We all know that Florida is every child’s paradise, with theme parks galore and Disney magic at every turn. But if you’re looking to escape the high energy of the theme parks, or you’d like to do something different during your holiday to Florida, then there’s plenty to keep adults entertained too.
Whether you want to get close to nature, shop till you drop, relax in style or sample some of Florida’s finest beer, there’s always something to do in Florida.
Our top picks…
Henry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
The PGA National Resort and Spa
The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel
The Orlando Brewing Company
Henry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
The Leu Gardens in Downtown Orlando provide a beautiful and tranquil space to relax. The 50-acre botanical oasis is designed to help visitors appreciate the tropical plants and trees in a peaceful and inspiring setting. Classes are available to help you learn more about horticulture, landscaping, fine arts and seasonal specialities.
There are over 1,250 golf courses in Florida so whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s no excuse not to hit the greens. Golfing holidays are very popular thanks to the world-class courses. Many people will also opt to hire their clubs and spend one or two days golfing. World famous golf course architects have created some of the most scenic courses imaginable as they make the most of the waterfront locations, lakes, rivers, beaches and endless Florida sunshine.
The PGA National Resort and Spa is often considered to be one of the best golfing locations in Florida. The resort is home to five championship golf courses as well as an enormous spa – perfect if you’re holidaying with a non-golfer.
Shopping and spas
For the ultimate girl’s day out, combine a shopping spree with a luxury spa experience. The USA isn’t short of enormous shopping malls and Florida is no exception. Head to Orlando Premium Outlet on International Drive for discounted bargains, or try Altamonte Mall if you’re ready to splash your cash in luxurious boutiques. Winter Park Village has a pretty, village-like atmosphere with plenty of dining options to keep you fuelled up during your spree.
Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, head to one of Florida’s indulgent spas for a luxurious pamper session. The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel in Miami is regarded as one of Florida’s best. With a waterfront setting, the spa covers three floors and adopts ancient traditions from Chinese, Ayuvedic, European, Balinese and Thai cultures. Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton Resort & Club was named the best spa in the world with a legendary Swe-Thai massage.
Visit the Orlando Brewing Company
Orlando Brewing is an organic brewery and one of the finest examples of craft brews available in Florida. Take a free tour around the brewery and find out how their 18 craft beers are produced. You never know, you might even get to sample one or two along the way. The brewery comes to life with live music and local musicians at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
There are many places you can take a kayaking tour in Florida for a relaxing and unique way to get up close to Florida’s beautiful wildlife and scenery. You can take day tours, night tours and even overnight expeditions if you’re feeling adventurous. You may spot manatees and dolphins, a huge range of birds and wild monkeys in the trees. A sunset wildlife tour to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a great option for incredible photo opportunities, where you can learn more about the local wildlife.