While Florida might frown upon cannabis use—from a legal standpoint, that is—that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t have its own weed hot spots for high times. And considering Orlando is the home of where magic happens—think Disney World, y’all—it’s no surprise that this destination is considered one of the most pot-friendly places in the South. That being said, here’s a list of the best places to smoke weed in Orlando.
10. University of Central Florida
In general, colleges and universities nationwide are a haven for marijuana consumers, and the University of Central Florida is no exception. With a very active chapter of the pro-legalization org NORML right on their campus, it’s a great spot for both activists and stoners alike.
Their huge grounds are rife with secret spots to get stoned. But if you’re not a student or a friend-of-a-friend who goes there, don’t be a creep. Otherwise, go Knights!
9. Cocoa Beach
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like to get stoned in the sun on the beach. And according to both tourists and locals alike, there’s nothing like the mesmerizing vista of a Cocoa Beach sunset, whether you’re stoned or not.
Keep in mind that although many Orlando residents consider Cocoa Beach theirs, it’s actually outside city limits. So if you decide to get baked while getting a suntan, remember that unlike Orlando, weed isn’t decriminalized here.
In that case, stealth mode is your best option. And speaking of waterside locales…
8. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
If you’re an adventurer who isn’t afraid of rampant bacteria, water parks are a haven. That’s especially true during the hot months. And if you’re in Orlando, this particular park is the creme de la creme.
Keep in mind that Typhoon Lagoon is part of the Disney franchise, which means sneaking pot onto the grounds is heavily frowned upon.
But if you hotbox your car in a safe spot of the parking lot, a nice sativa high with your water slide never hurt anyone. Just remember: always follow safety procedures within the park, and you should be all set.
7. Cape Canaveral
The phrase “going higher than the stars” have never been as apt when it comes to getting stoned at the birthplace of NASA. A great fit for science nerds, visitors can explore exhibitions that trace the American aeronautical program from the dawn of the Space Age to the dawn of SpaceX.
Like Cocoa Beach, this one is also outside of the Orlando city limits, so it might be a bit of a schlep if you’re more interested in sticking close to the city center.
6. Harry P. Leu Gardens
If being in nature is more your speed, then Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens is a must-see for any cannabis consumer. Its cornucopia of tropical flora and fauna is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As their site states, feel free to “enjoy azaleas, vines, bromeliads and tropical philodendrons,” “appreciate the sight of familiar annual flowers and the beauty of roses and camellias,” and “stroll under the awe-inspiring branches of camphor trees, elms and oaks.”
It might not be as break-neck as a rollercoaster, but it’s arguably a better view of what Florida has to offer.
5. Lake Eola Park
What if you want a true Orlando experience without paying admission? If you’re ballin’ on a budget, then Lake Eola Park is the place to be.
Christened “the heart of downtown Orlando,” it’s perfect for a low-key walk with a one hitter while strolling the pathway along the eponymous lake, then sitting down and chilling with a picnic near the Disney Amphitheater.
(Hey, this is Orlando after all—you have to expect even a little bit of corporate Disney to infiltrate a little bit of everything.) Just be aware of your surroundings. This place doesn’t have theme park rent-a-cops. It has real ones.
But assuming you can keep things on the down low, this is definitely one of the best places to smoke weed in Orlando.
4. Epcot Center
It’s the theme park of the future—that is, the future as denizens from the 1950’s imagined it would look like. If futuristic retro-nostalgia is your jam, then Epcot is the place to be.
Chilling on the monorail or soaking in the past, present, and soon-to-be inside of the infamous Epcot Globe—otherwise known as the Spaceship Earth ride—sounds like a perfect harmony between the audio and the visual when it comes to soaking up some sensations while stoned off your tush.
As for the downside? Besides the fact that Disney parks are strictly anti-cannabis, you can skip to our second spot in the list for the best places to smoke weed in Orlando to find out more.
But first, you might want to take a look at our next pick—and either way, it’s one of the best places to smoke weed in Orlando.
3. Universal Studios
If you’re more of a Nickelodeon kid than a Disney kid at heart, consider the home of cartoon stoner classics like “Ren & Stimpy,” “Pete & Pete,” and “Rocko’s Modern Life” as your Orlando weed destination.
But be careful: cannabis is strictly verboten at the theme park. If you’re going to get high before flying home with “E.T.” or blasting into the past on the “Back to the Future” ride, look up their rules and regulations first.
There are seven designated smoking sections in the park—all other areas are smoke-free—and even if you want to try and sneak a one hitter in, all bags are X-rayed upon entrance. For this smoke spot, edibles might be your go-to instead of your regular blunt or joint.
2. Disney World
Of course, we had to include “the happiest place on earth.” No surprise that Disney World is on this list, all things considered.
Surprisingly, this theme park could be one of the best places to smoke weed in Orlando. But don’t take our word for it.
Essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan gave props to this locale in an essay he penned for New York Magazine in 2011. According to Sullivan, a friend of his created an online forum which acted as a de facto guide for where to smoke in Disney’s Nexus.
“It pinpointed the safest places for burning the proverbial rope, telling what in particular to watch for at each spot,” he wrote. “Isolated footpaths that didn’t see much traffic, conventional smoking areas with good hedge cover, places where you could hide under a bridge by a little artificial river–those were its points of interest.”
As Sullivan also observed, one should “get ready to book it” if you decide to get high here. While the off-beaten paths might be a haven for tokage, the park is heavily populated with security guards.
And believe us, you don’t want to end up in Disney jail. (And yes, that actually exists.)
1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Disney World might be the more obvious choice for the top of our list. But in the end, the lasting universality of Harry Potter takes the cake. And if you haven’t yelled out “YER A WIZARD, HARRY” while watching “The Sorcerer’s Stone” while, well, stoned, what exactly are you doing with your life?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a part of Universal Studios. And that means that weed is strictly prohibited on the premises. Despite this, we’re going to suggest that this place is perfect for eating an edible. Eat one and then embark on your grand wizarding adventure.
Plus, think how much better drinking a butterbeer in Hogsmeade will taste when paired with a brownie? Delicious. Get higher than Harry in a Quidditch match in the best of the best places to smoke weed in Orlando.
Final Hit: The Best Places to Smoke Weed in Orlando
It might not be Miami, but for cannabis, it’s definitely the place to be. While Orlando has decriminalized weed, be careful not to smoke outside of the city limits. In the state of Florida, if you’re found in possession of within 20 grams, it’s at best a misdemeanor. And of course, always toke responsibly.