10 Things to Do in Downtown Orlando to Get Your Groove On!

Sep 16, 2021

10 Things to Do in Downtown Orlando to Get Your Groove On!
By Ciara Santiago

10 Things to Do in Downtown Orlando to Get Your Groove On!

Orlando! The City Beautiful. So, you’ve made it to Orlando and if you’re anything like me, you love great food, good music, and an experience that you’ll never forget.

Maybe you’re looking for things to do in Orlando, outside of visiting the theme parks? Downtown Orlando is a must to have on your list of places to visit while vacationing in Florida. From Orlando art galleries and hidden gems, to cafes, bars and eateries, Downtown Orlando is one of the most diverse parts of the city. Grab your walking shoes and get ready to explore the heart of the city. Explore the districts, see the sights, and experience the beauty of Downtown. It is conveniently located less than 30 miles away from our Orlando hotels which makes it a prime destination for fun that will keep you grooving.

Downtown Orlando Things To Do!

Tip: Park in one of the local parking garages and take route on foot, hop on one of their line bike or scooters and enjoy the town.

1 | Neon Beach | Neon Beach is a newly opened BBQ Beach Bar located in the heart of Downtown Orlando off of the well-known “Orange Avenue.” It is set up to make you feel like you’ve walked into a beach vacation with neon lights, flamingo decor, and tropical accents. While they have great aesthetics, they are also known for their amazing food and live DJ. Neon Beach has an epic Sunday Brunch with a diverse menu that adds a twist to the common breakfast items you’d typically order. If you’re looking for a great time and great drinks you have to check them out.

WHERE: 131 N. Orange Ave, Suite 104, Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 735-9168

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2 | Ember Orlando | Known as Downtown Orlando’s premier outdoor terrace restaurant, Ember Orlando has been around for years, providing a top-notch experience to the city of Orlando. They serve Mediterranean-style dishes that are absolutely amazing! Ember hosts weekly events ranging from Wine Down Wednesdays to their famous Sunday Brunch with live DJs. Ember Orlando is definitely a spot for good music and great food!

WHERE: 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 849-5200

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3 | The Guesthouse | If you’re looking for a small chic vibe and great happy hour, The Guesthouse is your spot. Their menu features craft cocktails, beer, and wine. The plant filled modern spot is a great place to chill with your friends or a significant other. Just a tip: parking isn’t the best but no worries, the best part about Downtown Orlando is being able to park in one location that’s close to just about everywhere you’ll want to explore.

WHERE: 1321 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: (407) 630-6574

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4 | Wall Street Plaza | Known for being one of the best spots to visit in Orlando, the Wall Street Plaza is a complex with eight diverse bars, places to eat and nightclubs. They host the liveliest block parties every weekend including their awesome Taco Tuesday. Best of all, Wall Street Cantina is one of its most popular restaurants/bars that always delivers a super festive vibe. Think of it as Orlando’s own version of New Orleans, Bourbon Street!

WHERE: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 849-8471

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5 | Thornton Park | Located along the eastern side of Lake Eola Park, Thornton Park is known for being the “Downtown for Grownups.” The vibes here are very trendy and friendly, making it the city’s most stylish district. Thornton Park features unique local vendors, food trucks, live music and endless things to do.

WHERE: 100 S. Eola Dr. Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 849-8471

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6 | Hanson Shoe Repair | I’m sure you’re wondering why I’d send you to a shoe repair place, right? The best-kept secret in Downtown Orlando happens to be their “speakeasies.” Hanson’s Shoe Repair is also home to a stylish, password-entry bar that is known for having an intimate atmosphere with craft cocktails perfect for a night out.

WHERE: 27 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 476-9446

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7 | Mathers Orlando Speakeasy | At this point, hopefully you can tell that Orlando is known for having some pretty awesome speakeasies. Mathers is a sophisticated yet comfortable vintage social spot. They offer classic cocktails and small plates to compliment. Mathers is also known for their burlesque events and they even offer live music!

WHERE: 27 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 476-9446

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8 | Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille | Eat, drink and be “Mary” is what they say. Most people will say that Hamburger Mary’s serves up the best burgers in Downtown Orlando. I agree! They offer a diverse menu with options that will for sure be worth the visit. Live events are a must in the location. In fact, it’s what they are known for.

WHERE: 27 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 476-9446

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9 | Amway Center | The Amway is Orlando’s indoor arena and home of the Orlando Magic. When the NBA isn’t hosting a game in Orlando, the Amway is the place to go for awesome entertainment. With concerts, live comedy shows, and sports events, there are endless things to do that will make for a night full of entertainment.

WHERE: 27 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 476-9446

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10 | The Robinson | First, let me warn you that the ambiance here will make it hard to leave. The industrial, modern and vibrant feel makes Robinson Room, super inviting. There are two floors with the first being the coffee room. If you’re looking for a place to hang-out, this is your floor. They offer cocktails, mocktails and of course COFFEE! The second floor is the cocktail room, which is dedicated to nightlife! If you’re looking for happy hour and unique live and curated music, The Robinson Room is the place to be.

WHERE: 27 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: (407) 476-9446

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Last Tips on Things To Do in Downtown Orlando!

We’ve included ten hotspots in Downtown Orlando that we think you should try but feel free to explore the city even more to discover its hidden gems. There is simply so much to do in Orlando and frankly so much to see. Use this as a guide - or check out our Travel Blog to start your vacation itinerary and don’t forget to have a great time, wherever you go!


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