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Our Top 15 Central Florida Bucket List Activities for Couples

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A Central Florida bucket list of romantic places for couples is a list that is fun and exciting to begin checking items off.

Central Florida weather is almost always conducive to these fun activities for couples, and there is a range of exciting things to do.

We have put together a list of romantic places in Central Florida to get you started. Just remember to check ahead of time for availability. 

1. Discovery Cove: Orlando, Florida

This romantic experience getaway will be for more than just the two of you. It might be for the three or four, or dozens more! 

The others will have fins or feathers but will still make beautiful companions on this adventure to Discovery Cove. 

You will be able to swim with bottlenose dolphins and interact with exotic birds in the free-flight aviary. 

And when it is time for just the two of you, you can explore the private beaches and heated outdoor pools. 

If you miss your finned friends, you can use the provided equipment to snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. 

During this particular time, the park admits a limited number of guests each day, so you will need to book ahead.

Follow this couple to Discovery Cove | All-inclusive Day Resort | Snorkeling the Grand Reef with Stingrays & Tropical Fish

2. Orlando Balloon Rides

This is a romantic activity in the Central Florida area, and it is a view of Orlando, Florida, like you have never seen before! 

Take a spectacular morning flight in a hot air balloon that will be a stunning adventure you will always remember. 

On the ground, you will be able to watch as your balloon inflates with loud whooshes of heated air. 

See it rise magnificently, and then board the wicker basket that will take you aloft. 

You and your significant other will be in the air for about an hour and see the sights usually reserved for our winged friends. 

Truly spectacular, it will feel dream-like as you float above the landscape. Champagne awaits you at the end of your voyage!

Check out Orlando Balloon Rides

3. Hidden Palms Ranch: Horseback Riding In Orlando

Ride the private trails in this Orlando romantic place for couples. Just you and a guide will travel the heart of Lake Jesup Conservation Area, where you will be able to slow down, relax and feel the sun on your face. 

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A family-owned and run ranch, you will be paired with a horse that matches your experience level. 

Owner Beki will give you plenty of time to get acquainted with your riding partner before you saddle up and head out.

Take a look at Hidden Palms Ranch Horseback Trail Rides

4. Winter Park Chain of Lakes – Clear Kayak Tours – Sunset Tours and Glow Tours!

Kayaking is a couple’s fun activity at any time, but kayaking together in a transparent kayak is a new experience! 

With nothing to hinder your view of what’s below, during this guided tour of Winter Parks Chain of Lakes, you will see kayaking in a unique way with the Winter Park Chain of Lakes Clear Kayak tour

A romantic place in Central Florida; you will glide through Venetian style canals lined with some of Florida’s finest flora and fauna. 

You will see plenty of fish, birds, and other wildlife along the way. 

Experience an even more romantic tour with the Glow in the Dark.

5. Harry P. Leu Gardens

This amazing 5–acre botanical garden is just minutes from Downtown Orlando. Wandering around the gardens, hand-in-hand is a great way to spend the day. 

See both tropical and semi-tropical gardens and meander along the trails shaded by 200-year old oaks and forests of camellias. 

Take a guided tour of the Leu House Museum at the heart of the gardens. The former home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Leu, who bought the house in 1936. 

The Leus traveled the world and brought back many exotic plants that you will see on your romantic walk.

Here are the LEU GARDENS ORLANDO TOUR – Beyond The Parks

6. Sunken Gardens

Touted as St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, the 100-year-old Sunken Garden has some of the region’s oldest tropical plants. 

These gardens are a tropical haven of 4 acres of twisting trails, waterfalls, and ponds. The Cactus Garden includes a tortoise habitat and a butterfly courtyard. 

You will not be the only ones strolling around, as the flamingo flock will be in attendance, too. 

The sunken garden was started in 1903 when a local plumber bought the property and drained the lake to get to the fertile soil at the bottom of the lake. 

He then began planting his sea-level garden and, by 1920, had created a tropical paradise. 

Take your time and stroll through this wondrous creation as you contemplate your togetherness.

See the Sunken Gardens

7. Topgolf Orlando: Golf, Party Venue, Sports Bar & Restaurant

If you would like to include golf and a little competition in your romantic time together, Topgolf is the way to do it. 

As a driving range game, you hit golf balls into targets to get points. You can play as long as you want at an hourly rate. 

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They have plenty of choices for food and beverages, from Mimosas to beer to orange juice. 

Appetizers and dinners are available too.

Challenge each other At The All-New Top Golf Orlando!

8. Fort De Soto

This is one of Central Florida’s romantic places for long walks on the beach! There are almost three miles of white sandy beach. 

There are also acres of firm-bottomed shallows, making it perfect for wading (or fishing!). 

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of five interconnected islands. 

Over 328 species of birds live there in the park. You can camp at the park, which has picnic shelters and restrooms. 

If you didn’t get in enough beach walking, you could hold hands on the seven miles of paved trails that connect the North and East Beach. 

Areas for swimming, fishing, and concessions round out the opportunity to spend some quality time together.

A beautiful spot to walk and talk is Fort Desoto, Tierra Verde, Florida

9.    The Alfond Inn | A Boutique Winter Park, FL Hotel

In Winter Park just off Park Avenue is the Alfond Inn. You will be able to relax in this boutique hotel with its fair share of contemporary art throughout the hotel. 

You can book a two-night stay with their “A Night at the Museum” package that includes two art-inspired cocktails in the lounge and museum passes to three local Winter Park museums. 

Dine in Hamilton’s Kitchen that serves locally sourced foods. 

Sea bass, rock shrimp, creekstone crusted filet, or blacked veal chops are just a few of the items that are sure to please on the menu.

Check out the Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida

10. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in River Ranch, Florida

Go from a luxury boutique to a down-home night in a tent! You can choose from a Luxe Teepee or a Glamping tent that is a little bit better than your average tent. 

This dude ranch is on a rambling resort that is a different kind of getaway. 

Rather than roughing it, these tents are on a raised platform with deluxe interiors, air conditioning, mini-frig, and microwave, along with a screened-in front porch and two rocking chairs. 

There are campfires at nights, and you can get hot cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, and coffee delivered to you every morning. 

As you would expect at a dude ranch, you can go horseback riding, swimming, fishing, nature hikes, trap and skeet shooting, archery, hayrides, along with airboat and swamp buggy rides.

The Westgate Smokehouse Grill features water views and spectacular ribs.

Saddle up and head out to the Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo | RV Resorts | RV Life | Florida Glamping

11. Yurt at Danville

We started with a boutique, went to a dude ranch, and ended up at a yurt. This Airbnb is for when you really want to scale down and have some “just us” time. 

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You will have the yurt all to yourself with a fire pit and grill on the deck. Sit a spell in the evening and watch the Alpacas that live nearby. 

Fully air-conditioned, the yurt has a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with a 5-foot skylight. A full bath, mini kitchen with a flat-screen TV, DirectTV satellite, and Wi-Fi. 

If you tire of gazing into each other’s eyes, you have the opportunity to learn how to milk a goat (who could pass that up?). 

Described as the “most romantic ever” by former guests, bring your own wine and enjoy the fire on the deck.

Get ready for a quiet, just the two of you time at Unique Airbnbs at Danville in Seminole County

12. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Who doesn’t love a zoo? And yes, it can be romantic to take a leisurely stroll among the wildlife. 

You can watch a one-horned Inaidan rhino relax in his pool, or feed a giraffe. Maybe your beloved will hold your hand tighter, watching the snakes slithering up close. 

After you have taken a ride on the zipline, visit the many gardens abundant with beautiful wildflowers and majestic trees. 

Don’t forget to visit the butterfly garden to watch them flit from flower to flower.

Learn all About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

13. Best Escape Game Rooms Orlando

This will either be a fun thing to do together or the last thing you do together! Think of it as a “team” building exercise as you and your love try to navigate the puzzle together. 

Do you work together well? Can you take directions? Do you get frustrated and give up, or do you have fun and enjoy the journey? 

Try and get through the Oakridge Lunatic Asylum (reminiscent of your work place), or locate a hermit caretaker to save him from mutated wolves. 

And, apropos of the world today, enter a laboratory to find a cure and stop a deadly pathogen! 

Right in downtown Orlando, this event will either make you or break you!

Go if your dare to the Asylum The scariest escape room in Orlando

14. Sebastian Inlet State Park

Take the day for yourselves and spend it at this pristine park that is also a surfer’s paradise. 

Collect shells on the beach and watch for sea turtle nests. You can try your hand at fishing from a jetty or kayak on the Indian River Lagoon. 

BG’s Surfside Grill will provide lunch if you would like to picnic along the shore. You can bike, hike, take a boat tour, and camp. 

A great way to unwind and enjoy the outdoors and each other.

Sand and surf await at the Sebastian Inlet State Park Tour & Review

15.    St. Johns Rivership Co.

The perfect way to experience Central Florida is to take a cruise on a sternwheel. 

The only authentic sternwheeler on the St. Johns River, the Rivership Barbara-Lee measures 105 feet from stem to stern. 

More than enough space for you and your significant other to find a secluded seat on the five-story rivership and watch the great herons, osprey, and turtles that call the river their home. 

Take a luncheon cruise or enjoy a sunset cruise on Saturday nights.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the St Johns Rivership Co River Queen Lake Monroe Sanford FL

In Conclusion

Hopefully, we have given you plenty of options to get a start on your bucket list of romantic places in Central Florida.

The best thing about a romantic bucket list is that you can continue to add to it!

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Heather, her husband, and two collies live in Central Florida and try to enjoy just about everything the Sunshine State has to offer, especially if it involves being on the water or out enjoying nature.


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