Orlando has 23 bike trail options ─ all within a 30 mile radius of downtown ─ that collectively total over 150 miles of paved, off-street biking. Bicycle tours can pave the way to adventurous dates for couples. Freshen up your standard go-to date with a two-wheeled tryst in the seasonally fresh air.
No wheels? No worries! Most bicycle tour companies offer rentals. Full speed ahead!
Orange You Gonna Share?
Orlando’s Bike Share program allows leisure cyclists to easily hop on an orange bike with a simple mobile app rental reservation. Locals can opt for a monthly membership or choose a ‘pay as you go’ method for occasional use. On your Sunday Funday, cruise around Lake Eola, hit the farmer’s market, and brunch in Thornton Park. Simply return the bike by locking it up at a convenient hub rack.
A Bicycle Built for 15
Limo Cycle offers a 15-passenger, pedal-powered party bus (led by a designated tour driver) to explore beautiful Downtown Sanford. It’s equipped with a stereo system, personal cup holders, large ice chests, misting fans and pedal assistance (for when you get too tipsy – um, I mean tired). Choose from a variety of tour options, including the Sunday Brunch, Shenanigans Wild & Wacky, Pirates Treasure, Pub Crawl and Quest Scavenger Hunt.
Local Motive conducts both train and bicycle tours through the City Beautiful, themed around food, drink, art or wellness. Here’s the standard monthly bike schedule: 1st Saturday – Food Bike Tour, 2nd Saturday – Drink Bike Tour, 3rd Saturday – Art Bike Tour, 4th Saturday – Wellness Bike Tour, 5th Saturday (when available) – Local’s Choice (online vote); plus 2nd Friday – Drink Train Tour.
Scenic Bike Hike
Pedal on the dirt, lakeside path of the Apopka Loop Trail with Elite Road Bike Rentals. Along with the beautiful landscape views, see native wildlife including alligators, snakes, turtles, raccoon, deer and many bird species. Distances range from 10-40 miles depending on rider skill level, so expect to get sweaty and dirty on your date (no hidden meaning here).
West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades offers tours of multiple trails in the area, including the 24-mile West Orange Trail, which is Orlando’s longest paved rail-trail. On the trail, explore southwest Orange County as you ride past orange groves, a butterfly garden and a historic train depot. Take a pit stop on Plant Street in Winter Garden to visit charming boutiques and restaurants. On the Celebration Tour, discover the magic of the pristine Disney-inspired town that boasts a quaint, brick-paved community center with adorable shops and eateries beside a relaxing lake. Or try the Historic Downtown Orlando Tour, where you’ll take to the City Beautiful’s tree-lined, brick streets alongside a Historic Preservation Board expert to get a unique inside perspective on your town.
Join the Street Fleet
Orlando Critical Mass is the “world’s largest monthly bike ride” that helps to promote awareness of alternative forms of transportation in the Downtown Orlando area. The gathering occurs at Loch Haven Park on the last Friday of the month at 5:30pm and aims to “promote peace and harmony between bikes and cars to share the road.” This fun, casual ride helps riders gain confidence traveling with traffic and also coordinates special themed rides. After ringing the bike bell, cyclists typically ring in the night with a post-ride celebratory beverage at a local hot spot, such as The Guesthouse.
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