Shop, Dine, Relax
Whether you want to escape from the thriller park rides, wander among funky boutiques and cuisines, or just experience some place new, than these complexes are definitely worth considering! Orlando has many districts to explore, all of which offer a different, yet unique experience!
The main districts in Orlando are:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 21:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 18:00pm
Winter Park Village is popular shopping complex located just north of Orlando. Home to an array of fun boutiques, top-brand clothing stores and health/pamper options such as salons, it is the ideal place to visit if you want an escape from the chaotic theme parks or shopping malls adventures.
whether you plan to shop until you drop, unwind and relax or merely stroll through the pretty scenery the village has to offer, winter park ensures to accommodate for all.
At Winter Park Village you can also enjoy a Borders Bookstore, Gamestop and other Electronic stores. Alongside the shops you will find a diverse range of restaurants (from causal to formal dining) as well as a Regal cinema. By visiting Winter Park Village, you can be sure to find an activity to suit all!
Interconnecting the Universal theme parks is the Universal CityWalk complex, or more favourably known as the main entertainment hub in Orlando!
Home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and stores, you can be sure to find everything and anything you need– whether you want to find great gifts and souvenirs from the Universal Studios Store®, looking for a luxurious handbag at Fossils®or merely wandering around the speciality shops the complex has to offer, CityWalk has it all!
At CityWalk you will also find an array of day and night time entertainment for the whole family; experience live music, dance performances, and comedy shows such as the phenomenal blue man group! For adults wanting to experience some of Orlando’s more grown up night life entertainment, step no further! At night, CityWalk becomes home to an array of lively night clubs and bars, creating a thrilling and wild atmosphere.
It is further home to many funky and unique themed restaurants and different cuisines that are sure to tickle your taste buds! Whether you choose to grab a small snack before/after the theme parks, plan to dine in a romantic venue for two or enjoy the ultimate family banquet, CityWalk offers something for everyone!
Popular Shops in Universal CityWalk:
- Quiet Flight®Surf Shop
- Universal Studios Store®
- The Island Clothing Company
Popular Dining choices in Universal CityWalk:
- Hard Rock Café ®
- Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville®
- Emeril’s Orlando
- The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™
Popular entertainment in Universal CityWalk:
- Red Coconut club
- Blue Man Group
- CityWalk’s Rising Star
- Bob Marley – A tribute to FreedomSM
International Drive (I-Drive)
Running throughout Central Orlando is the International Drive (I-drive), consisting of an endless parade of shops, entertainment and restaurants for all ages!
Pointe Orlando is a 17 acer complex along the I-drive, closely located to the major theme parks and attractions in Orlando and across the road from the Orange County Convention Center. At Pointe Orlando, you will find an exquisite collection of dining options (sweet and savoury choices) high-end stores to boutique shops and exciting entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!
With its beautiful lakefront view and vibrant green surroundings, Celebration proves to be one of the best places to relax after a long day. There are a range of things to do at this complex including gator spotting, a scenic stroll around the lake, and splashing about in the kid’s water play area. Further browse among the elegant boutiques and grab something to eat from the diverse range of cuisines, whether that be a snack, a sweet treat or a fancy meal.
Popular restaurants include the Colombia restaurant, severing a range of Cuban and Spanish dishes as well as the Market St Café and the Celebration Town Tavern. There are also several coffee shops, and dessert cafes to indulge in, adding to its heavenly and relaxed atmosphere.
Further visit celebrations Farmer Market which takes place every Sunday morning. Opening times are 9:00am – 15:00pm for winter hours and 9:00am – 14:00pm during summer hours. Enjoy some fun nightlife entertainment such as Houdini’s Hidden Treasure alongside a range of restaurants and bars.
Be sure to look out for seasonal events such as during Christmas and on the 4th July where celebration, let’s just say, celebrates!
Part of Walt Disney World, be sure to check out Disney springs or “Disney Downtown” where you will find many eateries as well as magical boutiques, branded-name stores and official Disney Merchandise! Here you will further be able to enjoy family fun entertainment such as live music and stage shows – A great place to break or escape from the theme parks!
A Popular and thriving area in central Orlando, here you will find many attractions and activities suitable for the whole family. Whether playing a game of mini golf, riding in a hot air balloon or taking a swamp airboat ride that puts you in close proximity with alligators, there is something for everyone!
If you are a nature enthusiast, you are certain to enjoy the wildlife and nature tours that Kissimmee offers as well as its aerial adventure parks and hiking trails. Alternatively, if thriller rides are more up your street, then be sure to check out Kissimmee’s Old Town area!
Old Town Orlando
Just 5 miles from Walt Disney World, you will be able to step in ‘Old Town’ – a 10 acer, 50’s and 60’s retro themed complex comprised of a range of exciting entertainment, superb shops and tasty eateries.
Among the shops Old Town offers, you will be able to find great gifts and souvenirs for family and friends!
Tip: Visit Annie’s Gifts Store for official theme park merchandise that is cheaper than buying at the theme parks stores themselves!
Find fun activities for all ages includes funky roller coasters, arcade games in ‘Happy Days Family Fun Centre’, small and large show performances at the ‘Great Magic Hall’ as well as live entertainment that takes place most Wednesdays to Sundays and much more! ,
For all you car fanatics, be sure to visit and check as the classic cars and weekly car shows Old Town has to offer! Alternatively, if you’re more of a thriller enthusiast, then be sure to experience the haunted house tour – with such phenomenal actors and props used, it is certain to give you some Goosebumps!
If you are looking for some fun amusement options, looking to browse among the stores and unwind from the theme parks, or just looking for a unique experience. then Old Town is definitely a place you will want to consider visiting!
As with many Floridian areas, you can expect to be spoiled with the array of shops and eateries to choose from!
Nearby to Kissimmee lies a popular shopping complex known as The Loop. The Loop is an outdoor mall featuring popular clothing brands and department stores.
At the loop, you can also find many different eateries, ranging from fast food to fine dining options. And don’t forget the malls entertainment sector which boasts a massive a 18 screen cinema, allowing you to watch all the latest films!
If you are a fan of golf, then be sure to check out Hunters Creek – an area close by to Kissimmee. Home to a large golf club, it boasts many public golf courses, surrounded by bright lakes and lush green grass.
Approximately 35-40 miles south west of Walt Disney world Orlando, is Lakeland, a lively city offering a range entertainment for all ages (approx. 60 miles south west of Orlando downtown).
Some of the city’s most popular attractions include:
The Hollis Garden – a botanical garden featuring stunning scenery characterised by water fountains and tropical plants (free admission).
Common Ground – a large interactive and educational playground area, common ground offers interaction activities for adults and children of all ages, sizes and abilities!
The Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun – An aircraft themed museum featuring war-birds, classics and unique models.
Saddle Creek – one of the local’s favourites, this large park provides heaps of space where you can play sports, have a picnic, relax and/or go on its popular nature hiking trails. Water and camping amenities are further available.
In downtown Lakeland, you will further find a range of speciality and antique shops to explore as well as museums, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and so much more!