Parents usually bring their kids when visiting Orlando. That’s because it’s a family destination. But what about those who travel alone? What are the things Orlando has to offer for the solo guest?
There are lots of water activities you can do in Orlando. One can hit the water parks and resorts to take a swim. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’s main pool has dozens of free-form waterfalls, waterslides and a swim-through grotto, which is like swimming through a cave. There’s also Orlando World Center Marriot Resort. It has a main lagoon with waterfalls and a 100-feet long waterslide. You can enjoy a light lunch at the Pavilion Pool Bar and afterwards, cool off at their indoor pool with six whirlpools.
The Cypress Pointe Resort in Disney’s Lake Buena Vista features an erupting volcano that spews out water. JW Marriot Orlando Grande Lakes Resort, on the other hand, features a 24,000 square foot Lazy River Pool where you can float down. At the Springs, you can grab an inner tube and gently ride under its rope bridges and orange groves.
There is this I-RODE trolley service at the International Drive Resort Area, which will take you to the main attractions along Famous Drive. You will find an outlet mall or designer boutique just along the route.
Then there’s the new Ron Jon Surf Shop complete with an island look of authentic bamboo, sisal rope structures, sand-textured walkways and thatched roofs. A real sand beach scene, which includes a replica of a 1934 Fordy Woody station wagon, greets the visitors. At the shop, there are thousands of products relating to the water and the beach.
The city closes to Walt Disney World is the Old Town in Kissimee. It has 75 specialty shops, 18 rides, and 8 restaurants. Among the rides are the traditional roller coasters and go karts. A car show with at least 30 classic cars is held here every week on Saturdays.
Another ideal activity for solo guests is working out. The local YMCA has an A.W.A.Y program, which allows its members to visit other gyms. Like YMCA, the World Gym has a travel pass while Bally’s also offers similar arrangements. Day passes for $10 are issued by gyms like the Cardio Club Fitness Center. The Ritz Carlton also offers use for their facilities at $25. It is the same cost for other hotels. With that rate, you can use their gym even if you are not a guest. Celebration Health has a two-week new member trial pass that costs about $80.
Also, there are many spas in Orlando for those who want some pampering. For hotels without a spa, you can go to the Euro Day Spa and Salon, which will get you relaxed, reenergized and rejuvenated. One of Orlando’s best known and oldest spas is in Winter Park.
You can check newspapers, magazines, online sites or other listings for the festivals held in the area. Central Florida, depending on the time of the year, has many festivals that celebrate a wide range of cultural aspects like Hispanic Music, African-American art, strawberries, wine, beer and many more.
There are also golf courses that offer private lessons to help improve your game. You can also try fancy fishing. Hire a guide to help you land in your bass. Learn to skydive or choose a stogie from the Corona Cigar Company. Or, you could get a parasail and glide over the many lakes that dot Central Florida.