Located just 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, Celebration is a charming and quaint town originally developed by Disney as a master-planned community. Today, it’s equal parts residential community and tourist destination. It’s also the perfect little town to explore on your next date night.
The main hub of activity, Celebration Town Center, is a walkable downtown packed with restaurants and shops located along Market Street and Front Street. Beyond the main thoroughfare you’ll find a weekly farmer’s market, quiet paved walking trails, boardwalks and more. Plan the ideal date night in Celebration with our favorite activities listed below.
1. Hit the trails
Celebration’s small size makes it ideal for exploring on foot. Park your car along the street (there’s plenty of free parking) and make your way to the intersection of Market Street and Front Street. From here, you can walk along the main paved trail, which leads to several small boardwalks. Eventually, the trail leads to quiet residential streets which are just as fun to explore.
2. Visit the farmer’s market
Peruse fresh produce, foods and local goods every Sunday from 10am-2pm at the Celebration Farmer’s Market. An assortment of vendors set up shop each week along Market Street and Front Street. Stick around for brunch or lunch after the market for a complete morning date.
3. Savor something sweet
If you’ve both got a sweet tooth, Kilwin’s is a staple of the area. This ice cream shop is always bustling with a healthy mix of locals and tourists. Try a chocolate malt milkshake or a scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone (I love the Kilwin’s Mud flavor).
Next door you’ll find Le Macaron, a French bakery specializing in macarons. Soak up the Parisian inspired décor, chocolates almost too beautiful to eat, and creative macaron flavors like lavender white chocolate (my personal favorite). The café playlist adds to the ambiance. They’ve also got fabulous gelato in an assortment of flavors, although I’m partial to the pistachio.
4. Rent bikes
Bring along your own bikes to explore on two wheels, or rent bikes on Bloom Street (around the corner from the Bohemian Hotel). The trails are mixed use although the trail around the lake downtown is the busiest. Cruise around Celebration’s quieter streets and paths for a more leisurely ride.
FYI: The bike rental stand is currently self-service. You’ll pay online with your phone and will receive a lock combination for your bike.
5. Pack a picnic
For a totally free date night, pack your own picnic basket with goodies and set up a waterfront picnic. There’s plenty of space to spread out a blanket, and the further you follow the paved walking trails, the more secluded you’ll feel. I recommend visiting right before sunset.
6. Spend the night
Soak up all of the idyllic charm and extend your date night in Celebration by spending the night. Bohemian Hotel Celebration is located on the water amidst all of the action downtown. Amenities include an onsite art gallery, a romantic lounge and restaurant, lakeside pool and more. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.
7. Have a happy hour date
No visit to Celebration is complete without a stop at Celebration Town Tavern. This local institution is the best place in town to sip on craft beers, feast on pub fare, and relax with friends. There are two spacious bars and plenty of covered outdoor patio seating. Visit during the weekday happy hour (Monday-Friday from 3-7pm) to score discounted pricing on select drinks at both bars.
Lakeside Bar + Grill (located inside the Bohemian Hotel Celebration) also offers happy hour specials daily from 4-6pm. The romantic lakeside location provides a lovely view while you wine and dine. Perks include up to 50% off bar bites, select $6 glasses of wine and cocktails, select $4 beers and more.
8. Make reservations for a romantic dinner
While Celebration has many budget-friendly options and free activities, it’s also home to a variety of restaurants worthy of your best date night ensemble.
Imperium Food & Wine is a cozy wine bar with indoor/outdoor seating, a selection of 80+ wines available by the glass or bottle, and a variety of wine cocktails. The menu includes an assortment of light bites, flatbreads and savory entrees.
Another notable spot, Columbia is a local Spanish/Cuban chain located on Front Street. Think old world décor, white table cloths, and authentic Spanish dishes. The “1905” Salad is a must-try signature dish tossed tableside and named after the year Columbia Restaurant’s original location in Ybor City was founded. There’s a spacious covered patio if you prefer to dine outdoors.
9. Meet for breakfast
Feel like changing up your date night routine? Make morning reservations for breakfast instead of dinner. Get your fill of biscuits and other morning goodies from Maple Street Biscuit Company located just a few minutes drive from Celebration Town Center. Or, make brunch reservations at Lakeside Bar + Grill, served Saturdays and Sundays until 3pm. Nosh on classics like avocado toast, a hearty brunch burger, stuffed French toast, pulled pork benedict and more. Check out the full menu here.
10. Attend an annual festival
Celebration also hosts a lineup of fun annual festivals. Most notable include an annual exotic car show (planned for April 2021), Oktoberfest (October), plus annual nightly “snow” and a beautiful Christmas display during the holidays. Check out upcoming events here.
Feature image credit: Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Autograph Collection