In a town like Orlando, most activities tend to gear toward tourists, so it can be hard to come up with ideas for things to do that are not contrived or obscenely expensive. This can present a challenge when planning a date night. Beyond the classic dinner-and-a-movie, there are plenty of ways to have a good time with a loved one or someone you are just getting to know that will not involve braving the traffic on I-Drive. Read on for some date night ideas to keep the spark alive long after Valentine’s Day is gone.
Dinner with a movie
At The Enzian Theater in Maitland, you will find a one-stop shop for all your date night needs. Before the show, have a cocktail at the outdoor Eden Bar, which often features live music and offers a full menu. Then, order movie favorites like popcorn or have a full meal brought out to you by Enzian’s wait staff during the movie presentation. The film selection available for viewing in the Enzian theater ranges from family matinees to art house oddities and cult classics. Visit the website for future programming. Stay after to have a nightcap at Eden and discuss what you watched to round out the experience.
Hit the lanes
One of middle America’s favorite pastimes, bowling, is a great way to cultivate camaraderie in chilly weather. Orlando has a couple of alleys that provide a classic, reasonably priced experience, including Aloma Bowl near Winter Park and Boardwalk Bowl on East Colonial Drive. Order a pitcher and some bar food, do not worry about taking the game too seriously, and perhaps even visit the arcade area to win your date a prize. Now, they have a keepsake to remember the date forever.
Skate the night away
For some nostalgia, go on a skate date! In Orlando, roller and ice skating facilities are open year-round and have all the gear you need available for rent. If you prefer wheels, check out Semoran Skateway and Astro Skate, both of which offer theme nights so you can groove to the classics. At RDV sportsplex, visit the Ice Den for some cardio on your rented skates, and then get cozy with some hot chocolate at the concession stand.
Support local performers
Orlando has a plethora of performance venues, whether your show of choice is musical, theatrical, or comedic. For music fans, check out the upcoming lineups at Will’s Pub, The Social, and The Beacham to find local and touring talent in laid-back environments. For theater, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Repertory Theater, and the Dr. Phillips Center downtown have programming for all tastes. To laugh, check out the acclaimed SAK Comedy Lab for some improv, or attend a comedy showcase hosted at venues like the Milk District’s Bull and Bush.
Remember, the most vital element of a date night is connecting with the other person; the activity you choose serves as a setting. So, whether you are wooing an existing or potential lover, put your best foot forward and have fun with whatever activity you choose. Orlando may very well become a romantic backdrop for your love story.