When it comes to Orlando, Florida you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to how to spend your days there. Not only that but there are also some great places to visit as the sun starts to set on the Sunshine State. I've included 10 of my suggestions on how to spend an evening/night in Orlando and there should be more than a couple of ideas for a whole host of parties. So whether you're visiting with your kids, your best friends, your family or on your own, you should find something right up your street in today's Travel Tips post.
Something well worth bearing in mind, you have to be 21 to consume alcohol legally in the States. Even if being 21 is just a distant memory, be prepared to show ID anywhere that serves alcohol so bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. Basically if you're planning on drinking during your vacation make sure to have a suitable form of identification on you. I always carry my passport on my person when I'm out and about in Orlando, just in case.
Universal's Citywalk is made for those of us who love a good night out. Open until 2am there are plenty of places at CityWalk to keep you entertained. There are bars, nightclubs, live music, restaurants, mini golf, a cinema and the experience that is; Blue Man Group.
You do have to pay for parking and tickets are required to explore CityWalk so I would take that into consideration, especially if your spending money has already taken a hit during your holiday. For many a visit to CityWalk will be well worth the price of parking/admittance. Some of the must-sees have to be the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe, the incredible Cold Stone Creamery, NBC Sports Grill & Brew and Bob Marley - A Tribute To Freedom.
Downtown Disney or as it's now known, Disney Springs, is definitely well worth a visit particularly in the evening. It's really fantastic to watch the sun set over the lake and the fact that it's completely free both to visit and park at Disney Springs makes it a no-brainer when it comes to enjoying a night out in Orlando.
There are so many incredible restaurants to choose from, so much so that I would certainly recommend making more than one trip to Disney Springs during your holiday, if you can, as much like the Disney Parks one day really isn't enough to take everything in. This year I've got my sights and my empty belly set on Fulton's Crab House and House Of Blues - The Smokehouse for two of our dinners during our 21 night stay. Has anyone been to either?
There's also plenty of options to keep you and your party entertained at Disney Springs. There's a cinema, a bowling alley, an indoor theme-park (DisneyQuest) and more shops, both Disney themed and of the independent variety, than you'll ever be able to visit in one trip. There's also the opportunity to see a live show with Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. I've written a full Travel Tips post on Disney Springs/Downtown Disney so be sure to check that out for even more details.
See the fireworks
TOP TIP: Get a great view of the fireworks without a Disney Park ticket: If you don't have a ticket for one or all of the Disney parks that doesn't mean that you need to miss out. Head to Disney Springs in the evening and enjoy a few hours there, then take a complimentary water taxi or other means of transportation from Disney Springs to one of the neighbouring Disney hotels. The transportation is completely free and you can take in the spectacular fireworks from a different perspective. Imagine observing them from the comfort of a restaurant or even one of the resort beaches!
Popcorn Flicks Winter Park
Usually held on the second Thursday of each month, Popcorn Flicks is such a lovely way to spend an evening on your vacation. So if you happen to be there on that day I would certainly make an effort to get down to Winter Park for the evening. It's completely free and starts at sunset, which is seriously dreamy. So why not catch a great film in the great outdoors whilst you're there?
TOP TIP: Double check that it will still be going ahead, particularly if the weather has been playing up: As we all know, the weather in Florida can be unpredictable, to say the least. For a full rundown of what I mean by this and how to best deal with the varied Floridian weather check out my Travel Tips post on it. As a result, this means that the outdoor screenings can be cancelled in the event of particularly bad weather. They normally try to wait until 30 minutes before the set screening time to officially cancel the event so I would recommend keeping up to date with their Facebook page.
See what's on at Amway Center
Take a spin on the Orlando Eye
Dave & Buster's
See A Dinner Show
Look out for seasonal events
Halloween (check out my dedicated Halloween Travel Tips post for all of the details), Christmas (check out my dedicated Christmas Travel Tips post for all of the details), Universal's Mardi Gras (February-April), and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival (September-November).
So there are my 10 ways to spend an evening or night in Orlando, Florida. Have you ever visited or partaken in any of my recommendations? And where would you recommend checking out at night in Orlando, Florida or even in the US more generally?
Image Credit: (Walt Disney World - Universal CityWalk - Disney Springs - Disney fireworks - Old Town - Popcorn Flicks - Amway Center - Orlando Eye - Dave & Buster's - Medieval Times - Halloween Horror Nights)