Before you pop the question, browse our guide to some of the best places to get engaged in Orlando — including Discovery Cove® (pictured).
Orlando was recently named the Best Place to Get Married by WalletHub, and we’d argue it’s one of the best places to get engaged as well. Featuring a wealth of picture-perfect settings and awesome proposal packages across our world-class theme parks, idyllic outdoor spaces and charming neighborhoods, here are some of the dreamiest places to pop the question in Orlando.
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Travel Tip: These spots are all great for an impromptu engagement photo shoot, and many even offer wedding packages when it’s time to start planning the big day.
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Unique Places to Propose in Downtown Orlando & Beyond
Lake Eola Park
What better place to share what’s in your heart than in the heart of downtown Orlando? Whether you choose to propose on the water in an iconic swan-shaped paddleboat or in one of the many intimate spots around the lake, you’re sure to have your better half’s undivided attention when you get down on one knee. Celebrate afterwards with dinner, drinks and captivating live entertainment in downtown Orlando’s City District, Thornton Park District and other adjacent neighborhoods.
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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Pack a picnic and head to Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre botanical oasis near downtown Orlando, for lunch alfresco. This local favorite is home to over 40 diverse plant collections from around the world, including a tropical rainforest, Florida’s largest formal rose garden and an amazing butterfly garden, all connected by beautiful winding paths.
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Bok Tower Gardens
Well worth the hour-and-half drive from Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens is a 250-acre oasis with a romantic old Florida feel. Full of lush trails, hidden enclaves and Mediterranean and Art Deco architecture, the gardens are a perfect place to get lost for a day. Speaking from experience, they’re also a great spot to take some killer engagement photos. Just don’t forget to come back to the garden’s central landmark, a 205-foot Art Deco Singing Tower where you can hear live Carillion music played daily at 1 and 3 p.m.
The Town of Celebration
Moments from Walt Disney World® Resort, the candy-colored town of Celebration is a destination as timeless as your love. Grab brunch at the Old Florida-styled Celebration Hotel, hit the nature trails, take a self-guided architecture tour or share an old-fashioned ice cream cone at Celebration Town Center, then settle in and make things official. It’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring à deux — and to put a ring on it.
Kelly Park and Rock Springs Run State Reserve
If you’re in love and you don’t care who knows it, head to the great outdoors and shout it loud for all to hear. In addition to beautiful parks and gardens, Central Florida is home to several gorgeous natural springs, including Kelly Park and Rock Springs Run State Reserve 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Apopka. Float hand-in-hand or kayak down crystal-clear rivers and pop the question surrounded by Florida’s abundant natural beauty.
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Charming and walkable, downtown Winter Park and nearby Hannibal Square offer a plethora of picturesque backdrops for the perfect proposal, all just 20 minutes northwest of Orlando. Propose amongst the flowers at the Central Park rose garden or beneath sweeping cypress trees at the serene Kraft Azalea Gardens. The three-acre Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is another stunning option, with over 50 statues and an art-filled cottage nestled in a lush lakefront estate. Rollins College features decorative Spanish Mediterranean-style buildings, scenic vistas and oak-shaded paths for a romantic stroll. For even more charming cobblestone streets, along with ivy-draped buildings and Italian-inspired architecture, head to Historic Hannibal Square.
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Unique Places to Propose at Orlando’s Theme Parks
For an exceptionally epic proposal in Orlando, head to Orlando’s world-class theme parks to incorporate their favorite places and fandoms into the big moment. Whether they’re into world travel, dinosaurs, superheroes or things that go bump in the night, Orlando’s theme parks have just the thing to make your proposal truly unforgettable. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Please note: A valid theme park ticket is required for all experiences inside the theme parks. Park reservations are required at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
Celebrate the special magic between you with a timeless proposal in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort. You can’t go wrong with a classic proposal in front of Hogwarts™ Castle at Universal Islands of Adventure — the bridge leading into Jurassic Park is a fantastic place to get the best shot. In Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida, you can propose against a backdrop of dragon fire, in front of the sweet shop, in the moody streets of Knockturn Alley and more. For an added personal touch, you can even personalize select wands with an engraving service available for purchase at Ollivanders™: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC.
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Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
Book a romantic getaway to one of eight stunning hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, where you can pop the question in a picturesque Italian harbor, a South Seas-inspired paradise, a lush tropical getaway dotted with shimmering waterfalls, an ultra-modern rooftop bar with spectacular sunset views, and more. You can even write a song for your love and perform it for them with a complimentary Fender® guitar rental as an overnight guest at Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando.
Treat your loved one to an all-inclusive day in paradise at Discovery Cove®, where you can swim with dolphins, explore tropical enclaves, hand-feed exotic birds and more. A romantic retreat at any time of the year, Discovery Cove offers several unique upgrades to help your proposal go swimmingly. Book a private cabana for an intimate celebration, take the plunge with an underwater proposal on a SeaVenture expedition, or enlist the help of Discovery Cove’s beloved dolphins, who can help you pop the question with a special buoy delivery. Call 407-513-4600 to book your proposal celebration package before your arrival.
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World Showcase at EPCOT®
If an international flight isn’t in the budget, hop on over to EPCOT® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Here, you can propose under the stars at a Mexican pyramid, get down on one knee in front of a replica Eiffel Tower, share a pizza and a life-changing moment in the Italy pavilion, and more. The options are endless, with stunning architecture, live entertainment and diverse dining options representing 11 countries.
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One of the most iconic places in Walt Disney World, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® Park is the perfect backdrop for a whimsical fairytale proposal. Whether you get down on one knee in front of the castle, over dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table, or at Cinderella’s Wishing Well, there’s no better place to kick off your happily ever after. Thanks to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, you can even hire a professional Disney photographer to capture your special moment. The team can also arrange other details like cake and flower delivery, signature dining reservations and special gifts for a truly unforgettable experience.
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Walt Disney World® Fireworks Cruise
Let your love sparkle and shine on an enchanting fireworks cruise. Set sail for spectacular views of EPCOT or Magic Kingdom fireworks with synchronized onboard audio, festive decor and complimentary snacks and soft drinks. The boat seats up to 10 people plus the boat captain starting at $399 plus tax, so you can opt for an intimate private cruise or bring your whole crew. For the fireworks finale, well … you know what to do.
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Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels
Start your new life together with an unforgettable getaway to one of 25+ official Walt Disney World Resort hotels. With options ranging from lush woodland retreats and tropical beaches to a lively Atlantic City-style boardwalk, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You can even set out on a horse-drawn carriage ride — or sleigh ride during the holiday season — for an extra-cozy touch.
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