Looking for a place to spend the evening? Check out the Boardwalk!
Many people are unaware of the activities, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment that are only steps away when you exit the back of the Epcot theme park. The Boardwalk is a quarter of a mile-long promenade created around Crescent Lake and designed to look like a quaint Mid-Atlantic seaside village from the early 1900's.
The lake is lined with 3 resorts (Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk), 11 eateries, and 3 entertainment venues. If you’re looking for a relaxing and unique place to stay, any of the resorts on the Boardwalk offer this experience. Along with amenities of the resort, you can stroll the Boardwalk anytime of the day and enjoy the extras that are only a few steps out your resort door. If you’re looking for a close proximity to Epcot, especially during the Food and Wine Festival, any of these resorts give you the opportunity to walk straight into Epcot where all of the action is happening for the Festival.
If you’re looking for something to do after Epcot closes, check out the entertainment venues on the Boardwalk. Guests who are 21 years or older can swing, rumba or sashay around the Atlantic Dance Hall to the tunes of the 80s, 90s or today. Enjoy dueling pianos and an energetic light shows at Jellyrolls. The two pianist entertain guests with whimsical commentary as they weave their fingers over the ivories. It’s an adult only venue (21 and older) that shouldn’t be missed. To round out your visit to the Boardwalk, the ESPN Club hosts live broadcasts with your favorite sports athletes. Schedules vary so check out ESPN Club when you visit for the current itinerary.
Strolling the boardwalk wouldn’t be the same without a little something to eat. There are a variety of eateries to please any palate. If you looking for a sweet treat, check out the BoardWalk Bakery, Funnel Cake Cart or Ample Hills Creamery. Sit down dining is available, too! Trattoria al Forno, Big River Grill and Brewery Works, or ESPN Club offer you time off of your feet and a delicious meal. There are more places to catch a bite but there is also shopping.
There is one large gift shop that looks like several shops from the front. The store fronts have various names above the entry doors (Screen Door General Store, Character Carnival, Dundy’s Sundries, Thimbles and Threads, etc.), but all the stores are connected on the inside. The store has all the usual souvenirs along with some snacks.
There are several ways to get to the Boardwalk area (car, bus, boat, walking) but the easiest is to walk straight out of Epcot at the International Gateway in the World Showcase. There are signs for the easy ½ mile walk leading you to the Boardwalk. Come and experience the east coast boardwalk even in the middle of Florida.