By Jessica C. Northey
Romance is in the air throughout Orlando! With Valentine's Day right around the corner, start planning now to up your game from traditional candy and flowers, to unforgettable experiences like a fairytale carriage ride through Walt Disney World Resort or exhilarating hot air balloon ride at sunrise. With more than 25 ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day in Orlando, our Ultimate Guide is packed with ways to create dreamy memories to last a lifetime.
Deliver your proposal or love note via buoy personally delivered through the water by a friendly dolphin. The moment is completely captured by Discovery Cove's professional photographers and couples can celebrate the start of their new chapter together by relaxing on the beach, snorkeling with rays and dining under the palm trees.
Create your own Cinderella moment with romantic tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage. Select from two scenic routes: Ride through the lush pine and cypress trees of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground or travel along the charming pathways of Port Orleans - Riverside and the banks of the Sassagoula River.
Set sail on the 40-foot Italian Water Taxi for a romantic guided tour of Disney Springs. Nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and celebrate with a champagne toast.
Looking for dinner and chocolate in one place? Savor artisanal milkshakes with flavors such as Chocolate x5, Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet. Feast on sumptuous sundaes like S'mores, Salted Caramel Flan and Chocolate Brownie Bark. You can even purchase tasty mementos from the restaurant's retail shop to enjoy at home.
Skip the heat-shaped box of chocolates and go straight to the source! At Farris and Foster's you and your special someone become the chocolatiers making chocolate creations as unique as your love. With multiple flavors of chocolate, toppings and things to dip, this will surely add sweetness to your Valentine's Day!
For the foodie lovers who want to learn how to cook an amazing Valentine's Day brunch, this is your chance! This special cooking class is on Saturday, February 4th to give you plenty of time to practice before the big day! Book now, seats are limited.
Purchase gift certificates complete with a Valentine's Day gift bag filled with goodies! On sale now through February 14th for a unique blend of traditional escape room and a challenging scavenger hunt.
Enjoy a prix fixe dinner at Capa or Ravello and a Couples Suite Retreat at The Spa, which includes a candlelit and rose-petal-strewn couple's suite, two glasses of rosé to sip and special Valentine truffles from local chocolatier Norman Love Confections.
A perfect companion for a Valentine's Day getaway: Your significant other, of course, and your significant four-legged best friend at The Alfond Inn at Rollins. Guests can check into the hotel for quality time with all the beloved (human and canine) creatures in their life.
Escape! Romance Package, includes hot buffet breakfast for two guests daily at Fresco Moderne Brassiere, chocolate covered strawberries, one bottle of Champagne upon arrival, airport transportation, late checkout 2 p.m. To book, visit www.RenaissanceOrlandoAP.com and click on packages.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate beckons lovebirds with understated elegance, sensible luxury and natural beauty. This package includes a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine, $100 cuisine and cocktail credit and more luxurious accommodations.
Revel in romance with the Champagne Berry Bliss experience at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando or Castle Hotel. Enjoy a customized couple's massage, champagne toast, chocolate truffles and a Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil take home gift. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bohemian Hotel Celebration has been host to countless proposals, engagements, weddings and commitment ceremonies. This "Romantic Retreat" package includes one night of luxurious accommodation, a romantic turn-down service (including a bottle of champagne), chocolates and rose petals along with breakfast for two for the Lakeside Bar + Grill.
Spa Sweethearts Package includes a 50 minute Couples Relaxation Massage, two Heart Sole Pedicures and a $25 lunch credit per person for Vitale Café. For reservations, contact 407-393-4200. Cap off the day of indulgence with a Valentine's Day dinner at Highball & Harvest, Dessert Buffet in the lobby lounge with live jazz or a Valentine's Day dinner at PRIMO, reservations required - 407-393-4488.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Greek-style celebration, surf & turf prix fixe menu and belly dancing. Availible Feb. 10-14. Taverna Opa, 9101 International Dr #2240; $85 per couple; call 407-351-8660 for reservations.
Special 4-course prix fixe menu and flamenco dancing, Feb 10-14. Tapa Toro, 8441 International Dr #260; $65 per person; call 407-226-2929 for reservations.
Enjoy a 4-course meal, with your choice of entree in a professionally blacked out restaurant. This unique, heightened sensory dining experience benefits Lake Eola Charter School. Feb 11, 5-7p; Tapa Toro, 8441 International Dr #260; $125; For reservations, call Jasmine at 407-733-4218.
Want to treat your special someone like a princess or prince this Valentine's Day? Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament puts chivalry, rivalry and revelry into a romantic evening. Book your Valentine's Day all-inclusive Couple's Package now until February 15th and receive two admissions for a two-hour feast and tournament, a photo keepsake frame, two souvenir glasses with champagne and a box of fine chocolates.
Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $30 per person from February 8-14, 2017. The dinner includes salad options, entree choices of their world-famous baby back ribs, Chilean salmon or the filet medallions with wine pairings and desserts.
At Hemingway's, sip a signature Papa Doble, one of the famous author's own libations and enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day three-course meal. Or the breathtaking lake views create a picture perfect romantic setting for a Valentine Duet Dinner at the property's newest restaurant, LakeHouse.
For couples that love the great outdoors, book an exclusive kayak tour for a Valentine's Day treat or purchase a gift certificate for a future date. Tours range from gentle, scenic and relaxing to more challenging "Florida whitewater" for more experienced kayakers.
Treat your sweetheart to a beautiful evening at Leu Gardens with performances by Jeff Howell, Dr. Otto Group and Bird Dog Bobby Blues Band. Bring chairs or a blanket and cozy up under the stars with a bring-your-own picnic dinner or stroll arm-in-arm through the lush 50-acre garden.
See Orlando's spectacular sites from thousands of feet above. On this early morning one-hour flight, see theme parks, Orange groves, and even swamps absolutely untouched for thousands of years from an entirely different perspective.
Take a romantic ride on a swan paddle boat to explore Lake Eola with your sweetheart. Bring friends along for a superb double date! No reservations needed.
If you're seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, look no further. Located in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through three lakes and two, narrow manmade canals along Winter Park's tranquil waters.
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Written by Jessica C. Northey, Multimedia Content Producer for Visit Orlando. She enjoys the arts culture, photography, and creative writing about entertainment and travel destinations.