Orlando is well known for its theme parks, shopping, and proximity to incredible beaches. It’s not always known as the most romantic place but this is a mistake. Don’t believe us? Check out these 14 things to do on Valentine’s Day in Orlando to see just how romantic it can be.
1. Make Valentine’s Day string art
From 6 to 8 PM, head to the Driftwood Market for a unique artisan workshop. It costs $60 for one or $110 for a couple. The class includes everything you need to make a take-home piece of art, including expert instruction, all the materials necessary, and even a glass of wine for each participant.
2. Watch fireworks from “The Love Boat”
Known to many as “The Love Boat,” check out the incredible Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks spectacular from Grand 1 Yacht. This is a 52-foot yacht that cruises through Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. If you want true luxury, add butler service, a gourmet meal, sparkling champagne, and, of course, chocolate covered strawberries for a truly romantic evening.
3. Enjoy an evening of belly laughter
They say the couple that laughs together stays together. Spending 90 minutes at this improv show will get you well on your way. It take place at SAKS’s and there are three show times, which is one of the reasons it’s one of the most flexible things to do on Valentine’s Day in Orlando. Tickets are $20 each.
4. Take in an outdoor concert in the evening
Leu Gardens has their own Valentine’s Day tradition that you’re welcome to take part in. It starts at 6 PM on February 14th and runs through 9 PM. You can enjoy a lovely night under the stars while a variety of acts play, including the Dave Capp Project, Selwyn Birchwood, and Mud Rooster Blues.
5. Visit an afternoon concert
If you’d rather enjoy a concert in the afternoon, consider stopping by Bok Tower Gardens. Their romantic Valentine’s Day concert begins at 1 PM and ends at 3 PM. It costs $14 to get into the gardens but you could spend the entire afternoon seeing everything there is to bring wonder to your eyes.
6. Incorporate coffee into a prix-fixe dinner
You can find tons of prix-fixe dinner specials if that’s the type of things to do on Valentine’s Day that would get you excited. However, we’re excited by unique options like Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen. The specifics of their dinner are still under wraps but what we do know is that it starts with a flirty cocktail and ends with a sweet latte.
7. Spend the day at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts
Epcot Center will be holding their second annual International Festival the Arts on Valentine’s Day. It’s a great way to enjoy global masterpieces, which includes more than just art on the wall. It combines visual, culinary, and performing arts for a day that tickles the senses. This festival is included with the price of admission to Epcot.
8. Get out of your comfort zone with DRIP Orlando
There’s no question that love can get messy but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The Valentine’s Experience at DRIP Orlando pairs visual arts with the performing arts. Expect raining paint, live music, and raw emotion – plus chocolate and alcoholic beverages.
9. Relax with a casual night of trivia
When you think of things to do on Valentine’s Day, you likely think about romantic, elaborate activities but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. For example, stop by Cahoots for nickel beers and a game of trivia. While you’re there, check out arcade games, craft beers, and tasty snacks.
10. Create your own picnic
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for a classic romantic date like a picnic. Check out the free concert on Park Avenue by the members of the Bach Festival Choir for a unique twist. The performance will be begin shortly after 5 PM so it’s perfect timing for a dinner picnic.
11. Play homage to your favorite star: Justin Timberlake
Why not consider something truly original, like heading to the 4th Annual Justin Timberlake Show at Tin Roof Orlando? Tickets are just $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Parking is free, the show starts at 8, and it’s sure to be both impressive and inspiring.
12. Watch classic romantic movies
The Enzian, the only full-time indie cinema in Central Florida, is offer a brunch they’re calling “The Only Someone for Me” brunch. It begins with a buffet and live music. Then comes a viewing of the classic romantic company Sleepless in Seattle. You can even reserve VIP tables for your own romantic time.
13. Celebrate your love for wildlife
For the second year in a row, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is offer a culinary delight on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a prix fix menu, free beer, access to their Wildlife Walk, a raffle, and a silent auction. Violist Brianna Shirin will be playing and dinner starts at 7:30. Ticket are $75 per person.
14. Get romantic at the Indie Folk Fest
The Museum of American Art is featuring both afternoon and evening dates at their Indie-Folkfest. Bring the entire family and enjoy picnic foods provided by the East End market, music, and special craft cocktails. The event takes place in the sculpture garden from 2 PM to 7 PM.