The month of February may be second on the calendar, but it's the first to celebrate love. Skip the heart-shaped box of chocolates and the over-priced roses and enjoy the sweetest holiday of the year with Orlando's romantic activities and special events. For pull-out-all-the-stops romance, wrap your arms around these 14 adoring things to do for Valentine's Day in Orlando.
#1. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Spend a romantic evening with legendary composer and performer, YANNI. His music has brought together hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. He will perform in the Walt Disney Theater on Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m.
#2. Harbor Nights Romantico at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Delight in la dolce vita featuring sparkling wines, gourmet food and live music at Harbor Nights Romantico. Surrounded by twinkling lights, you'll be swept away to the Mediterranean with tastes from each of the hotel's restaurants.
#3. Grand 1 Yacht at Walt Disney World Resort
Nicknamed "The Love Boat", gaze upon the "Wishes" fireworks showering above Magic Kingdom as the 52-foot yacht cruises along Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Add the private butler service, gourmet meal, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for a magical evening of romance.
#4. SeaWorld's Discovery Cove SeaVenture Proposal Package
Need a little help popping the question? Let thousands of tropical fish and graceful rays be your wingmen/women. The Grand Reef can provide an unforgettable setting for the surprise of a lifetime. Just bring the ring and your beloved - and Discovery Cove takes care of the rest.
#5. Valentine's Concert at Leu Gardens
Valentine's Day is a romantic tradition at Leu Gardens! Enjoy a special Valentine's concert on Feb. 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Treat your sweetheart to a beautiful evening under the stars with performances by: Selwyn Birchwood, Dave Capp Project, Mud Rooster Blues.
#6. Barnie's CoffeeKitchen
Celebrate the "Season of Love" with the first Valentine's Weekend Couple's Prix-Fixe Dining Experience at this Winter Park eatery. It starts with a flirty cocktail and ends with (appropriately) a Sweetheart Latte. Call (407) 629-0042 for reservations.
#7. DRIP Orlando
Let's face it: love can be messy. But it doesn't mean it's not fun! The Valentine's Experience combines performing and visual arts with raining paint, raw emotion and live music, topped off with chocolate and adult beverages. Save your elegant threads for another night out. The show warns: you may get wet!
#8. SAK Comedy Lab
If you've always wanted to find someone who makes you laugh, the Valentine's Show at the SAK Comedy Lab is where you want to be. In case your date can't pull it off, the improv professionals can surely give you the gift of giggles. The "Sweetheart Special" includes admission, drinks and popcorn.
#9. Bach Festival Society - The Sweetest Sounds
Members of the Bach Festival Choir join Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a Valentine's Day concert on Park Avenue. This free event is the ideal place to bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket and spend the afternoon with your sweetheart on Park Avenue. Bach Festival Society performance will begin around 5:15 PM.
#10. The Enzian
Enjoy "The Only Someone For Me" brunch with the only someone for you at Central Florida's only full-time alternative cinema. Start off with a buffet and live music before cuddling up to the classic ‘90s rom-com, "Sleepless in Seattle." Reserve a VIP table, and your sweetheart will know that you're M.F.E.O. (made for each other!)
#11. Indie-Folkfest at the Mennello Museum of American Art
Enjoy a sweet-heart of an afternoon and evening at the debut Indie-Folkfest at The Mennello Museum of American Art with a Valentine's Day family affair including music, special picnic foods from East End Market, craft cocktails, music and art on February 14 from 2 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden.
#12. Painting with a Twist
If you prefer to your paint to decorate a canvas, channel your inner Rodin with four classes themed for romance: Love Blossoms, Love You to The Moon and Back, Two in Paradise Set, Scissortail Kiss. Encouraged by professional instructors with paint, canvas, and brushes provided, let your creativity flow with each stroke.
#13. Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
The stars weave tales of love on the campus of Seminole State College of Florida. Learn the trio of romantic stories of Vega and Altair, Orion and Artemis, and Algon the Hunter and the lost star maidens of Pleiades during the hour-long show on February 12.
#14. Rivership Romance
Let the sun shine down on your love...or celebrate by swaying in the moonlight on one of four romantic cruises. Valentine's Day weekend offers a special schedule. Choose a lunch or dinner dance cruise on Lake Monroe in Sanford.