Sometimes 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.
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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: $30 + 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.
Go Ice Skating
…Or Roller Skate!
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.
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).
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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.
Take a Dance Class
Try Arthur Murray for professional ballroom dancing lessons, or learn some salsa moves at a variety of classes around town.
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Get artistic at Art Night Out
Orlando's art scene is simply beautiful. While many overlook our museums and art studios, you can impress your date with these Artful Date Ideas.
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 and a few others offer bioluminescent kayaking.
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.
Tee off at Specialty Golf Courses
Tee up for some fun together. 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.
Or check out the newest golf game in town at PopStroke Waterford Lakes.
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.
Alternatively, ICON Park is full of fun too.
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.
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.
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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