As the theme park capital of the world, Orlando boasts hundreds of attractions and activities to multiple days of non-stop entertainment. But Orlando also provides plenty of opportunities to take time to unwind with friends and family while creating life-long memories. These ideas and insider tips can help travelers weave in calmer moments and relaxing opportunities during their visit.
UNWIND AT THE SPA
Guests can rejuvenate through a multitude of tranquil activities, from a stress-relieving spa treatment to relaxing poolside in a cabana or floating down a winding lazy river. A day of pampering is available at Orlando’s top-notch resort spas, including The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando and the Waldorf Astoria Spa. At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, luxurious bliss arrives in the form of the Grande Hammock Experience, a “zero gravity” hammock massage.
ENJOY RESORT POOLSIDE PAMPERING
Guests looking to take in Orlando’s warmth with some poolside pampering can check out the pools at sprawling resort complexes like JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with its expansive lazy river and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort with an adults-only pool and water slides to entertain the kids. The zero-entry Grotto Pool at Hyatt Regency Orlando is a tropical paradise complete with water fountains, waterfalls, a waterslide, kid's play area and a hot tub, plus private cabanas
SIT BACK WHILE THE KIDS SPLASH AT ORLANDO’S WATER PARKS
Visitors will find all of the perks of the beach without leaving Orlando at Universal’s Volcano Bay, the destination’s newest themed water park. They can chill out in a lounge chair on the sprawling sandy shores of Waturi Beach, cool down with a dip in the wave pool or drift along the Kopiko Wai Winding River with their friends or families. A hands-on all day adventure awaits at Discovery Cove, where visitors can swim with dolphins and sharks; embark on an underwater walking tour; and recharge poolside. Adults and kids can splash and play all day at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark and Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks.
TAKE IT EASY OUTDOORS
While Orlando is well known for its thrilling theme parks, there’s no shortage of scenic attractions to explore by air, land and sea. Adventurers can start the day rising above ground with Orlando Balloon Rides on an unforgettable bucket-list hot air balloon ride of hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch, and wind down in the evening with a sunset champagne toast shared aboard a private capsule on the ICON Orlando observation wheel. The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour departs daily for an entertaining pontoon boat tour through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, which are linked by a series of beautiful Venetian-style canals. Visitors looking to explore the local side of Orlando in stroll-worthy neighborhoods can stroll the shops of Winter Park’s Park Avenue, follow the to Plant Street Market in downtown Winter Garden, and take a swan ride on downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola.
ENJOY NATURE’S THERAPY
There’s no need to travel far to encounter Central Florida’s lush wilderness. Relaxing aquatic adventures, refreshing local swimming holes and peaceful gardens invite travelers to disconnect from the digital world and experience the area’s natural beauty in real time. On the water, Get Up and Go Kayaking offers several immersive kayaking tours in their fleet of 100 percent clear kayaks. Kayakers will revel in the surrounding landscape of Rock Springs Run, home to playful otters, fish and a variety of native bird species, while observing the crystal-clear spring water directly below. Another serene hideaway, Wekiva Island is a beloved local hangout and swimming hole along the Wekiva River, complete with Adirondack chairs for lazing in the sun; kayak and paddleboard rentals; an on-site bar and restaurant; and private cabana rentals for the ultimate in lazy day luxury. Paddleboard Orlando invites novices and pros alike to cruise around local lakes, while Harry P. Leu Gardens beckons visitors to roam on foot through 50 acres of themed landscaped gardens.
RELAX WHILE YOU DINE
Lingering over a delectable meal is the ideal way to set the tone for relaxation while on vacation. Guests can take a break from the action without leaving the theme parks by reserving a table at Be Our Guest Restaurant inside Magic Kingdom Park, where a multi-course menu is served to dinner patrons in elaborate Beauty and the Beast-themed dining rooms. Mythos Restaurant’s towering rock formations, cascading waterfalls and ancient figures at Universal’s Islands of Adventure is an ideal place to enjoy a meal post-rollercoaster fun. And with endless dining options within Orlando’s resorts – like Spanish steakhouse Capa located on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort – guests can take advantage of onsite kids clubs offering hours of childcare for parents looking for a little alone time. Another example here would be at the Swan & Dolphin.
The Orlando Destination
Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of the World® is the No. 1 family vacation destination and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.
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