If you live in the Sunshine state, you’re in the right location to take some great day or weekend trips around this big, beautiful Florida state. You could end up in Orlando, the “theme park capital of the world,” or you could venture to a Palm Beach spot you just haven’t gotten around to exploring. Go put-putting, swan boating, or soak up some art at a museum nearby, better yet, find a great rental car and take it out to the backcountry for some hiking. No matter what you choose, leave the kids at home and enjoy a beautiful night out in whichever town you choose, just the two of you. Here are some of the best places to take your significant other when you have some time to be together.
1. Swap Shop Drive-In
Wait until all the kids are gone and enjoy great vendors and the world’s largest drive in movie theater at the Swap Shop Drive-In, which is only thirty minutes from Boca Raton. This flea market drive-in combination is a fantastic way to spend an evening. has a 1950s sci-fi and horror movie theme.
The 180,000 square foot air-conditioned building houses over 2000 vendors, arcade games, a free Ferrari museum, and a large food court if watching a movie from your car wasn’t cool enough. There is also a carnival, so go win your hunny some giant stuffed animals and giggle over some cotton candy.
2. Big City Hunt
It makes sense to take a day trip out to Orlando every once in a while, — there’s no better way to explore a new city than through a scavenger hunt. With Big City Hunt, the two of you have two hours to solve 15 clues. To play, just download a launch code and start whenever you wish.
The clues come straight to your smartphone, and they include interesting facts about the sites you encounter. At the end of the game, see how your points stack up to players from around the world on a virtual leaderboard. The game gives a whole new meaning to the term, “power couple.”
3. Lake Eola Park
Did you know swans mate for life? If you’re corny and you’ve found your soul mate, it’s about time you take your significant other out on the water. Celebrate lifelong love and rent a swan boat at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. The paddle boats are available to rent for $15 per half hour and no reservations are needed. The park is in the heart of downtown Orlando, and it often hosts live performances.
Lake Eola also has a fountain which changes colors at night. Sundays are the best time for a day-time date. There is all-levels yoga (go like their Facebook page!) at the park for $5 on Sundays. Hungry couples are encouraged to check out the farmer’s market afterward from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4. Harry P. Leu Gardens
Take some time to smell the roses at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando. Covering nearly 50 acres, the gardens have lakes, shaded oak trails and a forest of camellias flowers. The garden was created by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Leu, a couple who traveled the world collecting plants and flowers together.
Take tour through the butterfly garden or take photos together in the flowering tree collection. Many couples take wedding photos at the demonstration gardens, and for good reason.
5. Orlando Museum of Art
Check out work from the city’s up and coming artists at the Orlando Museum of Art. The museum is doing a Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition, featuring the 10 most exciting artists doing work in the state. This year’s artists include Domingo Castillo, Coco Fusco and Dana Hargrove.
The exhibition includes a variety of photos, sculptures and paintings. Other than the exhibition, the museum has 900 works of art by more than 35 ancient cultures in the Art of the Ancient Americas collection. The museum describes the collection as “the most comprehensive in its kind” in the Southeast United States.
6. Urbain 40
After the museum, make a reservation for dinner at Urbain 40. The restaurant received a Golden Spoon award by Florida Trend as the best new restaurant in Orlando. While known for its French cuisine, such as freshly baked baguettes and mushroom crepes, the restaurant also serves a variety of pasta dishes.
The decor is 1940’s swing era, and Orlando weekly describes it as “arguably the most beautiful restaurant space in the city.” A live jazz band often performs at the restaurant, lending a nice backdrop of music to a lovely evening out.
7. Turkey Lake Park
You don’t have to go too far to get away from the city and have a romantic outdoor adventure at Bill Frederick Park. Also known as Turkey Lake Park, the location covers 178 acres making it Orlando’s largest park.
The area has a calm 2.4-mile hiking trail for a nice day trip. For a longer stay, bring a tent or rent one of the park’s cabins. Bring a frisbee for one of the two 18-hole disc golf courses. Or bring a fishing pole for a calm time on the pier. The park also has a swimming pool, picnic area and a paved bicycle path.
8. Couples Massage Day Trip
Located in Weston, Florida, the Wellness Suites Weston is a highly regarded spa that offers great deals for couple’s massages. There is literally nothing better than a relaxing massage. If you go with your love, the benefits don’t end when the massage does. Take the time for a hot stone session together and feel truly pampered. You and your partner will be relaxed, joyful, and basking in the glow of such a romantic day.
Even if a massage isn’t your idea of fun, this spa offers many unique services to its customers. From manicures, to eyelashes, to wellness sessions, there truly is something for everyone. Inside, they have a stunning vintage boutique and rare jewelry offerings, which make great surprise gifts for your significant other.
9. Herman’s Loan Office Speakeasy
Grab a cocktail at the speakeasy-inspired Herman’s Loan Office. The lounge used to be a pawn shop and loan shark office in the mid 1900’s, and some of the old design has been incorporated into the new space.
The bar is led by General Manager and Head Bartender René Nguyen. He and his team were also behind the highly successful craft cocktail space Hanson’s Shoe Repair. With an intimate feel and a fireplace, the Loan Office is great for conversations with loved ones over an expertly-crafted drink.
No matter where in Florida you come from, you’re sure to find something on this list to make for a memorable night out with your loved one. What are some things you like to do for a night on the town?