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Creative Date Ideas in Orlando, Florida

by Erica Loop, studioD

With more than 110 square miles of land area and an annual average temperature of 82 degrees, Orlando is a growing Florida city that has a climate primed for outdoor adventure. Planning a date in this bustling beach-side town is made simple when you consider the array of indoor and outdoor venues. Instead of sticking with the same old dinner and movie, get creative with your planning and choose an idea that explores some of the city’s more imaginative spots.

Artsy Adventures

If you think that art museums are more for weekend family outings or school tours, think again. Why sit at a cafe and talk about your favorite artists with your date when you can see them in person. Orlando’s hot art scene boasts museums, galleries and public art experiences galore. Take your own walking around the Orlando Museum of Art, visiting their African art, art of the ancients, contemporary American graphics collection or American art exhibits. If you’re looking for a weekday date night plan, the museum’s 1st Thursdays. Enjoy works by local artists, tasty morsels from local restaurants and a cash bar. Other Orlando art options include the city’s Public Art department’s galleries: The Terrace gallery, the Mayor’s second and third floor galleries and the Garden House at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

Blast From the Past

History buffs or those who have an interest in learning about Orlando’s growth over time can plan a date that takes a turn to the past. The city’s downtown historic district has an array of architecture to see on a walking date tour, featuring styles such as Art Deco, Beaux-Arts, Queen Anne and Mediterranean Revival. The city of Orlando offers a walking tour route of the historic buildings that offers a date-day option for couples who want to learn and get in some physical activity in the warm Florida sun. If you’re looking for an indoor option, the Orange County Regional History Center features permanent and special exhibits on the city’s past.

Scare Tactics

Take a walking tour a step further and trick out your date with a ghoulish treat. Haunted Orlando offers ghost themed tours of the city, featuring a two-hour long walking tour of the city’s most paranormal places. American Ghost Adventures also offers a similar tour of the downtown area, with a two-hour walking adventure of Orlando’s most haunted haunts. Learn about the ghostly past of the city while you cuddle up to your date on these spooky tours. While this makes an imaginative date during the Halloween season, Orlando’s ghost tours are available year-round.

Dating Disney Style

Infuse your Orlando date with playful creativity and take her on a day-trip to Disney. While you might think of this family staple as for the kids, adults can have just as much fun-filled adventure at Disney World as children do. Think nostalgia and take your date for a ride on Space Mountain or – if she’s adventurous – take a twirl on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Although the pizza and hot pretzels types of food are may not meet the mark on your date, you can plan a Disney meal at one of the park’s more than 200 restaurants that feature an amazing array of themed cuisine types and foods from a wide assortment of countries. For example, the 50’s Prime Time Cafe offers a themed dining experience that harkens back to an era past or enjoy an American-style menu at the Big River Grille and Brewing Works. Finish the day with a beer or high-end liquor at the park’s Ale and Compass Lounge or with a drink at Cap’n Jack’s Margarita Bar.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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