10 of the Best Things to Do in Orlando for Couples

January 16, 2022

With all the theme parks and family fun to be had, Orlando may not strike you as a traditionally romantic getaway at first glance. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find this central Florida hotspot is filled to the brim with experiences to rekindle your love.

The City Beautiful is an unforgettably romantic destination for lovebirds. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to discover the most romantic things to do for couples in Orlando!

Whether you’re taking a day trip or making a week of it, there’s no shortage of ways to fill your itinerary. Choose from shows, balloon rides, gorgeous scenery, and heart-pounding rides in this iconic city. 

Grab your sweetie and get ready to swoon on a Sunshine State excursion!    

Explore Disney in a New Light

Close up of a table next to the windows at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort at night with fireworks in Orlando, Florida, USA

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Be Our Guest Travel Company - Jessica Shirey, Disney & Luxury Travel via Facebook

You might not think of visiting Walt Disney World as a typical activity for adults. Why would you want to mingle with Mickey Mouse and Cinderella? However, galavanting through the park sans kiddos is a whole new way to take in the magic. 

Spend the day touring World Showcase at Epcot to visit far-flung countries like China and Germany while sampling cultural flavors from each. Afterward, ride Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as many times as you want, without worrying about switching riders or where to park the stroller.

Then, dine at the California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort for magnificent nighttime views of Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Pro Tip: Disney World is home to some of the best Orlando resorts. For example, the elegant Grand Floridian is a turn-of-the-century resort with seriously amazing amenities.

Disney Springs is another great place in Orlando for couples to explore. Consisting of four neighborhoods, this shopping and entertainment center is a destination in and of itself. It offers live entertainment, delicious dining options, boat tours on Lake Buena Vista, and more! 

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Catch a Show 

Close up photo of actors performing aerial stunts at Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil + Disney via Facebook

Sit side by side with your honey in the rows of a stereotypically romantic spot -- the theater. In Drawn to Life, two imagination powerhouses team up for a theatrical spectacle.

Cirque du Soleil and Disney combine acrobatic finesse with animated delight. Ooh and ah, as the star of the show embarks on a quest dotted with nostalgic Disney memories. The animator’s desk that is paramount in the show is an ode to the creators behind the story magic that permeates our lives.

Get your tickets today! This ever-popular show could sell out, and you don’t want to miss it.

Fun Fact: Cirque du Soleil began as a group of 20 street performers in 1984 before becoming the renowned performance company it is today. 

Take to the Sky

ground view of The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida, USAIs there anywhere more charming than a Ferris wheel for lovebirds to perch? Take that charm and multiply it by 400 when you visit The Wheel at ICON Park, a 400-foot observation wheel located on International Drive. Then, turn it into a Sky Bar experience to toast to your love in the light of surrounding theme park fireworks.

Love is in the air! Take a hot air balloon ride over Orlando to up the wow factor. Have the adventure of a lifetime as you float over awe-inspiring nature preserves. Spectacular sunrise or sunset views set the scene for romance if you time it right. 

Make a Splash

aerial view of Discovery Cove pool with palm trees in Orlando, Florida, USA

Discovery Cove

Grab your swimsuit and sunblock to hit the water. Snorkel with fish, swim with dolphins, float down the lazy river, and encounter playful otters when you spend the day at Discovery Cove. This underwater world of marine life is the perfect place to swim with your sweetheart! Once you’ve had your fill of waterlogging fun, layout in the sun as your worries wash away.

Photo Alert: We can’t think of anything more Instagrammable than a photo with a dolphin. Hang on for the ride, then capture this once-in-a-lifetime memory forever!

If you prefer a less action-packed day, a lazy trip to Clearwater Beach may be more your speed. Get away from the crowded city and head to the sugar-white sands of the coast. Read, relax, sun, and swim at this tropical destination.

Our ticket package includes lunch at a beachside restaurant to refuel after a morning in the hot Florida sun. So chow down and take in the view at the same time!

Photo Alert: Rack up all the likes when you take a photo on the beach! Strike a pose or simply capture the stunning scenery.

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Do Something for the Thrill of It

Wide shot of the Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

When in the Theme Park Capital of the World, it only makes sense to take advantage of some of the area’s spectacular theme parks! Grab your flame’s hand and relive the good ol’ days as you run wild through the ride-lined theme park walkways. But which park to choose?

Universal Studios is an excellent choice for movie buffs. Have a blast on attractions themed around your favorites, like E.T., Despicable Me, and Transformers. However, the star of the show has to be the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Watch this magical fantasy world come to life before your very eyes!

Ocean lovers will love diving into all the aquatic fun at SeaWorld. Ride thrilling roller coasters and water rides while checking out the marine life exhibits in between. Orcas, dolphins, sharks, and walruses all call the beloved park home.

Pamper Yourself

What’s a vacation without a little rest and relaxation? A spa is the best setting for exactly that. So treat yourself to a Couples Massage package at the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton. This 40,000 square-foot spa is the perfect place to revel in leisure. 

Pro Tip: Enjoy a private hydrotherapy tub followed by time in a private section of the relaxation sanctuary with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne when you opt for the Couples Bath package. 

Another way to relax in Orlando? Make an appointment at Four Seasons for a couples massage. Book your treatments in either the spa couples suites or private spa bungalows, and prepare to say goodbye to stress.

Go for a Garden Stroll

pathway under trees through Harry P Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida, USAImagine meeting your admirer at the rendezvous in a secret garden as you meander through Harry P Leu Gardens. This 50-acre botanical paradise is teeming with plant life year-round. Surround yourself with the luscious wonder of new blooms and thriving trees.

Don’t forget to stop by the Garden House Welcome Center to admire rotating art exhibits. History buffs will want to explore the Leu House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo Alert: Find a garden bench and snap a photo to show off the seasonal blooms and your boo! If anyone plans to pop the question during your trip, this may be the place to do it (hint hint).

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Get Cultured

Orlando may be best known for its theme parks, but it also has a thriving cultural and performing arts scene. For couples with a love that could rival Romeo and Juliet themselves, the Orlando Shakes Theater is an ideal choice. Specializing in Shakespeare, the theater also hosts new plays and musicals.

If you can’t get enough showtime, Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts also has a full schedule of theater, ballet, and musical artists. So stay on the lookout for free events!

Additionally, the Hard Rock Hotel hosts Velvet Unplugged on various nights throughout the year. On these exclusive evenings, audience members are treated to an intimate show with a laid-back acoustic set. Reserve a cafe-style table to share drinks with your beloved during the show.

Take a Walk in the Park

Looking for a nature retreat in the middle of downtown Orlando? Lake Eola Park delivers. The sidewalk around the lake is the perfect place to take a stroll and discuss matters of the heart. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight. You’ll have plenty of time to catch the sunrise or sunset if you hit the park at the right time.

Afterward, woo your darling on the swan boats. Take in the best view of the park and surrounding city as you pedal across the smooth lake waters.

Pro Tip: Grab a ticket to secure your boat rental ahead of time!

Shop Til You Drop

Wide shot of people shopping at the Orlando Farmer's Market at Lake Eola Park on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Lake Eola Park via Facebook

Downtown Orlando is a bustling shopper’s paradise, so you can browse and buy with your better half. Orlando Fashion Square boasts all your favorite traditional brands. However, if you’re looking to shop local at smaller businesses with a boutique feel, the shops at Church Street Market are your best bet. 

For the most local experience of all, the Orlando Farmers Market takes place on Sundays at Lake Eola Park. Shop local produce, crafts, and ready-to-eat food set to live music. The farmers market is dog-friendly, so your furry friend can tag along!

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Which Things to Do for Couples in Orlando Are On Your List?

Now that we’ve explored all of the best things to do in Orlando for couples, it’s time for you to write your own love story. So grab your sweetheart, pack your bags, and leave the kids with a sitter. We’re permitting you to take some time for just the two of you!

The choices are limitless. Take it slow with a relaxing spa or beach day. Or, plan an action-packed day at a theme park. You can’t go wrong!

The captivating sights and sounds of the City Beautiful are sure to remind you that you’ve found your perfect match.

Did We Miss Any of Your Favorite Things to Do in Orlando for Couples?

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Written By Michaela

Michaela is a journalist who views every story she writes as an adventure, leading her to explore new places and meet new people. She is based in the Midwest ...

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