The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom for Mother's Day. (Courtesy Walt Disney World)
Treat mom on May 14 with a variety of special activities and dining experiences in Orlando. From traditional brunch and afternoon tea to out-of-the-box fun, we'll help you make sure mom has a memorable day and quality family time that everyone will enjoy.
A Grand Brunch
With high-end hotel restaurants and award-winning local eateries, Orlando is home to an abundance of festive brunch spots. At the lively Taverna Opa at the upscale Pointe Orlando, moms eat free from the family-style menu of Greek specialties. Plus, there’s live entertainment all day. 9101 International Drive, 407.351.8660
At the I-Drive 360, take mom on a fabulous trip on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye enclosed Ferris wheel before savoring a Mother’s Day Spanish brunch buffet at Tapa Toro. Mom can enjoy complimentary mimosas and sangria. $35/adults and $15/children. 8441 International Drive, 407.226.2929
Disney Springs’ newest restaurant, Paddlefish, is offering a special on lobster ravioli with brown butter sauce along with a chocolate pot de crème for dessert for $48 per person. Plus, mothers receive a complimentary carnation. After brunch, head to the rooftop to enjoy amazing views of the water and Disney Springs. 1670 Buena Vista Drive, 407.934.2628
Take mom to the Casa Feliz in the picturesque town of Winter Park, where you can all enjoy a free concert and flamenco. All are invited to the open house between noon and 3 pm, so you can admire the architecture of James Gable Rogers II. Musical groups perform a variety of music in the main parlor from jazz and classical to Latin and bluegrass. 656 N. Park Ave., 407.628.8200
At Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, just an hour from Orlando, moms get in free on Mother’s Day. This spectacular garden was designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Central Park and the World’s Fair of Chicago, and in its center is a carillon, played by one of the best carillonneurs in the world, at 1 pm and 3 pm. Don't miss the brand-new children's garden and outdoor play area. Free admission for moms; general admission $20 and children $10. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863.676.1408
During the height of spring, it’s the perfect time to explore Orlando’s gardens. Leu Gardens near downtown Orlando is located right on beautiful Lake Rowena. Moms get in free for Mother's Day. It's the perfect time to take a stroll through Florida's largest rose garden, in full bloom during the month of May. You can also tour the lush tropical gardens, bamboo forest, butterfly gardens and historic home that are all located on the 50-acre botanical garden. Sugarbuzz Dezert Company and Peak Season Pops will be selling their treats for moms with a sweet tooth. $10/adults; $3 K-12. 1920 N. Forest Ave., 407.246.2620
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is still going on for Mother’s Day, where you’ll find 15 outdoor kitchens with specialty cocktails and fresh food items along with stunning gardens, 100 Disney character topiaries and special exhibits for moms with a green thumb. $97/adults and $91/kids 3-9. 200 Epcot Center Drive
Orlando’s only independent cinema, Enzian, is offering a special screening of “Funny Face” featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. During the show, enjoy a special brunch and a complimentary mimosa. $40/adults and $25/kids 6-14. 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407.629.0054
Don't miss one of Broadway's newest hits, "Matilda," playing at the stunning Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts throughout Mother's Day weekend. See the heart-warming children's book by Roald Dahl come to life in what Time magazine has called the No. 1 show of the year. From $33.75. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., 407.839.0119
Treat mom to a spa day at one of Orlando’s finest facilities. Go for a stroll in the quaint town of Celebration, actually built by the Walt Disney Company. After lunch and some shopping, head to the town's intimate boutique spa, Indulgences, where owner and therapist Mary Ashton will give her the works. 605 Celebration Ave., Celebration, 321.559.4144
The Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney World, the city's only five-diamond resort, is the ultimate spot for a weekend with mom. Even if you're not staying, non-guests can enjoy the luxurious spa with a fabulous treatment menu straight out of Beverly Hills. For Mother's Day, moms get a complimentary glass of prosecco. With any 80-minute treatment, moms also enjoy access to the resort pool and lazy river. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777
Orlando offers special tea services throughout the year, which are especially nice on Mother’s Day. Younger girls may want to accompany mom to tea at the American Girl bistro at The Florida Mall or to princess tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian. For a more elegant mother-daughter date, the tea at the Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria are hard to top. In town, The Tea Experience and Infusion Tea also offer wonderful options.