17 Best Things To Do Alone In Orlando, Florida - Updated 2024

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So you’ve found yourself alone in Orlando and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed? Fear not, we’ve found the top ideal activities to do as a solo traveler. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a mystery dinner party, set sail on the Titanic, soar high above the clouds, speed across waterways, or get up close and personal with animals, Orlando will certainly keep you busy. The only problem is that, like us, you’ll want to do all of these activities. Make the most out of your time in Orlando and book one of these unique experiences today. For accommodation, if you haven’t found a place to hang your hat at the end of the day, you can check out the best cheap hotels for a budget-friendly stay. Meanwhile, those who prefer to travel on their own terms might enjoy top RV rentals in the city more. In the meantime, continue reading to find out more about the best things to do alone in Orlando, Florida.

1. Experience an interactive pirate show with dinner (from USD 50.96)

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One of the fun things to do in Orlando for adults is to experience this interactive pirate show. Aboard a replica of an astonishing 18th-century Spanish galleon, you’ll be transported back in time to an era of daring pirates and high-seas escapades. As the sun sets, the night ignites with a thrilling pirate show that unfolds right before your eyes, complete with acrobatics, sword fights, and daring stunts. But the adventure doesn’t stop there – indulge your senses with a sumptuous three-course meal while being mesmerized by the mesmerizing pyrotechnics illuminating the stage. Once the show concludes, the party continues with a lively dance party that’ll keep the adrenaline and excitement going.

For those seeking an even grander experience, don’t forget to upgrade your ticket for better seats, unique souvenirs, photo packages, and more!

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Orlando: Pirates Adventure Dinner Show with Drinks

Duration: 1.5 hour

345 reviews

2. Shop at The Mall at Millenia

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Miosotis Jade used under CC BY-SA 4.0

From the latest fashion trends at Aritzia and Kate Spade New York to the sweet fragrances of Bath & Body Works, The Mall at Millenia offers a diverse selection of stores catering to every taste and style.

When hunger strikes, you’re spoiled for choice with culinary delights such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sbarro, and the indulgent Häagen-Dazs. For the ultimate in luxury, explore the exquisite offerings at Hermes, and when you need a caffeine pick-me-up, Starbucks is always there to satisfy your cravings.

The Mall at Millenia

Address: 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839, United States

Website: The Mall at Millenia

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

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3. Experience paddleboarding or kayaking (from USD 45.0)

If you’ve always been intimidated by water sports or just being in a body of water in general, start small and get yourself acquainted with the lakes of Orlando by availing this four-hour stand-up paddleboard or kayak rental. If you already know the basics of using these pieces of equipment, paddle along the freshwater lakes at your own pace and take a break from the loud and spirited theme parks of the city. Get closer to nature with this tranquil activity. Rent a kayak or a paddleboard now and be the captain of your own adventure!

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Lake Ivanhoe SUP Paddleboard or Kayak Rental in Orlando

Duration: 2 hours

46 reviews

4. Have a magical experience with Mickey and Friends (from USD 78.85)

Who says you can’t enjoy a theme park by yourself? Disney World is one of those locations where the magic never stops, and contrary to popular belief, it is one of the most exciting solo things to do in Orlando! Even if you are traveling alone, you can never go wrong with spending a day or more at Disney World. With rollercoasters, amusement rides, and games along with all of your favorite Disney characters, you won’t feel lonely while visiting the park on your own! If you want to see all you can see and do all you can do at the multiple Disney parks in Orlando, make sure to get a park hopper pass so that you have unlimited same-day or multi-day entries for all the Disney parks.

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Walt Disney World Ticket in Florida Orlando

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5. Take a walk through Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens Rose Garden fountain
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jim Moore used under CC BY 2.0

Situated just north of downtown Orlando and along Lake Rowena is Harry P. Leu Gardens. A 50-acre (20.2-hectare) botanical garden with over 15,000 temperate and tropical plants, this beautiful location might take up a good portion of your afternoon! Expect to spend at least two hours exploring it. A visit on Tuesday through Saturday during the morning offers the opportunity to take a 25-minute guided tour of Leu House Museum starting at 10am, with the last entry at 12:30pm. Make sure to visit these beautiful gardens while you are in Orlando and see all of the beautiful tropical plants that Harry P. Leu Gardens showcases!

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Address: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL

Website: Harry P. Leu Gardens

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 10 USD (Adults); 5 USD (children, ages 4 - 17)

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6. Visit the animals at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

One of the fun things to do in Orlando besides theme parks is getting to meet different animals and seeing them be cared for responsibly. Located on the southeast outskirts of Orlando is Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife rehabilitation center that focuses on the four Rs: rescue, raise, rehabilitate, and release. This center features over 30 species of wild animals. Some animals end up calling the refuge home while others only pass through before being returned to the wild. If you are a nature lover who cares about conservation, make sure to visit and see some of the permanent residents including owls, foxes, lemurs, and bobcats, among others, as well as their transient residents from around central Florida!

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

Address: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd. Orlando, FL 32832

Website: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 5 USD (donation)

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7. Relish an Orlando City sightseeing tour (from USD 79.0)

Your solo trip to Florida just got better with this tour! This full-day sightseeing bus and boat cruise is an ideal way to learn more about the history of Orlando. You’ll begin the tour at the stunningly beautiful Lake Eola before heading to the self-proclaimed ‘Venice of America’, officially called the Winter Park. Here you’ll join a one-hour scenic cruise on which you can see the many canals and cobbled streets. With a quick stop to the infamous Park Avenue, you’ll have time to pick up some souvenirs before traveling through the Disney’s Celebration Town. A fun-filled, packed day awaits!

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Orlando Sightseeing Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

Duration: 7 hours

150 reviews

8. Get wet, wild and speedy on the airboat tour (from USD 40.0)

If you’re looking for a ‘wet’ and 'wild’ adventure then this exciting airboat ride sounds like a perfect match. This boat ride can last for up to 30 or 60 minutes, depending on your preference, with cruises through the mossy cypress swamps in Southern Orlando. Your onboard guide and navigator will help you discover local wildlife such as watchful alligators, turtles, birds and many creatures on the lush shoreline. You’ll race across the water surface at speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph) so be prepared to get a bit wet!

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30-Minute Airboat Ride near Orlando

Duration: 30 minutes

433 reviews

9. Discover the scientific, kooky and obscure at WonderWorks Orlando (from USD 39.0)

At WonderWorks Orlando, you can explore over 100 exciting exhibitions such as the earthquake cafe, anti-gravity chamber, a glow-in-the-dark-ropes course or even Orlando’s only upside-down amusement park! WonderWorks is where you can find the scientific, kooky and downright obscure. Your tour will give you access to all 100 exhibits which you can explore at your own pace. If you wish, you can upgrade to include the 90-minute comedic Outta Control Dinner Show.

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WonderWorks Orlando

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

675 reviews

10. Become a wizard for the day (from USD 125.81)

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With a multitude of rollercoasters and attractions, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are perfect for chest-pounding adrenaline and adventure! If you are a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series, your only course of action must be visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Start your adventure at Platform 9 ¾ and get whisked away on the Hogwarts Express to experience all that Hogwarts Castles, Hogsmead, and other famous locations have to offer! Make sure to try a butterbeer while you are there and also let a wand pick you as its wizard. Some wands are even specially outfitted so that you can perform spells around the park with surprising results! Make sure you get your tickets in advance so you can avoid the ticket lines.

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Universal Studios Orlando: Base Tickets w/ Easy Cancellation

180 reviews

11. Glide high above the sky in your very own hot air balloon (from USD 185.0)

This is one for the early-risers or those of you who want to make the most out of the day. This flight begins one hour before sunrise to make sure that you get the best views (don’t forget to pack your camera). The one-hour flight will take you over beautiful surroundings such as forests, orange groves and the many waterways of Central Florida. After your feet touch the ground you can enjoy a Champagne or Mimosa toast with snacks, and receive your very own flight certificate. Just remember to keep your eyes open and see if you can spot Walt Disney World!

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Orlando Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

10 reviews

12. Get a bird's-eye view of Orlando (from USD 43.0)

Looking for a tour that you can brag about to all of your friends? Then look no further than the Orlando Helicopter Tour. Take to the skies on one of six different tour options. You could choose to fly over SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World or even go celebrity spotting, alongside other tours on offer. The highlight of the Orlando helicopter flight takes you over the city’s main attractions and theme parks so you can see everything from a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s eye view. It is worth noting that all of the tours are a wot-person minimum rate, so if you’re going alone you’ll be charged for the full price of two people. This difference will be charged when you check in, unless you can pal up with another solo traveller like yourself for this ride.

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Orlando Helicopter Tour from International Drive Area

Duration: 5 to 25 minutes

75 reviews

13. Experience a Titanic-themed dinner party and artifact exhibition (from USD 58.0)

Time to move from ‘flight-y’ to 'fancy’ now with an immersive three-hour Titanic-themed dinner gala experience which re-enacts the events of the historic night of April 14 and 15. You’ll enjoy an interactive show, a delicious three-course meal, and a guided tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Galleries. The event will begin with a cocktail soiree before taking your seat in first class to participate in one of the infamous Titanic dinner parties. During your meal, you’ll be able to interact with famous guests who have all come together with you, to celebrate the retirement of the Legendary Captain Edward John Smith.

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Dinner Gala

Duration: 3 hours

10 reviews

14. Be transported back in time in The Holy Land Experience (from USD 50.0)

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This unique and educational experience is a fully immersive biblical atmosphere where you can journey back in time. This living museum combines the sights and sounds of the biblical world in an award-winning event. Live performances happen throughout the day in a state-of-the-art auditorium. You can even test your own biblical knowledge in the live game show ‘Bible Busters.’ Be sure not to miss The Scriptorium Museum which houses the impressive Van Kampen Collection.

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The Holy Land Experience Admission Tickets

Duration: 3 to 8 hours

10 reviews

15. Enjoy a Horseback Adventure at Forever Florida Eco-Reserve (from USD 75.0)

enjoy a horseback adventure at forever florida eco-reserve
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Another one for the animal lovers, this time, of the four-legged kind. At a stunning 4,700-acre (1902 hectares) conservation area, you can enjoy a 1.5 hour guided horseback ride which traverses the same historic trails that the Native Americans rode in the 16th century. You’ll learn about the local habitats of alligators, white-tailed deer, black bears and nearly 200 species of birds. Each horse is matched to the guest, so even first-time riders are welcome.

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Horseback Adventure at Forever Florida Eco-Reserve

Duration: 90 minutes

23 reviews

16. Try Sleuth's mystery dinner show (from USD 57.0)

Consider yourself a bit of an ace detective? Well, now it’s time to see just how perceptive you really are with this ‘whodunnit’ style interactive two-course dinner party. This part-scripted-part-improvised event is fantastic fun and includes unlimited drinks. There are a number of different themes on offer, but each one offers comedy and mystery so whether you choose the Lord Mansfield’s Foxhunt Banquet, G.K.’s 80th Birthday, The Reunion or one of the other fantastic themes, you’ll be guaranteed a good time. Plus, you never know, you may be chosen to play a cameo role!

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Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Show, Orlando

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

17. Embark on a magical manatee-watching tour (from USD 148.0)

Join this tour for one of the most amazing things to do in Orlando by yourself. Ever wondered what it would be like to see Manatees in their natural environment? Well, now is your chance to find out. On this guided cruise, you can spend the whole day discovering more about these harmless majestic beasts. The day begins with a relaxing 1.5-hour boat ride on the Crystal River where you can enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. The river is also home to one of the world’s largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. You’ll then be whisked away on an exciting airboat tour on the Homosassa River before hitting dry land at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Not only will you be able to see manatees here, but also a whole host of other amazing animals from bears to alligators.

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Crystal River Snorkeling, Everglades Airboat, Homosassa Tour

Duration: 12 hours

259 reviews

A blast for solo-travelers

Whoever said that traveling solo is boring obviously hasn’t discovered this article. Traveling alone is a great way to meet new people and if you are wondering about what to do in Orlando by yourself, we know that you’ll have an absolute blast taking part in any (or all) of these amazing activities.

With plenty of adventure tours, Orlando should be your next destination. If you’re here with kids, don’t forget to check out Disney resort packages.

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