From Classic to Creative: 10 Dates to Dazzle in Orlando

Romance. Sure, we all want it. But we all have our own ideas about what it is. And sometimes even that varies depending on the weather, our moods, even our diets...! No matter your preference, or that of the person to whom you are pitching woo, Orlando, the City Beautiful, is rife with options for making fireworks. Or seeing them, as a matter of fact. Walt Disney World Resort offers nightly shows. Whether you want to see them amid the crowd on Magic Kingdom's Main Street U.S.A. or while dining somewhere at EPCOT – or even from the deck of a luxurious Disney yacht in the Seven Seas Lagoon – they are sure to issue oohs and aahs from your loved one. Interested in something just a tad less wholesome? The burlesque queens of the Stardust Lounge will fit that bill nicely. While nature lovers will delight not only in all the outdoorsy options Central Florida has to offer (how about a bioluminescence kayak tour out in Merritt Island?), music lovers might enjoy the sexy vibes at the Hard Rock's Velvet Sessions lobby concerts. Wanna find out if you and your date mix well? Why not take a cocktail class at the Courtesy and test the waters figuratively and literally?

Limo Cycle


All aboard the Limo Cycle, the "stretch" version of the traditionally two-wheeled favorite. This one is built for up to 15! An on-board sound system and storage for food and beverages mean you can nosh and imbibe while pedaling. Bring an...  Read More



Billed as Orlando's only "rock 'n' roll cocktail party," Velvet Sessions is held on the last Thursday of every month at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Music lovers fill the plush lobby, overflowing onto the surrounding...  Read More



Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the Orlando Eye is the new can't-miss icon of the I-4 corridor. On a clear day, passengers in its climate-controlled capsules can see clear to Florida's Atlantic coast. Each one holds up to 15 people for a...  Read More



How about a little intellectual stimulation and high-stakes excitement with your date night? Instead of seeing an action-adventure flick, live one for an hour from the air-conditioned comfort of MindQuest Live. Save the world from an evil...  Read More



Step back in time inside the Courtesy, a downtown haunt that hearkens back to the era of Prohibition. Lovingly hand-crafted cocktails abound – from classics like the daiquiri and Manhattan to new spins on the old-fashioned. Events and specials...  Read More



Romance can be many things, including sultry, sexy, daring and playful. Couples on the prowl for bump with a side of grind will find it in spades when Orlando's own saucy neo-burlesque monarch, Blue Starr, and her saucy, sequined sisters stage a...  Read More



What happens when a world-class musician converts his beautiful downton Orlando home into an amazingly intimate performance space? Find out at the Timucua Arts White House, a gorgeous venue that hosts musicians and artists from all over the...  Read More



This Florida outfitter hosts an amazing array of kayak outings, perhaps none so suited for couples as the monthly Full Moon Kayak. Join your fellow paddlers as the sun sinks below the horizon and the big, bright moon rises to reflect on Winter...  Read More



Did you know that Orlando's Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes was among those chosen by the readers of USA Today and as one of their favorite spas? We can't think of a better excuse to give them a try next time you're looking for a special...  Read More



Fireworks? They're not just romantic. They're so romantic they've become a synonym for romance. And few places will knock your pyro-loving socks off like Walt Disney World. From the "Wishes" spectacular at the Magic Kingdom, where color and...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has logged close to 30 years as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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