Whether you’re throwing a birthday party for a child, teenager, young adult or seasoned adult, many Orlando birthday party ideas await here in Central Florida.
Upscale Birthday Party Ideas
If you’re looking for a an upscale way to celebrate a birthday, we’ve got you covered. There are a number of great restaurants locally that offer private and quiet spaces for a group of ten or so to dine. A few restaurants with small private rooms perfect for such a gathering include The Palm at the Hard Rock Hotel, Bice at the Portofino Bay Hotel, the brewery room at Cask & Larder, and the Barrel Room at Moonfish.
If you’re looking for an upscale restaurant option for a smaller group that might be a little out of the ordinary, or a little more special for a birthday dinner, consider Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at the Royal Pacific Resort or the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Resort at Disney (stay for the fireworks). For a special, purely local option that you likely haven’t had before, check out Chatham’s in Dr. Phillips or Christini’s across the street. If you’re not a regular in the Winter Park area, the food and atmosphere at Prado is indeed tough to beat.
If budget permits, a large birthday dinner at a resort restaurant like Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton followed by a night at the hotel is definitely a special way to spend a birthday. Wake up and enjoy the amazing pool facilities at the resort. Other similar options might include Blue Zoo and the Dolphin Resort at Disney or a downtown restaurant and the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Casual and Fun Orlando Birthday Party Ideas
Two of the top restaurants in Orlando for a fun and casual birthday party are Cafe Tu Tu Tango on International Drive and Rocco’s Taco’s on Sand Lake Road. At Cafe Tu Tu Tango, if you have a group of 10-12, try to reserve the special wooden table with the chairs built into the tree trunk. It’s one of the more unique tables in all of Orlando. Cafe Tu Tu Tango is a great option for drinks and smaller, unique dishes, then combining dinner with something fun on International Drive like bowling or catching a movie.
Looking to get a little loose? Try Universal’s CityWalk. You can have dinner at Emeril’s, Margaritaville or the brand new Antojito’s and then stay and bar hop at the various clubs. Plenty of dancing can be had at Margaritaville with the house band or, if you’re looking for more of a club atmosphere, check out the groove. When you’ve built up enough courage, head to Rising Star and take a stab at the best karaoke in town.
Of course, heading downtown to catch an Orlando Magic game is also a great way to spend a birthday. With the new Amway arena, going to a Magic game is hardly about basketball anymore. The venue itself is half the fun, and the group is sure to have a blast even if several have no interest in basketball.
Family Oriented Orlando Birthday Party Ideas
Looking to have a family birthday dinner involving fun and festivities for both adults and kids? As we stated above, Cafe Tu Tu Tango can also work with kids and a nearby activity like miniature golf. House of Blues or Bongos at Downtown Disney can be a fun venue for a family as well. For families with little ones, consider Rainforest Cafe or the T-Rex restaurant. Follow up dinner at Downtown Disney with some fun at Splitsville.
Outdoor activities (more on these in the next section) can also be great for the family. A popular activity for families on special occasions is heading out to Wekiwa Springs State Park. Here you can do a picnic lunch followed up with either kayaking down the river or swimming in the spring.
Of course, enjoying some of the resort pools in town is also a great time for family fun. Some of the best pool resorts are the Hyatt Grand Cypress and Disney’s Dolphin Hotel. Spend a day poolside with some food and drinks while the kids splash around. Hotels like the JW Marriott Grande Lakes and the Hilton Bonnet Creek have lazy rivers if that’s more your style.
Outdoor Orlando Birthday Party Ideas
Orlando offers a number of outdoor activities. In the warmer times of the year, spending time on the many lakes in Central Florida is a great way to celebrate a birthday. The Sportsman’s Club in southwest Orlando is a common, lakefront venue for celebrating a birthday party. You can rent out one of the facilities or simply use the open picnic tables and/or spaces. The grounds include a playground, volleyball court, and of course the Butler Chain lakes for plenty of water fun.
If you’re in the mood for something different, check out one of the Orlando water parks such as SeaWorld’s Aquatica park. Setting up shop on the lounge chairs at Aquatica is a very fun day with some sun, food, drinks and water slides.
For the golf enthusiasts of course, Orlando offers a wide range of golf courses. Groups frequent the Orange County National facilities for golf and parties quite frequently. You can even stay the night if you plan to enjoy some adult beverages.
Lastly, you might consider heading out to Downtown Winter Garden and enjoying some time on the West Orange Trail followed up with a meal in the very underrated historic Downtown Winter Garden.
As you can tell, Orlando offers a myriad of birthday party ideas whether you’re looking to get dressed up or dressed down. We hope this was helpful in planning your next birthday party here in Orlando.