While most people probably think of Orlando as a family destination due to the concentration of theme parks, it can also be a great place for a couple’s getaway.
If you’re looking to plan a romantic trip to Florida this year, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or another special occasion, check out our list of romantic things to do in Orlando to help you plan that perfect vacation.
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Commune with Nature
One of the great things about being in Central Florida is how lovely and wild the natural world really is.
While you’re just a moderate drive away from the heart of the Everglades, there are also a number of charming parks and lakes in Orlando proper if you don’t feel like venturing too far afield.
A popular spot for strolls and picnics is the lovely Lake Eola, a favorite among locals for its peaceful waters.
Another romantic locale is the Leu Botanical Gardens, which actually hosts an official date night on the first Friday of every month.
If you really want to see some classic Florida wilderness, take a ride through the Forever Florida Wildlife Conservation Area, a 4,700-acre expanse including seven distinct eco-systems.
Indulge Your Love of Animals
If your partner is a big animal lover, then there are a few local attractions you’ll want to be sure to visit while you’re in town.
An airboat ride into the swamps and wetlands of the Everglades is a great opportunity to glimpse the famous gators.
As long as you’re willing to venture south, then a visit to Jungle Island in Miami is a must for animal lovers – it’s a comprehensive zoo-type atmosphere with phenomenal animal interactions and really immersive exhibits.
Couldn’t manage to leave the kids at home? Make everybody happy with a trip to the Green Meadows Petting Farm.
Explore the Art World
Do you live for culture? Then you and your partner are probably searching for a museum or two to visit while you’re in town.
There are plenty of small but robust art institutions to choose from, such as the official Orlando Arts Museum.
One of our favorites is the Dali Museum, which features the work of this famed Spanish surrealist and his contemporaries.
You might also be interested in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum if you’re looking for something more traditional.
Searching for a sculpture garden to conduct that romantic walk in? Look no further than the Mennello Museum of American Art right on Lake Formosa.
Stroll Through Historic Winter Park
While there’s a lot of history scattered throughout Orlando (if you recall, Florida was an early Spanish settlement), Winter Park might be our most recommended neighborhood to explore due the concentration of cute buildings, quirky shops, and tasty restaurants.
If you prefer to emphasize the beautiful waterways of Winter Park, then a scenic boat tour would also be another good sightseeing option.
Hop Aboard a Cruise
Since you’re in Florida, one of the must-do romantic activities on your list is a cruise. There are all sorts of sightseeing cruises available, from those that focus on wildlife to simple ocean views.
One of our favorites is an enchanting cruise of Clearwater Harbor in nearby Tampa. They offer delicious dining options in a climate-controlled room (a big deal in Florida), plus unbeatable ocean views from the open-air deck.
Enjoy a Delicious Meal
You have to eat while you’re in town, so why not make a romantic dinner out of it? There are plenty of tasty restaurants in and around Orlando for you to choose from, many with international flair and spice.
Some of our favorite neighborhoods to explore for new dining experiences include Winter Park, Lake Buena Vista, and Downtown Orlando.
If you’re looking to dine on Valentine’s Day itself, be sure to make reservations in advance as the tables will fill up fast!
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From high art to popular culture, there’s something for every couple to enjoy in sunny Orlando. Just bring along your Go Orlando® Card and you’re good to go!