Author Archives: Samantha Rosenthal

Budget-Friendly Downtown Orlando Dates Under $30

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In a city as beautiful and diverse as Orlando, we sometimes assume that date night on a budget isn’t possible. But the great thing about downtown Orlando is that there are so many things to do–regardless of your budget! From wine to sketch comedy shows to bingo, here are 15 date options under $30 for couples who want to spend ... Read More »

Brunch Buzz: Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

Brunch Buzz: Carmel Kitchen

With so many options for brunch in Orlando, it can be hard to choose a place to go. But when Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar is the restaurant of choice, it isn’t a hard decision — it’s a must. Located in Winter Park on Orlando Avenue, brunch at Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar is a relaxed affair. The low lighting, classy earth-toned ... Read More »

17 Outdoor Movies in Orlando this Spring

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It’s springtime in Orlando and the weather is perfect for watching outdoor movies. Bring some chairs, lay out a blanket, and snuggle up together for a fun and affordable night out. Where to see outdoor movies in Orlando: Movie Night at Leu Gardens: Held the first Friday of each month. Admission is $6 for non-members, and free for Leu members. Popcorn Flicks in ... Read More »

A Guide to Orlando’s Best Story Clubs and Events

A Guide to Orlando's Best Story Clubs and Events

Express yourself with words at one of these eight story clubs and events in Orlando! Whether it’s through reading or writing, there are many different forms of communication for our feelings, experiences and thoughts—along with many places in Orlando to express them out loud. From monthly story telling meetups to Florida’s Storytelling Festival held in Mount Dora, there are lots ... Read More »

Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

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UPDATED for 2017 It’s the holiday season in Orlando, which means break out the eggnog, Christmas movies and festive tunes. It’s also a great time of year to be outside enjoying the area’s holiday lights and decor. Here’s a guide to finding some of the best lit spots. Best of all, it won’t cost you a penny to enjoy them! ... Read More »

50 Free & Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

Holiday Events in Orlando

**This list is for 2016 events. View our updated guide to free & festive holiday events in Orlando for 2017 here. Plenty of free and fun holiday events abound in Orlando in the coming weeks. Enjoy a festive date night by selecting a few events from our list of more than 50 ways to have quality time together without breaking ... Read More »

Guide to Orlando’s Best Patios

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Cooler temperatures make maximizing your time outside a must. It’s time to check out Orlando’s best patios on your next date night or day. Here are some local spots that have great patios for you to relax on, enjoy great food, soak up some sun and take in the stellar views.  GOOD EATS 903 Mills Market Cafe 903 S. Mills Ave. Orlando, ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Stubborn Mule

The Stubborn Mule is the newest addition to the Thornton Park foodie scene, located where Sonoma Kitchen used to reside. The brainchild of co-owners Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, also the co-owners of RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee and College Park, this New American restaurant features hand-crafted mule cocktails, approachable food and an extensive cocktail, beer and wine list. Drawing ... Read More »

Go Wild! 10 ‘Beyond the Zoo’ Attractions in Central Florida

Looking for a day date that’s a bit on the wild side? There are scores of unique wildlife and zoo attractions in Central Florida designed to protect, educate and (sometimes) allow you to interact with exotic and Florida native animals, birds and reptiles. Spot a manatee, glimpse a panther, marvel at a sea turtle and shiver at the sight of a 300 ... Read More »

15 Places to Play Bar Trivia in Orlando

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Looking for a date night that involves some mental stimulation and some friendly competition? Orlando is home to a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges hosting bar trivia seven days a week. Earth Trivia Orlando’s most established trivia team, Earth Trivia sends its trivia aficionados to locations across the city each week. Games are usually played in two or three rounds, each with ten questions and ... Read More »

How to Plan a Running Date Night

Whether you’ve got your sights on a marathon or just want to get in shape with your sweetie, we’ve got you covered with Orlando’s best running clubs, routes, races and fun runs. RUNNING CLUBS Any list related to running in Orlando must absolutely mention Track Shack, a retail shoe and apparel store but also an epicenter for all things running related in ... Read More »

Orlando Beer Tour Gives Glimpse into Local Beer Scene

Orlando Beer Tour

**Update: Brewlando Tours are no longer offered. If you’re looking for a beer tour, try Hop On! Orlando Brewery Tours. Orlando’s craft beer scene has taken the nation by surprise over the last couple of years. In fact, the entire Sunshine State is getting in on the action, with Florida now ranking ninth in the nation for craft breweries, according to ... Read More »

10 Places to Learn to Dance in Orlando

Learn to Dance in Orlando

Have you always wanted to bust a move or sweep your sweetie off her feet? You’re in luck because there are several dance studios where you can learn to dance in Orlando. Whether you want to waltz your girlfriend away or heat things up with a little salsa, here are some local studios to explore. BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES Arthur Murray 6700 Conroy Windermere ... Read More »

Artsy Date Night With Paint My Story

Let your creative self unfurl with Paint My Story, an Orlando-based company with a two-hour, no-pressure painting experience that requires only your imagination. Held at local restaurants and led by an experienced art instructor, this creative new twist on ‘paint and sip’ nights guides you through the process of painting a beautiful watercolor storybook. With the help of Paint My Story’s mobile app, ... Read More »

Fireworks and Festivities: Fourth of July Weekend in Orlando

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25+ way to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend in Orlando The 4th of July weekend is nearly upon us, which means you’re probably starting to make plans for ways to celebrate this patriotic holiday. Here are some spots that will be showcasing fireworks during Fourth of July weekend in Orlando. FIREWORKS Independence Day Bash July 3 from 5:30-9:30pm Village Center in ... Read More »

Summer Guide to Outdoor Movies in Orlando

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There are so many outdoor movies in Orlando… … so grab a blanket, some ice pops (or cold beer) and check out these local outdoor screenings. Oh, and guess what?!  They’re almost all FREE!! (Love free date nights? Here’s a list of 27 Free Things to do This Summer in Orlando). OUTDOOR MOVIES 1. MOVIES IN THE PARK Wickham Park Pavilion 2500 ... Read More »

27 Free Things to do in Orlando this Summer

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There are loads of free things to do in Orlando… when you know where to look! Living in one of the best cities in Florida means there’s so many things to do… and they don’t all need to break the bank! If you’re running short on cash or want to take a less expensive route for date night, here are some ... Read More »

Orlando Museum of Art Presents Monthly Art Night Out

Looking for a date night where both you and your date can get in touch with your creative sides? Consider checking out Orlando Museum of Art’s (OMA) Art Night Out, a monthly series designed to let you spend an evening creating different art pieces under the instruction and guidance of an art teacher. At the end of the night, you not only ... Read More »

A Guide to Orlando Farmers Markets

Looking for a budget-friendly and easy date day idea? Pay a visit to an Orlando farmers market. We have a dozen located around the city and in nearby suburbs, each offering a huge assortment of produce, local meats, artisan products and eat-on-the-fly nosh. Winter Park Farmers Market Saturdays, 7am-1pm The Old Train Depot off New England Avenue Held at the restored historical building just ... Read More »

Guide to Escape Games in Orlando

Escape Games in Orlando

Looking for an exciting date night that will keep you on your toes and get your brain working overtime? Consider checking out one of six escape games in Orlando… or try them all. Each has its own theme, aesthetic and level of challenge. Escape games are interactive, adventure scenarios where multiple players are locked in a room and have to work together ... Read More »