Our Gay Florida Road Trip: Orlando
WHERE TO STAY
500 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32801; 866-716-8143
Aloft Orlando will deliver everything that you can expect from the Aloft hotel brand. It is modern, cute and quirky with bright colors and comfortable rooms. Approximately 10 miles away from Universal Orlando, this hotel is as accessible as it is affordable. It also has a nice gym with enough cardio machines for you to blow off some steam before a night on the town.
6145 Carrier Dr, Orlando, FL 32819; (407) 996-6000
If you’re road trippin’ with your pals, this resort would be perfect. Located near Wet ‘n Wild Orlando, Walt Disney World and a bevvy of restaurants, Westgate Palace is an ideal steal at an affordable rate. Some rooms come complete with full kitchen as well incase you want to stick around for a while.
WHERE TO EAT
252 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789; (407) 628-8651
This may be a bit of a hike, but you’re on a road trip after all. Gas up your car and head out in search of the most delicious breakfast/brunch you’ve had in a while. Here, people dress nicely but they don’t overdo it. Wear some nice jeans and a polo or a well fitting button up shirt. The restaurant is filled with beautiful people and pastry and will prove to be a bright spot in your trip.
1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804; (407) 872-2332
This is a neighborhood restaurant with a comfortable and welcoming feel. There’s a reason why K Restaurant is consistently present on “Best Of” lists. From its mac and cheese and farm pasta to Florida mahi and roast beet, your taste buds will jump for joy. Nothing is better than partying on a full stomach.
WHERE TO PARTY
410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805; (407) 425-7571
You knew this one was coming right? The gay nightlife scene in Orlando is synonymous with Parliament House. From the cruisy scene and open doors around the budget motel, to the gigantic dance floor and top-of-the-line drag shows, you will be able to have the time of your life here. Explore the hip-hop room near the entrance before making your way to the middle bar. Here is where you will find strippers and good conversation before moving into the main room. Be sure to walk around and check out the outside bars as well. Parliament House won’t disappoint.
1913 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
We highly recommend starting your night at Savoy before the late night activities at the aforementioned Parliament House. Multiple rooms, nightly dancers on the bar and a huge patio area are the highlights here. This is the perfect pregame spot to hang with friends or make new ones. There will be hot guys here playing pool or just enjoying the Top 40 hits from the resident DJ.
WHAT TO DO
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819; (407) 363-8000
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, FL 32830; (407) 939-1936
Orlando offers up an excellent supply of both amusement parks and shopping options. Start it off at Universal Orlando. If you’ve never experienced Halloween Horror Nights this will be your chance to enjoy the scares and live shows while you and your pals drink and laugh. Be sure to plan ahead and purchase tickets to avoid outrageous lines. If you’re not into the Halloween festivities, let your imagination run while and reconnect with the best parts of your childhood at Disney World. After all, this is the town that Mickey built.
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839; (407) 363-3555
Orlando has excellent shopping options and The Mall at Millenia is as good as it gets in our opinion. From All Saints and Neiman Marcus to H & M and Armani Exchange, you will be able to find all your favorites here.
Don't forget to stop by the Pulse Memorial to pay your respects to the 49 members of our LGBT community who lost their lives on June 12, 2016.