Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, 2020 and there are plenty of mamas who deserve a special day — especially this year. Showering mom with love will probably look a little different than usual, but there are still plenty of ways to make her feel appreciated.
From a picnic at the park to virtual experiences, we’ve come up with a unique and fun list of things to do with mom during Mother’s Day in Orlando. Here’s our guide to celebrate Mother’s Day 2020 in Orlando.
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MOTHER’S DAY 2020 IN ORLANDO
Give a thoughtful gift while supporting local businesses.
Now more than ever, our local speciality shops need your support. Keep in mind you might need to order in advance and pick up before Mother’s Day. Check with each business.
- Marshmallows and ice cream from Wondermade
- Giant cookies from Gideon’s at East End Market
- Barbecue sauces and rubs from 4 Rivers Smokehouse
- Spirits from Winter Park Distilling
- Gifts and stationery from Paper Goat Post
- Gift sets from Rifle Paper Co.
- Fresh sunflowers and produce from Southern Hill Farms
- Organic honey from Winter Park Honey
- Custom T-shirts that support Orlando restaurants
- Wine from Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
- Corkcicle — the innovative, insulated drinkware — is made right here in Orlando. Get their creations shipped straight to Mom!
- Amazon sells cookbooks authored by some of Orlando’s homegrown James Beard honorees:
Picnic at a local garden or park.
Many local parks are open, but the playgrounds and facilities may be closed. Check with each location before you go so you are prepared. Here are some of our favorite FREE places to picnic:
- Winter Park: Kraft Azalea Gardens, Central Park, Mead Gardens
- Downtown Orlando: Lake Eola, Harry P. Leu Gardens (free admission for everyone)
Some blueberry farms are still open for you-pick with necessary precautions in place, while others are offering online orders. Support your Orlando farmers and check each location for details on how to get fresh, local produce.
Support local florists: Bluegrass Chic Floral Design, In Bloom Florist, Orlando Florist and Colonial Florist. Or, go the fresh-picked route by picking up a bundle of giant sunflowers and zinnias from Southern Hill Farms in west Orange County.
Visit Disney World (from home).
While you still can’t take mom to Disney in Orlando — you can bring some of the magic to her through virtual experiences. We curated this list of our favorite FREE things to do at Disney World (from home).
Ride your favorite rollercoasters (from your couch).
Pretend you are in the middle of all the theme park excitement!
Go for a beautiful stroll.
There is nothing more relaxing than a scenic walk. Orlando has plenty of nice paths to stroll at local parks, county trails and picturesque gardens.
Drive to the movies.
Watching a movie at an open-air cinema is a safe and affordable way for your family to enjoy a fun night out…while staying in your own bubble (or car). We’ve found a couple Drive-in movie theaters near Orlando for you to check out.
Check out a film with Enzian Theater.
Watch films from the comfort of your home with Enzian On Demand. The cost for the film ($12 regular ticket price) will grant you access to the film and help support Enzian.
Take an airboat ride.
Black Hammock Air Boat Rides is offering private airboat tours. Enjoy the fresh air and meet a few alligators along the way. $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids.
Meet animals at Wild Florida.
Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park (reopening May 4) is a self-guided journey to get up close and personal with hundreds of wild animals. The park is offering a special, limited time price of $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
Explore Central Florida’s waterways.
Rent a kayak or canoe and launch at King’s Landing in Apopka. The park is open for paddle out, paddle back adventures. Cash only; first come, first served.
Discover Florida’s native wildlife.
Take mom on a safe and relaxing car ride at the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island. It is home to a variety of animals from birds to alligators. All fees to enter have been waived indefinitely to help locals enjoy nature while many businesses are closed.
Visit a sunflower field.
Seeing row after row of blooming sunflowers is not something you’d expect in Central Florida..but beyond the beaten path of Orlando, there are thriving family farms that harvest and grow a variety of crops — including beautiful sunflower fields.
Order a special meal for mom.
Many restaurants are making brunch packages and other Mother’s Day specials available for takeout and delivery. Some even offer cocktails, like mimosas, to go.
- Big Fin Seafood Kitchen on Restaurant Row
- Bites & Bubbles in Orlando
- Cafe Tu Tu Tango on International Drive
- Darden Restaurants (including Bahama Breeze Caribbean Restaurant, The Capital Grille, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Eddie V’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Seasons 52 and Yard House) throughout Orlando
- Dexter’s New Standard in Winter Park
- Luke’s Kitchen in Maitland
- Mia’s Italian Kitchen on International Drive
- The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park
You might also want to check out this huge list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery in Orlando.
Enjoy a family meal bundle.
Local restaurants and franchises are serving up meal-deal bundles for the entire family that are sure to hit the spot on Mother’s Day. Our list of eateries includes Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and more.
Take cooking lessons from Orlando’s Top Chefs.
Make a culinary masterpiece by learning to cook with some of Orlando’s celebrity chefs, including José Andrés of Jaleo, Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Asia, Art Smith of Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Rick Bayless of Frontera Cocina, and others.
Go to the beach.
Volusia County beaches are open for families (no more than 6 people) to sit together, swim and play. However, you must maintain a distance of 10 feet from other groups. Here are more details on the rules of visiting the beach. Check out: top 5 beaches close to Orlando.
Send a card.
Cards are a must for Mother’s Day! If you’re feeling like you need to express yourself in writing now more than ever, send her a message of love and appreciation. After all, a card is a memento she can keep forever. And, best of all, Hallmark is providing free greeting cards now, so it’s a good time to take advantage of this deal.
Visit Orlando’s top spots (virtually).
Explore Orlando through virtual attractions, rides and experiences. We have put together a list of 30+ FREE virtual things to do. From the comfort of your own home, you can soar down a 200-ft. roller coaster drop, watch fireworks over the famous Cinderella Castle, zip-line over alligators and even learn from experts how to draw Mickey Mouse.
Get front-row seats to the Orlando Arts (virtually).
There’s not a bad seat in the house when you arrange a date to enjoy virtual artistic experiences from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Ballet and Cirque du Soleil. Or explore virtual galleries from The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and Orlando Museum of Art.
Meet virtually in Orlando.
Make Mother’s Day phone calls memorable with custom Orlando Zoom backgrounds featuring everything from iconic roller coasters to local parks.
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