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5 Awesome Itineraries for Celebrating the Holidays in Orlando

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With temperatures still hovering in the 70s, it’s no surprise Orlandoans may have a bit of trouble getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily, Central Florida knows how to celebrate — and decorate — with a slue of Christmas events and holiday displays taking place all around the city. If you need a little help finding your holiday cheer, these last ... Read More »

Guide to Holiday Ice Skating in Central Florida

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UPDATED November 2017 No matter where you live in the United States, gliding across the ice on a pair of skates is a glorious winter pastime. Nowhere is that more true that in Central Florida, where the contrast between the sun drenched outdoors and a chilly indoor rink makes this activity all the more alluring. Skating, as you’ll soon discover, ... Read More »

Main Event Entertainment Center Opens in Pointe Orlando

Main Event Entertainment is here and it’s time for everyone to Head for FUN! Its first Florida-based location officially opened its doors last week at Pointe Orlando. This 45,000 square-foot entertainment complex, featuring state-of-the-art bowling, innovative American fare and handcrafted cocktails, couldn’t be more perfect for date night. The Games Gallery Inside this mecca of merriment, you’ll find over 100 ... Read More »

Blue Man Group Launches New VIP Experience

Celebrating nearly ten years in Orlando and 25 years around the world, Blue Man Group is a live entertainment experience like no other. Performing in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991, the show continually astounds and delights with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. We’ve been to see Blue Man Group ... Read More »

Your Guide to a Stellar Date Day on the Space Coast

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Pedestrian space travel may not be possible yet, but a visit to Florida’s Space Coast is the next best thing. Less than a one-hour drive from Orlando, a variety of space and beach-themed experiences await couples wanting to spend the day doing something a little out of the ordinary. We’ve put together an itinerary highlighting the best of the Space Coast ... Read More »

$10 Star-Studded Evenings Thru February 24, 2018 at Orlando Science Center

Updated November 2017 The Orlando Science Center recently announced the return of Star-Studded Evenings, a program inviting Orlando locals to enjoy the Crosby Observatory and Digital Adventure Theater every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm – 9pm for only $10. STARGAZING Your $10 ticket gives you access to the outdoor viewing deck, which houses a 10″ Byers refracting telescope used to ... Read More »

ICE! is Back at Gaylord Palms… and it’s Better Than Ever!

ICE Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms kicked off this past weekend with a slew of festive experiences and attractions designed to celebrate the holiday season from November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Besides a new ICE! theme (welcome to Orlando, Charlie Brown!), this five-week event unveiled a few new additions including the Christmas Wish Light Show, an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger ... Read More »

6 Things to do Every Sunday in Thornton Park

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Downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park District is one of the city’s loveliest areas. Besides laying claim to at least one corner of beautiful Lake Eola Park, this brick street neighborhood boasts lots of quaint bungalows, walkable streets, cute boutiques, cafes and a slew of really great restaurants. Next time you’re making plans for a lazy Sunday, be sure to steer your ... Read More »

5 Quaint Florida Destinations You Can Visit in a Day

Cooler fall temperatures have finally arrived in Central Florida, and with that comes the desire to get out and explore on the weekends. Being centrally located in Orlando means an endless supply of choices when it comes to day trips, so I’ve rounded up a list of five quaint destinations to add to your must visit list. Give these smaller destinations ... Read More »

Ten Date Nights for Couples in Orlando’s SoDo District

Downtown Orlando gets a lot of attention as a date night spot, but venture a little further south to Orlando’s SoDo District and you’ll find a vibrant neighborhood largely obscured by the more well-known areas around Orlando. In the past few years, this area has gained momentum with great local businesses cropping up. If you’d like to escape the more heavily populated ... Read More »

70 Orlando Cooking Classes in November and December

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Whether you’re hoping to learn some new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun, interactive night out together, you’re bound to find something you love from our list of 70 local cooking classes happening this November and December.   Where to take a cooking class in Orlando: Truffles and Trifles Tapa Toro Publix Aprons Cooking School, ... Read More »

10 Purrr-fect Spots for Orlando Cat Lovers

Orlando has plenty of doggone delicious dining establishments for Fido-friendly date nights (see our dog-friendly guide, part 1 & part 2), plus fun dog parks. Cat lovin’ companions: there’s no need to hiss because we’ve found a litter of date spots that are the cat’s meow! ORLANDO Orlando Cat Café (Clermont) Why opt for dinner and a show when you ... Read More »

20 Reasons Downtown Lakeland is Worth the Drive

Lakeland may be the last place you think of when it comes to art and foodie-fare, but this walkable downtown is full of surprises. From art installations to street festivals, craft beer to top-notch restaurants, and the only drive-in movie theatre remaining in Polk County, a visit to Lakeland is well worth the one hour drive from Orlando. Don’t believe us? Check ... Read More »

25 Date Ideas for a Saturday SunRail Trip

Saturday SunRail

We’ve put together a few ideas for a Saturday SunRail date ideas with your sweetie or family. NOTE: SunRail operates on select Saturdays only. Please check for an up-to-date Saturday schedule and timetable.  STATION: CHURCH STREET You’ll be dropped in one of the best areas of downtown Orlando once you hop off SunRail at its station in the Church Street District. ... Read More »

Touristy Orlando Attractions Worth Visiting as a Local

Unique Valentine's Day Experiences

Orlando locals, myself included, have learned to avoid the city’s tourist hot spots at all costs. We’re experts at spotting the tourists among us (tank tops in January are a dead giveaway), commiserate about the necessary evil that is I-4, and know which restaurants to avoid due to inflated prices. Yet there’s a reason people from all over the globe ... Read More »

High Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

High Tea at The Ritz-Carlton

Sometimes it just feels good to up the fancy factor, to do something a little out of the ordinary. For those moments, consider High Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Held Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, this delightful dining experience transforms the Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge into a terrific afternoon refuge where your biggest worries are which tea ... Read More »

Best Spots to View Fireworks in Orlando

By Erica Thomas No matter your age, there is something magical and exhilarating about watching bursts of fireworks light up the sky. Living in a tourist capital, we have an abundance of nightly shows to choose from. Here’s a list of the best spots (inside and outside of the parks) to nestle close to your sweetie and gaze up at ... Read More »

Your Guide to a Perfect Afternoon on Park Avenue, Winter Park

Park Avenue Winter Park

A local hub for dining, shopping, and exploring, Winter Park’s Park Avenue is no secret to Orlando locals. Offering up everything from popcorn drizzled with chocolate to pontoon boat tours, the area is popular for good reason. While small in size, Park Ave. boasts unique eateries, upscale shopping, and multiple cultural activities. Spend an afternoon discovering what makes Park Ave. ... Read More »

5 Ways to do Date Night in Celebration


Located just 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, Celebration is a charming and quaint town originally developed by Disney as a master-planned community. Today, it’s morphed into equal parts local residence and tourist destination. While the main downtown area (a.k.a. Celebration Town Center) is small, it packs a serious punch with numerous restaurants and shops clustered along Market and ... 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 »