9 Things To Do Alone in Orlando

It may seem like a destination for kids but if you're planning a trip to the United States for the future, Orlando should definitely be on your bucket list. Just because you’re alone doesn't mean that you can't take a solo trip to Orlando. There are plenty of things to do alone in Orlando.

Being the Theme Park of the World, Orlando is just as much fun for us adults but there are many things to do in Orlando besides theme parks. From the Kennedy Space Centre to culture, this article covers 9 things to do alone in Orlando including recommended places to stay. 

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Here are my top 3 recommended things to do in Orlando 

1. Kennedy Space Centre (where else can you visit a space centre!)

2. ICON Park Observatory (get a great view!)

3. Universal Orlando Park (for movie lovers!) 

Getting Around Orlando 

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

Orlando is a great destination to explore but it is big so it's a good idea to plan what you want to see each day. There are taxis, buses (called the Lynx bus), and a trolley service here to help you get around but it is easier with a car as Orlando is very car friendly. If you are flying into Orlando you can find budget options at MCO airport car rental

1. The Wheel at ICON Park

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

If you’ve been on the London Eye, you’ll know exactly what to expect on The Wheel at ICON Park – formerly the Orlando Eye – one of the newest attractions in Florida. Float effortlessly in your own see-through capsule and experience the magic of above with a 360-degree view of Orlando and its beautiful lakes below. * Check rates and availability: ICON Park Observation Wheel

2. Kennedy Space Center

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

The Space Centre brings to life the world of space and the stories of the astronauts who travelled there. Experience the feelings of an actual space shuttle launch and fly into orbit or meet a veteran astronaut. Having the opportunity to board a space shuttle and learn about the history of space travel is definitely a once in a lifetime, bucket list adventure. * Check rates and availability: Kennedy Space Centre Skip The Line Ticket

3. Wax Museum Orlando

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

Where else can you find Ricky Martin, Beyonce and Steve Jobs all under one roof? At Madame Tussauds, there are plenty of wax models to pose with from Hollywood A-listers like Marilyn Monroe and Johnny Depp to iconic historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein. With over 200 figures on display, you can definitely find your favourite within the world of entertainment, history, and celebrity culture.

4. Skeletons Unveiled

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

Skeletons Unveiled is a growing tourist attraction in Orlando Florida, and a totally unique experience.  Visitors can explore over 400 real animal skeletons, from the tiniest hummingbirds to massive whales, gaining a deep understanding of skeletal anatomy.  Learn about the dinosaur era in America’s largest skeleton museum and see animals in never-before-seen poses. The exhibits also showcase the importance of conservation and environmental awareness

5. Cirque du Soleil

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

Cirque du Soleil Orlando is one of the most famous shows of all and a sight to behold. This mesmerizing spectacle combines stunning acrobatics, artistry, and theatrical performances with breathtaking flips and twists and high-density circus routines that will take your breath away. From gravity-defying aerialists to contortionists, Cirque du Soleil offers a unique and magical entertainment experience and shows like “La Nouba” and “Drawn to Life” at Disney Springs are definitely worth seeing when you're here. 

6. Culture in Orlando

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

If you prefer a more cultural visit, Orlando has a thriving cultural scene with upcoming art shows, heritage festivals and lots of live music to keep you entertained. Or attend the weekly farmer's market at Lake Eola Park for live entertainment along with fresh farmer's produce. 

Dr. Phillips Centre for the Performing Arts showcases dance, music and comedy to put a smile on your face when you’re in Orlando. It even features Broadway shows within the Walt Disney Theatre, its largest venue and you get a good view of the stage no matter where you decide to sit but book before you get there so that you don’t miss out. The Outta Control magic comedy dinner show will definitely entertain you. 

7. Dining Experience

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and at night the Boardwalk has some of the best places to eat in Orlando, with more of an adult crowd. Although you can find the fast-food joints here there are other culinary delights on offer such as the Flying Fish Cafe with delicious seafood or a sweet cupcake from the Boardwalk bakery.

Steak lovers head to Kres Chophouse downtown Orlando, which serves delicacies in a cosy and beautiful ambience and beats the street kebabs you may be used to. Go back in time to the Victorian era at Victoria & Albert's fine dining restaurant and enjoy a drink amidst the Victorian decor without blowing your dining budget.

Then afterwards pop along to the Atlantic Dance Hall to relive the 80s and 90s and dance to your heart’s content.

8. Shopping 

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

You can’t go to Orlando and not shop. From factory outlets to malls such as the Mall at Millennia and the Florida Mall, there are over 250 shops with premium brands and discount stores as well as gift shops to buy a few souvenirs from your holiday. The Orlando International Premium Outlets are in an open shopping centre so you can shop whilst feeling the sun on your face as you stock up on all those items that you haven't seen in a while.

9. The Theme Parks

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

If you have come here for the theme parks in Orlando, then there are a plethora to choose from such as the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – a world which will transport you back into the magical books. There are four parks to choose from whether you prefer the magic of the Magic Kingdom, a red-carpet experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or seeing the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

There’s now a Legoland Florida although you probably do need to drag along a child for this one. If you're a movie lover, you'll love Universal Studios where you can jump into your favourite films and see behind the scenes. * Book tickets for Universal Orlando Park

The most adult-oriented park here has to be Epcot with a simulation ride called Soarin’ that plunges you into waves (not real ones of course) and gives an aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge. But you can’t not visit the giant golf ball which is Epcot’s icon. At the entrance of the park sits Spaceship Earth, a ride that takes you through the years from ancient cave paintings to the technology world, perfect for when you enter the park.

If you’re looking for fun in this sunny state, Busch Gardens has all the rides that you need within its 350 acres. Rollercoasters, shows and attractions plus animal encounters such as meerkats to enjoy too. * Book tickets for Busch Gardens

If you're looking to cool off, one of the fun things to do in Orlando Florida is to get wet and wild the only way that Orlando knows how. In this premier water park, there is no other option but to get wet. From free-falling down a six-story speed slide to racing in the aqua drag racer, there are flumes and water rides to get that adrenalin pumping.

For an amusement park for the mind. You can experience the sensations of an earthquake in the earthquake simulators, or experience laying on a bed of nails at Wonderworks. With over 100 interactive exhibits to choose from, there is more than enough to keep you entertained here. * Book tickets for WonderWorks All Access

Orlando Tours

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

These are just the top 9 things to do alone in Orlando but there are so many activities in Orlando and even more to choose from depending on how long you have here. 

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day tours and activities in Orlando. Choose from a wildlife-watching everglades airboat ride, a St. Augustine day trip with a scenic cruise, or dine with an astronaut on a space centre tour. It’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review  or click the link below for all their tours. Check rates and availability for all GYG tours

Viator – Viator is similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. They also offer clear kayak adventures through Silver Springs, an indoor skydiving experience with a certificate, or an Orlando tree trek adventure park experience. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours. Check rates and availability for all Viator tours

Orlando Accommodation

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

There is a wide choice of hotels in Orlando from international hotels to apartments/condos. Orlando is a sprawling city so if you are unsure of where to stay in Orlando, Downtown Orlando has good nightlife, shopping and dining.

Southwest Orlando is one of the popular destinations as it’s where you’ll find some of the biggest parks such as Universal Studios and Disney World. Some of the hotels offer free shuttles to the parks.

Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rental accommodation in Orlando on a short-term basis and rooms with a local.

All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For all other accommodation in Orlando, click on the link below. * Check rates and availability for all accommodation in Orlando

Clarion Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando Resort

This stylish 3-star hotel looks as though it’s designed just for females with its chic purple interior. There’s a cafe and restaurant on-site, a bar and an outdoor pool, and if you’re planning to visit Universal Studios, it’s only a 15-minute walk away or they provide a free shuttle. Reception is open 24 hours and offers attraction tickets. The rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a coffee machine and there are no hidden resort fees. Choose from a queen or king room or a queen suite. * Check rates and availability for Clarion Inn & Suites

Barefoot Suite by Capital Vacations

Situated in Kissimmee Old Town, Barefoot Suite offers apartments/condos within easy reach of Walt Disney World Resort (just 3 miles away) and they provide a free transfer to the park. Each apartment has either a fully-equipped kitchen or a kitchenette or you can just dine in one of the several eateries in the area. The rooms are spacious yet a little dated but they are comfortable and have everything you need including an outdoor barbecue and pool, and some have their own balcony with a view.Check rates and availability for Barefoot Suite

Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista

If you prefer a hotel room near Disney World instead of an apartment, the Hyatt Place Orlando is a 3-star hotel with everything you need for a comfortable stay in Orlando. The rooms are clean and spacious and come with coffee-making facilities, a fridge and a TV. The staff are really friendly and it’s in a great location, within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Breakfast is included in the rate too. Choose from a queen or king room. * Check rates and availability for Hyatt Place Orlando

Finally…

Things To Do In Orlando Beside Theme Parks

If you're worried about being solo, and you're thinking that theme parks are better with others, you can still have fun alone. When you’re by yourself, you can make all the decisions and go on all the rides you want. Plus, you’re free to go around the theme parks and explore as much as you like. You’re also free to explore Orlando in general, which is a really beautiful place.

Orlando isn’t just for kids and even us solo females can have our share of fun and excitement with all the grown-up friendly attractions and activities in Orlando available. I hope this article has given you some ideas of things to do alone in Orlando besides the theme parks.

Things To Do Alone in Orlando

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