walt Disney World alone offers 99 holes, including one with a sand trap shaped like Mickey Mouse -- so enthusiasts will find plenty of places to tee up.
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