Author: Stephanie Patterson

Free Admission at Wild Florida May 23 – 28 for Annual Gator Week

Move over Shark Week – the ultimate predator is about to take center stage in Central Florida. Gator Week is Back! Wild Florida’s Annual Gator Week is back May 23 – 28, 2022! It just doesn’t get more “Only in…

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Your Guide to a Perfect Afternoon on Park Avenue in Winter Park

A local hub for dining, shopping, and exploring, Park Avenue in Winter Park is no secret to Orlando locals. Offering up everything from popcorn drizzled with chocolate to pontoon boat tours, the area is popular for good reason. While small…

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Mother’s Day in Orlando: Brunch, Local Gifts and More

Between work, housework, and distance learning, moms deserve to be celebrated more than ever! While celebrating might still look a little different this year, get creative and show the fantastic moms in your life just how much you love and…

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Orlando Taco Spots That Will Impress Your Date

If your personal motto is to live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday, you’re in luck. There are plenty of taco restaurants in Orlando ranging from hole-in-the-wall casual spots to date night-worthy destinations topped with ambiance. If you want to…

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Spring U-Pick Date at Southern Hill Farms

Winter and spring are my favorite Florida seasons, particularly because of the abundance of fresh, local produce that’s available. And it doesn’t get more fresh than picking your own at one of Central Florida’s local farms. My personal go-to is Southern…

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15 Indoor Date Ideas for a Rainy Day in Orlando

When it comes to how to spend a sunny day, there’s no shortage of options around Orlando. But what are the things to do on a rainy day in Orlando? Sure, you could order pizza and binge-watch the latest craze…

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5 Central Florida Kayaking Experiences Every Orlandoan Needs to Have

Some days you just need to get away from it all and experience nature. While there are plenty of ways to get active and enjoy Mother Nature, kayaking in Orlando is ideal for discovering Central Florida’s diverse lakes, rivers, bays,…

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Three Perfect Days on Anna Maria Island

Calm turquoise water, white sandy beaches, homemade ice cream, and a quaint beach town are just a few of the things you’ll find on Anna Maria Island, a 7-mile island south of Tampa. If you’ve ever dreamed of finding a…

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Outdoor Dining Guide: 75+ Places to Eat Outside in Orlando

Pleasant temperatures and sunny weather throughout the year mean an abundance of options when it comes to outdoor dining in Orlando. To help you sift through the options and pick the perfect restaurant for your next date night outing, we’ve…

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Plan a Date to Explore Springs in Florida Near Orlando

Florida is well-known for its theme parks, abundant sunshine, and sparkling coastlines. But Florida’s springs are an often overlooked natural wonder. Refreshingly cool crystal clear waters, wildlife viewing opportunities, and aquatic activities like tubing and kayaking make Florida springs the…

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Orlando’s Most Romantic Experiences

From leisurely boat tours to beautiful gardens and intimate dining, the City Beautiful is full of romantic escapades for couples. Need a little help planning an enchanting date? Here’s our guide to the most romantic experiences in Orlando.

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Best Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando 2022

OUR ANNUAL GUIDE TO THE BEST THINGS TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN ORLANDO! It’s almost time to celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year! Have you started planning yet? If not, look no further than our official guide…

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28 Days of Love Giveaway 2022

WELCOME TO OUR 28 DAYS OF LOVE GIVEAWAY 2022! Why celebrate Valentine’s Day on just one day, when you can celebrate it every day in February? Orlando Date Night Guide’s annual giveaway extravaganza is back this year with the return…

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Orlando’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Everyone’s got an opinion about which are Orlando’s most romantic restaurants. Believe me, Orlando has no shortage of options. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in Orlando. Many of our local publications host reader-selected restaurant awards and ‘best of’ lists…

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Italian Restaurants + Experiences for an Italy-Inspired Night Out

For a glorious 23 days in October of 2019, my life was getting lost in cobblestone alleyways, hiking far above the Ligurian Sea, indulging in a diet comprised entirely of pizza/pasta/gelato, trying my best to speak the Italian language, taking…

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Forget Dinner + Drinks, Try These Alcohol-Free Date Ideas Instead

Dinner and drinks, like dinner and a movie, is a classic date night combination. But after an indulgent holiday season, this basic go-to begs to be replaced. Plus, more and more people are making the choice to quit drinking as…

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Stay at Home Date Night Ideas from Our Readers

What to do when you’re stuck at home or on a strict budget but still want to indulge in a memorable date night with your partner? We asked you, our readers, what the most fun activity you’ve enjoyed together at…

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A Thursday Night in Thornton Park Date Night Itinerary

Why wait until the weekend for date night? Planning a date night during the workweek gives you something special to look forward to (besides Friday), and Orlando’s lively Thornton Park District is a great destination for weeknight fun. This Main…

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How to do an At-Home New Year’s Eve Bubbly Tasting for Two

While many New Year’s Eve events are full steam ahead this year, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating from the comfort of home. Why not mark the occasion with an epic New Year’s Eve bubbly tasting for two complete with bubbles,…

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Celebrate the Holidays in Orlando: Christmas Events, Lights, and More!

Choosing which holiday events to attend can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many to choose from. To take away some of the stress of decision making, we’ve curated this guide to the best holiday events in…

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Where to See New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve makes for such an exciting and romantic date night, and there’s no better way to cap it off than with some fireworks to light up your first moments of 2022. We’ve put together a list of some…

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50+ Things to do for New Year’s Eve in Orlando 2022

OUR ANNUAL GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ORLANDO It’s nearly New Year’s Eve in Orlando! Where will you be locking lips with your sweetie at midnight on December 31? Every year, we put together a curated list of Central…

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Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes for Holiday Parties

SPONSORED — ‘Tis the season to be merry and stock up on good tidings, cheer and cocktails. While the kiddos may consider Santa as the seasonal MVP, we drinking-age folks know that it’s really the bartender who takes the prize…

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Winter Garden

SPONSORED — Looking for the perfect place to make new holiday memories this season? Celebrating the holidays in Winter Garden always tops our list each December. And this year, the city is looking especially merry and bright thanks to hundreds of…

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How to do an Epic Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food Crawl

You don’t have to step foot in a Disney theme park in order to experience a little magic. In fact, one of our favorite outside-the-parks Disney activities is to infiltrate the surrounding resorts for a DIY crawl hopping from one…

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20+ Relaxing Things to Do for Thanksgiving Weekend

Forget going on a shopping frenzy. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to slow down, unwind, and cherish time with your loved ones. While Thursday is all about connection and bonding over great food, the long weekend is another opportunity to…

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Skip the Cooking! Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Things may not be 100% back to normal yet as we approach the busy holiday season. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own new traditions around the dinner table this year. Many of our local restaurants are again…

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Lunch Date on a Farm at Bountiful Farms Bistro

A weekly trip to the farmers market is one of life’s simple pleasures. It was at the Winter Garden Farmers Market that I met Ginny, who runs the Bountiful Farms market stand each week. After she mentioned that the farm…

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Our Favorite Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches and Foodie Events

Temperatures may still hover close to 80 even in our coolest months, but any remotely “crisp” day by Florida standards warrants a visit to the closest fall festival, pumpkin patch or craft brewery. Fall festivities understandably look a bit different…

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New Curated Experiences Weekends at Grande Lakes Orlando

Ready for an epic staycation that requires absolutely no planning except making a reservation? Grande Lakes Orlando, home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, has launched Curated Experiences, an all-inclusive weekend getaway perfect for couples.  …

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Where to Take a Cooking Class in Orlando

A guide to the best places to take a cooking class in Orlando As Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” We couldn’t agree more, although people who love to cook are wonderful…

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