By David Sibila
While most of us may be sending a card with a soppy love note, or expensive flowers and chocolates, only Orlando's romantic activities and special events can guarantee to make your sweetheart swoon this Valentine's Day. For pull-out-all-the-stops romance, wrap your arms around these 10 adoring things to do for Valentine's Day in Orlando.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Valentine Concert Members of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra play an intimate concert in Central Park before the Winter Park Chamber's annual Jazz concert. 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. February 7, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy the original 1946 Beauty and the Beast in French with English subtitles. The film has been restored in 4K in time for the 70th anniversary of this classic story of a beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. Showing on Feb. 13 at 12:00 p.m.
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 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden.
If you prefer to your paint to decorate a canvas, channel your inner Picasso or Monet by painting with your loved one while enjoying step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic local artists. Encouraged by professional instructors with paint, canvas, and brushes provided, you will impress your date as you let your creativity flow with each stroke.
Spend Valentine's Day trying tasty wines, enjoying live music, and appreciating local art at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard's annual Winefest. While you're there, take advantage of Lakeridge's complimentary Winery tours and tastings. Admission is a $2 donation to benefit the South Lake Chamber of Commerce.
#10. 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 just north of Orlando in Sanford.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.