Nightlife in Central Florida
By Susan M. Keenan © 2007
The nightlife in Central Florida has a little bit of everything for everyone from dance clubs to dinner shows to live rodeos to boutique shopping and more. What you select will most likely depend upon your personal interests and how many children you have in tow.
Disney’s Boardwalk Entertainment Complex, located in Lake Buena Vista next to Crescent Lake, is a large entertainment, dining, and shopping complex that is easily accessible from Epcot, several of the Epcot resorts, and Disney-MGM Studios. Some of the most popular places to visit in the complex are: Wyland Galleries, the ESPN Club, Spoodles (a restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine), the Belle Vue Lounge (a relaxing spot replete with antique radios), and Jellyrolls.
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the waterfront, the unique shops, excellent restaurants offering mouth-watering cuisine, and eclectic assortment of entertainment venues draw tourists from all walks of life. Although the hours vary according to the seasons, most stores are open until 11 pm. The complex offers parking, valet parking, free admission, cover charge events, dancing, nightclubs, and a long boardwalk that’s great for walking.
Pointe Orlando, located at 9101 International Drive in Orlando, is a large entertainment and shopping complex with indoor and outdoor venues. It offers more than 40 retail stores, numerous restaurants, and a 21-screen movie theater. Pointe Orlando is open year round with parking garages, covered parking, maps and brochures, and more.
Universal CityWalk, located at 6000 Universal City Boulevard, offers some of the best venues for having a bit of fun. Numerous stores providing hours of opportunity for shopping, an eclectic array of restaurants featuring both casual and fine dining opportunities, live music, current movie hits, and more are waiting for your presence.
CityWalk has a multilingual staff, covered parking, garages, valet parking, brochures, and gift shops. Although most places offer free admission, some special events require a fee for entrance. CityWalk is open year round from 11 am until 2 am.
Sun on the Beach - Old Town, located at 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, offers themed parties like no other place. On the weekends, guests must be 18 years of age or older. Sun on the Beach is open year round and during the hours of noon until 2 am. Visitors can find ample parking, eateries, gift shops, activities and more.
Downtown Orlando features a wide number of nightclubs and bars including Chillers, Club Paris Orlando, and Big Belly Brewery on Church Street. On Orange Avenue, the Wall Street Plaza provides an interesting assortment of bars and clubs to tingle any taste including One-Eyed Jacks, the Wall Street Cantina, and the Loaded Hog. Across the way, island-style beverages and live music are a large part of the experience at Tuk Tuk, Slingapours, and the Monkey Bar.
This is only a smattering of what Central Florida has to offer. However, if this is your first visit, consider making one of the complexes a must see on your list.
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