6 Sensational Ideas for Mother’s Day in Orlando
Treat mom on May 9 with a variety of special activities and dining experiences in Orlando. From traditional brunch to out-of-the-box fun, we'll help you make sure mom has a memorable day and quality family time that everyone will enjoy.
Take Mom to Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe
Give Mom the day off with a special Mother’s Day brunch at Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe. Located on the historic Lake Ivanhoe, Russell’s offers an upscale casual dining restaurant and bar featuring an innovative and fresh menu, all with breathtaking views and a relaxed atmosphere. Brunch is amazing, and your mom will love you for it. 1414 North Orange Avenue, Orlando. russellsorlando.com
Mood Music at Bok Tower
At Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, just an hour from Orlando, moms get in free on Mother’s Day. This spectacular garden was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, famed for their work on Central Park and the World’s Fair of Chicago, and in its center is a carillon, played by one of the best carillonneurs in the world, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Don’t miss the children’s garden and outdoor play area. Free admission for moms; general admission $20 and children $10. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863.676.1408
Garden Delights at Leu Gardens
During the height of spring, it’s the perfect time to explore Orlando’s gardens. Leu Gardens near downtown Orlando is located right on beautiful Lake Rowena. Moms get in free for Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through Florida’s largest rose garden, in full bloom during the month of May. You can also tour the lush tropical gardens, bamboo forest, butterfly gardens and historic home that are all located on the grounds. $10/adults; $5 4-17. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407.246.2620
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is also still going on for Mother’s Day, where you’ll find brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, and lively entertainment.
Entertainment Gems at The Enzian
Orlando’s only independent cinema, Enzian, is offering a special screening of “Doctor Zhivago” featuring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. During the show, enjoy a special brunch and a complimentary mimosa. $99 for two/$198 for four. VIP packages available. 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. 407.629.0054
Relaxation Station at The Four Seasons
Treat mom to a spa day at one of Orlando’s finest facilities. Go for a stroll in the quaint town of Celebration, actually built by the Walt Disney Company. After lunch and some shopping, head to the town’s intimate boutique spa, Indulgences, where owner and therapist Mary Ashton will give her the works. 605 Celebration Ave., Celebration, 321.559.4144
The Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney World, the city’s only five-diamond resort, is the ultimate spot for a weekend with mom. Even if you’re not staying, locals can enjoy the luxurious spa with a fabulous treatment menu straight out of Beverly Hills. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. 407.313.7777
A Grand Brunch at Ocean Prime
With high-end hotel restaurants and award-winning local eateries, Orlando is home to an abundance of festive brunch spots. Ocean Prime is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu and a Mother’s Day Elegance at Home option ($189- 249 and serves 4-6). Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of pick up. Orders can be placed here. The restaurants will do their best to accommodate specific time requests. Pick-up slots are first come, first served, based on availability. We strongly recommend Mother’s Day orders are picked up Saturday, May 8. Meals come with heating and preparation instructions. 7339 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando www.ocean-prime.com.