Written by Stephanie Patterson. Booking a swan paddle boat is practically a right of passage for becoming a true Orlandoan. Orlando is home to many picturesque gardens ideal for a date that won't break the bank.
Explore Central Florida's waterways on a paddle board! Here are a few of our favorite tours. If you'd rather pick up provisions to-go or enlist the help of a local picnic company to take care of the full setup for you, we also created a guide to planning a romantic picnic for two.
Or, soak up the classic movie theater experience with full dinner service at a dine-in theater like Enzian Theater. Refer to our guide to Orlando Farmers Markets for more ideas. On the first Friday of most months, Leu Gardens stays open late to screen an outdoor movie in the gardens. You're allowed to pack a picnic basket with wine or beer, too! Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Taking a cooking class together is a great way to level up your date nights at home. There are plenty of places to stop and explore along the way, detailed in our itinerary to Eat, Drink and Explore the West Orange Trail.
Outdoor experiences, including golf & a boat cruise
Go behind the scenes by booking a chef's table experience! Located just 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, Celebration is a charming and quaint town originally developed by Disney as a master-planned community. Here are our favorite 10 Ways to do Date Night in Celebration. Saddle up and let Beki guide you through her favorite places, including peaceful tree-canopied trails and waterfront expanses.
See Rock Springs Run like never before from a completely clear kayak. You'll be able to spot what's in the water around and directly below you!
Or, hop in your kayak after dark to see bioluminescence on the Space Coast in a whole new way. You can also opt for a romantic sunset tour on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. All of these experiences are offered by local clear kayaking company, Get Up and Go Kayaking. The package includes your canvas, protective gear, a glow-in-the-dark painting upgrade, chocolates and two glasses of champagne. Alternatively, try your hand at fluid painting with The Dirty Pour Project. Book your own private pour party in a local park, a public pour party at a local brewery, or schedule a private class.
Check the website for the latest offerings. While watching the fireworks from inside the parks no doubt offers the best experience and vantage point, there are plenty of noteworthy spots outside of the parks that offer prime fireworks viewing. From October through May, Bountiful Farms Bistro in Okahumpka offers outdoor dining underneath the farm's gigantic old oak tree. There's also an adorable farm stand where you can purchase organic produce from the farm to take home, alongside other fresh goodies. Maximize your day by combining a visit to the farm with a hike at a nearby preserve, like the lush and low-key Flat Island Preserve just a 7-minute drive away.
1. stroll hand in hand along the tampa riverwalk
Florida's Space Coast is one of the best places in the world to see bioluminescence when active in the summer months. a guided kayak tour on a new moon night to watch the water come alive with glowing blue bioluminescent organisms, called dinoflagellates. We've got the full scoop on this nighttime date here. Get lost in the winding pathways and secret hideaways at this gorgeous outdoor attraction in Lake Wales.
There's also an onsite cafe—ask for your meal and wine packaged to go and then set up a picnic anywhere in the gardens. We've compiled all of our best tips for a day trip to Bok Tower Gardens. Pair it with dinner at one of Thornton Park's numerous restaurants for a complete date. You don't need to be an overnight guest to spend the day at an epic Orlando resort pool. Book day passes through sites like ResortPassor book a spa appointment at select resorts that include pool access with your spa service.
While not an official tour or guided experience, hopping on the Disney monorail for a DIY pub crawl is one of our favorite ways to experience Disney outside of the parks.
Polk county’s must-see attractions
We tried it for ourselves a few years ago and created a comprehensive guide for couples. Alternatively, follow our tips for a gondola crawl.
Whisk your date away to Italy—without leaving Central Florida. Our itinerary for an Italian-inspired date night includes pizza, pasta, gelato, and even a mini Portofino Bay right here in Orlando. Stick around to visit the Gator Park afterwards, which is included with the safari park admission cost.
On the first Thursday of each month from pm, local art lovers and artists mingle at the museum for an evening of socializing, art appreciation, live music, and discovery. In addition to the art on display, there are cash bars serving wine and beer available for purchase.
From a treehouse yurt in Geneva to an old fire station in Sanford, these unique Airbnb rentals in Central Florida provide an out of the ordinary place to stay on a romantic overnight. The shop creates a new specialty grilled cheese each week, which is expertly paired with a complimentary craft beer. Check social media for details on each week's special. This newcomer to Church Street in downtown Orlando is a hybrid bar, restaurant and performance venue perfect for date night. Shows upstairs run the gamut from cabaret and burlesque to dance and more.
Downstairs, enjoy lively performances while you dine in the evening and during weekend brunch.
FYI — there is an artist fee upon entry to help support the performers. Nothing says romance like watching the sun set over the downtown skyline. Take the stairs or elevator up a few floors to one of these rooftop bars in Orlando. We've rounded up our favorite local restaurants with sunset views to make planning a breeze.
Music-loving couples have no shortage of options for a musical night out, especially when it comes to live jazz. Enjoy craft cocktails, a delicious dinner and a classic or independent film all in one place.
Enzian Theater is our go-to spot for a movie date in retro digs. The ading Eden Bar provides plenty of outdoor dining space and a full menu including craft cocktails made at the covered outdoor bar. Large oak trees and twinkle lights provide extra romantic ambiance.
Kelly Park is our nearest place to go tubingoffering a short but picturesque tube run you'll want to enjoy again and again.
Creative & fun indoor date ideas
Pack a picnic to enjoy by the water after you get your fill of aquatic fun. Learn the history and technique of craft cocktails during this hands-on cocktail class offered the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Enjoy bites and sips for a fraction of the regular cost.
Here are our top picks for the best Orlando happy hours. Plan a weekend in nature camping with a twist. Cozy details will make you feel right at home, while the temperature control units keep you comfortable, even in the summer months. These Orlando spas offer special treatments with couples in mind. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers the ultimate in luxury, while St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Resort Orlando will transport you to a tropical getaway. These six places to go zip lining in Central Florida are sure to get your adrenaline pumping together. If an international trip isn't in the cards, there are plenty of local places for a French-inspired date sure to delight any Francophile.
Over the years, Orlando's local craft brewery scene has continued to grow. The Ravenous Pig's epic beer garden is another favorite, a one-stop date night spot complete with an outdoor lawn, ading restaurant, lawn games and more. Held in Downtown Winter Garden every Saturday from 8am-1pm, this local market features organic produce, fresh flowers, artisanal cheese, European bread, micro greens, first date ideas in Winter Haven and art, fresh meat and seafood and so much more.
Our itinerary includes five uniquely-themed bars that will quench your thirst for adventure. Nothing says date night quite like an early morning sunrise hot air balloon ride over Central Florida. Most companies even allow you to assist in setting up the balloon for takeoff. While several local companies offer tours, our personal favorite is Bob's Balloons. Head to Orlando's official Shakespeare theater, Orlando Shakes, for seasonal productions of Shakespeare classics alongside other top-notch performances. See upcoming shows here. In the cooler months of fall, winter and spring, head to a local u-pick farm to pick your own strawberries, blueberries, citrus, sunflowers, wildflowers and so much more.
From goat yoga and paddle board yoga to outdoor classes in Lake Eola Park, check out one of our favorite places to practice outdoor yoga. Get lost in the flow together! You'll cruise by lakefront homes, Rollins College, scenic parks and more, while your guide fills you in on Winter Park history and cracks cheesy jokes. It's a must-do. Traveling comedians and local talent frequent the Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando. Play tourist for the day by ing a local food tour! This brewery and indoor food market offers a wonderful atmosphere for an afternoon or evening date.
Pick up food from your favorite vendors, grab a few craft beers from Crooked Can, and relax on the huge outdoor patio.