50+ Ideas for a Lazy Long Weekend

Summer’s final long weekend is in our sights. What will you do with your three days of relaxation? Labor Day signifies the end of summer for many, and whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend to reconnect with your love, or a last hoorah for the summer, we’ve got you covered! Check out our full guide to Labor Day Weekend in Orlando, from lazy weekend ideas to activity ideas, weekend events and staycation deals.

TOP PICKS FOR THE LAZIEST LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Labor Day Weekend Poolside
September 3 – 5, 2022
Grande Lakes Orlando
One of our favorite Orlando staycations, Grande Lakes Orlando (home to JW Marriott Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes) will be providing the perfect relaxing vibe all Labor Day weekend with poolside games, arts & crafts, water slides, and live entertainment. Highball & Harvest and Knife & Spoon at The Ritz-Carlton along with Primo at JW Marriott will each feature special menus.

There will be a fireworks display (the last of the season) on Sunday, September 4, for resort guests. Please note all Labor Day weekend festivities are for resort guests only. 

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

 

The Alfond Inn
This boutique hotel just off of Park Avenue in Winter Park has several fun staycation packages for couples. The Summer Adventures in the Park package includes accommodations in a classic room, complimentary valet, and $50 to use towards dining at Hamilton’s Kitchen. The Romance in the Park package includes accommodations in a classic room, two tickets to the Scenic Winter Park Boat Tour, two tickets to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, and a gourmet boxed lunch for two.

We’ve put together some of our favorite Labor Day Weekend Getaways as well as some hotel deals in Orlando. Plus, we’ve selected some of our favorite water parks for Labor Day. Escape the heat and cool off with one of these 12 Amazing Labor Day Weekend Getaways and Deals.

HAVE A SPA AND POOL LABOR DAY

Treat yourself to an indulgent spa and pool day at one of Orlando’s best resorts this Labor Day. Many local resorts offer resort pool access with a qualifying spa appointment. Hilton Orlando, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, and Margaritaville Resort Orlando are just a few local resorts that offer pool access with spa appointments. Check out our guide to Orlando resort pools you can use with spa and day passes for more of our favorite spa and pool day combos.

Find even more day pass options with our guide to ResortPass options at Tampa Bay hotels.

Lazy labor day ideasFrosé at Hilton Orlando. Image credit: Stephanie Patterson

GO TUBING AT A LAZY RIVER OR NATURAL SPRING

Nothing says lazy Labor Day quite like floating down a lazy river or natural spring in an inner tube. Local resorts with epic lazy rivers (available for resort guests) include JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Reunion Resort, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, and Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.

If you’d rather tube down a natural cold spring with crystal clear water, check out Blue Spring State Park, Kelly Park, or KP Hole. At the latter, your float will last 4-4.5 hours! Get there super early – capacity is usually reached by 8:30am.

GO ON A LABOR DAY BOAT TOUR

An excellent way to get acquainted with all the beauty Winter Park has to offer is by hopping on the Scenic Boat Tour this Labor Day. For decades this tour has taken locals and tourists around the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, by Kraft Azalea Gardens, Rollins College, and even past Mr. Roger’s former home. After a relaxing brunch on Park Avenue, hop on the next tour and enjoy the ride, along with some great Winter Park history.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour | Photo by Editor Stephanie Patterson

CATCH AN OUTDOOR LABOR DAY MOVIE

Pack snacks, blankets and chairs and head out for a romantic movie under the stars with minimal effort.

Silver Moon Drive In
Daily, 8:45pm & 10:40pm (times may vary – confirm on website)
Lakeland
Each screen plays a double feature daily, with the first movie starting at 8:45pm, and the second starting around 10:40pm. Tickets are only $7 and allow you to view both features, so bring a blanket, wine and some take out or snacks and cuddle up to your honey!
$7

Leu Gardens Labor Day Movie Night: Uncharted
Friday, September 2, 8pm
Leu Gardens
Enjoy an outdoor movie with your favorite date. Pack a dinner picnic basket and seating, alcohol is permitted.
$7

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITY IDEAS

  1. Go zip lining
  2. Dine with a sunset view or spend time at one of Orlando’s most beautiful places 
  3. Visit a Farmer’s Market (Maitland, Winter Garden, Lake Eola, Winter Park)
  4. Watch the Disney fireworks
  5. Unwind at a rooftop bar
  6. Visit Bok Tower Gardens
  7. Go bioluminescent kayaking after sunset
  8. Cool off at Universal’s Volcano Bay or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
  9. Plan a mini-putt tournament at one of our best putt putt courses
  10. Have a lazy Labor Day afternoon at Wekiva Island
  11. Savor some hot dogs before summer goes away
  12. Rent bikes to leisurely explore the West Orange Trail
  13. Go on a private horseback trail tide for two
  14. Savor a lazy weekend brunch (you could also do brunch at the beach)
  15. Check out Wild Florida’s drive-thru safari
  16. Plan a long weekend getaway
  17. Explore Historic Downtown Clermont
  18. Learn new skills during a mixology class
  19. Go kayaking – rent or bring your own
  20. Plan a camping or glamping trip

LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN ORLANDO EVENTS

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
Through November 20
EPCOT
Eat and drink your way through the park’s largest culinary fest on Labor Day!
Theme park admission and park reservation area required; food and beverage additional cost

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining
August 26 – October 2
Multiple participating local restaurants
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is your chance to enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinners at some of Orlando’s best restaurants for just $37 per person. Plus, through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal served will benefit one or more deserving local charities.
$37/person prix-fixe menu at participating restaurants this Labor Day

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen Low Country Boil | Image credit: Visit Orlando, photo by Lisa Wilk @tastecooksip

First Friday Food Trucks
Friday, September 2, 5:30pm
Historic Downtown Clermont
Check out Clermont’s monthly food truck extravaganza taking place the first Friday of every month. Stroll through Downtown Clermont this Labor Day Friday while the DJ plays, enjoying food from a variety of vendors.
FREE admission

Freestyle By The Beach – End of Summer Dance Party
Saturday, September 3, 7-11:30pm
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Say goodbye to summer Labor Day weekend at this oceanfront dance party on Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach’s scenic oceanfront terrace. PS – plan the perfect long weekend getaway to Daytona Beach with our tips.
$25 – $75

Labor Day Bash Ft. DJ Icey and DJ Magic Mike
Sunday, September 4, 7pm
House of Blues Orlando
$25 – $175

Weekends at the Winery
September 3 – 4, noon-4pm
Lakeridge Winery
Head to this Central Florida winery’s expansive vineyard green Labor Day weekend for delicious food, live entertainment, complimentary wine tastings/tours, and Lakeridge wines by the glass at the outdoor bar.
FREE admission

Labor Day at PRIMO
Sunday, September 4, 6pm – 9pm
PRIMO at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Reservations required, call 407-393-4683.
Food prices vary

Free Labor Day Admission to Harry P. Leu Gardens
Monday, September 5, 9am-5pm
Leu Gardens
Head to Audubon Park and take a leisurely stroll around this beautiful botanical garden, free of charge on Monday, September 6.
FREE Admission

Leu Gardens | Image credit: Instagrammer @csterlingphoto

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean
Select nights through September 6
SeaWorld Orlando
Stay late all summer to immerse yourself in exotic worlds of light and music and experience your favorite SeaWorld attractions in a whole new way. Join playful, glowing sea creatures and world-class DJs for a family-friendly dance party beneath the waves. Then end the night with Ignite, a fireworks and fountains spectacular that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above on Labor Day.
Included with park admission

Epic Labor Day Weekend Idea – Enjoy an all-inclusive happy hour featuring specialty cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired food while you experience the Ignite 360 Fireworks spectacular from a private waterfront patio. Labor Day Weekend fireworks party is available to reserve for Saturday, September 3, 2022

This Ignite 360 Fireworks party is brand new, and it’s a little pricey. Each adult is $79.99 and each child aged 3-9 is $29.99. That does include a nice spread of food and unlimited cocktails, so given the number of drinks that will be consumed, this would be best for adults, rather than having the kiddos along. But, we also know it’s not easy finding a babysitter sometimes. Children under 2 are free but require a reservation.

Ignite 360 SeaWorld FireworksIgnite 360 SeaWorld Fireworks

 

Planning a Labor Day weekend escape to Tampa? Check out our guide to spending Labor Day Weekend in Tampa Bay.

Feature image credit: Grande Lakes Orlando

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