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Put the Adventure Back in Date Night

Think outside the box the next time you’re planning a big night out with your love with these four out of the ordinary ideas.

Put the Adventure Back in Date Night

Discover Gatorland by Day or Night

Experience a new daytime adventure at Gatorland, known as the Alligator Capital of the World. Guests can now board one of three 12-foot-high, custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a 15-minute rugged and hilarious adventure with wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, and, of course, plenty of alligators.

At Gator Gardens, a fictional rival park that takes over a swamp buggy business from a new Gatorland character named Swampy Sal, tour guides take riders through unexpected twists and turns, including an alligator graveyard and a plunge through a pond of hungry alligators. A comedic plot between monster vehicle drivers and onboard personal guides is played out in the wild search for Swampy Sal.

Ride vehicles depart from the brand new Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost building, home base for all of Gatorland’s add-on adventures such as Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, Gator Night Shine, Adventure Hour, Trainer for the Day and more. Guests will need a separate ticket for this adventure, which can be purchased at the admission gate or at Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost. A minimum height of 36 inches is required to ride.

When the sun goes down, the park can be experienced in a whole new way with the Gator Night Shine experience. Starting at dusk, a guide leads the way for a private after-hours tour taking guests along the winding wooden walkways deep into the alligator breeding marsh to see the glowing red eyes of hundreds of alligators. Each guest receives a flashlight and hot dogs to feed the alligators.

Visitors for this 1.5-hour tour have the unique opportunity to see and hear Gatorland come alive after dark, with hundreds of wild birds and alligators all around them. They even have an up-close encounter with their guide to see other exotic animals such as boa constrictors, baby alligators, tarantulas and much more. Gator Night Shine tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance by visiting www.Gatorland.com.


Learn Some New Dance Moves

Spice things up by learning how to dance as a couple. With locations in Orlando, Lake Mary, Waterford Lakes and Winter Park, Arthur Murray Dance Centers specialize in teaching couples how to dance in a fun and easy way.

In the basic introductory program, couples will have the opportunity to learn the three most important elements of dance: foot position, rhythm and timing, and leading or following. Then they can choose from Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Hustle, Mambo, Merengue, Salsa, Samba, Swing, Tango and Viennese Waltz, among others, based on their abilities.

People of all ages can benefit from dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Centers, from age 18 to 80. Not only can you dance your way into a healthy relationship, but learning how to dance can also increase confidence, improve your health and relieve stress.


Go to Dinner and a Show

Skip the boring dinner and a movie routine and opt instead for one of Orlando’s famous dinner shows. There are plenty of themes to catch your attention.

At Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, which is located near The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, you become the detective. During the comedy show, you will receive clues to help you solve the crime. You could even be chosen for a cameo role. Dinner features a salad and cold hors d’oeuvres, your choice of honey-glazed Cornish game hen, prime rib or four-cheese lasagna, and a mystery dessert. All drinks are included in the cost of a ticket, including soft drinks, coffee, beer and wine.

In Kissimmee, Capone’s Dinner and Show delivers loads of laughs, gangster action, audience interaction and entertaining musical numbers. Once you enter the world of 1931 gangland Chicago, you will be in for nonstop surprises during a buffet dinner. In addition to the salad bar, pasta bar and meat carving station, you can dig into pizza, meatballs, lasagna, veggies and a variety of side dishes. The meal also includes desserts and unlimited drinks.


Feel the Rush at Machine Gun America

At Orlando’s first and only Automatic Adrenaline Attraction, you can choose from a range of experiences, including the opportunity to shoot real machine guns or enter realistic, military-grade simulators. At the range, you will be provided with a selection of firearms, eye and ear protection, a standard range target and one-on-one instruction from an NRA Certified Range Safety Instructor who has vast military and range experience.

If a simulator is more your style, jump in to save the world from zombies with realistic firearms but without the live ammunition. These simulators were designed to train U.S. Armed Special Ops and law enforcement agencies and offer an exciting experience for experienced shooters and first timers.

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Lyndsay Fogarty Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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