Think Orlando is all roller coasters and water parks? Think again. Sure, there are plenty of thrills for theme park enthusiasts but there are also many romantic diversions, including unforgettable dining experiences, sunrise hot air balloon rides, and chocolate date nights. If you're here with your sweetie, prepare to swoon.
1. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon
Rising before the sun, a hot air balloon ride might be the earliest adventure you have in Orlando, but it also might be the most memorable. Weather permitting, hot air balloons lift off daily carrying you off into the still, morning sky for an hour-long flight over the Orlando area landscape. Once on the ground, you will be treated to a champagne breakfast complete with fruit and snacks.
2. The Table
Part dinner party, part chef's table, The Table brings 22 guest together at one communal table for a multi-course mystery menu that's not revealed until arrival. Inside the lavish dining room located on Sand Lake's Restaurant Row, the foodie festivities feature five courses, each paired with wine and stories from chefs leaving the kitchen to tell tales and dote on guests. What follows are three to four hours of ‘oohs' and ‘mmms' as one dish after another is delivered to the table. Advance reservations and payment of $120 per person are a must for those up for this epicurean escapade.
3. Bosendorfer Lounge
Romance seems to drip from every inch of The Grand Bohemian Hotel, where plush zebra skin chairs, dark drapes, Italian glass tiles, alabaster chandeliers, and gold leafing on pillars drenches the lobby and lounge in opulence and mystique. Be sure to order a martini at the Bosendorfer Lounge, often featuring live music and always showcasing an impressive collection of original artwork.
4. Farris and Foster's Famous Chocolate Factory
You won't find a more romantic dessert experience than the Chocolate Date Night at Farris and Foster's Famous Chocolate Factory, now with three Orlando-area locations. For $29 per couple, you'll get to take over the factory to whip up your pound of sweet treats using molds, dips and the chocolate conveyor belt. Date Night is scheduled on Friday evenings at 7pm ad 9pm as well as Saturday evenings at the Dr. Phillips location. Reservations required.
5. Wine Room in Winter Park
Wine lovers flock to the DIY wine tasting experience at The Wine Room, a Winter Park favorite featuring the Enomatic Wine Serving System. With a debit card loaded with dollars, you can self-serve a sample or full glass of over 150 different types of wine simply with the touch of a button. Gourmet cheese plates, a huge selection of craft beers, a champagne bar, and plush seating drenched in leather add to the allure.
This special post was written by Kristen Manieri. To read more about the romantic side of Orlando and other tips from Kristen, visit GreatDatesOrlando.com.