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The Best of Orlando in a Single Day

Jump-start your day with roller coasters, then follow our tips for a deliciously fun day in the City Beautiful

It's "winter" in Orlando, which means the temperature has likely dipped below 80 degrees, making it the perfect time to spend a day exploring this fine city. With thrills as plentiful as the city is large, no day in Orlando is ordinary. Whether you're zooming around on coasters, wining and dining on Restaurant Row or singing along with your favorite band at one of the city's fabulous music venues, there's always something new and exciting to add to the itinerary. Ready to take on Orlando? Be prepared for a day of fun.

8 am: Take a Thrill Ride 

With weather this ideal, it's a must to hit up the theme parks. And why pick one? With so much to offer, from zooming coasters to playful animals and gorgeous princesses to teenage wizards, there's no reason not to explore them all. Get a jump start on the crowds and head out to the parks first thing in the morning ... coffee in hand, of course. 

 Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
The thrills of descent on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster. (©2013. Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.)

2 pm: Eat Your Heart Out

After all that theme park excitement, a late lunch is definitely in order, and there's no better place to grab a bite than on Restaurant Row, located on Sand Lake Road. A destination in itself, Restaurant Row is overflowing with countless dining options. Sit outside and enjoy a mid-day margarita and some of the best guacamole in town at Rocco's Tacos. Or dine on lighter fare while enjoying a stunning view at Seasons 52. Just be sure to save room for a slice of the best carrot cake or six-layer chocolate cake you'll ever sink your teeth into at the Dessert Lady

Rocco's Tacos Margarita
A margarita and Rocco's famous tacos are a perfect pair. (©Rocco's Tacos)

7 pm: Head Downtown

Now that you've covered the visitor area, it's time to hang like the locals do. Grab a drink and mingle with the natives at Underground Public House—an American bar meets a British pub that's an ideal spot to sip craft beers and delicious cocktails. 

Downtown Orlando at night.
Downtown Orlando at night (©City of Orlando/Harvey Smith)

8 pm: Rock On

It's not a trip to Orlando without a night out. With some of the best live-music venues around, there's plenty of ways to rock the night away. After you've enjoyed a round or two at the bar, catch a show at The Social or its sister club, The Beacham, a live-music venue and nightclub that dates back to the early 1920s when it touted famed vaudevillian acts. Today, it's the ideal spot for catching up-and-coming and indie-rock acts. 

The Beacham
Catch a live show at The Beacham. (©Franz Mahr)