Saddle Up for Orlando Best Spots to Watch The Kentucky Derby

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Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby in Orlando! From traditional watch parties to extravagant affairs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, May 4th. Indulge in themed food and drinks, participate in contests, and watch the race on big screens. Here’s a roundup of the best Derby events in town:


The Tea Room Experience

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at The Tea Room Experience with a Kentucky Derby Themed tea including finger sandwiches, scones, savory bites, and unlimited loose-leaf tea for $48 per person.

Boxi Park Lake Nona

Spend the day at Boxi Park Lake Nona where the party lasts from 12pm to 7pm. Live music, Derby-inspired food and beverage specials, and the race shown on a big screen with sound make for a lively celebration. There’s a $5 cover charge after 5pm.

Bosendorfer Lounge – Grand Bohemian Hotel

Step into luxury at the Bosendorfer Lounge in the Grand Bohemian Orlando from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. This exclusive celebration includes an Opulent Derby Hat Showcase, an Exquisite Mint Julep Bar, and a sophisticated atmosphere. While the event is open to the public, RSVP is required for free entry

FBC Mortgage Stadium

Join Loyal Source’s Derby Day watch party at FBC Mortgage Stadium starting at 3:30pm. With unlimited food and drinks, a live auction, raffle prizes, music by DJ Gonzo, and dancing, it’s Orlando’s biggest Derby celebration. Tickets start at $125 per person and the event is open to adults 21 and older.


Head to HighT at 4pm for a Derby viewing party featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, photo ops, and games. Tickets are $36 per person.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Sample southern appetizers and mint juleps at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes from 4pm to 7pm. Derby attire is required and reservations can be made by calling (407) 393-4200.

Mercedes Benz of Orlando

Experience the ultimate Derby viewing experience at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets start at $70 and include lite bites, premium open bars, music, dancing, and contests for Best Hat, Best Dressed Man, Woman, and Couple.

Stadium Club at the Caribe Royale Orlando

Join UCP of Central Florida at the Stadium Club at the Caribe Royale Orlando from 5pm to 8pm for a watch party featuring food, beverages, golf simulator contests, raffles, and a Best Dressed contest. Tickets are $75 per person.

Dr. Phillips Center

Dress in your Derby best and enjoy an evening at the Dr. Phillips Center from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets are $100 and include music, hors d’oeuvres, and signature cocktails.

Legends Resto & Lounge

Immerse yourself in the excitement at Legends Resto & Lounge from 5pm to 10pm. Tickets start at $20 and VIP options are available for an enhanced experience. Enjoy a full food menu and participate in the Fancy Hat Contest.

Orange County Brewers

Orange County Brewers hosts a block party starting at 11am with games, prizes, and exclusive drink specials. A delectable brunch menu is available until 3pm.

The Courtesy

Celebrate in style at The Courtesy from 4:30pm to 7:30pm with cocktails from Michter’s Distillery, snacks from Swine & Sons, and a commemorative Derby glass. Tickets are $20 per person.

Forward Slash Distillery & Blending House

Join the festivities at Forward Slash Distillery & Blending House from 4pm until close. Enjoy free entry, food by Red Panda Noodle, an interactive photo booth, and peach juleps.

Heathrow Legacy Country Club

Experience the excitement at Heathrow Legacy Country Club from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are $100 per person and include delicious food, refreshing drinks, and the thrilling race itself.

Spill Wine Bar

Head to Spill Wine Bar from 5:30pm to 9pm for a free watch party with live music, a fancy hat contest, and prizes for the winners.

The Yardery

Enjoy traditional Derby Day cocktails at The Yardery in Sanford.

The Center At Deltona

The Rotaract Club of DeLand hosts this lively event at The Center At Deltona starting at 4:30pm. Tickets are $100 and include a food buffet, drinks, and entertainment.

The Castle Irish Pub

Grab a seat at the bar at The Castle Irish Pub and participate in their Derby drawing for a chance to win prizes. Dress your best for a chance to win a bottle of Woodford Reserve.


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