The adult's guide to Florida

Florida isn’t all mouse ears and princess dolls – it’s as much a dream holiday for adults as it is for kids. Many of the resorts surrounding the Walt Disney World Resort offer their own array of incredible amenities, such as more dining than your stomach will know what to do with and plenty of bars and activities geared toward older audiences. What’s more, many are still close enough to Disney territory so as to be supremely convenient.

Where to play

Renaissance holidaymakers have hit the jackpot with Florida, as this sunny destination’s activities are vast and varied. When it comes to sun, sand and a whole lot of energy, Florida has you covered.

In Clearwater you’ll find what TripAdvisor users have rated as the number one beach in the United States. Lined by white sand and backed by a popular promenade, it’s the stuff of dreams, padded with watersports opportunities and plenty of sunbathing space. St Pete Beach over in St Petersburg is another crowd favourite, ranking in the top five on the very same best-of list.

Sporty types can take to the green with the famous ChampionsGate Golf Club in the ChampionsGate resort. It attracts players from all over the world, was designed by architect and golf enthusiast Greg Norman and is added to by a golf academy nearby. For more low-key rounds, there’s also the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course in the resort of the same name.

We’re sure there are plenty of adults who find the bright lights of the Walt Disney World Resort alluring. One of the most thrilling areas is Epcot, where you can go around-the-world to 11 different countries, eating and drinking like a worldly pro. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is where you’ll find more of a nod to the franchise’s live action side, highlighting Disney branches like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It’s also where you’ll find rollercoasters that are a little hairier than your classic Disney type.

Another adult playground is the 24-kilometre stretch known as International Drive. It not only connects the area’s best theme parks, but comes equipped with its own fun zones featuring indoor skydiving, crazy golf and a seriously massive ferris wheel called the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

Where to eat

Florida resorts come packed to the gills with restaurants that branch well beyond just being family-friendly. International Drive features a huge collection of eateries, with cuisine ranging from classic American to Indian, Italian, Greek, Japanese and more.

St Petersburg and Clearwater follow the same vein, offering endless culinary options. Vibes here range from kitsch to swanky rooftop, with a nod to laid-back beach dining in between. Dinner shows are another way to keep the whole experience feeling a little more sophisticated and can be found all around Florida’s holidaymaker-heavy resorts, especially Kissimmee.

Where to drink

You’ll find a lot of cocktails, a lot of live music and a lot of late nights in St Petersburg. Plus, the vibes range from classy cocktail bars with a nostalgic edge to techno-pulsing clubs.

Though some of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort might be dry in terms of alcohol, Disney Springs certainly isn’t. That’s where you’ll find all the glossy magic of Disney but with an adult twist, featuring live music venues, bars, shows by Cirque du Soleil, an indoor theme park and bowling alley. Head just 15 minutes down the road to the ESPN Wide World of Sports and sports bar bliss awaits, plus there’s the chance to get your head in the game with a huge number of sports complexes.

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