Orlando has become synonymous with theme parks. In fact, the city has about more than a dozen of them. Universal Studios, Universal Orlando Resort and Islands of Adventure are just a few. However, there’s more to Orlando than having amazing theme parks and water parks. The city has countless activities that you can do especially on a weekend. Because of this variety, you might be spoiled for choice on that to do. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 10 activities in the theme park capital of the world. Just scroll down and learn about the things to do in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.
1. Visit the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
Immerse yourself in the art of Albin Polasek, a world-renowned Czech- American sculptor. In the permanent collection, you’ll find liturgical sculptures such as the Victorious Christ and His angels and some figurative and mythological sculptures too. Tourists visit the garden and the exhibit during the weekend as it’s not crowded unlike other places in Orlando. Although it’s a small museum, there are interesting finds you won’t see anywhere else. It’s a relaxing place as well, especially the peaceful and serene lake.
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
Address: 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ; Sun: 1 – 4 p.m. Mon: Closed
Cost: 10 USD for adult; 8 USD for Seniors; 3 USD for students and 8 USD for College students with ID
2. Shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
When you have almost 50 different stores to choose from at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, a weekend may not be enough. They have a book warehouse that sells books of all genres, a theme park outlet that carries discounted Disney stuff, a coffee shop and even a travel store. Of course, shoe outlets will always be present. Locals and tourists visit the area during the weekend as they have more time to select watches, clothes, shoes or anything they fancy.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Address: 15657 S Apopka Vineland Road Orlando, FL, 32821-6316
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9:00pm Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Website: Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
3. Coffee at Orlando Cat Cafe
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Where to hang out during the weekend? Why not go with the Cool Cats at the Cat Cafe about 40 minutes drive from Orlando? While relaxing over a good cup of coffee, you can cuddle your favorite feline as well. You’ll find about 15 of them roaming around. And guess what, you can bring your own pet too. Take a break from theme parks or bars during the weekend and try spending a few hours here instead. Who needs alcoholic drinks when you have premium coffee in your left hand and a pretty little feline on your right? Sounds like a weekend well spent.
Orlando Cat Cafe
Address: 532 Cagan Park Ave. Clermont, FL 34714
Hours: Cat Play Area - Monday: Noon to 6 pm; Tues- Sunday: 10:00 am - 6 pm
Cost: 8 USD for adult; 4 USD for children under 12 years old
Website: Coffee at Orlando Cat Cafe
Those who fancy skydiving without actually going on a plane ride prefer this indoor experience instead. They come here on a weekend as this is a unique experience to them. All ages (except three years old below) are welcome so long as you love activities that involve jumping. Gears, equipment and a training session are included in the package. Expect a real skydiving experience without the actual plane in this activity. After completion, you’ll be given a certificate of achievement as proof that you did skydive indoors.
Orlando Indoor Skydiving for First-Time Flyers
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Do you love going to pubs on a weekend to drink cocktails, wine, beer or soft drinks? Then you definitely should get this Dollar Off Drinks Card in Orlando. What you will get is a dollar discount on each beverage you purchase in more than 50 locations in the area. Tourists and locals who go to bars on weekends have this card. Why? Because the savings add up.
Dollar Off Drinks Card: Orlando
Duration: 30 days
When you’re busy during the week, it’s best to find someone who can actually help you plan the weekend. That’s where this private guide would come in. All you need to do is relax while someone else plans the attractions to see, rides to try, where to eat and what else to do at Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re a busy parent and yet, want to still please your kids, get a personal guide. Or if you’re someone who prefers to simply not stress about it, a guide is a good option too.
Private Guide Service: Walt Disney World
Duration: 4 hours
Tourists and locals who love baked goods come to the Artisan Bakery District during the weekend to sample different delicious goodies. The only time they can come here is either on a Saturday or a Sunday since they work on weekdays, and this tour starts at 10 am. In this tour, you’ll visit five bakeries and sample their best products. At the same time, your guide will inform you of the neighborhood’s history, the food, shops and other informative details.
Orlando's Artisan Bakery District Walking Food Tour
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
SeaWorld Orlando is a popular weekend activity for families and anyone who’s into amusement and water parks. The weekend is the best time as school is out and kids or teenagers are free to go out without worrying about homework. At SeaWorld, you’ll find more than 30 attractions, informative exhibits, exciting shows and exclusive park experiences. It may be a bit crowded during the weekend though, so make sure you plan your visit.
SeaWorld® Orlando Admission Ticket
After a busy week, tourists and locals alike come to unwind by doing Yoga on a paddleboard. Beginners are welcome here. Don’t worry, you’ll get an instructor to guide you through. After each class, participants are given the option to either paddleboard or practice yoga in the peaceful lake. Although anyone can join, it’s best that each guest knows how to swim.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga in Winter Park
Kickstart your weekend with this indoor kart-racing experience perfect for the entire family. The tour includes one race, 30 credits that you can use either to play bowling or arcade (for the kids) and a meal. Locals prefer this for a kart racing is a good way to boost their energy after a hard week’s work. For travelers, they come here after touring the city. The venue is open until midnight on the weekend except for Sunday.
Skip the Line: Indoor Kart Racing Experience Ticket
Duration: 3 hours
An awesome weekend in Orlando
To get the most of the weekend, don’t limit yourself or the family to just one or two activities. Plan the weekend ahead of time to do more fun activities. And don’t forget to get the Dollar Off Drinks Card just in case you also decide to visit pubs in the city. Also, remember to always invite your family and friends over. As they say – the more, the merrier. Reward yourself after a long week’s work by following the recommendations on this list of weekend things to do.
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