I cannot think of Orlando (and I know I’m not alone in this thought) without thinking of a city overrun with kids and grumpy parents. Orlando and Disney World are forever linked, and because of this, Orlando has been off my radar for years.
Doing research for this article, I wanted to find things to do in Orlando that had nothing to do with Disney World. Turns out, there is a lot more to Orlando than I thought. In fact, there is a whole sanctuary of award-winning spas, yoga, and wellness activities away from the business of the major Orlando tourist attractions.
If you are traveling to Orlando with kids and need to get away for a little awhile, or are just searching for a place to relax and rejuvenate, have a go at some of these wellness inspired activities in Orlando.
Canoe or Kayak in Wekiwa Springs State Park
Take a leisurely paddle down the Wekiwa River, relaxing and getting in some exercise. Spot wildlife like alligators, heron, deer, black bears, and otters while gazing at the hundred-year-old oak trees that stand guard over the river. Wekiwa Springs State Park rents canoes and kayaks by the hour, and offers multi-day river trips.
Play a Round of Golf
According to golf.com, Orlando is where golf pros make their home because of the fantastic public, private, and resort golf courses. For those that play golf to relax and stay fit, there are many (many!) courses to check out while in Orlando. Check out this full list of must-play golf courses in Orlando.
Get Pampered at the Spa at the Ritz Carlton
Ready for this? The Spa at the Ritz Carlton has 40 treatment rooms, a 4,000 square foot outdoor pool, a relaxation room, eco-garden hammock experience, and a scrub bar, and that is barely scratching the surface. Everything about the spa services are local, including the herbs and fruits grown on-site used in treatments. Come for a single experience for yourself, as a couple, or book a group service.
Check out the Farmer’s Market in Lake Eola Park
Take a stroll through the Orlando Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up fresh produce, pastries, and some coffee and head into the park for a relaxing picnic in the picturesque setting. If a picnic doesn’t appeal to you, this farmer’s market has a beer and wine garden and live music.
Lounge by the Adults-Only Pool at the Four Seasons
This hotel in the middle of the Disney Resorts hub bub, is quite literally a sanctuary. The child-free pool zone includes a 92-foot infinity pool overlooking a lake. Private cabanas, palm trees, and poolside service add to the luxurious experience.
Don’t let the fact that Orlando is synonymous with Disney World deter you from traveling to this Florida city. Book one of the many Orlando hotels in all price ranges, and get down to Florida for a relaxing, rejuvenating and healthy vacation in Orlando.
This post is part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.