A Guide to Thanksgiving in Orlando

If you’re visiting Sea Shells Beach Club over Thanksgiving, a trip to Orlando is a great way to add lots of fun to your holiday.

Not only is Orlando rich in attractions (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando, Disney and Sea World to name a few), there’s a cornucopia of tasty delights, shopping deals and fun events to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

Brunches and Dinners
Visit Orlando is keeping track of all the restaurants with Thanksgiving meal deals with some cool choices like Grand Bohemian Hotel which has a family brunch grand buffet from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy wine and ambience with a four-course sampler menu and table-side carving dinner at Grand Bohemian’s Boheme Restaurant from 4-8 p.m. Bongos Cuban Café in Disney Springs brings Old Havana style to your Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu.

In addition, favorites like Buca di Beppo, Capital GrilleCooper’s Hawk, Ruth’s Chris and Emeril’s Restaurant will have delectable Thanksgiving specials.

Looking for something less fancy and more family? Enjoy a prehistoric holiday at T-REX Café, a hoop-shooting good time at NBA City or barbecue in kid and adult sizes at Bubbalou’s Bodacious Barbeque.

Shop ‘til You Drop
Missing the Black Friday spirit back home? There are so many deals and places to find them in Orlando it’s downright dizzying. Stroll along Park Avenue in Winter Park Village for upscale shopping among palm trees and boutiques. Hit outlet malls like Orlando International Premium Outlets, or choose something more specific and different like nostalgic Old Town or the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.

Thanksgiving Events
The holiday weekend in Orlando also has some fun family events. Hundreds of vehicles will be showcased during the Central Florida International Auto Show over Thanksgiving weekend, and the  Seniors First Turkey Trot, a downtown Orlando Thanksgiving tradition, is a must see as locals and visitors dress in their best turkey day gear to run through the downtown area.

If Orlando is part of your Thanksgiving trip to Sea Shells Beach Club, rest assured you won’t have to miss out on the Thanksgiving spirit.

Have you celebrated Thanksgiving in Orlando? What are your favorite things to do?

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.