Orlando has a multitude of beautiful places and spaces, and it got us thinking – what are the most Instagrammable places in The City Beautiful? Well, our wonderful readers came through and provided us with tons of ideas. Grab your honey and your phone for your next date night at one of Orlando's most Instagrammable spots!
Who doesn't like a little bit of the fall season every now and then (maybe once a year?)? And what says fall more than…really cool ‘gram-snap-tok pictvidoes around pumpkin patches! With fall on the horizon, September and October are the perfect months to grab some adorable Instagram-worthy pics of pumpkin patches with friends or significant others around great looking fall and harvest and pumpkiny decorations – while enjoying all the fall-esque goodies that surround pumpkin patches and fall festivals! And if you're looking for Instagram worthy pictures of pumpkin patches in Tampa, or just want to know about pumpkin patches in Tampa, there's this, too!
The Wheel at ICON Park has become synonymous with The City Beautiful, and it's easy to see why. This beauty takes riders 400 feet in the air, showing you a completely new perspective of Orlando. We couldn't make a list of Orlando's Instagrammable spots and not include The Wheel, as we're sure you've seen it all over your feed!
Can you even mention Instagram and Orlando without mentioning The Heavy? This gorgeous Winter Park shop is more than a plant store, inside you'll also find home decor, local coffee, and even occasional hands-on workshops. TIP: You can book The Heavy for your portrait or engagement session!
With a quiet and quaint atmosphere, Downtown Winter Garden is one of our favorite places for a day date or date night. You and your honey can stroll the weekly farmer's market together and grab food to cook dinner together later. Or, have a Parisian brunch at Rosallie Le French Cafe, Tex-Mex fare at The Whole Enchilada, or hit up Plant Street Market. The best photo ops come at dusk when the trees are aglow with twinkling lights, although snapping a selfie on the scenic West Orange Trail is a close second.
“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires, will come to you.” Magic Kingdom at Disney World is one of the most magical places in Orlando to capture a photo with bae to post on Instagram. However, getting the elusive photo of you and your love in front of Cinderella’s Castle, without a crowd, just adds more magic to that trip.
Want more Disney World photo inspo? Check out our list of The Best Disney Photopass Photo Op Locations for Couples!
From sunrise yoga to u-pick blueberries, Southern Hill Farms is a date must! Weekends bring live music and food trucks on select dates, and you can enjoy a local beer with your eats. You'll find local honey, sugar scrubs and lotions at the market while sipping blueberry or peach mimosas. Visit again during the fall for their popular Fall Festival and get a pic in that gorgeous sunflower field.
There is nothing more Orlando for your date than riding the Lake Eola swan boats together! Situated in the heart of Downtown Orlando, the boats take you up close to the iconic fountain. Additionally, a ride will only set you back $15 (30-minute rental), and I recommend a sunset ride for the best couples selfie! Bonus points if you get the iconic fountain in the background.
Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin conceptualized this installation, which is colorful and breathtaking. For an up-close look at this stunning work of art, head to Laureate Park (right next to Canvas Restaurant and Market). The installation is the perfect backdrop for interesting photos together. Have a sunset dinner at Canvas to complete your date.
You’ve seen the stylish and creative backdrops all over Instagram. We can’t mention Orlando’s most Instagrammable spots and not include a whole building that’s dedicated to helping you snap the best photos! Open Friday-Sunday, select a time to tour the space and purchase your ticket. Once you’re there, snap all the photos you want or take advantage of the photographers they have on staff. Date night photo packages are available.
Everywhere you look is a photo-op at Disney Springs. From beautiful restaurants like Morimoto Asia, STK and The Edison, to the iconic Amphicar tours, you and your love will have a bevy of options for your date night!
Maxine's on Shine is beloved for its cozy and quirky vibe plus great plates like chicken and waffles or the brisket burger. But did you know about the adorable “I love you to the moon and back” mural on the side of the restaurant? Before you've filled your belly with great food and drinks, grab your phone and take a cute selfie with your partner.
The Orlando Science Center is already a fun place for a day date, but exploring after hours sans kids is a date night must do. The adults-only Science Night Live events are held throughout the year and feature exhibits, workshops, and speakers, each with a different theme. Plus, they give you a chance to take silly photos together as you conduct your own science experiments or wander through the DinoDigs exhibit to snap selfies with dino fossils.
Enzian Theater is a quintessential Orlando date night destination. The independent movie theater shows new films, cult classics and more and hosts the Florida Film Festival each year. Pull up a seat at the Eden Bar for pre-movie cocktails and bites. Whatever you do, don't forget to get a vintage-style date night shot in front of the marquee out front!
There are so many ways to enjoy a date at Leu Gardens. The Idea Garden gazebo is a favorite photo spot of ours, as is the picturesque rose garden. Enjoy the day by strolling the gardens, and be sure to stop at the butterfly garden! Leu Gardens hosts frequent live musical acts and a monthly free movie. Bring a bottle of wine, blanket, and food to munch on during the screening.
Home to some of our favorite local food purveyors, East End Market is an Orlando gem. One part food hall, one part community gathering space, the market hosts weekly live music in the courtyard and a monthly makers market, Evening Exchange. Grab dinner at Birds of Paradise or Domu, grab dessert at Gideon's Bakehouse, and sit on the pretty lit courtyard with your honey. There are cool photo-worthy spots around every corner.
Another favorite in our list of Orlando's Instagrammable spots is the Greetings From Orlando Mural at Uncle Tony's Donuts. Located on the corner of Colonial and Orange Ave, the colorful mural pays tribute to The City Beautiful. Reyes Mezcaleria is also located close by and has a great happy hour and brunch. After a tasty meal, hop on a scooter and make your way towards the colorful wall for a fun and carefree date.
Lake Nona has quickly become the place to be with new restaurants and fun events popping up frequently. Boxi Park is a lively outdoor venue that houses a number of eateries inside of repurposed shipping containers. You'll find live music into the wee hours, volleyball, a dog park and a weekly farmer's market. An ideal place for a group gathering or double date, you'll have plenty to keep you entertained for hours.
Photos with cute animals? Sign us up! During your next trip to SeaWorld make a point to upgrade your experience with tickets for the Penguins Up Close Tour. You’ll hear stories about caring for the penguins and their unique personalities while also snapping a photo with these adorable winter birds.
Check out our post on Unique Animal Encounters for more photo-worthy animal experiences.
For a truly unique and customized date experience, talk to the folks at Our Dream Date who specialize in fancy picnics sure to add a healthy dose of luxury to your feed. They will do all the heavy lifting for you, making your planning as easy as choosing a theme, package, and a date. All picnic packages include a charcuterie board, board game, dessert, bluetooth speaker and a non-alcoholic beverage. Choose from multiple locations like Mead Botanical Garden, Danville B&B and more.
Tampa Things to Do
And what's more instagrammable than Tampa, when it comes to things to do? Tampa has so many things to do – things for grown ups looking for fun activities, and things to do in Tampa for kids, parents and families! Since Tampa is such a close easy drive, it's almost like an extended suburb of Orlando, with just extra things to do! Put it on the ‘gram list to check out!
Arlene Laboy is a professional brand photographer based out of Orlando, Florida. A wife and a mother, Arlene shares her love for adventuring around Florida and her professional work through her Instagram account, @arlenemlaboy. Find out more about Arlene here.