Orlando is a hot spot for tourists and entertainment if you’re looking for a great place to travel with your friends or family. Of course, theme parks are the major attraction for most people seeking to visit Orlando, but it’s also home to many more places where you can relax, unwind, let go, and have fun. We’re sure you’ll come to realize that Orlando has a lot to offer its residents and vacationers alike.

Traveling or going out in a group not only keeps the conversation going but can save you money, making time spent with family and friends well worth it. You can often get discounts on your shuttle fees, some area hotels, and various places you choose to visit. Before planning your time off and away, you should take a peek at Orlando’s calendar of events and schedule a time to head over when you can enjoy the plethora of activities Orlando provides.

Since there are many things to do and places to be, you might get overwhelmed, and understandably so. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here’s a list of the top entertaining and unforgettable things to do as a group when you’re in Orlando.

Sports

If you love the thrill of the game, Orlando is the place to go to watch sports. Florida Citrus Sports hosts some of the most significant sporting events in Central Florida at Camping World Stadium. Additionally, you can catch your favorite games at other area stadiums and sporting arenas.

Games to watch when you’re in Orlando include:

VRBO Citrus Bowl

The VRBO Citrus Bowl game started in 1947 and is considered the oldest college bowl game in the country. Over the years, it’s grown to become an attraction in Florida. If you enjoy sports and contributing to worthwhile causes, you should definitely not miss out on this one, which offers the best of both worlds. The bowl consists of two teams that often make it to the top 25 in the country. You can catch the bowl game if you’re in or around the Orlando region on New Year’s Eve.

Cheez-It Bowl

The Cheez-It Bowl was established in Miami Gardens, Florida, in 1990 and moved to Orlando in 2001. It was originally dubbed as the Blockbuster Bowl. Since the first game sold out, the organizers saw a great opportunity and had a second game the following year, and from there, it became what it is today. The game has gained popularity over the years and is held around the end of December. It pulls a huge crowd and is the place to be when you’re holidaying with family.

Florida Classic

If you love football, then you’ll love the Florida Classic. The game kicks off in November and is mostly for bragging rights between colleges in Florida. It’s America’s #1 attended HBCU football game, with over 2 million attendees since its launch in 1978.

Orlando City

If you’re a soccer fan, you’ll enjoy watching the Orlando City SC play at Exploria Stadium. They have a wide array of games lined up, so be sure to catch as many as you can while visiting Florida. You can go online to view their schedule before heading to a match.

Orlando Pride

If you love women’s soccer, then you should catch an Orlando Pride game. Established in 2015, the team has made great strides to include women. Games take place at Exploria Stadium, also home to Orlando City SC.

Things to Do With a Group at a Theme Park

If there’s one thing that Orlando’s famous for, it has to be its theme parks. Jam-packed full of sights, rides, and food, visiting the Orlando-area theme parks is always a good time. However, before visiting these parks, do your research and make a plan. Otherwise, it’s easy to get sidetracked and miss out on everything each park has to offer. With so much to see and do and so many different parks to choose from, you want to strategize accordingly.

Theme parks to visit when you’re in Orlando include:

Universal CityWalk

Located at the center of Universal Orlando Resort is CityWalk. Strolling through this area, you’re confronted with many restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues to choose from. This location is essentially its own miniature town, serving as a central hub for anyone visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You can also partake in great nightlife if that’s your scene, so the fun doesn’t stop after dark. Getting into CityWalk is free as is self-parking after 6pm. Carry a little extra cash with you in case you decide to extend your stay.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has a magical and wholesome atmosphere. It’s similar to CityWalk but caters to the younger and older crowds. The location offers free parking, so you don’t have to rush as you enjoy the many retail stores, restaurants, bakeries, candy shops, kiddie rides (including a carousel), ferry rides, live shows, and more. Any dining establishment within Disney Springs is up to the task if you want to get a good meal. There are many renowned chefs at Disney Springs that prepare several cuisines enjoyed by the entire family. You can also go on an amphicar tour which is a blend between a car and boat ride. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, you can also opt to take a ride in a stationary hot air balloon. On hot summer days, the kids can cool off in the fountains that spring up from the ground while you enjoy an iced coffee. In the winter, the temperature might drop just enough for you to sip on some hot chocolate while taking in the holiday decor.

Mardi Gras

If you love parades and street performances, then you’ll certainly enjoy Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras festivities. The celebrations are family-friendly so that anyone can join in the fun. If you’re in Orlando in the springtime, you should check the schedule for Mardi Gras revelries, as the party begins at the end of the winter season.

Halloween Horror Nights

If you love all things spooky and creepy, then Halloween Horror Nights(HHN) is an event you should consider. Taking place from early September until late October, HHN will treat you to an array of haunted houses and scare zones, with each surprise keeping you alert and on your toes, anticipating the next fright. This event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or costume masks are allowed.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

If you love flowers and the creative works that people can create with them, then consider checking out Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Get a chance to visit the most exquisite topiaries and see your favorite Disney characters in flowery form. The festival dates are around March, so plan your Spring Break wisely.

Epcot International Food andWine Festival

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will satisfy your palate by combining the best of cuisines and wines. Gather your friends and family to sample different foods throughout Epcot while also sipping on various wines and enjoying the park’s rides and attractions. This year, the event takes from July 15 to November 20, so plan your trip accordingly.

Dinner Shows

Orlando is home to many dinner shows to choose from based on theme and menu. Do your research beforehand to ensure you select the best experience for yourself and your group. To help you narrow down your choices, consider the following shows:

Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

Wantilan Luau gives you a chance to savor the taste of the South Pacific from Orlando. The dishes are mostly Hawaiian-inspired, and the theme of the entire restaurant has island vibes. You’ll have an opportunity to try an array of tropical fruits and an all-you-can-eat Polynesian buffet. Shows happen every Saturday, so be sure to reserve your spots early.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

If you love mysteries and a good dinner, then you should visit the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows. You get 45 minutes of comedy with clues of a crime committed, and at the end of the dinner service, you get to find out who’s guilty. It’s a great idea if you enjoy problem-solving and bonding over meals. Call to book in advance.

Mango’s Tropical Café

Mango’s Tropical Café is the perfect choice for after-hours entertainment and drinks if you love the nightlife. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday, so plan your outing accordingly. Also, there’s an age limit to dine at this café, so keep that in mind if you’re traveling with children.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Go back in time when you visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. The dinner includes a hearty medieval-themed meal and regal entertainment with a family-style, interactive theatre production. The show incorporates live horses and lots of stunts on horseback. Alcohol is available for those old enough to partake, and for an added fee, you can adorn the family in medieval gear and cone-shaped princess hats and have your picture taken. Visit their website to make reservations.

Adventurous Group Activities

Orlando doesn’t lack adventure. Many daring, unique, indoor and outdoor, energizing group activities are available in Central Florida.

Check out the following attractions for an unforgettable experience:

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

If you’re an indoor games person, then try Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. You can go with your family or a group of friends to play together in a game of laser tag, bowling, ziplining, arcading, and, of course, karting. If you get hungry, you can order food from the Andretti Grill. Other available activities involving sensory immersion, 3D technology, and virtual reality include racing simulators, XD Dark Ride, and Hologate. These activities are a great way to connect with friends or engage in team-building exercises.

Fun Spot America

For adrenaline junkies, Fun Spot America is the right place for you. Home to Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster, an 80-foot drop, a suspended inverted coaster, two of the world’s tallest sky coasters at 250 feet and 300 feet, a five-story tall coaster spanning over 1,300 feet, and a 90-foot tall swing ride, Fun Spot is sure to get your heart racing. It also features a splash pad with over 30 interactive water toys and spraying elements for those hot summer months. Lastly, Fun Spot is known for its go-karts, which you can race on the U.S. patented multi-level track.

Giraffe Ranch

If you love wild animals, then visit Giraffe Ranch. While there, you’ll encounter the world’s tallest mammals and numerous other exotic species. Pay a bit extra to get up close and personal with various animal encounters, including cheetahs, llamas, ring-tailed lemurs, rhinos, camels, otters, and, of course, giraffes. The ranch also features several different safari tours, some by car and others by segway, foot, and even atop camels. This can be an excellent outdoor, interactive experience for all ages.

Battleground Orlando

Battleground Orlando is a great family bonding idea for those with teenagers. You can play tactical laser tag with your group in indoor and outdoor missions, including tunnels, bunkers, trenches, two-story towers, black-light rooms, and more. There’s even a Call of Duty-themed mission for the gamers among you. You’re equipped with military-grade gear for an advanced and realistic experience. Speaking of the military, for the service members within your group, discounts are available.

Epic Axe Throwing

If you want to practice your aim, then this is an activity you definitely want to try. Just as the name suggests, Epic Axe Throwing is all about throwing axes to hit your target. You can challenge yourself or compete against others to see how close you can get to the bullseye. Pricing reflects the size of your group, and for groups over three, it’s recommended that you make a reservation.A shared or dedicated coach is available to you based on your party size.

Out-of-the-Box Bar Scene

If you love clubbing, then Orlando has you covered.

Check out the following places after dark for some good drinks in a unique atmosphere:

Icebar Orlando

If you like your beer and everything else chilled, Icebar Orlando is no exception to the cold. Dubbed the world’s largest permanent ice bar and featured as one of the top 10 bars on the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Barhopping” and Food Networks “America’s Best,” this bar truly lives up to the hype. Greeted by an ice princess with thermal coats and gloves, you’ll be in immediate awe of the ever-changing ice sculptures. Marvel at the 70 tons of carved ice as you enjoy one of the venue’s signature cocktails served in a custom carved ice glass from Icebar Orlando’s Fire Lounge. You can also check out the nightly specials or take advantage of the lounge’s VIP bottle service. With over 3,000 square feet of icy interior for dancing and partying, there’s more than enough room for your entire group to take part in this memorable Arctic experience. While guests 21 and up are welcome at all times, if you have any in your group aged 8 to 20, they can participate in the fun between the hours of 5 to 9 p.m.

Player 1 Video Game Bar

Nothing beats the combination of craft brews, video games, and music, which is exactly what Player 1 Video Game Bar delivers. The innovative bar features both local and national breweries with a selection of over 150 bottles. If beer isn’t your choice of alcoholic beverage, you also have the option of over 40 ciders, 15 different meads, and a handful of sakes. If you’re the designated driver or alcohol just isn’t your thing, you can enjoy one of Player 1’s craft sodas or draft root beers. Lastly, cosplay is welcomed, and sometimes the bar staff joins in. Come dressed to play and impress the gamers among you with your skills in a little friendly competition.

Limo Cycle Tours

You might be a seasoned clubber, but you’re probably not familiar with this pioneering concept for a bar on wheels. Limo Cycle Tours are 2-hour long excursions that take you through the streets ofSanford bar hopping and exploring. You’ll view architecture, historical sites, and Lake Monroe while hitching a ride on a limo cycle operated by a trained driver with a group of eight to 15 people who are helping to pedal to move the limo along. You have the option to bring your own beer or wine if you’re 21+ and you can enhance your experience with scavenger hunts, trivia, team-building exercises, and brewery tours. Underage guests are welcome to ride along with a guardian.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Orlando is prime for the shopping addict in you. You have your choice of malls, gift shops at area attractions, and outlets to stock up on souvenirs, dinner outfits, daywear, sporting or outdoor adventure gear, fan wear, and other gadgets while visiting, hanging out, vacationing in Central Florida.

The following are some of the most well-known malls in the region with shopping experiences to accommodate any budget:

Mall at Millenia

The Mall at Millenia has everything you need with over 150 stores and 40 eateries, including PF Chang’s, Earls Kitchen + Bar, The Capital Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, Brio Tuscan Grille, and The Cheesecake Factory, a world-famous dining establishment with more than 200 menu items and50 different cheesecake selections. Additionally, the Mall at Millenia provides you the option of complimentary personal styling and shopping services, delivery services, and package pickup for those with COVID-19 concerns or busy schedules or itineraries. The two-story mall also features various pop-up art exhibits and hosts events throughout the year. The Mall at Millenia even has an interest in film, presenting its Forbes Film Series, an ongoing short film series introducing the public to the world of fashion via the mall’s retailers. If you’re oblivious to style, check out their website to see what’s trending.

Florida Mall

Florida Mall offers just about everything in one place with over 250 stores, including some of the most well-known designers and brands. This mall is unique in that it’s also the place to go for family-friendly entertainment, including Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Play Park, The Slime Factory, Selfie WRLD Orlando, Crayola Experience, and Game Park. This renowned Central Florida mall is also home to various spas; indoor, outdoor, and health-conscious dining establishments; and even an on-site hotel and conference center. Covering 1.8 million square feet and hosting more than 20 million local, national, and international visitors each year, the Florida Mall is the region’s largest and most diverse shopping center.

Orlando International Premium Outlets

Featured as Florida’s largest outlet shopping destination, Orlando International Premium Outlets spans over 773,586 square feet on International Drive and hosts more than 17 million visitors annually. Located just five minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, this outlet mall is home to over 180 designer and name-brand stores offering 25-65% savings. In addition, if you’re a Florida resident, enjoy exclusive discounts when you show your Florida ID at Guest Services via the outlet’s Florida Resident Perks program.

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets is Orlando’s only luxury outlet and one of the most upscale outlet shopping centers in the U.S., featuring stores like Gucci, Prada, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, and Vera Bradley. In all, the outlet houses over 160 designer and name-brand stores offering savings of 25-65%. Orlando is versatile, engaging, and inviting for all. Grab some friends, the family, or both and come to Orlando for a bowl game hosted by Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) and take your time getting home so that you can enjoy everything that Central Florida has to offer. You can create a full itinerary with something for everyone. Your group will never run out of things to do in Orlando.

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