Things to Do in Orlando if 18 & Up

by Lindsey Thompson Google
Orlando features much more than theme parks and resorts.

Orlando features much more than theme parks and resorts.

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Known around the world as the home of Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney World resort, Orlando is also the home to blockbuster attractions such as Universal Studios, Wet and Wild, and numerous resorts and hotels. While Orlando has a reputation as a destination for families, and especially kids, the 18-and-older crowd can still find plenty of fun things to do in the area. From daytime activities to nightlife, visitors 18 and over can find a number of activities suited to their age levels and interests.


Orlando may be hopping during the day with all the family activities and attractions, but the fun doesn't stop once the sun goes down. Orlando offers a plethora of nightlife options open to those 18 and over, from downtown to the resort area. Downtown Orlando features Bliss Premier Ultra Lounge and the Roxy Nightclub, both catering to a college-aged crowd and offering dancing and happy hours. Visitors can also find a number of 18-and-over options near the resorts on Orlando's famous International Drive, such as ICEBAR Orlando, a bar made entirely of ice and offering dance and karaoke nights.

Outdoor Recreation

Orlando visitors 18 and older can also enjoy the warm Florida weather with several outdoor recreation activities that are more suited to adults. Even though Orlando is landlocked, the area features a number of water activities, including sailing at the Walt Disney World Marina or surfing at Fantasy Surf in nearby Kissimmee. Head outside the hustle and bustle of the resort areas and enjoy the natural beauty of central Florida with a hot air balloon ride with Orange Blossom Balloons, tour the area on horseback with Forever Florida or try your hand at freshwater fishing at a local Orlando fishery.


Universal Studio's City Walk showcases a number of adult-oriented entertainment options such as Hard Rock Live, featuring live music, concerts and comedy shows, and "Bob Marley: a Tribute to Freedom," combining dinner and musical entertainment. Other options include a number of dinner theaters, such as Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show and Capone's Dinner and Show.


Though shadowed by Mickey and his friends, Orlando is actually home to a number of cultural and art-related attractions that those 18 and over may find more entertaining than the theme parks. Art aficionados will appreciate the Orlando Museum of Art's permanent collection of American and African art, as well as its traveling special exhibits. For dance and classical music, visitors can attend a performance at the Orlando Ballet or the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, Orlando features a number of small playhouses and theaters, as well as the national Broadway Across America Orlando, offering plays, musicals and Broadway specialties.

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