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The Ultimate Romantic Orlando Bucketlist: 52 Dreamy Orlando Date Ideas

Welcome to the sultry side of Orlando, lovebirds! Prepare to ignite your passion and turn up the heat with our ultra-romantic bucket list of Orlando date ideas. Whether you’re here to spark a new flame or keep the fire burning, these creative and intimate experiences are sure to make your hearts race. Explore the magic of romance in Orlando with us!

With these 52 Orlando date night ideas, you and your partner can create memories that will last a lifetime. Take your significant other on a walk around the stunning Lake Eola Park or impress them with a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the city at sunset. 

Date Night sign
Date Night Sign

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We’re talking about unique adventures and swanky rooftop bars!  Orlando isn’t just theme parks, there’s some amazing hot spots that’ll have you off the beaten path and feeling like you landed in a rom com.  While you can certainly splurge, don’t worry because most of these bucket list Orlando date night ideas are affordable!

It’s cuddle time so get ready to experience Orlando as a perfect backdrop for romantic wonders. Orlando offers fun date ideas that cater to all interests, you’re about to ignite your love life with an unforgettable date night in Orlando!

wine and dine rooftop bar

  • Get ready to have your socks knocked off, lovebirds! Dr. Phillips Center is where the magic happens, and we’re not just talking about rabbits pulled out of hats. We’re talking about Broadway shows that will have you tapping your toes and singing along to show stopping numbers.

Picture this: you and your special someone, dressed to the nines, walking down the grand staircase and into the elegant theater. The lights dim, the orchestra starts playing, and you’re swept away into a world of musical theater magic. Whether it’s a classic like The Phantom of the Opera or a newer hit like Hamilton, the traveling Broadway shows at Dr. Phillips Center are the epitome of romance.

  • How about a cinematic adventure at the SIlver Moon Drive-In in Lakeland? Time to snuggle up with your sweetheart in the comfort of your own car and watch a double feature under the stars. 
  • Imagine sipping on expertly crafted cocktails and indulging in Spanish-style tapas while watching fireworks light up the sky over Disney World from the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Resort. Talk about a view to remember!
  • If you’re in the mood for something more zen, head over to Illume on the 9th floor of the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa. Watch the sunset over Lake Buena Vista and the theme parks as you enjoy Asian fare, including sushi and sake. With 360° views and a serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening.
  • For the ultimate weekend getaway all you wine-loving couples out there might want to head to Lakeridge Winery for a variety of festivals offered throughout the year, complete with live music, food trucks, and, of course, plenty of wine. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, they even offer complimentary wine tastings so you can find your new favorite vintage together.
  • Aloha! Get ready to be transported to the sunny shores of Hawaii without ever leaving Orlando. Experience the tradition of a Hawaiian Feast with hula and fire dancers at Lowes Royal Pacific Resort, all while tasting Polynesian food complete with a pit-roasted pig. It’s an unforgettable evening filled with vibrant colors, lively music, and mouth-watering flavors that’ll have you feeling like you’re on a romantic island getaway.
  • Want something a little spookier? Explore the city’s most haunted spots and hear chilling tales of its past on a 2 Hr Ghost tour in Downtown Orlando.
  • Seeking a peaceful escape?  Take a Winter Park Chain of Lakes sunset kayaking tour in a clear kayak and marvel at the beauty of the natural surroundings. Glide down shallow areas not accessible to standard boats and watch the sunset paint the sky with warm hues of pink and orange. It’s the perfect romantic setting for a quiet evening together.
  • Seeking high adventure on the water, explore them at their most picturesque. You’ll have a front-row seat to the beauty of the natural world as the sun sets over the horizon during a sunset airboat ride.
  • Looking to spend some quiet time spotting some of Florida’s creatures in their natural habitat? Take a free Wildlife drive with audio tour.
  • Shake things up with an exotic twist! Enjoy a wild ride of flavors at Disney World’s Boma – Flavors of Africa. Let the aromas of mouth-watering grilled meats, spicy stews, and savory sides transport you to the heart of Africa. With its scenic safari views, cozy atmosphere, warm lighting, and vibrant decor, Boma sets the perfect stage for a flavorful adventure.
  • How about grown-up mini golf with delicious food and drinks in a pop-art laid back vibe to beat the old dinner and a movie routine? Popstroke Orlando is not your average miniature golf course, backed by technology to keep track of your scores while serving up craft beers and signature cocktails.
  • Like to get up close to exotic animals? The giraffes and zebras are waiting for you as you take the self guided tour through the Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park.
  • For relaxed romance, stroll hand in hand through the scenic Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando or enjoy one of their monthly movie nights in the gardens.
  • For a more active adventure, rent a tandem bike and ride along the scenic West Orange Trail.  You’ll be surrounded by natural beauty while riding with your sweetheart.
  • Take a sunset swan shaped sailboat ride on Lake Eola in Orlando. $15 for a 30 minute ride.  Watch the lake come alive in a blaze of colors as the sun sets over the horizon.
Sunset at Lake Eola
Sunset at Lake Eola
  • For nature focused lovers, nothing beats a visit to Rock Springs State Park to see the Indian mounds, take a nature hike, or a horseback trail ride.  Experience the feeling of serenity and being at one with nature.
  • Another great water based adventure begins with a scenic boat tour of the Chain of Lakes in Winter Park.  Take a moment to enjoy feeling like you’re in your own postcard.

  • Catch a sunset along the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater or St. Pete or go on a romantic canoe ride down the peaceful Wekiva River.

  • Experience the enchanting ambiance of Mount Dora by taking a romantic electric carriage ride during sunset through its charming streets.

  • Embark on an exhilarating hike to the observation tower at the Green Mountain scenic overlook in Minneola, and make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in the delectable donuts from the renowned Donut King on Highway 27.

  • Stir up your love life by taking a tantalizing couples cooking class at one of the many acclaimed culinary schools in the area, such as Truffles & Trifles, or spice things up by finding a class on Cozy Meal.

  • Ignite the flames of passion with a candlelit dinner at one of the many exquisite restaurants in Celebration, Florida, like the beloved Florida classic, Columbia Restaurant.
  • Set out on a unique and thrilling experience at The BANDBOX, Orlando’s first-ever spirit-free speakeasy tasting lounge and bottle shop. Indulge in a wide range of non-alcoholic craft cocktails, apéritifs, beer, and wine, along with an array of tantalizing elixirs, bitters, tonics, leisure sodas, shrubs, CBD sodas, sparkling water, and vintage fizzy pop.Enjoy a spirit-free evening with your significant other and satisfy your cravings without compromising on taste or quality.

  • Calling all green thumbs and garden lovers! Propag8 is the ultimate destination for a cocktail night immersed in a stunning botanical wonderland. Take in the lush and vibrant surroundings as you sip on handcrafted cocktails, mingling with like-minded individuals who share your passion for all things plant-related. With an ambiance that seamlessly blends nature and nightlife, Propag8 is the perfect place to unwind and connect with friends while basking in the beauty of a living, breathing paradise. 
  • Savor a delightful brunch and explore the quaint town of Winter Haven in style with a guided brunch tour that promises to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Fulfill your wildest dessert fantasies at the Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant, where sinful and decadent desserts await to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Attention all beer-loving couples! Deadwords is the ultimate destination for a night out that perfectly blends brews and bites. With a wide selection of beers on tap, there’s something for every palate, from hoppy IPAs to crisp lagers and everything in between. And if you’re looking for a little mid-week excitement, be sure to check out Taco Tuesdays or Pretzel Wednesdays, where you can indulge in delectable eats while sipping on your favorite brew. With a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere, Deadwords is the perfect place to unwind with your significant other and bond over your shared love for good beer and delicious food. 
  • Take your date to new heights with an ICONic night out that includes a dazzling ride on The Wheel, a bubbly glass of sparkling wine or cider, and a VIP photo package at Icon Park, making it a night you’ll never forget.
  • Elevate your palate and alter your perception with a show-stopping experience in a restaurant with an open-theater style kitchen. Bacán offers an immersive and artistically influenced dining experience that features bold and seductive flavors of the Americas. It’s the perfect romantic escape for couples looking to indulge in a unique and adventurous dining experience.

Looking for Romantic Day Trips from Orlando?

  • Take off on a romantic journey through time by visiting the Nation’s Oldest City of St. Augustine, where you can stroll hand in hand through the charming streets and iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time.
Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine
Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine
  • Sail into the sunset with your significant other on a captivating sunset cruise of St. Augustine, where you can bask in the warm glow of the sun as it dips below the horizon.
  • Dive into an unforgettable experience by swimming with gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, where you can get up close and personal with manatees and create lasting memories.
  • Cruise along the stunning St. John’s River and witness the natural beauty of Blue Spring State Park, where you can spot wildlife and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings.
  • Escape to paradise on Honeymoon Island, where you can bask in the sun on 5 miles of pristine beaches or take a scenic hike on the 3.5 miles of nature trails, making it the perfect romantic getaway.

  • Venture to the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, designated as Florida’s first Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association, where you can witness the mesmerizing beauty of the starry sky in the best location, far from any light pollution in Florida.
  • Hang ten and catch a wave by taking thrilling surf lessons on the iconic Cocoa Beach, where you can experience the thrill of riding the waves like a pro.
  • Step back in time and immerse yourselves in the rich history of Ybor City with an enthralling walking tour, where you can learn about the vibrant culture and unique heritage of this historic neighborhood.
  • Experience the stunning beauty of a Florida sunset as you cruise along the picturesque Siesta Key on an electric bike, creating unforgettable memories with your loved one.

Indulgent Romantic Date Ideas in Orlando

  • Immerse yourself in pure relaxation and rejuvenation in the enchanting Himalayan Salt Therapy room at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Orlando, where you can breathe in the healing properties of the salt and melt away your stress.
Waldorf Astoria views

  • Take your theme park experience to new heights by soaring above the magic and wonder of Orlando’s famous theme parks from the comfort of a helicopter for two, creating unforgettable memories from a unique perspective.
  • Indulge in the ultimate pool experience the Margaritaville way by booking a private cabana for the day, complete with refreshing water and soda, a $25 credit for mouth-watering food, and the option to upgrade for an indulgent spa service.
  • Create a picture-perfect moment by planning a luxury popup picnic, effortlessly selecting from a variety of vendors on Best Picnic Spots to enjoy a sumptuous spread in a picturesque location.
  • Wander off on an immersive journey through the vast expanse of space with a private experience at the Orlando Science Center’s Observatory & Planetarium, where you can marvel at the wonders of the universe with your loved one.
Walkway from parking to the Orlando Science Center
Walkway from parking to the Orlando Science Center
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a couple’s escape massage at the tranquil Soleil Salt Room & Wellness Spa, where you can unwind and connect in a serene and peaceful setting.
  • Capture your love in stunning photographs by hiring a private photographer for a unique and memorable photoshoot around downtown Orlando, creating lasting memories that you can cherish forever.

  • Splurge on the ultimate luxury experience by booking a private boat charter with a professional crew, savory snacks, and refreshing drinks included, where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Florida’s waterways.

Adventurous Dates in Orlando

  • Take the plunge and experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFly, where you can feel the rush of freefall without jumping out of an airplane.
  • Rise and shine in the most magical way possible with a breathtaking hot air balloon flight, where you can soar high above the world and take in stunning panoramic views from a unique perspective.
  • Explore the natural beauty of the West Orange Trail in the most exciting way possible by renting a bike directly on the trail, where you can pedal your way through lush scenery and experience the thrill of the great outdoors.
  • You don’t have to travel across oceans to have a unique experience with exotic wildlife. The Camel Safari Tour offers a sublime opportunity to view game animals while riding on the back of camels followed by an opportunity to feed giraffes. This adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the natural state of exotic wildlife.
  • Indulge in a beloved Orlando favorite by taking a thrilling joyride in a Slingshot from $99 for a one hour test drive or enjoy in increments of 2, 4, 8, or 24 hour periods.
Lovers on the beach at sunset

This romantic Orlando bucket list offers a diverse range of experiences for couples to enjoy. From stargazing at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park to surfing lessons on Cocoa Beach, from a luxury picnic to a private boat charter, the list includes something for every taste and budget. Couples can relax in a Himalayan Salt Therapy room, take a helicopter ride over the theme parks, or indulge in a couple’s escape massage at Soleil Salt Room & Wellness Spa. There are also opportunities for adventure, such as indoor skydiving at iFly or swimming with manatees at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

With so many options available, be encouraged to take on the challenge of trying out one date idea a week and please share your own favorites in the comments.

Ideas For a Little Romance at Home

Maybe, you’re more interested in quiet romance at home. Here’s some ideas to set the stage:

  1. If you have children and no babysitter, you only have a few options.
    1. There’s the electronic babysitter (tablet/tv) in a kid safe zone.
    2. Wear them out so they fall asleep early.
    3. Let them join, incorporate them in your quiet time plans including a special desert, movie, craft, game or whatever works best for your family.  The point is to remember to celebrate love, feel loved and share it.
  2. If you have a patio, porch, or stoop, you can turn it into a romantic setting.  Add a blanket, candles, wine or sparkling cider, rose petals, flowers, or whatever feels good to you.  Sit and relax in this space you created.  Watch the stars or the people.
  3. If it’s in your budget, you can find a projector and screen that connects to your phone or WiFi around $100.  And now you have a private showing for half the cost of renting one.
  4. No blanket for the scene?  Try a mandala tapestry or a sequin tablecloth for under $15.
  5. Transform your favorite “affordable” wine with a Love sticker or design your own.
  6. Make special ice for your drinks by adding berries to the ice tray before freezing or buy special trays – love these diamonds that come in a 4-pack for under $7!  I add them to my drinks whenever I want to feel extra good just because.  No one will ever say that I did not treat myself well in this life.

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