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 a night out downtown without breaking the bank.
Lake Eola swan boats
Lake Eola Park
512 East Washington Street
$15 per half hour
This date option is not only fun, it’s also a fun workout! Take a stroll around Lake Eola and see all the sights before pedaling a swan boat across the lake.
SAK Comedy Lab
29 S. Orange Ave.
Tickets range from $5-$14
This venue is where the great Wayne Brady got his start, and the laughs haven’t slowed down since. With shows happening during the evenings on select weekdays and during the weekend, you can share some laughs with your date for as little as $5 each. Before the show, grab a slice of pizza at one of the nearby pizzerias (Panino’s, Gitto’s or Verona’s).
Orlando Farmers Market
Lake Eola Park
Corner of E. Central Blvd & N. Eola Drive
Lake Eola Park comes alive on Sundays as vendors sell their homemade crafts, food, and plants at one of the largest Central Florida farmers markets. There are so many food and drink options to choose from and lots of interesting and creative art to peruse. For the perfect budget-friendly date, walk around the farmers market and chow down on food from local vendors.
Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine and Art Walk
Various locations throughout the Thornton Park District
$15 (cash only)
The Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine and Art Walk is a fun event that allows you to explore the Thornton Park District while becoming familiar with local restaurants and bars in the area. For $15, you get a glass and a map with more than 25 businesses that will be offering tastings. There’s also live music and local artists showcasing their work.
Bike the Orlando Urban Trail
Runs southwest of Lake Highland to Mead Garden in Winter Park
Orlando has multiple bike trails and paths that run throughout Orange County, including the Orlando Urban Trail that runs near the North Quarter District. Bring your bike (or rent one from the Juice bike share program for $6 per an hour) and bike along scenic Lake Highland and all the way to Mead Garden. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that, as previously mentioned, the Orlando Urban Trail gets expanded to run through/near the actual heart of Downtown Orlando.
Joysticks Arcade Lounge & Retro Bar
69 E. Pine St., 2nd Floor
Admission is free; specialty shots and cocktails range from $5-$14
Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders— you name it, they probably have it! The newest bar addition to the downtown scene is Joysticks, an arcade lounge with more than 15 arcade games. It is decorated in retro and cult classic décor, and they serve drinks that reflect still-popular pop culture fads (i.e. The Q*Bert or The Truffle Shuffle shot). This is a fun place to hang out with your date and enjoy some friendly video game competition over drinks.
Third Thursday Gallery Hop
Downtown Arts District
Free to walk; Art prices vary
The art galleries of Downtown Orlando come alive on the third Thursday of every month from 6-9 p.m. A variety of art galleries open their doors to Orlandoans as the work of established and emerging artists is showcased. Some of the galleries that participate include CityArts Factory, The Falcon Bar & Gallery, and the Gallery at Avalon Island.
Lake Eola Park
Admission is free, food truck menu prices vary
MoviEola, the City of Orlando’s free summer outdoor movie series, is back for the season. Movies are screened on the East lawn the last Friday of every month. The fun starts at 6pm with activities, food, and music. The movie screening begins at 8pm. Pack your own picnic for a totally free date night.
Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe 12
155 S. Orange Ave.
Tickets range from $8-$10
This movie theater is located right on Orange Avenue in the heart of Downtown Orlando. It features 12 auditoriums with very comfy leather seats. All screens are digital, and they have an expanded concession menu that also includes beer and wine. Watch the newest movie releases in style with your significant other.
Orlando Solar Bears game
Tickets start at $12.25 (before tax)
Cheer on the Solar Bears during hockey season! The games take place throughout the season on weekdays and weekends, so there’s plenty of opportunities to catch a game. Plus, a $12.25 ticket scores you a seat close to the rink and near all the action!
Hamburger Mary’s Twisted Sisters Bingo!
110 W. Church St.
Free to play; Reservations recommended
One of the most talked about bingo nights in Orlando, you’re always guaranteed to have a great time at Hamburger Mary’s, especially on their Twister Sisters Bingo nights. They’re held Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30pm, and hosted by amazing Miss Sammy and Carol Lee. This duo is sure to make you laugh. Expect singing and great tunes throughout the night.
Food Truck Fridays at the Dr. Phillips Center
Seneff Arts Plaza
445 S. Magnolia Ave.
Every Friday from 11am-1pm, there is a food truck gathering outside the Dr. Phillips Center. Enjoy fare from several select food trucks, rain or shine.
Yoga in Lake Eola Park
Northeast corner of Lake Eola Park
$5 for class
If you’ve ever been to Lake Eola Park on a Sunday, you have probably seen a giant group of people practicing yoga on the East Lawn—and they always seem to be having fun! Why not join them for a fun and fitness-filled date? You can start off by enjoying the one-hour yoga session and then walk over to the Orlando Farmers Market to cool off with a refreshing lemonade or a green tea Mojito from CubanoZ.
Tapas Tuesday at Ceviche Orlando
Church Street Station
125 W. Church St.
Tapas range from $4-$9; Sangria for $5
Feast on hot and cold tapas while enjoying fresh sangria on Tuesdays at Ceviche Orlando — all while not breaking the bank! You can choose to sit inside or outside on their gorgeous patio. Enjoy the views and beautiful architecture of the building and Church Street Station itself. This is a perfect place for an intimate date night, where you can get to know your date and share food together.
Picnic at Lake Eola Park
512 E. Washington St.
Park admission is free; garage parking prices vary
Throw together a picnic for two and head over to Lake Eola Park to enjoy your feast. Watch the beautiful white and black swans swimming across the lake, take a stroll around the lake, or just relax together.