Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Why not enjoy a much needed date night? There’s so much more to Orlando, Florida than just the theme parks. You’ll find everything from circus performances and Latin dancing to a speakeasy type bar where you need a “secret” code to get in. The date night possibilities are endless and who knows, you may even run into Carrot Top somewhere along the way!

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

There’s more to Orlando than just the theme parks. It’s also a great place for a date night! Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

 

My hubby and I don’t get much alone time so when our girls went on vacation to my parents’ house, we wanted to make the most of it. After a quick getaway to Clearwater, Florida, we decided that it would also be fun to have a kid-free Orlando vacation. Not only that, I wanted every night to be date night. You’ve got to get them while you can, right? Since there’s no shortage of things to do in Orlando, we had plenty of options to choose from. After our three Orlando date nights, I don’t think we could have chosen any better!

Paddlefish & Cirque du Soleil

We couldn’t escape Disney altogether…I love it way too much! Disney Springs is a lot of fun for the kids but it’s also a great place to visit when you’ve left the kids behind! There are so many restaurants, shops and things to do that you could even plan for your date to last the entire day.

It seems that there are new restaurants opening every week in Disney Springs but I’ve been especially excited about the new Paddlefish. My husband and I had a sentimental attachment to Fulton’s Crab House and when they complete made it over as Paddlefish, I couldn’t wait to check it out.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Paddlefish in Disney Springs makes a great date night destination. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

The first thing you notice when you enter the giant paddleboat are the large windows overlooking the lake. We ordered a couple of drinks and sat back to enjoy, Florida showers and all.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Cocktails include the Captain Handsome with fresh raspberries. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Even though I’m from the south, I’d somehow never tried fried green tomatoes. My hubby hadn’t either so we gave them a try. Made with thick slices of green tomato, they were really delicious dipped in the remoulade.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Finally trying fried green tomatoes at Paddlefish. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Since they didn’t have the Hawaiian opah, our waitress recommended I order the swordfish with the same macadamia nut crust, curry and crab-fried rice. It was a great suggestion and I really enjoyed it.

The swordfish with macadamia crust was delicious

Though not on the menu, you can order the swordfish with a macadamia crust. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Jon ordered the half chicken with Carolina mop sauce, and edamame bacon succotash. It got the thumbs up!

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The half chicken is served boneless with a generous side of succotash. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

From time to time, we’d see the Rainforest volcano “erupt” or one of the Boathouse amphicars drive by. It’s not often that you can dine with that type of view! Get the full Paddlefish review here.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The view at Paddlefish includes erupting volcanoes and floating cars. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Date night didn’t end there. After dinner, we had plans to check out Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, also in Disney Springs. Though I’ve been to Disney Springs regularly over the past year, this was the first chance I’ve had to see it.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Cirque du Soleil makes another great date night at Disney Springs. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

It didn’t disappoint! Like other Cirque performances, this one features hilarious clown skits, fabulous costumes and a variety of acts, each one better than the one before. I felt a little guilty being there without the girls, since I knew they’d love it too. I think I see another trip to Disney Springs in my future.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

A Cirque du Soleil act performs aerial acrobats. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

TravelingMom Tip: If you’re interested in seeing La Nouba, be sure you make it by the end of the year since it will finish its 19 year run on December 31st.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

For our second date night, I chose Mango’s Tropical Cafe, where you’ll get dinner and a show at the same time. A fun restaurant/bar with a Latin twist, it’s impossible not to have fun here. The original Mango’s opened in South Beach, Miami 25 years ago so this location is brand new in comparison, having opened in 2015.

Since Mango’s has such a Latin feel, mojitos seemed like a great choice. They had a large selection to choose from but I went for the traditional Cuban mojito.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Mojitos are a great way to start the night at Mango’s Tropical Cafe. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

We also ordered calamari for our appetizer. It was served hot and crisp with three different types of dipping sauces. It was delicious, though the serving was so big that we couldn’t finish it.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The portions of calamari are very generous. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

In the meantime, the entertainment had begun. The show features everything from pop to Latin music, with a live band to back it all up. Not only is it fun, festive music meant to put you in a party mood, but the audience loved it when the entertainers came off the stage to interact with the crowd.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Performers sing and dance while you enjoy your dinner. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Performances include a variety of Latin music as well as pop. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

I have to admit, I got a little excited when “Michael Jackson” walked out!

Even Michael Jackson performs at Mango's Tropical Cafe

Even Michael Jackson performs at Mango’s. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Soon it was time to order dinner and since the Steak Churrasco is one of the most popular dishes at Mango’s, I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t eat steak very often and this was delicious.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The steak churrasco is a popular dish at Mango’s. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Jon chose the prime rib and though it was a little fatty, he said it was really tasty.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Prime rib is also on the menu. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Later I wandered through and realized just how big this place is. With eight bars, multiple rooms and an outside patio, it’s much bigger than the original Miami location. The decor is eclectic with some of the same themes running throughout the building. Everything is its own piece of art, from the walls to the floors and everything in between. Even the stage itself is made of mosaic tiles, as you can see in one of the pictures above.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Artwork is featured prominently throughout Mango’s. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

The bars are intricately designed and each one is unique.

The bars at Mango's are intricately designed.

Even the bars double as art. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Nine different artists created the artwork found throughout Mango’s. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

The chandeliers were yet another piece of art. Is it just me or do these resemble dripping wax? Even though nine different artists designed the artwork and decor, it all fit together for a great look.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Even the chandeliers have their own unique look. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

We had a fantastic time at Mango’s. The food was great, the entertainment was a lot of fun and we would definitely go back again.

TravelingMom Tip: While a few people had kids with them, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them. While there’s nothing inappropriate for children, Mango’s just has more of an adult vibe to it.

Boca & Park Social

We decided to head over to Winter Park, a suburb of Orlando, after someone had suggested we check it out. I’d never actually heard of it but now it’s one of my favorite new discoveries. It’s a cute little town with lots of shops and restaurants. There’s also a boat tour, which has great reviews, but was rained out the day we were there.

Instead we took a stroll through the Morse Museum, where they have the largest collection of works by Louis Tiffany, creator of the iconic Tiffany lamp. While I’ve never particularly been a fan of the Tiffany lamp, I found the museum pretty interesting and it was a great way to spend the afternoon hiding from the rain.

We had dinner reservations at Boca and while the Sarasota location is one of my favorite places for drinks and appetizers, this would be the first time I’d eaten dinner there. Normally I love to eat outside but we took a table inside to avoid the crazy Florida weather.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Boca is a farm to table restaurant with four locations. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Boca is a farm-to-table restaurant that locally sources as much as possible. There was even a pamphlet on the table that listed the farms where they got their milk, vegetables, meats and more. It doesn’t get more local than the living wall in their own dining room though, where they pick fresh ingredients straight from their vertical garden. I’d just seen this for the first time at a restaurant in Clearwater and love the concept. I’d love one on my kitchen wall but with my history of plant neglect, it wouldn’t last long.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The living wall provides ingredients for many of dishes at Boca. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Since I’d been starting all my date nights with a fancy cocktails, I didn’t think I should stop now. This Strawberry π may just be my new favorite cocktail. If you like sweet drinks, you’ll definitely want to try it. It really did taste like a cross between a sweet cocktail and a piece of pie…so good!

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

This strawberry flavored cocktail is so sweet that it could double as dessert. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

I knew what we were ordering as an appetizer before we even got there. The brie and apple flatbread is to die for and I have to order it every time I go…no exceptions.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The brie and apple flatbread is one of the best things on the Boca menu. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Dinner was yellowfin tuna with kimchi black rice, coconut broth, baby bok choy and a sweet soy reduction. If you enjoy fresh tuna, you’ll really like this. While I’ve never had black rice before, it paired nicely with the tuna and other flavors.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

If you like tuna, try the Yellowfin Tuna with bok choy. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Jon’s more of a meat and potatoes guy and he really enjoyed his prime skirt steak. I snuck a little bite and he was right; it was delicious!

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

The skirt steak was as delicious as it looks. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Dinner was amazing. If you’re anywhere near a Boca, I highly recommend it! You may just see me if you visit the Sarasota location. Just look for the girl ordering the Strawberry π.

We had big plans for after dinner. Earlier that day, we’d heard about a new disco bar, ParkSocial, that had recently opened. I convinced my hubby that we should check it out. When we arrived at Boca, we realized that the disco bar was right upstairs. To get to it, you have to go outside, find the payphone and enter the secret code, much like a speakeasy. Don’t worry, the code wasn’t too secret. You can find it right on the front of the phone.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

To get to ParkSocial, the disco bar, you’ll need a not-so-secret code. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Funny sidenote: As I was entering the not-so-secret number, Jon told me that Carrot Top was behind me. I thought I was going to turn around to see a random guy with crazy, red hair, but sure enough, there was the real Carrot Top sitting at the stoplight in his expensive car. It turns out he lives nearby.

After our impromptu celebrity sighting, we made our way upstairs where I ordered the Jungle Boogie (I just liked the name).

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

Named after popular 70’s songs and characters, the cocktails at ParkSocial may have you feeling nostalgic. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

See those Atari joysticks? I thought they were just decor but when we turned around, we saw an Atari console. To our surprise, it actually worked!

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

ParkSocial has old Atari games that still work. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

After a quick game (Asteroids was a lot harder than I remembered), I checked out the rest of the place. Nobody was on the dance floor quite yet but the night was still young.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

There’s a dance floor for those who want to boogie with the Bee Gees. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

I loved all the 70’s decor. There were Jaws posters on the wall, lava lamps, and even these old games. I think it would be pretty entertaining to watch people play Operation after a few cocktails.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? Make it a date night! From circus acts to disco bars, there's plenty to do on date nights in Orlando!

There are even old games such as Monopoly and Operation. Photo credit: Lisa O’Driscoll / Do It All TravelingMom

Though Jon is more AC/DC than KC & The Sunshine Band, even he had a great time. Dinner and disco make a great date night!

We had a wonderful getaway and it just goes to show that there’s much more to Orlando than just the theme parks. From Cirque du Soleil to disco bars and all the fabulous restaurants in between, you’ll find plenty of kid-free fun in Orlando.

Planning a kid-free Orlando vacation? You'll love these ideas for fun date nights in Orlando.