January 24, 2022 5 min read
Anyone who’s taken a vacation to Orlando, whether it be for the theme parks like Universal or Disney or just to explore The City Beautiful knows that it’s all fun until you get hangry. This is especially true for those in the theme parks. Orlando has so much to explore you want to make sure you’re eating well so you can have the energy to experience as much as possible!
Fortunately, Orlando has scaled up when it comes to veganism. There are wonderful natural places for you to explore, there are plenty of vegan restaurants that offer different cuisines. Truly, the possibilities are endless.
Check out these vegan restaurants and vegan tourist spots to make the best of your vegan vacation!
Florida is home to a wide variety of wild animals. Why not take advantage of this and go to places where you can view wildlife in their natural habitats! Don’t worry, you don’t have to drive down to the everglades to see beautiful animals. There are wildlife preserves and other natural locations to explore right outside of Orlando!
Central Florida also has tons of museums and activities to experience, but of course, Florida also has the best beaches! We’re going to share a few locations that nature lovers, explorers, families, and everyone else will enjoy!
Circle B Bar Reserve is named after a cattle ranch that used to exist on the property. Circle B was acquired by the District and the Polk County Environmental Lands Program to restore the Banana Creek marsh system and to protect the floodplain of Lake Hancock.
Circle B Bar Reserve is about an hour from Orlando’s theme parks, you can get close views of alligators, eagles, owls, roseate spoonbills, and other wildlife. Birders and photographers especially love the reserve because it’s home to more than 200 bird species, including osprey, egrets, snail kites, sandhill cranes, pelicans, and more.
Don’t be shocked if you see an alligator or bobcat crossing one of the trails!
The Kennedy Space Center is located in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s been the primary space exploration rocket launch center in the United States since 1968. Launch operations that may sound familiar such as Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle Programs were launched here. Present-day rocket companies, like Space X, launch here so it’s still very much an active launch location.
If you love or have family members that love space exploration and travel then the Kennedy Space Center is a must-visit. There's so much to take in and see!
Bok Tower Gardens is considered a must-see Florida attraction! It’s very historic, having opened back in 1929. It is made up of garden pathways that are lined with palms, ferns, pines, and oaks that are paired with beautiful backdrops for flowering foliage like azaleas, magnolias, and camellias.
Bok Tower is a designated site on the Great Florida Birding Trail, meaning you can see painted buntings, hummingbirds, owls, and other birds are found flying through the canopy.
The highlight of this location sits at the center of this beautiful place, the 205-foot-tall Singing Tower carillon. This architectural beauty fills the air with the music of the carillon bells during daily concerts at 1 & 3 p.m.
Clearwater Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Florida’s Gulf coast. Clearwater Beach has an impressive number of places to visit. The location has won awards for not only the beach itself but also for the surrounding area and its establishments.
This beach is also known for its gorgeous sunsets. Visitors are often captivated by street performers and musicians along the walkways, boating, jet-skiing, parasailing, and even scuba diving. It’s not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins, sea turtles, and rays.
Whether you’re an art lover or a history buff, the Orlando Museum of Art is a great place to explore. It was founded in 1924 and is one of the oldest and most renowned museums in the Central Florida area. It features nationally recognized exhibits.
Those who want to learn about the rich history of Orlando while gazing upon both modern and historical pieces of art should check this place out!
You’ve spent the day exploring so now it’s time to grab something to eat! Of course, a huge part of the vegan lifestyle is the vegan diet. Fortunately, Orlando offers plenty of wonderful options.
Here are a few amazing vegan restaurants in the Orlando area.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen is located in Winter Park and is a 100% vegan full-service restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also serve a weekend brunch, if you’re craving a vegan breakfast burrito and mimosa look no further. Ethos is the place to go!
Market on South is a 100% plant-based shared space that features a restaurant, bakery, bar, and small marketplace. Market on South sells local Orlando artisan goods and is also home to Dixie Dharma Fine Vittles. They offer vegan entrees like Flawda Slaw Dawgs, Nashville Hawt Chick’n, Carolina BBQ Jackfruit, and more!
You’ll also be able to find Valhalla Bakery, they offer delicious baked goods, donuts, and more. Their products are completely dairy and egg-free! So, grab some BBQ, and a donut, and check out the amazing local vendors!
Loving Hut was created with a vision in mind. The creator believes all beings can live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.
Loving Hut is part of an international chain of vegan restaurants opened by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, who is an advocate for vegan living. Each location is individually family-owned and operated. They serve all vegan food, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee, and vegan desserts.
Luguminati is a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery that serves up incredible veggie options! They offer indoor and outdoor seating, online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery. Leguminati is known for their crunch wraps, seasoned vegan beef crumbles, tostada, queso, vegan sour cream, lettuce, diced tomato, and a flour tortilla.
Just from that description alone, you can understand why they’re so popular!
Jacked Up Vegan is a plant-based burger and taqueria bar. They started with the mission of bringing vegan/vegetarian comfort food to Orlando. They have select hours for pickup but unlike the other eateries on this list, they have a traveling food truck that participates in pop-ups around the city.
Jacked Up Vegan serves plantain patties, vegan burgers with jackfruit, impossible burgers, burritos, soy chorizo tacos, and a veggie beef tip Korean bowl.
If you’re vegan and you want to vacation in Orlando there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of vegan tourist spots and eateries to choose from.
Orlando is a city full of diversity, life, and food. The experiences you can have and the people you meet mean you’ll never have a dull moment and that’s what makes it a great place to vacation.
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