There’s 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 two or a romantic meal on a hotel rooftop, you’ll find a whole host of activities to tick off your to-do list.
From action-packed adventures to romantic date-night ideas, read on for our round-up of 14 fantastic things you and your sweetheart can do to build loving memories in Orlando…
Fun couple things to do in Orlando
1. Ride in a hot air balloon
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.
Why not check out the experiences on offer at Bob’s Balloons, with hot air balloon journeys customized to you. See whatever you want to see, whether that’s a ride over the Disney parks or over the nearby counties to take in the wildlife from the sky. For an extra romantic occasion, why not set off in time for the sun to rise? This is one of our absolute favorite ideas for things for couples to do in Orlando.
2. Dine on a hotel rooftop
For those in search of romantic experiences for couples in Orlando, how about enjoying a candlelit meal on a hotel rooftop? Sitting atop the Reunion Grande hotel, restaurant Eleven is one of Orlando’s best dining and star-gazing destinations.
Couples can take in the sunset as well as Disney’s nightly fireworks in the distance, while enjoying delicious meals and drinks on the elegant open-air verandah. The venue serves signature entrees and great steaks along with an impressive wine list and cocktail menu.
If you want to stay over, Reunion Resort is home to a fantastic selection of vacation homes in a range of styles, sizes and price ranges. You’ll find 3 championship golf courses on-site, as well as tennis courts, a boutique spa, a water park, community pools and a variety of restaurants and bars.
3. Kayak under a full moon
There are an array of kayak tours in Orlando, but these are our favorites. Explore Orlando in a new way by Kayak from Adventures in Florida. You can get your romance A-game on as you paddle side-by-side under the light of the full moon with the water all around you lit up in a magical way, on the Bioluminescence kayaking trip.
An experienced guide heads the tour, and all kayaking equipment is provided, as well as snacks and refreshments. For romantic things to do in Orlando for couples, look no further than this activity.
4. Relax and recharge together
Prefer to kick back and do nothing at all? You can do just that with a trip to one of Orlando’s many spas.
Couples staying at Reunion Resort can make the most of the luxurious spa which offers a range of soothing massages, signature facials and body treatments for individuals and couples alike. A particular favorite is the ‘Just for Couples’ massage.
5. Go wine tasting
For the perfect wine lover’s day out head to the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, a stunning country estate in Clermont located 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 the venue’s award-winning wines.
Afterwards you can take a stroll around the large retail area – couples may want to stock up on the picnic sets, gourmet food items and wines before heading off for a romantic picnic in a peaceful spot nearby.
6. Picnic by a swan-filled lake
A popular spot for romantic picnics and relaxing day trips is Orlando’s scenic Lake Eola Park. Located in Downtown Orlando the main feature of the park is the swan-filled lake, famous for its majestic fountain which features a nightly light show.
Couples can eat a picnic next to the lake, feed the swans and rent swan-shaped paddle boats for two. There’s also a farmer’s market held at the park every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. This is one of the most perfect things for couples to do in Orlando, as you can enjoy private time together in beautiful surroundings – this will certainly be a memorable occasion.
7. Hire a private chef
You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a date night in ultimate style. Many villas in Orlando come with beautiful dining areas and the option of hiring a private chef for a one-off meal or for the duration of your trip. You can choose from a range of delicious dinner menus, then kick back and relax as your chef takes care of the shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning.
8. Get flirty on a cocktail tour
The Crafty Cocktail Tour is a great evening out for couples who enjoy a tipple together. The evening takes you to some of Downtown’s finest cocktail bars, allowing you to sample a variety of tasty hand-crafted drinks hand-selected by local mixologists.
The tour takes place every Saturday from 6.30 – 8.30pm and features an array of stops at Downtown’s best cocktail bars. It costs around $40 per person.
9. Zip-line over alligators
Clip in and zip off on a journey together over alligator-infested swamplands – if you dare! The Screaming’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland takes riders 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.
10. Sail in a swan-shaped boat
Sailing around Lake Eola in a swan-shaped paddle boat is a fun experience that everyone should try. For a romantic twist, you can rent a boat at night and get beautiful views of the nightly light show at the lake’s majestic water fountain. You can rent boats from the dock at the north end of Lake Eola. You don’t need a reservation, just turn up during operating hours and you can rent one with cash or card.
You can find out more about Lake Eola Park here.
11. Set off on a romantic horse ride
Why not surprise someone special with a romantic horse ride at dawn or dusk?
Rock Springs Run 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 Wekiwa River.
The surroundings are loaded with local wildlife including bears, birds, reptiles and fish that you can spot from a safe distance. This is one of the most romantic things for couples to do in Orlando, so make sure you keep this activity in mind.
12. 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 Show’ 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.
Great places to stay in Orlando for couples
So, have you got a long list of all the fantastic things for couples to do in Orlando and are getting ready to book your stay? Whether you’re visiting for a romantic weekend or a longer vacation, you’ll find plenty of great places to stay for couples.
The vacation homes at Encore Resort in Kissimmee are just 6 miles from Disney World and are available for stays of just 3 nights or more. These villas offer lots of space and privacy, as well as luxury features like swimming pools, game rooms and home theaters.
For something a little cozier check out the many great-value condos in Orlando. These compact but luxurious properties are located right near the theme parks and offer access to shared pools and other communal facilities including cafes, restaurants and shops.
Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll benefit from amazing round-the-clock customer service plus access to a wide range of travel extras such as car hire, attraction tickets or help with arranging a special experience.
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