There’s nothing like having a completely commitment-free, lazy Sunday ahead of you. What a joy it is in life to wake up and say, “what would you like to do today?” So, for those who might like a little help answering that question, here are some ideas for fun and frugal things to do on a Sunday in Orlando.
Updated July 2022 by Dani Meyering
Things to Do On a Sunday in Orlando
1. Sunday Brunch
Nobody is in any rush to push you out the door during Sunday Brunch, especially when you’ve got bottomless mimosas to enjoy. Area favorites for a buffet or a la carte brunch feasts can be found in our Guide to Brunch in Orlando.
Sunday brunch favorites include:
- Bulla Gastrobar with $19 bottomless mimosas and sangria
- The Parkview on Park Avenue with mimosa flights
- Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen with BOGO drinks! Buy one, get one free on Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, Sangria, and Tequila Sunrises
2. U-Pick Farms
Depending on the time of year, you can head out into the fields at local farm to pick strawberries, blueberries, or oranges. Best bets include Oak Haven Farms for strawberries (mid-December through April), Sand Hill Blueberries, Eustis (spring), and Showcase of Citrus (mainly Nov – April).
3. Watch the Skydivers
You won’t catch me jumping from a plane but I’ll gladly watch in awe as the skydivers gently descend down to earth at Skydive DeLand. On a sunny and clear-sky Sunday, we watched dozens of courageous jumpers fill the landscape while families and couples cheered on from the expansive observation deck. You can grab pub grub fare onsite at the restaurant and bar or drive ten minutes to downtown DeLand for a bite.
4. Day Trip
Throw on a good podcast or playlist and hit the highway. Regardless of which direction you go, you’re bound to find something new to explore. Good options are Mount Dora (45 minutes), Bok Tower Gardens (70 minutes) and St. Augustine (2 hours). There are also loads of small towns to visit and explore.
5. Farmers Market
Expect live music, lots of ready-to-eat nosh and local produce stands at a handful of Sunday farmers markets across Central Florida.
- Downtown Orlando Farmers Market (10 am – 4 pm Lake Eola Park)
- Maitland (9am – 1:30pm)
- Clermont (9am-2pm)
6. Hit the Beach
Even when the ocean is too cold for a dip, it’s still fun to head to New Smyrna Beach for an oceanfront picnic in the sand. Or maybe grab lunch at a beach front restaurant, such as Crabby Joe’s near Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (also a great day trip). On the gulf coast, we love Anna Maria Island.
Our Practical Guide to the Best Beaches Near Orlando includes parking info and a list of beaches to go to when you want to avoid the crowds.
7. Yoga in a Brewery
Yoga is a one of the best things to do on a Sunday in Orlando. Quite a few breweries around Orlando offer yoga classes, mostly on the weekends. Yoga at Ivanhoe Park Brewing takes place usually once a month. Be sure to bring your own mat.
8. DIY Pancakes at Old Sugar Mill
With your own griddle and batch of batter, you can whip up your own plate of pancakes at this kitschy Central Florida landmark. The restaurant, which is inside DeLeon Springs State Park ($6 admission fee per car), is open 8am – to 4pm. Get there early. this is one of the most popular things to do on a Sunday, there are big lines by 10am.
9. Cheap Matinee at The Picture Show
Most of the movies at this Altamonte Springs theater are just about to hit DVD, but for the measly ticket price of just $1.00, who cares! Snacks are cheap too, with a movie meal (popcorn, soda, candy) costing just $4.50. Cranes Roost is right around the corner if you’re looking for a place to get outdoors after your movie.
10. Go on a Boat Cruise
How great is it to get out on the water? It's one of our things to do on a Sunday in Orlando.
- Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour ($16, 10am – 4pm)
- Mount Dora Canal Tour ($32, 11am and 2pm)
- Paddle across Lake Eola on a swan boat ($15 per half hour, Sunday 10am-7pm)
- Pedal Cruise in Sanford – get a group together and paddle your own floating bar
Floating out on our local waterways can be a blast. Back on land, consider checking out Limo Cycle, a group pedal-mobile that lets you slowly meander to some of the area's best venues. Private and group tours available.
Featured image: Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour by Dani Meyering