Best First-Date Places in Orlando

Getting the courage to ask someone you're interested in out on a date is the first step, but then what? After all, there's nothing more disappointing than an awkward (or, even worse, boring) first date. Don't fall back on the old dinner-and-a-movie plan--from "Popcorn Flicks" in the park to a winery tour, check out this guide to great first-date ideas in Orlando.

Updated: March 29, 2010

Great First Dates


Cirque Du Soleil

1478 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Experience the French theatrical production ?La Nouba? where urban and circus worlds collide and combine their stage talents. The show features acrobats, clowns, musicians and whimsical characters along with breathtaking stunts and imagery at Downtown Disney. Admission is $90.53-$127.80 (plus tax). Reservations are required.


Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

4510 W Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Show your date that chivalry lives--and that you have a sense of humor--at this dinner attraction where knights joust and prove their manhood on horseback and falcons put on a show. Food is normally eaten with your bare hands (think giant roasted turkey legs), but your server can provide you with utensils for a less-messy affair. Admission is $59.95 (plus tax). Reservations are suggested.


Orlando Museum Of Art

2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Appreciate artwork by local and international artists over light bites and drinks during the Orlando Museum of Arts? 1st Thursdays event, held on the first Thursday of each month from 6pm to 9pm. The admission fee is $10--food and beverages are an additional cost.


Polynesian Resort

7 Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Encounter the Polynesian Islands at a luau featuring a feast, tropical drinks, and fire and hula dancers at the "Spirit of Aloha" dinner show at Disney's Polynesian Resort. Strike a pose next to the tall tiki gods and take a stroll along the outdoor beach area afterward before calling it a night. Admission is $36-$59.99 (plus tax) per person. Seatings are Tuesday through Saturday at 5:15pm and 8pm. Reservations are required.


Gatorland

14501 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32837

Show your gal or guy how daring you are by posing with a live alligator and watching gators eat huge chunks of meat at one of Orlando's oldest attractions. Gatorland is open daily from 9am to 5pm and admission is $22.99 (plus tax) per adult.


Central Park

401 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket filled with goodies and watch free movies in the park during "Popcorn Flicks," held the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. Complimentary popcorn is provided.


Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

19239 Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34715

See how wine is manufactured during the daily free tours, then afterwards sip complimentary samples from Florida's largest premium winery in Clermont. The winery produces sparkling wines from hybrid grapes and distributes more than 50,000 cases that are sold at the winery and at select wine shops throughout the year.


Avalon Park

13001 Founders Sq Dr, Orlando, FL 32828

Take a trek to East Orlando and experience over-the-top, free quarterly festivals in this community. The events are open to the general public and include Latin Fest, Fourth of July, Oktoberfest and Avalon Aglow. The festivities feature live entertainment, children's activities, food and vendors from 5pm to 9pm (Avalon Aglow is from 4pm to 9pm).


Lake Eola Park

195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Take your date for a romantic stroll around the most scenic park in Downtown Orlando. Ride a swan-shaped paddle boat or an electric gondola around the historic fountain while getting cozy underneath the stars. Rental cost for both types of boats is $15 per half-hour daily from 6am to midnight.


Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center

12850 Waterford Lakes Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32828

Bowl a strike or show your date some pointers (unless he or she is a better bowler than you are) at this high-end entertainment center in East Orlando.