With world-class experiences and entertainment right here, Southwest Orlando residents don’t need to travel far to experience great getaways. Whether it is a vacation-worthy dining experience, luxury hotel or fun excursion, the following staycation ideas are guaranteed to allow residents to unwind without going very far.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
No great night starts off with a salad — unless it’s an Anthony’s Classic Italian Salad. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is the perfect destination for a night out on the town, date night, family night or connecting with friends. With its award-winning (USA Today) authentic coal-fired pizzas, oven-roasted chicken wings, homemade meatballs and Eggplant Marino (named after partner and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino), there’s something for everyone! Visit them at 8031 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. For more information, call 407-363-9466 or visit www.acfp.com.
El Inka Grill
Peruvian food is known as one of the top culinary cuisines in the world, and at El Inka Grill, it is at its finest. Enjoy its signature mouthwatering ceviches; homemade sangria; and savory beef, chicken and seafood dishes with international flavor. Live music is offered Thursday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Visit El Inka Grill at its two convenient locations — in Dr. Phillips and Hunter’s Creek. For more information, call 407-930-2810 (Dr. Phillips) or 407-730-7979 (Hunter’s Creek), or visit www.elinkagrill.com.
Escapology, located at 11951 International Drive, is Orlando’s No. 1-rated premium escape game, where players have 60 minutes to find clues, solve the riddles and puzzles, and try to escape the room. There are seven highly immersive scenarios named Antidote, Budapest Express, Cuban Crisis, Shanghaied, Arizona Shootout, Th3 C0D3, and the brand-new submarine game, Under Pressure. Prices are $29 per person, and bookings can be made online at www.escapology.com. For more information, call 407-278-1515.
Hard Rock Café
Treat yourself to legendary American cuisine served with a side order of music history. Located at Universal CityWalk, Hard Rock Café Orlando is the biggest HRC in the world and boasts more pieces of music memorabilia than any other location. To amplify your visit, ask your host or server how you can receive a complimentary behind-the-scenes VIP Memorabilia Tour. For more information, call 407-351-7625 or visit hardrock.com/cafes/orlando.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Hyatt Regency Orlando didn’t invent the staycation; it just perfected it. Visit them at 9801 International Drive for your next Orlando staycation. Florida residents save up to 10 percent on getaways! For more information or to book your stay now, call 407-284-1234 or visit orlando.regency.hyatt.com.
Mama Louise Italian Restaurant
Visit Mama Louise Italian Restaurant in The Marektplace at Dr. Phillips for great family dining. As a promise to his mother, 40-year restauranteur and chef Joe Esposito opened his family’s recipe book to create home-inspired Italian dishes in a fun atmosphere to be the place locals eat on a regular basis. Stop in with your family, and, as Mama Louise used to say, “Shut up and eat!” For more information, call 407-345-1000 or visit www.mamalouiserestaurant.com. (Photo courtesy firstname.lastname@example.org).
Orlando Kart Center
Guests can drive professional 45-mph karts on an outdoor competition road course at Orlando Kart Center. Located at 201 Parcel Lane, the business caters to both owners and renters, and hosts corporate and special events. OKC is open daily, and prices vary. Times for renters and owners also vary. For more information, call 407-480-2477 or visit www.orlandokartcenter.com.
Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation
Don’t miss this spring’s premier musical event as Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation welcomes Six13 on March 5 in the auditorium at Olympia High School. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and the show starts at 4:15 p.m. Everyone will enjoy this six-man group that sounds like a full band yet only uses its voices. For tickets, call 407-239-5444 or visit www.sojc.org/six13. Group discounts are available, so bring your family and friends!
Make every day on the water a staycation! Located in Orlando at 7576 S. Orange Ave., Southeast Marine prides itself on being the oldest family-owned boating sales and service establishment in the area. The staff looks at each customer as a lifelong friend, starting with a personal greeting both in-store and on the phone. Whether you are looking to purchase a boating unit or seeking service and repairs, Southeast Marine has boating lifestyle consultants ready to help. For more information, call 407-851-1965 or visit www.southeastmarinesales.com. 💓