Whether you live round the corner or are hitting up Orlando as part of a special romantic getaway, there are a huge range of things to do in Orlando for couples. From the thrilling and adventurous, to the gooey and romantic.
Treat your partner (and yourself) to these amazing date ideas in Orlando, and we’re sure you’ll both have the time of your lives.
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1. Visit EPCOT Festival
EPCOT starts the year with their International Festival of the Arts, running from mid-January. Treat your other half to a day of food, performance and visual arts from across the globe.
July to November bring with them the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival… if ever there was a festival for couples in Orlando, this is it!
2. Bonnet Creek Epicurious, A Curated Progressive Dinner
Picture this – four hours of exquisitely curated, culinary perfection. And now stop imagining and make a reservation at Orlando’s luxury romantic dinner, hosted by Hilton’s new Signia by Hilton brand hotel at Bonnet Creek.
This triumphantly decadent feat of gastronomy is an ideal night out for a special occasion.
Perhaps you’ve decided it’s time to pop the question, maybe you’re staying in Orlando for your honeymoon.
Maybe you’re super confident that this first date is going to be the one. It’s not cheap at $235 per person, so this is for a date night that really counts.
Make a reservation by emailing BonnetCreekEpicurious@hilton.com or call 407-597-3712.
3. Take a Hike on the Tibet-Butler Preserve
There’s nothing quite like embracing your inner explorer, and hiking in the Tibet-Butler Preserve is a vitalizing date for couples to enjoy together in Orlando.
Shrouded by an emerald glow of palm trees, relax in the delicate balance of magnitude and serenity that this beautiful natural park offers.
On a warm afternoon, take shelter at the foot of a magnificent tree and just enjoy each other’s company.
If meditation is your thing, the Tibet-Butler Preserve is an inspiring setting and can bring you closer to yourself as well as your partner.
Look up the Japanese custom of Forest Bathing before you go and share the experience with your date.
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4. Visit the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Festival
Hosted by Walt Disney World, the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Festival is a special weekend festival for foodies.
Scheduled for the fall, this festival is an especially popular thing to do in Orlando for couples who want to avoid the peak holiday seasons.
Take your time as you meander the causeway and let your tastebuds tempt you as you explore the wide range of treats prepared by the remarkably talented team of local and international chefs.
5. Experience Sangria University at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Prepare to be top of the class at Sangria University! The Three Bridges Bar & Grill, at Coronado Springs Resort, has landed on one of the best things to do in Orlando for couples who love a refreshing glass of sangria in the evening.
Earn your Sangria Diploma under the expert tuition of the restaurant’s sangria sommelier. Taste four house-made sangrias whilst discovering the interesting history of this popular Spanish drink.
The highlight of this great Orlando date idea is making your very own Sangria and receiving your diploma!
6. Enjoy One of Orlando’s Best Lounges
Sometimes you just need to relax, and Orlando has you covered. If you’re planning a busy day out and about at the parks and want to chill out together in the evening, regaling each other with stories, then settle in to one of Orlando’s best lounges.
Just turn up at The Courtesy for an authentic speakeasy cocktail bar experience.
The atmosphere is buzzing and the drinks, crafted by top notch artisans are a special treat for a romantic night in Orlando.
Alternatively, if Disney is your reason for being in Orlando, check out Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. If you’ve ever wanted to get tipsy with Moana, this is probably your closest opportunity.
7. Hangout at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club
Comedy clubs are a hilarious thing to do in Orlando for couples, and Improv is possibly the best spot in town.
Hit up the comedy club’s website to flick through their busy calendar of shows and book a date night that’ll have you both gasping for air.
Improv has a restaurant too, so you could make a whole evening of it by making a dining reservation at the same time as booking your tickets.
8. Take A Boat Tour on the Lakes
Orlando is blessed with some beautiful waterscapes, from large lakes to mysterious marshes.
Whether you’re in Orlando as a couple, or with your kids, a boat tour will be a highlight of your time in town.
9. Visit an Orlando Museum
It might surprise you, but Orlando is just about giant mice with pet dogs. An impressive range of museums offers lots of alternative things to do in Orlando for couples.
The Orlando Museum of Art has been showcasing historical and contemporary art since 1924. Go on the first Thursday of the month for a special evening of local artists and live music.
Add something special to your Friday or Saturday plans with a visit to the Orlando Fire Museum. It’s free to visit and is an eye-opening presentation of the heroic work of firefighters in Orlando and beyond.
If museums bring the word “stuffy” to mind, but your partner loves them, then head to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The gardens are particularly fun, filled with interesting sculptures… and space for a picnic.
10. Have Dinner at One of the Top 5 Restaurants in Orlando
So, you’re looking for a brilliant date night in Orlando… you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to places for dinner.
Be entertained by celebrity chef Todd English at his seafood restaurant, Todd English’s Bluezoo. The restaurant itself is a work of art, and that’s before you’ve even picked up your cutlery.
Ok, it’s got the wrong State in its name, but the California Grill is an appropriate nod to the birthplace of Disney Studios, Disneyland and the magic that followed.
And if you’re anywhere near International Drive, get yourself a table at The Hampton Social, which is open for lunch and dinner, with live music in the evenings.
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11. Do a Couples Massage at Blue Harmony Spa
Detox and relax at the soothing Blue Harmony Spa. Couples’ massages are one of the most romantic things to do in Orlando for couples.
The Blue Harmony Spa, situated at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, is a perfectly tranquil setting.
Whilst you’re there, treat yourself to a facial, manicure and pedicure to go away looking as fabulously refreshed as you’ll feel.
12. Take a Leisurely Stroll on Disney’s BoardWalk
Link arms and trail Disney’s BoardWalk, found just down the road from EPCOT. Disney’s waterside destination boasts a quarter-mile of dining, shopping and exhilarating nightlife.
With the classic nostalgic glow that Disney does so well, time spent on the BoardWalk with your loved one will make for very special memories.
Have a laugh and get competitive with your date at the classic arcade games. If you’re there with the kids, rent a Surrey bike, which is made for four riders.
13. Enjoy a Dinner on the Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney goes all out when it comes to theming, and this safari dinner experience at Animal Kingdom is simply breathtaking.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Animal Kingdom, make it even more incredible with this romantic safari tour and dinner.
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14. Watch an NBA Game with the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA team always puts on a great show, and the crowd sure knows how to have a good time. Soak up the atmosphere and cheer on The Orlando Magic at their next home game in the Amway Center.
Upcoming games are advertised on the NBA website, where you can also purchase tickets.
The Orlando Magic are yet to win a championship… but with your support you never know!
15. Party It Up in the ICE Bar
Now this is a cool thing for couples to do in Orlando. Chill out in the world’s most popular year-round ice bar! Yes, ICE Bar Orlando is the number ice bar in the entire world! And it’s a great date night.
It’s not all about breaking the ice though. Once you’ve marvelled at the ice sculptures and downed your shot from a shot glass made of ice, it’s time to warm up in the Fire Lounge.
As Katy Perry once said, you’re hot then you’re cold…. She must have been thinking of ICE Bar Orlando.
16. Hang Out in Disney Springs
Disney Springs is another of Disney’s show-stopping destinations and offers you so many memorable things to do in Orlando for couples.
Hit the shops – there are 103 of them – maybe catch a movie, then head to dinner at one of the 64 delicious eateries in town.
Looking to throw in some pacey excitement to your day? If so, you’ll love this next watery experience!
Hit the water in a vintage Amphicar and enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Lake Buena Vista whilst pretending to be Danny and Sandy from Grease.
17. Have Fun in CityWalk
Hang out in Margaritaville, or chill with some of your favorite Universal characters, at this colorful downtown destination that keeps the theme park fun alive right into the night.
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18. Enjoy a Relaxing Bioluminescent Kayaking Adventure
Ignite the adrenaline and prepare for a thrilling and romantic bioluminescent kayaking adventure. BK Adventure run a host of tours in the Banana River and Indian River areas, where the water quite literally glows with bioluminescence.
It is a magical experience to be kayaking on glowing water. The stuff of movies. And you can enjoy it with your other half right here, for real, in Orlando.
Book ahead though, these tours get fully booked up in the summer, when the bioluminescence is at its brightest.
19. Spend a Day at Kennedy Space Center
Take your partner to the Kennedy Space Center and you’ll appreciate the miracle of meeting each other in a totally new way.
We are such a small speck on the history of the cosmos, and NASA is at the forefront of discovering exactly what is “out there”.
Be in the place where real space exploration happens. And if you’re lucky, you may even have the opportunity to witness a space launch.
Dates of launches are advertised on the Kennedy Space Center website.
20. Go Bar Hopping Downtown Orlando
Bar hopping always makes for an entertaining night, and it’s a sure way to have some laughs and build memories with your other half.
So, if you’re looking for things to do for couples in Orlando, and you love a good cocktail, here are some bars to hit up.
Hooch at Wall Street Plaza has a creative steam-punk theme, and a menu of enticing moonshine cocktails.
21. Take a Ride on a Swan
Take it easy down in Lake Eola Park and swan away the afternoon on a swan-shaped paddle boat. You’ll also come across real swans, and perhaps catch a concert or movie in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.
Lake Eola is a great spot for a couple selfie in front of the Orlando skyline – time your selfie for sunset for the best glow up imaginable.
22. Watch a Theatrical Show at Dr. Phillips
Orlando is brimming with characters from movies, but what about some live theatre. You got it right here at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Featuring a varied line up of shows and tribute acts, this is one night in Orlando you’ll be telling all your friends about.
With a constantly changing line-up of touring shows, you’ll be able to catch a different production every time you’re in the mood for a quality show.
23. Enjoy a Champagne Flight at ICON Park
ICON Park has got romantic things to do in Orlando down to a tee. The Wheel, with its mind-blowing views of Orlando has a special option just for couples – romance capsules.
It’s like Valentines Day every day on The Wheel. Take your sweetheart and share a magical ride on the wheel along with champagne in your own little love capsule.
Don’t overlook the Shopping and Dining options either. Once you’ve returned to terra firma, there are shops and restaurants galore. I’m also intrigued by Breathe – ICON Park’s modern wellness bar – which is said to make you feel fantastic.
24. Visit an Orlando Escape Game Room
Escape Rooms have taken the world by storm, and make for a wonderful date.
In the world’s themed-entertainment capital it’s no surprise that we’ve got the best selection of rooms to escape from.
If Pirates of the Caribbean is your jam, Lockbusters have an immersive Pirate Adventure for 3-8 players. And if you think you’ve seen all that Escape Rooms can do, head over to The Bureau for an escape adventure of tomorrow, with no locks and keys in sight…
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25. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at iFLY Orlando
Experience the sensation of hurtling out of a plane, with the air rushing past you, in Orlando’s specialist iFLY wind tunnel.
iFLY experiences are an energetic and exciting thing for couples to do in Orlando, with the chance to take home a great photo keepsake of the experience.
Supported by expert skydivers in the wind tunnel, you’ll be guided through the techniques needed to skydive, and will even have time to try out some tricks with the instructor’s support.
26. Walk Around Park Avenue in Winter Park and Visit the Wine Room)
Downtown Winter Park is such a lovely area in Orlando, Florida. This can be a cheap date or a luxurious outing.
You can choose to walk around the many shops of Downtown Winter Park, or you can have a delicious dining experience at one of the many top-notch restaurants.
One of my favorite things to do in Winter Park, Florida is hanging out at the Wine Room.
They have lots of wine to choose from with refillable cards that allow you go back-and-forth to enjoy a variety of wine in one visit.
27. Have a Staycation Weekend at a Luxurious Orlando Resort
Sometimes all we need is a change of scene to reawaken us and bring us closer with our other half. And you don’t need to travel far – Orlando is full of some of the world’s best resorts.
So, if you’re a local, grab an exclusive deal at any of Orlando’s top resorts in shoulder-season, when the tourists have headed home.
You’ll be amazed at the discounts you can get, and you’ll relish experiencing Orlando through fresh eyes.
I hope this list helps you narrow down your date night/day plans in Orlando. Before you go, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Tea Room Experience Downtown
- Velvet Sessions
- Harbor Nights
- The Glass Knife
- Bok Tower
- Andretti Indoor Karting and Game
- Mango Lounge
Did I leave one of your favorites spots off this list? If so, please let us know in the comments section below!
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