By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Dec 8, 2019
When most people think of an Orlando vacation, theme parks, strip malls and lots of kids may come to mind. But if you're interested in some quieter romantic weekends in Orlando Florida that don't involve souvenir hunting, have a look at these attractions we think you'll love both inside the Magic Kingdom and beyond.
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Lake Eola Park: Enjoy a picnic lunch, feed the swans or rent a paddle boat in this beautiful park, one of the most romantic locations in the Orlando, FL downtown area.
Ice Bar Orlando: looking for a cool way to get out of the Central Florida summer time heat and humidity? Try sipping a vodka while bundled up in a parka in this 22 degree mostly-made-of-ice lounge. (8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL)
Orlando Dinner Shows: Pirate's Dinner Adventure, Capone's Dinner & Show and the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament are 3 of the more popular dining and entertainment packages available in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. More are available inside Walt Disney World (WDW), just check listings when you arrive.
Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Orlando - Central Florida can be a wonderfully romantic place when you get a bit of space away from others. If you really want to get away from the crowds, why not get above them - in a hot air balloon! You can book a ride for two for under $300, with stunning views of the Magic Kingdom and Orange groves unfolding below.
After a few days around the hustle and bustle of WDW, Universal and International Drive in Orlando, you may be ready for an escape! Try a half or full day excursion to nearby Winter Park, an attractive small community just 15 minutes drive northeast from Orlando.
Romantic Things to Do in Winter Park, FL:
1. Rent a Surrey Bike: Although they're available for hire along the Boardwalk Promenade, we suggest renting them at Port Orleans Riverside. It's less crowded over there, and the paths and trails around the resort are relaxing and scenic. Prepare to spend about $20 for a 30-minute rental of a Surrey bicycle for two.
2. Go on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride: Take a romantic rise through the back country of the Magic kingdom! Available through Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Port Orleans Resort. Call 407-WDW-PLAY.
3. Don't Miss the Fireworks: Each night, fireworks light up the sky above the Magic kingdom and at EPCOT. Times can vary slightly (usually around 9 & 10 PM) and the shows are about 15 minutes in length. They're colorful, and a romantic end to the day.
A couple of the most romantic places to watch the fireworks would include:
4. Explore Romantic Spots at WDW Resort Hotels: wandering through the grounds at the Disney Polynesian Resort can be very romantic. Tiki torches light the pathways (check and see if there’s a torch lighting ceremony on the night you’re there), and for after dinner fun, head to the beach area and enjoy the sunset while swinging together in a hammock between the palms. Or, stroll over to the Disney Grand Floridian for a look at their Wedding Pavilion.
5. Splurge on a Romantic Dinner: don't settle for anything less than the most romantic dining spot in WDW: Victoria & Albert's (see below).
The Melting Pot: Rated one of the most romantic restaurants in Orlando. Booth seating, candle-lit tables, delicious fondues and an extensive wine list. (7549 W. Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 407-903-1100)
Victoria and Albert's: Not cheap, but a dining experience truly worth it. Excellent cuisine, attention to detail (individually tailored menus, soft harp music) flawless service and an elegant atmosphere. Romantic and memorable! Located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. (4401 Grand Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 407-939-3463)
Restaurant Marrakesh: Our choice for most romantic restaurant in Epcot. Moroccan cuisine, music and belly dancing! You'll find it at EPCOT, tucked in behind the Morocco Pavilion. (407-939-3463)
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