Orlando is one of the most LGBT+ friendly cities in the country and the pride seeps into everything in the city.
While Disney is a blast, and you should definitely visit for Gay Days, Orlando is not just Disney World. Here are some of the best attractions in Orlando outside of the Mouse’s House.
1. Universal Studios
This is like the grown-up Disney World. I mean, you can drink, there’s Harry Potter, it’s amazing. While this is still a theme park, we definitely feel like it doesn’t get enough love in the “I’m going to Orlando” travel blogs.
Make sure you get a two-day, two-park ticket to take in all the sites and travel between the Studios and Islands of Adventure on the famous Hogwarts Express. Don’t miss Gringott’s Bank or Diagon Alley, where you can pick up your own wand.
For Marvel fans, there’s an entire island for your perusal including the Hulk coaster and you can meet Spiderman and the rest of The Avengers. Take your Butter Beer to go and have a grand old time.
Don’t forget the party continues all night long at CityWalk outside the parks. Don’t miss Volcano Bay either, the brand new water park. This whole place is a blast.
2. The Plaza Live Theatre
Located in beautiful Downtown Orlando, The Plaza Live has been the premier live concert venue for smaller houses since the 90s.
They opened as a two-screen movie theatre in 1963 and then it got converted to the concert space it is today in the early 90s. General admission capacity is only 1250 so it’s an intimate space that puts you right in the middle of the action.
Catch comedians, indie bands, and more, up close and personal.
3. The Milk District
This is Orlando’s gaybourhood and an amazing cultural hub for the city. You can find many of the best restaurants in Orlando here.
You’ll also find a ton of street art, coffee shops, music venues, breweries, and more. Drive around the streets and explore the diverse offerings.
The official Milk District is E Colonial Dr and E Jefferson St to N Bumby Ave and E South St. Check out the map here.
4. Lake Eola Park
Everything about Lake Eola is welcoming and wonderful. From the charming swan boat rentals to the rainbow painted bandshell, aka Walt Disney Amphitheater, you’ve got to explore this little piece of heaven in the middle of the city.
The sidewalk around the lake is .9 miles around and along the way, you’re certain to see some live swans and other wildlife who call the park home.
Enjoy a brisk walk, listen to music, grab some eats, and take in local arts and crafts shows and more at Lake Eola. Get a full breakdown of the upcoming events here.
5. ICON Park
This is Orlando’s newest attraction on International Drive. There is plenty to do for the whole family and some nightlife attractions as well.
Ride the giant Wheel at ICON Park for a birds-eye view of the city, visit the wax museum, check out Sea Life Aquarium. Hear some great live music at Tin Roof.
Enjoy some Vampire Tacos at Yard House. Drop into the Sugar Factory for a confection laced cocktail (available both with booze and without) served in a huge goblet smoking with dry ice.
It’s an all-around good time to be had by all.
6. The Parliament House
Not for the kiddos but great for everyone else, this is a historic gay bar in Orlando. It’s a combo all-gay bar, nightclub, theatre, restaurant, hotel and more. Open seven nights a week, there is something for everyone.
Play here and Stay here! A very unique feature of the Parliament House Resort is the 112 room motel attached to the entertainment complex.
Make sure to catch a piano bar and have a blast in this fun and wild atmosphere.
7. Southern Nights
The closest thing Orlando has to a lesbian bar, Southern Nights is an Orlando tradition. Dance the night away, drink great drinks, and don’t miss the Drag Race Competitions.
And make sure to check out Girl the Party every Saturday night, where ladies take to the stage for the hottest dance show in town.
There are plenty of places in there to chat the night away and snuggle up. Don’t miss it.
8. Southern Craft
If nightclubs are less your style and you’re still looking for a place to grab a drink, Southern Craft is the low key partner bar of Southern Nights.
Don’t miss the special seasonal cocktail. Love whiskey? Don’t miss Whiskey Wednesdays for $7 select cocktails.
It’s the more grown-up version serving craft cocktails and a subdued vibe. Come relax and have some yummy drinks with friends.
Orlando is a Gay Paradise and For Good Reason: It’s Not Just For the Mouse, Honey
We hope this has opened your eyes to experience Orlando beyond Lake Buena Vista. Don’t fight the tourists, have fun like a local.
Check out downtown Orlando and the surrounding areas to get a real sense of the city. Don’t forget to check out our Orlando dining guide for all the tips on where to eat in O-Town.
Check out our Visit section for more not-to-miss locations here in the Sunshine State. We look forward to seeing you around!
Do you have some favorite places we didn’t mention? What needs to be on this list? Please leave it in the comments below!