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Orlando Brings the Romance!

Don’t be fooled by the many family experiences Orlando is known for. When it comes to romance, there is plenty to go around. There are tons of romantic things to do in Orlando. Whether the kids are staying home for a night with the grandparents or you’ve scored an entire vacation on your own, there’s plenty to keep the heat up during your visit to Orlando. Amazing and unique activities like a sunset kayak or hot air balloon ride, a night out at the theatre, or super special dinner experience, Orlando has it all, and more!

We’ve put together a quick guide of romantic things to do in Orlando to help you make the most out of date night or your special getaway and help keep the flame burning bright.

Outdoor Activities for Two

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There’s no lack of options for couples, young or old in Orlando. Even the most family-centered places and activities can be transformed into a romantic activity if you put your heart into it, so to speak. We think enjoying the great outdoors tops the list of romantic things to do in Orlando.

Lake Eola - Picnic and Swan Boat Ride

Lake Eola is the main feature of the Lake Eola Park in Downtown, Orlando. It is located east of the Walt Disney Amphitheater. The lake with its famous fountain is the perfect getaway from the crowds and noise. Swan-shaped paddle boats cruise around the lake to give riders a waterfowl eye’s view of the surroundings. Plan a romantic picnic in this picturesque scene. Extra points if you remember to bring your partner’s favorite food or dessert!

Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride

There’s nothing more romantic than flying over the city of Orlando in a hot air balloon. View the city from an Orange Blossom Balloon that specializes in Champagne Balloon flights in the area of Walt Disney World. This is a one-hour flight that concludes with a Champagne toast. Taking the balloon flight early in the morning is best culminated by a breakfast buffet. This is an amazingly romantic and special experience.

Boat Ride in Winter Park

Winter Park, an historic small town just 20 minutes from Orlando is one of the most scenic small towns in the US. One of the town’s top attractions is the Scenic Boat Tour, a one-hour daily narrated tour through the Chain of Lakes. This romantic ride allows visitors to feast their eyes on spectacular local scenery such as the extravagant waterfront mansions, plenty of wildlife, and lots of lush greenery. This trip is a good way to relax and forget the stresses of everyday life - especially life with kids!

Leu Gardens

Strolling in the semi-tropical and tropical gardens in Orlando is a romantic activity for couples. The 50 acres of landscaped grounds and lakes are shaded by 200-year old oaks and forests of camellias. Take the time to chat, enjoy one another, or have that serious, heart-to-heart talk during a leisurely walk.

Winter Park Sunset Kayak

There’s no shortage of kayaking experiences to be had in Central Florida, from paddling with manatees to navigating the lake water set aglow by bioluminescent organisms. Make this activity romantic by making the trip about just the two of you.

Evening Fun

Date nights never need to be boring when you’re in Orlando. The presence of theme parks, amusement centers, and entertainment spots ensure that there’s something for every taste! For new couples, exploring each other’s personalities and preferences is an essential part of dating. Trying out new activities and experiences is a great way to get to know each other better and discover things that you may not even know you have in common. Here are some fun romantic things to do in Orlando Florida when the sun sets.

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The Wheel at ICON Park

Private champagne flight - The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando is a 400 ft. tall observation wheel in Orlando. The area has plenty of restaurants, boutique shops, funky bars, and the attractions anchored by The Wheel. Enjoy a flute of champagne as the wheel carries you to its peak and you enjoy a spectacular view of the city and parks.

Dinner and Fireworks

Enjoy the Walt Disney World fireworks while enjoying dinner at the California Grill, Narcosee’s or Eleven. All offer spectacular views of the fireworks from outside the park.

Money’s no object for that special night?

Check out Highball & Harvest at The Ritz Carlton Orlando ($185 pp) or an amazing dinner at one of Orlando’s finest restaurants- Victoria & Alberts.

Watch the Sunset

Hillstone Restaurant in Winter Park is a popular venue for proposals and special occasion celebrations. Book a table over the water and watch a stunning sunset.

Dinner at show

How about dinner and a show at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Spas

It’s easy to get caught up in jobs, raising families and all the things of life. Make some “us” time for some serious pampering. This is also a great way to restore health and well-being. Here are the best places to book your spa date!

Four Seasons Resort

The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has the perfect combination of wonderful experiences and unique Disney offerings for romance, family time, or special events.

Ritz-Carlton

Surrounded by natural beauty and located close to theme parks and other attractions, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando is a resort with outdoor activities and luxury hotels. Inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando is America’s playground home. The spa is amazing and you may want to stick around for the day!

The Spa at Mandara

Lifted straight from the legendary Sanskrit gods’ quest of finding the key to eternal beauty and youth, the Spa at Mandara transcends time as it nurtures the mind, spirit, and body. You will find here the perfect combination of the Balinese traditional healing touches that combine with European methods and the local culture for a magical and therapeutic experience.

Waldorf Astoria Spa

Luxuriate on therapies, a soothing environment and client-centric approach to your well-being in creating an elevated state of renewal and rejuvenation. Individual treatments are customized to your personal skin qualities and aesthetics.

Don’t overlook the parks!

While Orlando is generally considered as the theme park capital of the world, there are many things in the city other than the world-famous theme parks. Aside from the Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks, Orlando and the surrounding areas are home to many beautiful parks, great shops and restaurants, waterfront attractions, interesting museums, entertaining shows, and many more.

These three spots can take hours to fully explore. Each one has something unique to offer but all top our list of romantic things to do in Orlando Fl. Share a meal, listen to some music, and put everything else behind.

Disney’s BoardWalk

The Disney’s BoardWalk is a quarter-mile long promenade of fine dining, unique shops, and exciting nightlife. Orlando visitors can stroll along the water’s edge, take part in midway games, and enjoy the street performers in the evening. Disney’s BoardWalk evokes the beautiful boardwalks of the fine coastal cities such as Atlantic City and Coney Island. Guests can take a short stroll from Disney’s BoardWalk to Epcot or take a breezy boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The area is alive with entertainment beginning at 7 pm each evening. It is free for Orlando visitors to enjoy. Disney’s BoardWalk is a romantic area for couples who are visiting the area and enjoying date night. Burn your extra calories by dancing at the Atlantic Dance Hall. There’s no cover charge. If you’re in the area of Downtown Disney, don’t forget about the BoardWalk.

Disney Springs Enzo’s Hideaway

Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs is a speakeasy in what were once rum-running tunnels that are inspired by Florida’s history of rum-running. Thus the Prohibition-era cocktails on the menu1 Enzo’s Hideaway is the lounge option of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Pizza Ponte, the trio of Italian restaurants in Disney Springs. The Tunnel Bar has its spin on Italian cuisine that is reminiscent of the apertivo bars of Rome. One can enter Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar by literally entering a small tunnel into the check-in area.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse has been rated the number one restaurant at Disney. It is a haven for seafood lovers because of their largest oysters selection in the whole state of Florida. The Boathouse’s own Lucky Dux Oysters are grown and harvested only for the Boathouse. Visitors at Disney Springs can enjoy the best sunset around from the Boathouse. The restaurant has more than 200 seats on its dock, making waterfront dining a part of their DNA. Guests can experience waterfront dining at its finest when they get a table that overlooks Village Lake at Disney Springs. Before or after dining, guests can enjoy the Boathouse’s collection of restored Dream Boats from the 1930s to 1950s.

Orlando is for lovers! Book your special day, evening or visit and turn up the heat. You may not find any other place on earth that is quite as lovely and romantic.

THIS POST HAS NO NUMBERS BUT RESOURCES

Resources:

[1] Trip Savy; The 10 Most Romantic Places in Orlando, Theresa Johnston; June 26 2019.
[2] Top Ten Travel Blog; 17 Fun Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks, Maureen Therese, October 1, 2019.
[3] 10 Best USA Today; Classic to Creative: 10 Orlando Date Nights to Dazzle, A.D. Thompson.
[4] Go City; Things to Do in Orlando for Adults During Your Vacation (Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends), July 5, 2019.

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