There is no lack of Orlando date night ideas, a statement that’s even more true as we look back over the past 12 months and through the 300+ posts we published on Orlando Date Night Guide in 2015. And there’s something for everyone: artists, foodies, outdoor adventurists, night owls and creatives. As our year in review, here’s a showcase of the most popular Orlando date night ideas we shared in 2015:
Do Good Date Night
In September, we launched The Do Good Date Night, a non-profit event series that brings couples together for a night of fun, food and giving back. We’ve had three sold-out events so far and we already have six events planned for January, February and March 2016. More details at DoGoodDateNight.com.
Date Night Workshops
Who knew there were so many hands-on and interactive things to do on date night in Orlando!? We sleuthed out several options beyond paint-and-sip classes, including workshops for making belts, terrariums, soap and glass. Read the full story here.
20 Things to Love About the Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola
This fall we returned to the Orlando Farmer’s Market. It had been two years since we’d gone and we were amazed by how much it’s grown. Now with more than 50 vendors, this Sunday downtown market offers fresh produce, local art, a beer/wine garden and lots of ready-to-nosh eats that are perfect for a walkable, outdoor brunch.
10 Places to Learn More About Wine in Orlando
Wine lovers can connect with like-minded couples and up their knowledge at scores of places around Orlando offering everything from tastings to workshops and classes. In August, we highlighted ten places worth checking out. Read more here.
7 Places to go Zip Lining in Central Florida
Couples who seek thrilling, outdoor experiences loved our May 2015 round-up of the best places to go zip lining in the Central Florida area. From zipping over alligators to soaring high above a canyon, there are seven stellar spots to go zip lining within 90 minutes from Orlando.
Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando
Dinner and drinks with a view is an easy order in Orlando with so many terrific restaurants and bars showcasing a rooftop patio or terrace. We highlighted a selection of some of our favorite rooftop spots in August.
9 Ideas for Viewing a Full Moon in Orlando
We had a Super Moon is September, which gave us the idea to share 9 suggestions for places to enjoy a full moon in Orlando all year long. From drum circles to full moon kayak tours to guided cemetery walks, there are loads of creative ways to marvel at the night sky. Read more here.
6 Things We Love About Plant Street Market
Winter Garden locals rejoiced when Plant Street Market opened this summer, giving them a place to not only shop but also enjoy great food and locally crafted beer. When you go, go hungry; there are lots of yummy bites to enjoy, including wontons, artisan chocolates and gourmet burgers.
Glamping at Westgate River Ranch
It’s camping for people who don’t like camping! Westgate River Ranch, located about 90 minutes south of Orlando, offers a luxury camping option complete with tents decked out with king beds and air conditioning, a concierge who lights your nightly fire and breakfast delivered directly to your tent in the morning. Get all the details here.
The Orlando Eye Opens I-Drive 360
After years of planning and construction, The Orlando Eye opened in May at I-Drive 360, International Drive’s newest attraction, dining and nightlife hub. Besides the 400-foot tall rotating wheel, I-Drive 360 also houses SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando, plus a dozen bars and restaurants (including Sugar Factory, opening Dec 28). In November, The Orlando Eye launched a new nighttime experience, dubbed Eye Glow, which gives riders the chance to upgrade their flight experience with a flight of wine, beer or cider, or glass of champagne, and premium access to the new Eye Glow lounge, before boarding the observation wheel.
10 Orlando Date Ideas for Adventurous & Sporty Couples
Date night doesn’t have to revolve around eating and drinking, as demonstrated by our guide to some of Orlando’s best sporty activities. From paddle boarding and kayaking to trapeze classes and indoor rock climbing, we listed ten fabulous activities for active couples to check out on their next date day. See the full list here.
A Guide to Orlando’s Local Breweries
Move over Orlando Brewing! Our city now has a dozen local breweries and they are making some spectacular beers. While we’re still waiting for a local company to set up a beer tour between each one, for now you can hit one or a few on a self-guided exploration. Check out all 12 here.
7 Places to Hear Live Jazz in the Orlando Area
Order a martini and sit back to enjoy the sultry sounds of live jazz. This piece on Orlando’s best jazz bars revealed more great places than we realized existed, including Timucua White House. Located just off of Kaley Street in cozy Delaney Park, Timucua invites Orlandoans to enjoy a donation-only concert most Sundays. Read more about our stellar jazz haunts here.
Orlando’s Escape Room Game Scene
Can you believe we now have seven escape game experiences in Orlando?! If you’re a couple who loves the idea of attempting to sleuth your way out of a room in 60 minutes or less, escape games are for you. Each of our seven local escape games is totally different but all will test your ability to crack codes, solve riddles and find hidden keys and clues.
How and Where to Plan a Progressive Dinner
Veer from your regular dinner date night by embarking on a progressive dinner through one of Orlando’s many culinary hubs. Pick an area of town, such as College Park or Winter Park, and then enjoy each course at a different restaurant. In October, we went on a progressive dinner through Grande Lakes Resort and had a blast! Read all about 9 areas to have your own progressive dinner date night.