By Erica Thomas
Living in Central Florida has so many perks. We have desired tourist attractions like Universal and Disney literally in our backyard, an endless list of palate-pleasing restaurants for foodies, remarkable beaches within a short drive, and beautiful weather throughout most of the year. We live where others vacation after all! To help locals take advantage of these benefits, we have gathered a list of venues offering Florida resident deals; just one more perk to add to the list.
We’ve organized the best Florida resident deals into the following categories:
Visit our deals page for additional offers to enjoy on date night.
Walt Disney World Resort
Why limit date night to just a few hours? With the Discover Disney Ticket for Florida residents, you can enjoy 3 days of Disney fun (ticket can be used on nonconsecutive days). This offer is $139 plus tax per ticket and is valid until June 9, 2017. You can add a fourth day for just $20 more. Proof of residency is required and only one theme park per day is valid.
You can purchase this deal online or by calling 407-939-7860.
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando
Jump into the action of the movies at Universal Orlando with one of the Florida Resident ticket deals. For a limited time you can score two free park days with the purchase of a 2-day Park-to-Park ticket. This ticket gets you 4 calendar days with no blackout dates for admission into Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure between April 1 and June 30, 2017. This ticket starts at $189.99 plus tax and proof of residency is required.
Cirque du Soleil La Nouba at Disney Springs
1478 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando
Sit in awe and wonder as you watch the stunning La Nouba performance with your sweetie. Florida residents can book a seat at discounted prices through December 16, 2017. Tickets start at $59 plus tax with a proof of residency. The offer is valid Tuesday through Saturday nights only. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 407-939-7328.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando
Enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and luxury by spending the day at the Ritz-Carlton Spa at Grande Lakes. Florida residents save 15% on spa services Monday-Thursday. Call 407-393-4200 to book your appointment. Valid Florida ID required – some restrictions may apply.
Waldorf Astoria Spa
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando
Unwind with your heartthrob on a relaxing date at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. Florida residents can enjoy a 20% discount on spa services Monday-Thursday. Be sure to mention the promotion when reserving. Proof of residency is required at time of check-in. Blackout dates may apply.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
8401 International Drive, Orlando
If you haven’t taken a scenic flight on the Orlando Eye, what are you waiting for? Florida residents can absorb skyline views of the surrounding area for only $20 plus tax. Proof of residency is required and the ticket includes free parking in the onsite parking garage. The resident discount is only applicable when purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
8401 International Drive, Suite 100, Orlando
Make your next date outing famous! You and your love can get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in tv, movies, and sports. Madame Tussauds is offering a Florida resident ticket starting at $20 plus tax. You can even add the experience of immortalizing your own hand in wax for $10 extra. Proof of residency is required. Free parking is offered in the onsite parking garage. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
8449 International Drive, Orlando
There is something mystifying and fascinating about the sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Sea Life Aquarium is offering Florida residents discounted tickets starting at $20 plus tax. During your visit, you can explore the oceans of the world and walk through a 360-degree ocean tunnel. Proof of residency is required and tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Blue Man Group
6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando
See life through the eyes of three bald and blue men during the unique and entertaining Blue Man Group performance, which mixes music, art, humor, and dance for an unforgettable show. Now through August 13, 2017, Florida residents can take advantage of special summer pricing on Blue Man Group shows. Tickets begin at $54 with a valid Florida ID. If you have a Florida Educator ID, tickets begin at $36.
3301 Lake Cypress Road, Kenansville
Update: Wild Florida is offering FREE admission through the end of the year. Get the details here. For those that enjoy the outdoors with a side of adventure, check out Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park. All year long, Wild Florida offers Florida residents 50% off park admission (regularly $18) and 15% off one-hour airboat tours. Aside from the wildlife park and airboat tours, there is a ranch buggy tour and grub to enjoy at the Chomp House Grill. Proof of residency is required.
26205 East Colonial Drive, Christmas
Experience old Florida with all five senses at Jungle Adventures with seasonal discounted savings for Florida Residents. During the months of January, May, and September, Florida residents get adult tickets (regularly $23.95) slashed by $4 for full day passes. Seniors 60 and older (regularly $20.95) and children 3-11 (regularly $16.95) get $3 off. Proof of residency is required at time of purchase.
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
7625 Sinclair Rd., Kissimmee
Climb, balance, zip line, and leap through the aerial obstacle courses at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park with your date. Florida residents save 15% off at the park. Please make reservations by phone at 407-390-9999. Proof of residency is required.
1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven
There’s an inner child in us all and Legoland is sure to bring it out in you and your partner. There are more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions within the park not including the water park. The Awesome Pass for Florida residents is $106 plus tax when purchased online. It allows you unlimited visits to both Legoland and Legoland Water Park with no blackout dates! Proof of residency is required. If you decide to purchase at the gate, it will be $113 plus tax.
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
Enjoy live gator shows, exhibits, zip lining, and a walk through the gator marsh all in an afternoon. Florida residents get 50% off the price of regular admission now through July 31, 2017. Residents can also apply the cost of admission towards an annual pass. Proof of residency is required.
The Alfond Inn
300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park
This pet-friendly boutique hotel sits among beautiful scenery and is rich in history and art. The lavish accommodations and first-class fare are sure to help you unwind. The Florida Resident Special includes a classic room starting at $189 per night (plus tax) for stays on Sundays and Mondays. A valid Florida ID is required upon check-in. Book online or call 407-456-7598 for reservations.
B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista
B Resort & Spa is all about being you. No matter your tastes or preferences, the warm and friendly staff at this modern hotel will assist in creating a tailored experience as unique as you. Amenities include; designer furnishings, signature bedding, free WiFi throughout the hotel, Aveda bath products, gaming consoles upon request, and electrical power hubs. Florida residents receive a discounted rate off the best available rate. Proof of residency is required at time of check-in. Call 407-828-2828 for details.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard, ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers guests eight onsite restaurants, a luxurious Spa, golf, and shopping. Through December 31, 2017, Florida residents receive a 20% savings on rooms booked. A valid Florida ID is required at time of check-in. Book online or call 407-390-6664 for reservations.
7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee
With its 5-acre water park, 10 community pools, tennis courts, boutique spa, 3 signature golf courses, bike rentals, and many dining options, Reunion Resort is a perfect place to get away without traveling far from home. Florida residents receive up to a 25% discount on Villa reservations. Rates start at $146 per night plus taxes and fees. A deposit is required and some blackout dates may apply. Book online or call 877-557-4203 for reservations.
Reunion is also offering the chance to create the perfect summer getaway with their Summer Your Way program. Guests can choose from packages and special offers (including 4th Night Free and Red, White & Snooze over Labor Day Weekend). More details at reunionresort.com/experiences/seasonal-happenings/summer-family
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando
“Getaway” in the middle of Orlando at Waldorf Astoria. You can expect elegant accommodations, savory dining options, and endless activities while staying close to everything you love about Orlando. Florida residents receive:
- 5% off the Bed & Breakfast rate
- Daily breakfast for two adults at Oscar’s Brasserie
- Premium WiFi access throughout the resort and public areas (excluding meeting space)
- Deluxe guest room featuring luxurious bedding and twice-daily housekeeping
- Complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation to/from Disney Theme Parks
Residents can also take advantage of the FL/GA Resident Plus package which includes:
- Breakfast buffet for two registered guests each day of stay at Oscar’s Brasserie
- Daily valet parking
- 2pm late check-out
- Complimentary luxury motor coach transportation to Disney Parks
- Luxury accommodations
Advance purchase and valid Florida ID required. Book online or call 407-597-5500 for reservations.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
3200 River Ranch Boulevard, River Ranch
Just down the road lies Westgate River Ranch, a Florida Dude Ranch ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. With its Luxe Teepees, Glamping, Cottages, Rail Cars, Cabins, RV camping, and tent camping, the accommodation choices are almost as endless as the activities offered each day. Until June 29, 2017, Florida residents receive:
- 15% off a stay in a themed room
- Free bicycle rental for up to 4 guests
- Free golf for up to 4 guests at the 9-hole Executive Golf Course
This offer excludes camping, RV sites, and Luxe Teepees. To make a reservation, call 863-692-1321 or book online.
Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter Vacation Package
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando
Exclusively for Florida residents, Universal has created the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package. This package includes:
- 3-night hotel accommodations
- 2-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Florida Resident with 2 days free ticket to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios (one per person)
- Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay (Opening May 25) one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required)
- One Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
- Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
Tickets start at $239 per person per night. Purchase now through December 14, 2017, for use through December 20, 2017.
*Guests that arrive after May 25 will receive a 3-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Florida Resident ticket which includes admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay (opening May 25), Universal Studios, and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Royale Parc Suites
5876 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee
Looking to score affordable accommodations while enjoying the resident discounts at one of the local attractions? Royale Parc Suites is a resort-style property that offers one and two bedroom suites. Amenities include full access to swimming pools, fitness center, playground, game room, and a nightly happy hour. Florida residents receive a 15% savings on the best available rate which includes a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet. Florida residents can also take advantage of Disney ticket packages such as:
- Florida Resident Magic Your Way tickets
- Florida Resident 3-Day and 4-Day Play Pass
- Florida Resident Seasonal Pass
- Weekday Select Pass
- Annual Pass
- Premium Annual Pass
Call 407-396-8040 or book online.
1207 South Howard Ave, Tampa
You may recall reading about the Epicurean Hotel a time or two in a few of our previous posts. With a tailored comfort food restaurant, wine shop, rooftop lounge, a full-service spa, and vintage patisserie, it’s no wonder we are fans! This foodie-driven hotel is located in Tampa’s South Howard (SoHo) District and is offering Florida residents up to 15% off the best available rate. Available May – September, rates begin at $169 per night. When booking online, be sure the promotional code FR6 displays in the Corporate/Promotional code box. Ask for promotional code FR6 if booking by phone at 800-228-9290.
Opal Sands Resort
430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
If stunning, unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico are what you’re looking for on your next getaway, Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach can deliver. This modern-inspired resort is offering Florida residents 25% off weekday stays and up to 15% off weekend stays. Use code “1RESIDENT” for a weekend stay or “1RESID-WD” for a weekday stay. A valid Florida ID will be required at time of check-in. Book this deal online or by calling 855-335-1087.
500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
Named the fifth Best Resort Hotel in Florida by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016, the Sandpearl Resort is a short drive away in Clearwater Beach. Florida residents can enjoy 15% savings on weekend stays and 20% savings on weekday stays. To book a weekend stay, use code “1RESIDENT” and “1RESID-WD” for weekday stays.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Mainsail Beach Inn
101 66th Street, Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Island has long been a desired retreat for many Floridians because of the aqua waters, secluded beaches, and quaint island feel. Mainsail Beach Inn offers two and three bedroom condominiums and townhomes for guests to enjoy. Starting May 30 through September 27, 2017, Florida residents can take advantage of rates starting at $251 and 10% off rack rates. A minimum 7-night stay is required. Make reservations online or by calling 888-849-2642. Use promo code “SFRR.”
Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is the sister property to Mainsail Beach Inn and is set to open on Anna Maria Island in July 2017. This 37 suite resort has a 50-slip marina, signature restaurant and bar, resort-style swimming pool and oversized sundeck that extends into the marina. Florida residents are offered room rates starting at $135 per night and 15% off rack rates. Call 844-863-9443 to make reservations.
Who doesn’t like tranquil beaches, beautiful nature scenes, and rich history mixed with charming bed-and-breakfast inns and upscale resorts? You will find all of this and more at Amelia Island, situated off of Florida’s northeastern coast. Several island accommodators have teamed up to offer guests a free night when booking a qualifying stay. The “Free Night, Any Night” deal is happening this summer and allows guests to use the extra night with the current stay or during a return visit. Check out all of the participating accommodations here.
3900 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Situated across the street from Miami Beach’s “Wundermile” is a boutique hotel welcoming guests to relax amidst the cultural diversity of Miami. Circa 39 is your home away from home. From now until November 30, 2017, Florida Residents will receive:
- 10% off best available rates
- $10 daily parking credit
- One complimentary WunderDrink at WunderBar
Book online and present valid Florida ID at the time of check-in.
Winter Haven Hotel
1400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
This historic, boutique hotel sits on the streets of the sexy South Beach Art Deco District and offers a piece of 1930’s glam. Winter Haven Hotel is inviting Florida residents to escape with a 20% discount off their best available rate, complimentary WiFi, and daily rental of two beach chairs on South Beach.
Guests will need to present proof of a valid Florida ID upon check-in. Be sure to use promotional code “FR6” when booking online or by phone at 302-531-5571.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
You can’t beat vacationing on a cruise with the endless food, drinks, and activities. It really gives you bang for your buck. Royal Caribbean is offering Florida residents a slew of deals to embark on. Here is a small glimpse into those deals:
- 4 Night Bahamas cruise starting at $243 plus taxes and fees. Empress of the Seas will sail from Miami, Florida and port in Key West and Nassau.
- 3 Night Bahamas cruise starting at $228 plus taxes and fees. Majesty of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral and port in Nassau and CocoCay.
- 3 Night Bahamas cruise starting at $249 plus taxes and fees. Majesty of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral and port in Grand Bahama and CocoCay.
Bilmar Beach Resort
10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island
Bilmar Beach Resort is located in picturesque Treasure Beach Island, which is in close proximity to attractions in Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater. Florida residents are being offered 15% in savings on the best available rate. Book online or call 877-834-0441 to speak with a friendly staff member. Present a valid Florida ID at the time of check-in.
Delray Sands Resort
2809 South Ocean Boulevard, Highland Beach
Head a few hours south to Highland Beach to enjoy a stay at Delray Sands Resort’s upscale hotel with resort-style amenities. This beach hotel is offering Florida residents 20% off best available rates. Identification must be presented at time of check-in. Call 866-790-2198 or book online.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Boulevard South, Miramar
There are plenty of activities for couples to enjoy at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Beaches, golf, tennis, water activities, dining, shopping, and local attractions are all yours to enjoy. Book a package at the Serenity by the Sea Spa which was voted one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Spas in the U.S.” Valid through December 31, 2017, Florida residents will receive 5% off of the popular Bed & Breakfast Package which includes daily breakfast for two adults and WiFi. A two-night minimum stay is required. Use promotional code RPFLR2.
Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites
699 5th Avenue South, Naples
Spend time away from home living the high-life at Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites situated in downtown Naples. You’ll be steps away from fine dining, sidewalk cafes, upscale boutiques, and the Gulf’s sandy beach. Through September 30, 2017, Florida residents can revel in luxury with 25% savings on available room rates Sunday through Thursday and 20% savings on Friday and Saturday stays. A valid Florida ID will be required at check-in. Call 888-403-8778 to make reservations.
Plantation on Crystal River
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River
Surrounded by natural springs, untouched lakes and rivers, and bountiful wildlife, Plantation on Crystal River is waiting to charm you with their Southern hospitality. The property has a full-service marina, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Aveda spa, and dining. Florida residents receive a 15% discount on best available room rates Sunday – Thursday through December 31, 2017. Rates begin at $102. To make reservations, call 800-632-6262.
The Shores Resort & Spa
2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
The Shores Resort & Spa is the only Daytona Beach resort that has earned the AAA Four Diamond award. The ambiance may be relaxed but you won’t have to give up service and luxury. Florida residents can receive 20% off room rates starting at $119 per night. This offer also includes a free signature s’mores kit. Book online or call 866-934-7467 for reservations. Be sure to mention promo code “FLRS17.”