You know Orlando as one of the world’s premier destinations for a family vacation featuring thrilling theme parks as well as entertainment options for the whole family, but do you know that Florida’s bustling ‘theme capital of the world’ has a lot more to offer, especially to adults seeking some private moments in the evening after kids have had their share of fun in the day.
Here are the top places to hang out in Orlando with/without your kids after the theme parks close their gates for the day:
Wall Street Plaza
Sprawling over 10,000 feet, Wall Street Plaza is lined with some of the most vibrant bars, pubs and clubs. Located right in the heart of Downtown, the Wall Street Plaza also boasts a lively mix of laidback restaurants, making it a great place to hang out during the daytime as well. The outdoor square is the centre of all action and buzzes especially with activity during all major events such as New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween.
Pointe Orlando has a range of entertaining events happening all through the year across the many clubs and bars. From listening to live music, attending popular events to catching up on latest movies in an IMAX theatre, there’s plenty you can do here. Some of the most vibrant places to check out here include B.B. King’s Blues Club, Hard Knocks as well as Improv Comedy Club & Fat Fish Blue. An outdoor shopping centre, Pointe Orlando is also a great place to indulge in some retail therapy.
If you thought you would have nothing to do at Universal post 10pm when the theme park closes, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The Universal CityWalk is one of the most happening nightspots in Orlando, offering an eclectic mix of restaurants and clubs. Most of the night-crawlers camp at the Hard Rock Café to tune into great music and eat sumptuous delicacies. The other top dining spots include Emeril’s and The Cowfis. One can also catch up on a late night movie here. It is mandatory to watch a live performance by the famous Blue Man Group.
Orlando Improv Comedy Club
Once the children are happily tugging at their blankets, leave with your partner and laugh the night away at the adult-only Orlando Improv Comedy Club. A range of gigs lined up at the club from Thursday to Sunday have serious potential of leaving you in splits for Orlando Improv Comedy Club has a reputation for hosting only the very best comedians. David Spade, Robin Williams, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin have all performed at the club at one point in their career. Not only are your served a night of much laughter but also great food to go with it. The minimum age for admission here is 21 years.
Cirque du Soleil Orlando
Every travel guide to Orlando lists Disney’s Cirque du Soleil as one of the significant things to do in Orlando. Holding onto its reputation as the biggest spectacle there is to see in Orlando, Cirque du Soleil brings together two contrasting world of the circus artists and the urbanites in the grandest fashion. The show is performed every night at 18:00 and 21:00 hours and sees a huge participation from families. Prepare to be mesmerised by 395 flips and 62 twists in just 7.5 minutes as well as to be left awe-struck by graceful aerial ballet dancers.