There is no shortage of family entertainment in the theme park capital, but it may come as a surprise to hear about the growing list of things for couples to do in Orlando.
Whether it’s couples’ cooking classes, a hot air balloon ride for 2, or dining on a hotel rooftop with views of Disney’s nightly fireworks, you’ll find a whole host of activities to tick off the couple’s bucket list. From action-packed adventures, to romantic date-night ideas, read on for our round-up of things for couples to do in Orlando…
Try a date-night cooking class
Truffles and Trifles Date Night
You can put a unique spin on your next date-night dinner with Orlando’s endless offering of cooking classes.
Whether you want to learn new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun night out together, you’re bound to find something to get you sizzling.
Probably the most sought after date-night class is held at the Truffles and Trifles cooking school, where it’s more than just the food getting hot. In fact over the years, more than 20 couples have tied the knot after meeting at the monthly Date Night class, usually held on the second Saturday of the month.
The class is open to singles and couples alike.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Orlando Balloon Rides
It’s on the bucket list of every traveller, and it’s a great way to share the experience of a lifetime: a hot air balloon ride will see your relationship soaring to dizzying new heights.
Whether you want to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or just experience an adventure together, a hot air balloon ride gives you and your loved one a glimpse of Florida as you’ve never seen it before.
You can book a sunrise flight through Orlando Balloon Rides on any day of the week. Once you’re airborne the pilot will point out Orlando’s most interesting sights, from its famous theme parks to its orange groves, forests and swamps.
After landing, a traditional champagne toast is held to celebrate your special experience.
Watch the sun set over the city
The Orlando Eye
You can take your relationship to a whole new level on the 400 ft Orlando Eye observation wheel. Located at the i-Drive 360 complex on International Drive, the wheel offers breathtaking views over Central Florida from a bird’s eye perspective.
There are a variety of tickets and packages available for families, groups and couples. One of the most popular being the Champagne Experience; a sunset flight with champagne served by a personal host.
The gentle journey round the wheel takes you and your significant other high above the hubbub below, delivering spectacular views in every direction.
Dine on a hotel rooftop
Eleven at the Grande Hotel
For those in search of romantic experiences in Orlando, the ‘View at Eleven’ dinner package definitely delivers.
Couples can take in the sunset and Disney’s nightly fireworks while enjoying dinner and cocktails on an open-air verandah at the very top of the Reunion Grande hotel.
Located 11 floors up, the Eleven restaurant serves signature entrees and great steaks along with an impressive wine list and cocktail menu. The ‘View at Eleven’ menu features a selection of delicious soups, salads and tapas dishes, with patio seating available on a first come first serve basis.
To dine at Eleven guests must be staying on-site at Reunion Resort. There are a fantastic selection of Reunion Resort vacation homes available in a range of styles and sizes, although couples may prefer the smaller and more intimate condos at the Reunion Grande.See our Reunion Grande condos
Picnic by a swan-filled lake
Lake Eola Park
A popular spot for picnics, feeding the swans and renting swan-shaped paddle boats, is Orlando’s lovely Lake Eola Park.
Located in Downtown Orlando, the main feature of the park is the swan-filled lake, famous for its majestic fountain which changes colours at night like a light show. Also at the park is the Walt Disney Amphitheatre, which hosts many exciting events and performances all year round.
Couples can eat a picnic next to the lake, rent a paddle boat for 2, or wander around the park while soaking up the warm Florida sun. There’s also a farmer’s market held at the park every Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Tee off on a top golf course
Reunion Resort Golf
For couples wanting to golf together, there is a never ending line-up of golf courses in Orlando – and if you opt to stay at one of the villas or condos at Reunion Resort, you’ll have access to 3 of the best.
The resort is the only destination in the world to boast 3 signature golf courses designed by legends, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. All are award-winning courses famed for their unique and challenging layouts.
You can choose from a range of golf packages, or you can brush up on your golf skills together at the on-site golf and putting academies.Golf at Reunion Resort
Relax and recharge together
The Spa at Reunion
After an afternoon of golf or other activities, couples staying at Reunion Resort can make the most its exclusive Boutique Spa.
The luxurious 5-room sanctuary is located in a private spot close to the Reunion Grande, and offers a range of soothing massages, signature facials and body treatments for individuals and couples alike.
Particular favourites include the Just for Couples massage, his and her’s facials and exfoliating hand and foot treatments.The spa at Reunion Resort
Zip line over alligators
Screamin Gator Zip Line
Clip in and zip off on a journey together over alligator-infested swamplands – if you dare!
The new Screaming’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland will take you along 1,200 feet of high-flying adventure from some of the tallest zip line towers in the world. You’ll launch from heights of up to 65 ft and soar over hundreds of giant alligators and crocodiles at speeds of over 30 miles per hour.
It may sound scary but it’s an incredibly entertaining and educating experience, made all the better by sharing it with that someone special in your life.
Kayak under a full moon
The Full Moon Kayak
There are an array of kayak tours in Orlando, but none are so suited to couples as the monthly Full Moon Kayak.
Available through Adventures in Florida, this tour takes you on a nightime kayaking trip on the beautiful Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Get your romance A-game on as you paddle side-by-side under the light of the full moon.
An experienced guide heads the tour, regaling you and your fellow paddlers with ghost stories as you raise a toast to the stars. All kayaking equipment is provided, as well as snacks and refreshments.
Go wine tasting
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
For the perfect wine lover’s day out, head to the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, a stunning country estate in Clermont, just west of Orlando.
You can take a complimentary wine tour whilst soaking up the views of the rolling Florida countryside, which stretches for miles in every direction. After the tour you can head to the wine tasting counter and sample a selection of award-winning wines ranging from dry to sweet, with red white and sparkling options.
Afterwards you can browse the large retail area. Couples may want to stock up on the picnic sets, food items and wines before heading off for a romantic picnic in a peaceful spot nearby.
Get flirty on a cocktail tour
Downtown Orlando Tours
The Crafty Cocktail Tour is a great evening out for couples who enjoy a tipple together.
Run by Downtown Orlando Tours, the evening takes you to some of Downtown’s finest cocktail bars, allowing you to sample a variety of tasty hand-crafted drinks while learning about the history and culture of Downtown Orlando.
The tour takes place every Saturday from 6.30 – 8.30pm and features an array of stops at Downtown’s best cocktail bars.
See a burlesque show
Couples on the prowl for romance with a side of playful will find it in spades at the Peek a Boo burlesque show.
Voted ‘Best Burlesque’ by Orlando Weekly readers, the show, held at the Las Vegas-themed Stardust Lounge, is a titillating blend of comedy, daring and extravagance.
Led by Orlando’s resident burlesque queen Blue Star, the Peek a Boo ladies stage their cheeky performances once a month, with a hefty helping of dancing, sequins, feathers and garters.
The show is a great date-night idea, and is best enjoyed after a few cocktails from the lounge bar.
A romantic horse ride
Why not surprise someone special with a romantic horse ride at dawn or dusk?
Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides offers horseback riding at the exquisitely beautiful Rock Springs Run Reserve near Orlando. Dedicated riding trails take you through the reserve’s rich woodlands and along the shoreline of the Wekiva River.
The surroundings are loaded with local wildlife including bears, birds, reptiles and fish that you can spot from a safe distance.
If you’re booking an Orlando vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today.
Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.