Things to do

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 Sunrail.com 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

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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 »

50 Orlando Cooking Classes in September & October

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It’s HOT in the Kitchen, baby! Put an interactive and educational spin on your next date night dinner out with one of these Orlando cooking classes. Whether you’re hoping to learn some new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun night out together, you’re bound to find something to love from our list of 50 local ... Read More »

Must Do: The Sanford Food Tour

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Munch and sip your way through a delightful small town on a walking food tour! Little by little, bit by bit, Sanford is making a name for itself as a terrific small town with so much more than charm and antique shops. You would be amazed by how much is happening in Celery City, the nickname it earned for once ... 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 »

See Orlando by Bike or SunRail with Local Motive Tours

Orlando Bike Tours and Orlando Conductor Crawl, two terrific offerings for Orlando locals, has merged into Local Motive Tours, one entity excited to continue hosting the train and bike tours we’ve all come to love. Designed to curate local adventures that give Orlandoans the chance to explore Central Florida’s best food, drink, art and wellness spots, these bike and SunRail-based tours will now ... Read More »

40 Things to do in Downtown Orlando for Date Night

Things to do in Downtown Orlando

It’s easy to get stuck in the same ol’ dinner and a movie rut when it comes to planning your weekly date, but our city is bustling with events, activities, specials, and other great opportunities for an ‘out of the ordinary’ downtown Orlando date night. Orlando may be sprawling and full of unique neighborhoods to explore, but downtown has just as ... Read More »

Chill Out! 10 Ways to Get Cool in Hot-lando

It’s sad but true: daytime temperatures won’t be dropping below 90 degrees in Orlando any time soon. By the time August comes around, we locals have earned the right to groan and moan about the sweat fest that is summer in The City Beautiful. Why do we live here!? Why!? But before you pack your bags for Alaska, consider indulging ... Read More »

Pair It Up! Orlando Date Night Six Ways

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6 fabulous itineraries for your next Orlando date night! By Stephanie Patterson One of the greatest things about living in Orlando is that there’s never a shortage of ways to spend your time. There’s always a new restaurant to try, a new neighborhood to explore, craft beer to sample, and endless events to attend. Yet despite the plethora of options ... 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 »

Laser Light Shows & More at The Orlando Science Center

laser light shows orlando science center

The Orlando Science Center is offering extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights through August 20. On these select nights, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy laser light shows, Hollywood feature films, late-night star gazing at the Crosby Observatory (weather permitting) and access to all exhibits until 9pm. Laser Light Shows Light and sound merge for a uniquely classic rock experience ... 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 »