How to Plan the Perfect Date Weekend in Orlando
Orlando may be known as the theme park capital of the world, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to do there. Downtown Orlando is a thriving urban jungle with a beautiful skyline, major music and sporting events, as well as excellent culinary adventures.
Looking for an exciting weekend getaway with your partner that’s budget-friendly? Downtown Orlando is the place for you! Here are four different ways, depending on your interests, to experience a weekend in this vibrant city.
Electric Daisy Carnival: For the past decade, this popular electronic dance festival has held an event in Orlando. Now a staple at Tinker Field, festival attendees can expect vibrant spectacles of music and entertainment.
Sports: Orlando Magic & Orlando City Soccer Club
Orlando is proud of its local sports teams, and both venues are within walking distance Downtown! The Orlando Magic are long-time NBA franchise for the city and hold their games at Amway Center. A newer franchise, the Orlando City Soccer Club, holds exciting games filled with dedicated fans. You can get tickets as low as $15.
Entertainment: You can see today’s most popular entertainment at Amway Center and Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. From top musicians like Ariana Grande or Shawn Mendes to major sports events and popular Broadway shows, you can find it all between these two venues that are both right in the center of Downtown.
Cocktails at Wall Street: Wall Street is a block downtown that is closed off to traffic and allows patrons to walk freely while sipping on libations. It’s a social atmosphere drawing crowds of people.
Lake Eola Swan Boat Ride: There’s nothing more romantic than a picturesque lake ride. You’ve seen it in the movies! For $15, you and your sweetie can rent your own swan boat.
Orlando Farmers Market: If food is your love language, you’ll love a stroll through Orlando’s iconic Farmers Market. Every Sunday, patrons can enjoy food, beverages, and entertainment with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Eola and Downtown.
Intimate Dinner: Get an authentic taste of Spain from Ceviche, and try the Paella or Patata Bravas. Another great option is Southern-fusion restaurant SoCo. Try the Pecan-Crusted Florida Snapper, a local white Florida fish, or for something different, try their Chicken-Fried Cauliflower Steak.
Stroll through Museums: Downtown Orlando has two museums close by. Orlando Museum of Art is great for couples who love to admire artwork, and the Orlando Science Center is an option for those who like more interactive museums.
Take in the Beauty of Leu Gardens: Explore 50-acres of floral bliss in the middle of the concrete jungle. It’s a great place for a romantic stroll, take pictures to remember your trip, and experience the beauty of nature. You can also book their venue for a wedding or receptions (wink, wink).
Coffee Break at Craft & Common: “Coffee shop by day, and wine bar by night,” reads this picture-perfect shop’s Instagram caption. Between your adventures, stop by to grab a quick bite and try their unique blends, like the most requested “wild child latte.” It includes rose syrup, vanilla, cardamom, and accented with edible rose petals.
Drinks at Mather’s Social: With walls lined with books, cozy corners of plush furniture, and even a set of swings in the middle of the bar, this speakeasy is a must-stop to have a hand-crafted cocktail with your significant other.
Bike Tours: An easy way to tour downtown! Secure a bike through many options available like HOPR & Orlando Bicycle Rental. The Orlando Urban Trail is a three-mile-long bike path that starts in Downtown Orlando.
Gatorland: What is a trip to Florida without a gator encounter? Take a half-day trip to Gatorland to see alligators, crocodiles, reptiles, big cats, and more. They also have adventures like zip lining and their stompin’ off-road adventure.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens: As an animal lover, zoos are always a go-to of mine when visiting cities! Animals offer great entertainment, and the grounds make beautiful backdrops for pictures and sightseeing. On the third Thursday of each month, the gardens open for a sunset happy hour, where you can enjoy libations while touring the grounds.
Orlando attracts people from all over the world, making it easy to travel to for both domestic and international travelers. Not to mention the variety of things for you and your partner to do, it’s a recipe for a good time. Whether you are spectators, historians, romantics, or adventurers, you’re guaranteed the perfect date weekend.
Know Before You Go
- If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, be sure to pack adequate walking shoes. The resort is close in size to San Francisco!
- At Universal Orlando™, the general parking is $25.
- International Drive is known as the tourist center of the city – you’ll be close to trendy restaurants, bars, and sightseeing activities.