Socially-Distanced Holiday Destinations in Orlando that AREN’T Disney or Universal

September 8, 2021

Looking for a safe and socially-distanced group vacation destination that isn’t your typical go-to in Orlando? Look no further. Whether you’re looking to plan a group holiday in an open-air or outdoors location, or thinking more along the lines of an all-inclusive and private gathering at a resort or conference center, Falcon Charter Bus Orlando can point you in the right direction—and get you there too. We’ll pair you with a private charter bus rental perfect for your group, and hit the road to your choice of one of the best Orlando holiday spots that are just as much fun under the sun as any day at Disney or Universal.

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Outdoor Orlando Parks & Destinations

If you’re looking for an open-air holiday spot where it’s easy to stay socially distanced, Orlando is stocked full of outdoor destinations and open acres of adventure. Plan a safe group gathering like a family reunion picnic or destination wedding around any of these Orlando hotspots off the beaten path:

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden

Head to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden for a fun-filled, family-friendly group holiday. Not only will you enjoy meeting dozens of exotic animals (like cheetahs, giraffes, and rhinos), you can also go zip-lining, feed the giraffes, or stroll the butterfly garden. For a group gathering, reserve an event space at the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center. The banquet-hall-sized Safari Room is perfect for a corporate conference, while the Gazebo Courtyard is best for tying the knot, and the fully covered Rainforest Pavilion is a beautiful spot for a company picnic or family reunion.

For your safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the zoo has closed or modified some attractions and activities, and indoor dining remains closed. It’s also highly recommended for guests to wear a mask (especially while indoors), but it is not mandatory for those who are fully vaccinated. The zoo and garden are approximately 30 minutes North of Orlando, so to make your visit a full Orlando holiday experience, book a block of rooms at a hotel or resort in the city and enjoy a comfortable private charter bus ride to and from the zoo.

Address: 3755 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, FL 32771

Phone: 407-323-4450

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Lake Eola Park

Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a great inner-city oasis for socially-distanced activities in sunny Florida. Plan your visit around a city event like the annual Fiesta in the Park, or make your own fun by reserving a private venue for a family picnic, wedding, conference, or other group event. To make a full holiday of your visit, reserve a block of rooms for your group at any nearby, downtown hotel (like Embassy Suites or the Grand Bohemian) and use your charter bus rental for easy group transportation back and forth.

Address: 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-246-4484

Old Town

In the mood for an upbeat amusement park with some old-school charm? You’re in luck. Just south of Orlando in nearby Kissimmee lies Old Town, an 18-acre outdoor entertainment district known for one-of-a-kind shopping and dining, classic fun rides and arcade games, and weekly vintage car shows. Reserve a private event space for a birthday party, family reunion, corporate team-building event, or whatever brings your group together for a day (or four).

You’ll stay COVID-19-safe with Old Town’s precautions in place, like continuous cleaning, hand-sanitizing stations around the property, and merchants adhering to CDC recommendations. Make your visit a proper holiday with a group stay at a nearby hotel or resort and easy group transportation with your Falcon charter bus rental.

Address: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Phone: (407) 396 4888

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Orlando Holiday Resorts

Part of the appeal of a stay at Disney World or Universal Studios is living the luxe resort-life where everything from food to fun is just a stone’s throw away. If you’re looking for an alternative Florida vacation destination that’s still deserving of the same hype, plan a stay in Orlando at a spacious holiday resort fit for your group’s getaway.

Reunion Resort & Golf Club

If you really want to holiday in Orlando in style with your group, look no further than Reunion Resort. You can choose from more than 200 villas or vacation houses to stay in, and plan family-friendly group activities on the golf course or at the water park, at one of six on-site restaurants, or around one of the ten community pools.

Plan in advance and book a holiday event space for your group trip. Whether you’re on the market for a small corporate retreat or a company-wide annual conference, you can reserve event spaces (from meeting rooms to ballrooms) on-site for any group size. For your awareness: to make your stay more comfortable and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, some operation hours have been adjusted, and some amenities (like the rooftop pool, spa, and fitness classes) are reduced or closed.

Address: 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Phone: 833-258-0472

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Discovery Cove

Paradise comes to you at Discovery Cove, where your group can have an all-inclusive tropical island vacation just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando. Swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish, sunbathe on a white-sand beach, and enjoy unlimited food and drink. Plan a group event for a gathering of anywhere from 15 to 1,300, including a complete park buyout for the ultimate corporate retreat or private gathering.

While Discovery Cove doesn’t have overnight accommodations onsite, they do offer vacation packages with partner hotels at SeaWorld—and yes, it includes length-of-stay admission to SeaWorld Orlando. If you’d like to take advantage, plan a day to load up your charter bus rental and bring the group to a day at SeaWorld.

Address: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821

Phone: 407-513-4600

The Grove Resort & Water Park

Looking for fun for the whole family? Adults and kids will be happy, safe, and comfortable during their stay at The Grove Resort & Water Park. There’s no shortage of things to do on-site, from swimming in and lounging around three full-sized pools to fishing and playing watersports on Lake Austin. Reserve two- and three-bedroom suites (with complimentary admission to Surfari Water Park) for your group that are fit with fully-equipped kitchens and a full-size washer and dryer for a comfortable stay.

You can also book private event spaces like premium meeting rooms for a corporate conference or a lush Garden Terrace for an open-air wedding. And if the resort still doesn’t have enough for you? Take your charter bus rental to any unique, Orlando-area attraction like the President’s Hall of Fame or Orange County National Golf Center. For your reference: during the COVID-19 pandemic at The Grove Resort, facial coverings are highly recommended for all guests, hand-sanitizing stations are available around the property, and contactless experiences are encouraged using the resort’s phone app.

Address: 14501 Grove Resort Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Phone: (407) 545-7500

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Book Your Orlando Holiday Charter Bus Today

Ready to finish planning your Orlando adventure beyond the walls of Disney World or Universal Studios? Whether you’re coming from Orlando itself, or need to make the trek from Tampa, Miami, or Tallahassee, we have comfortable, sanitized, and safe group transportation to accommodate any group for any reason. Give Falcon Charter Bus a call today at 866-217-2168 to book the perfect bus for your next holiday in Orlando.