The weekend is coming around again and you’re in the mood to do something more than your typical dinner and drinks date at your usual spot. Whether you’re looking for something indoors or outdoors, relaxed or active, Orlando has plenty of options to explore beyond restaurants and bars. Here is a list of unique date night ideas in Orlando sure to impress your date.
Try Axe Throwing
Try out the latest trend popping up around the nation: axe throwing. At Epic Axe Throwing (pictured above), you'll learn how to throw axes at wooden targets. How fun is that? This is even more fun with a group, as there is a healthy amount of competition encouraged as a coach guides you through this sport. So make it a double date!
Cost: $25+ per person
Sing Karaoke at CityWalk's Rising Star
At this rocking bar and karaoke club, you get on stage to perform alongside talented backup singers and a live band. Choose from a huge selection of songs every Tuesday to Saturday at Universal’s CityWalk. A nightly host keeps things going as you and your fellow headliners create a one-of-a-kind show. Make a reservation in advance as this is a popular spot.
Cost: $7 per person, no charge to sing
Go Ice Skating
Funtan!a on International Drive offers planet-themed ice skating (on a synthetic rink) as well as other activities such as a Virtual & Augmented Reality experiences, bumper cars other rides. Alternatively, head to RDV Ice Den in Maitland for ice skating. They also host regular Learn to Skate classes if you're a beginner.
Cost: $6-$12/person (Funtania); $12.50-$15.50/person (RDV)
…Or Roller Skate!
If you don’t want to ice skate…try roller skating! Skate Reflections is a family-run roller rink with a skate-supplies shop, snack bar, themed nights and classes. Theme nights include: Adult Day, All-You-Can-Eat Pizza night, Old School Night, and Top 40s. Also try: Semoran Skateway or Astro Skate Orlando, which hosts weekly adults-only (16+) nights on Wednesdays.
Cost: $7+ per person
Cruise Around Orlando on a Bike
See Orlando in a new way…by bike trail! In Winter Garden, rent bikes from West Orange Bikes and Blades or Winter Garden Wheel Works to explore the paved, scenic West Orange Trail. Or, rent a Lime bike to cruise around downtown Orlando.
If you'd rather join a group ride, Orlando Critical Mass is the one of the largest, on-going, world-wide, community bicycle rides. The group meets Loch Haven Park every last Friday of the month at 5:30pm to take back the streets! Their mission is to promote peace and harmony between bikes and cars, to “share” the road, and also to help make people feel more comfortable while riding with traffic. It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike).
Cost: Free (if using your own bike); rental prices vary
Try indoor skiing
WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard offers indoor skiing and snowboarding year round in Winter Park. As long as you don’t compare your experience to the mountains of Aspen, you won’t be disappointed. There are two indoor ski slopes plus an interactive panoramic ski simulator. Group and private lessons are offered as well as the chance to do individual activities, such as Ski Trim: high intensity interval training that will help you practice your skills. All equipment is included.
Cost: $12-$99 per person
Take a Dance Class
Salsa, Hip-Hop, Ballroom…you can learn it all in Orlando! Motiv Dance is a urban and hip-hop based dance studio and creative space. Check out a drop-in class (Monday-Friday). Try Arthur Murray for professional ballroom dancing lessons, or learn some salsa moves at Salsa Downtown's monthly rooftop salsa class.
Cost: $8+ per person
Create your own wood sign at Board & Brush Creative Studio
Bored of wine and paint nights, but still like DIYs? At Board & Brush Creative Studio, learn woodworking techniques and make your own sign. The nearest locations are Kissimmee and Ocoee, with weekly events such as Wine Down Wednesdays and Pick-Your-Own-Project days. Check out our latest workshops roundup for more ideas.
Cost: $65+ per person
Get artistic at Art Night Out
Hosted once a month by the Orlando Museum of Art, each Art Night Out event features a different artsy theme. Work alongside an art teacher to create your own masterpiece! Class price includes all materials and an adult beverage. This is an adults-only event.
Cost: $27-$30 per class per person
Go Bioluminescent kayaking
See Florida's glowing bioluminescent waters at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville. While tours are offered year-round, late May-October is the best time to go, as this is when the bioluminescent Dinoflagellates (phytoplankton) are visible. Make sure to schedule your tour as close to a new moon as possible. A Day Away Kayak Tours.
Cost: $39.95-$65 per person
Take a cooking class
Publix offers cooking classes at two Orlando-area locations–Dr. Phillips and Winter Park. Class themes range from jazz brunches to couples cooking classes. Read our latest bi-monthly cooking class roundup for a full list of available classes.
Cost: $40+ per person
Tee off at Topgolf
Topgolf is a driving range with an arcade, a restaurant and full-service bar. Spanning across three floors, there are 102 state-of-the-art driving bays, all equipped with a HDTV, music and air conditioning. Using specially-microchipped balls, players aim for targets anywhere from 20 to 215 yards away. The harder the target is to hit, the more points you’ll score if you do. All gear is provided on site. Food and drinks are available and delivered to your hitting bay. Once you’re done, head upstairs to relax on the rooftop terrace.
Cost: $30-$55 per bay (for up to six players)
Get in touch with your inner kid
Feel like a kid again and pretend you're a tourist at Fun Spot as you ride classic fair rides such as a carousel and ferris wheel. There are also go-karts, roller coasters and something slightly scarier–the 300-foot Skycoaster. Old Town in Kissimmee is another fun old-school spot.
Cost: Prices vary
Tour a cemetery after dark
The Greenwood Cemetery Moonlight Walking Tour will take you on a historical stroll through Greenwood Cemetery. The two-hour walking tour covers approximately two miles within the 100-acre cemetery, stopping to visit the graves of notable individuals in Orlando's history. While the tour is free, registration is required online in advance and tours fill up quickly.
Get spooked on a ghost tour
American Ghost Adventures offers tours of the paranormal variety in Orlando, Daytona, Mt. Dora and Winter Garden. Tours of Downtown Orlando are offered nightly. In addition, AGA offers overnight tours, extended investigations and the occasional “Highway to Haunts” road trip expedition. They’ll even provide ghost hunting gear.
Cost: $30+ per person
Attend a rodeo at Suhls Rodeo
See “the greatest show on dirt” at Suhls Rodeo in Kissimmee. Shows include bull riding, barrel racing, and bronc riding. Weekly rodeos are Fridays at 8pm.
Cost: $22.50+ per person (Florida residents)
Go to a drive-in movie
Silver Moon Drive-In is a drive-in theater in Lakeland, Florida, about an hour and 15 minutes from Orlando (with no traffic). Established in 1948, it is Polk County's last remaining drive-in. The theater has two screens usually showing first-run movies. Each screen has a double feature seven nights a week. You can listen to these movies using your FM car radio and there are also in-car speakers available on some rows. Concessions are available, including beer and wine. Or, pack your own picnic to enjoy during the show.
Cost: $5 per person
Watch a free live show at Fred Stone Theatre
The Second Stage Series at Fred Stone Theatre offers free evening shows Thursday through Saturday. All shows are produced, directed and designed by Rollins College students. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rollins Improv Players, the college's improv theater troupe, also performs free shows on a monthly basis.
Travel back in time at Medieval Times
A dinner show is perfect when you want to sit back and relax but do something different. At Medieval Times, you get a 4-course meal (eaten with your hands–Medieval style) and non-alcoholic beverages, along with a 2-hour live show that includes a Medieval jousting tournament featuring six competing knights. The show also incorporates horses and falconry. While cheesy at times, it's totally fun! Check the special offers page before you go, as you can typically find Florida resident deals and seasonal discounts.
Cost: $64.95 per person (check for promos before you go)
Feature image credit: Epic Axe Throwing / photo by Karyn Brewer
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