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10 Things to Do on a Sunday in Orlando & Beyond

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UPDATED August 2017 There’s nothing like having a completely commitment-free, lazy Sunday ahead of you. What a joy it is in life to wake up and say, “what would you like to do today?” So, for those who might like a little help answering that question, here are some ideas for fun and frugal things to do any Sunday in ... Read More »

Deals for a Budget-Friendly Orlando Magic Game

Sure you can go all out at an Orlando Magic game in a suite or court side seats with gourmet food and drinks delivered right to you. But you can also see our hometown team on a shoestring thanks to a handful of deals that make it easy to say, “GO MAGIC” without saying, “goodbye paycheck.” Mid-Week Magic This special ... Read More »

A Guide to Lake Eola’s Free Holiday Movies

Looking for a way to unwind with your date after all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Check out this FREE holiday outdoor movie series at Lake Eola Park in the Walt Disney Amphitheater!  Every Friday night in December, the City of Orlando will present some of your favorite holiday movies of the season. So grab a blanket, cozy ... Read More »

Garden Theatre Revives Holiday Movie Series

Beginning Tuesday, December 9, the Garden Theatre in downtown Winter Garden will screen a mini series of feel-good, holiday films… all different renditions of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. General admission tickets are just $7 each and 2014 Summer Movie Passholders receive a $2 discount per ticket. You can order tickets in advance online here (fees apply) or purchase them at the Garden Theatre ... Read More »

Hiking and Tubing Kelly Park

You might think that spring and summer are the only good seasons for tubing Kelly Park, but after a recent visit in late October, I’d disagree. Home of Rock Springs, a natural spring with 26,000 gallons of fresh water pumped out each minute, Kelly Park is jammed in the summer. In fact, it’s usually at capacity by 10am on weekends. And ... Read More »

Thornton Park District Launches Night Market

This month the Thornton Park District launched a weekly farmer’s market, which now takes place every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 9pm on S. Osceola Avenue by Lake Eola Park (across the street from Eola Wine Co.). Each week, about a dozen or more local vendors set up shop and give shoppers the chance to buy fresh produce, cheeses, plants, baked goods, ... Read More »

Free First Mondays at Leu Gardens

UPDATE: Free Admission days are not offered in February, March or April 2016 Arguably one of the most under-utilized local gems, Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical haven just north of downtown Orlando and just a stone’s throw from Audubon Park. On the first Monday of most months, Leu waives the usual $10 admission fee and lets visitors ... Read More »

A Guide to Fall’s Outdoor Movies in Orlando

Movies under the stars are such a fun date night activity, and lucky for Orlando locals, we have no shortage of options. Yes there are a ton of family-friendly flicks (which can actually be a lot of fun if you’re kids at heart) but there are lots of options for grown ups too, including the iconic Date Night at Leu ... Read More »

$3 Movies at AMC All Summer

Your admission ticket is just $3 Monday-Wednesday at 9:30 pm all summer long at participating AMC theaters. Better yet, 100% of proceeds go to charity. Participating theaters in the Orlando area are: AMC Downtown Disney 24 Universal Complex 20 AMC West Oaks 14 AMC Altamonte Mall 18 AMC Lake Square 12 Here is a screenshot of upcoming movies: For tickets ... Read More »

Six $30 Date Night Itineraries in Orlando

$30 is all you need for a fabulous date night out. Don’t believe me? Check out these four itineraries sure to make your next date night a fun AND affordable venture: Audubon Park Sandwiches at Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux ($14 + tax/tip = $16 ) Sweet treat to share at P is for Pie ($3) 2 beers at Redlight Redlight ($11 ... Read More »

8 Free Things + 7 July 4th Celebrations for this Long Weekend

Celebrate this long weekend with some festive fun and shoestring quality time. Here are several options to consider… Bike the West Orange Trail from Killarney Station, which provides a 22-mile trail from Old State Road 50 into Apopka. Visit TrailLink for more details. Snack your way through the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, held from 7am to 1pm every Saturday. The ... Read More »

$5 Summer Movie Series Kicks off July 3 at Garden Theatre

The Garden Theatre’s annual Summer Movie Series returns again with a stellar line-up of iconic films and cult classics shown Thursdays and Fridays until August 22. General admission tickets for these flicks are just $5 + a $1.50 service fee (applied to online ticket sales only). All movies begin at 7pm. July 3 Casablanca July 10 Cool Hand Luke July ... Read More »

Maitland Art Center Kicks Off Summer Concert Series May 9

Art & History Museums Maitland is kicking off the summer with its annual Summer Concert Series. The series takes place on the second Friday of each month from May through September. This is the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening under the stars. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a low-backed chair, enjoy great music and art, ... Read More »

Relax at Winter Park Beach

We’re blessed with a close proximity to great beaches. For most Orlando residents, the drive to New Smyrna, Cocoa, or even the Gulf of Mexico can take less than an hour. But there are days that even that short haul feels like too much. Thank goodness for the Winter Park beach. The WHAT?! you say? Yes! Few realize that there is a ... Read More »

MOVIEOLA at Lake Eola Park

Starting this month, the City of Orlando will host a free outdoor movie series in Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on the last Friday of every month through August.  While films are designed to be “family friendly,” these alfresco flicks will likely attract lots of couples feeling young at heart. Beginning on Friday, April 25, the movie will be shown ... Read More »

$30 Date Night: Best Mini Putt Spots

Putt putt Mini Golf - Orlando Date Night Guide

Researchers seem to agree that the couple that plays together stays together. It’s true that laughing and letting loose a little seems to revive the playful parts of our relationship. So, next time you’re planning your couple time, consider a mini-putt date night. It’s cheap, easy, and good, clean fun… unless of course you add a naughty wager to the ... Read More »

3 Orlando Date Night Itineraries on $30 or Less

Don’t let a lack of funds cramp your date night plans. Check out these shoestring itineraries that will only cost you $30, maybe even a little less. Altamonte Springs Movie at the Altamonte Picture Show ($1.75 x 2 for tickets and $8 for large pop/popcorn to share) Beer flight at World of Beers ($8 flight of 4 5oz craft beers) ... Read More »