By Courtney Capellan
If you’re looking for a truly spectacular place to get engaged in Orlando, there are plenty of possibilities to choose from.
Hot Air Balloon
Popping the question–with fire above and the wind in your hair–will be the ultimate romantic adventure. There’s no short supply of hot air balloon companies offering customizable experiences in Orlando. Be sure to arrange a flight that includes a champagne brunch afterward.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens is a botanical oasis along the shores of Lake Rowena near downtown Orlando. The gardens cover nearly 50 acres, sprawling outward from the historic Leu House Museum. Make memories beneath the shade of an ancient oak tree, in the butterfly garden or amidst the towering bamboo forest. Not only is this spot unforgettable for saying “Yes” it’s also the ultimate place for “I Do’s”.
There’s no shortage of princes on bended knee here, but that doesn’t mean your engagement will be any less special. Book a dinner proposal package at Cinderella’s Royal Table and arrange for the ring to appear in a champagne glass, tied to a silk pillow or atop a cake. Or consider a starlit proposal beneath the Magic fireworks in front of the castle.
Tiffany Chapel at the Morse Museum
Get engaged in the presence of great artwork. The Morse Museum has one of the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass, including a room that mimics the inside of a Renaissance chapel. It’s an elegant setting for a proposal. Follow up the big moment with a stroll along Park Avenue.
Lake Eola Park
Hire a swan boat and paddle your way around the lake. Enjoy the picture postcard view of the Orlando skyline. Stay beyond sunset and enjoy the lights of the fountain and music playing throughout the park’s 1-mile walking path. Pop the question inside Lake Eola Park‘s Japanese pagoda.
Disney’s BoardWalk is a promenade of activity. Rent a surrey bike and pedal among the bustle of jugglers, entertainers and food vendors. After the big moment, let it all go. Sing, dance and celebrate at the nearby Atlantic Dance Hall, a hopping night club, or at JellyRolls, which features dueling piano performances.
Atop the Orlando Eye
Take a sunset ride in a private capsule on Orlando’s towering observation wheel. The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot observation wheel that takes approximately 20 minutes to go from bottom to top. Timing the perfect proposal means hopping aboard near sunset. As you near the top, get your bearings and get engaged.
Epcot’s World Showcase
Explore eleven countries around the World Showcase Lagoon. For the well-travelled couple, get engaged in the atmosphere of a country that elicits fond memories. Or, choose something foreign, like under France’s Eiffel Tower. Most pavilions offer a variety of romantic restaurants, from casual to fancy. One of the best is San Angel Inn in Mexico, a scene of endless twilight and Mayan temples. No matter where you spend your evening, you must stay for Illuminations-Reflections of Earth, Epcot’s nightly laser, sound and fireworks extravaganza.
On the Beach
Sure you can drive all the way out to New Smyrna or Cocoa, but you could also pop the question on the shores of Lake Virginia. Not a lot of people are aware of the secluded slice of sand known as Dinky Dock. Located next to Rollins College, this public park is a beautiful spot to get engaged. You might even join one of the paddleboard tours that departs from the beach and get engaged on the water. Just be sure not to lose that ring!
Table-Side with Sunset Views
If getting down on one knee as the sun sets sounds like a good idea, than you’re in luck. There are many Orlando restaurants offering patios and outdoor spaces with views of the sunset. See the full list of 10 Best Places to Dine with Sunset Views in Orlando.
Feature photo credit: Modernly Wed