Romance doesn’t always have to be extravagant. There are plenty of ways to put a smile on your partner’s face without breaking the bank.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, your time to let your heart sing has never shined brighter. Orlando is a romantic city with its endless Valentine’s Day date ideas to unleash your creative romantic side.
Here’s your guide to navigating Valentine’s Day in Orlando on a budget.
Cheap Fun Along I-Drive
Make commuting around Orlando one less expense to worry about this Valentine’s Day by spending the day in one spot! International Drive is the city’s entertainment hot spot, and there are plenty of activities perfect for couples and inciting romance.
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Start off at ICON Park and take a romantic ride for two on The Wheel or Orlando Starflyer. If you and your partner aren’t much for rides, peruse Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum or the exciting SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.
Orlando’s Ripley’s attractions are a short walk away from ICON Park, and they make the perfect places for fun with the one you love. Explore the bizarre at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! or get tripped out at the Mirror Maze.
Continue along the I-Drive entertainment strip to another exciting entertainment spot: Pointe Orlando. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two at one of its many restaurants or you’re in the mood for more fun, Pointe Orlando has it all.
Main Event Entertainment at Pointe Orlando brings fun experiences from bowling and virtual reality to laser tag, arcade games, mini golf and more.
If you’re looking to do something a little more thrilling for Valentine’s Day, take a crack at solving one of the many escape rooms that line the sides of International Drive, such as The Escape Game Orlando, America’s Escape Game Orlando, Lockbusters Escape Game, and more.
Opt for an Outdoor Date
It doesn’t cost a dime to go outside, so why not use that to your advantage? Orlando is filled with beautiful nature scenes left and right that are sure to send sparks flying between any couple.
What’s more intimate than a romantic picnic in the park with the person you love? Cuddle up on a soft blanket, put on your favorite song, snack from a beautifully decorated charcuterie board, and enjoy nature’s beauty with that special someone.
Orlando also has a variety of parks that are perfect for taking long, romantic walks. Head downtown hand-in-hand with your lover for a stroll around the gorgeous Lake Eola. Watch the swans from afar or join them in the water with a romantic swan boat ride.
Another equally romantic outdoors scene is Harry P. Leu Gardens near the Orlando Science Center. This beautiful landscape is always dazzling up its grounds for a variety of holidays, but even if you’re not visiting to greet the season, the Gardens make for a delightfully romantic date destination.
Have an intimate Valentine’s Day picnic right outside your hotel. Dine beneath a shady tree, hear the splashes from our serene fountain, and enjoy Florida’s nature with that special someone.
Try Painting with a Twist
Painting is a great way to bring two people closer as they bond over a similar craft. Amateur artist or professional — it’s always fun to see how each other’s creativity translates onto the canvas.
Leave ordinary dinner dates behind and opt for a date night at Painting with a Twist. This place gives amateur painters and enthusiasts alike expert guidance to crafting a masterpiece that doubles as a lasting memory of romance.
Have a Movie Date Night
You can never go wrong with a movie date night, and with Regal Cinema right across the street in Pointe Orlando, the idea is extra enticing.
Regal Pointe Orlando is the best spot on I-Drive to go when you want to catch the latest, greatest film. Whether you’re in the mood for a rom-com to invoke those favored feelings of love or you want a thriller that’ll give you an excuse to hold your lover tightly, this theater has got you covered.
Pick out your favorite theater snacks, kick back on the comfy seats, and snuggle up next to your partner to enjoy the cinema of your choice.
Go on a Dessert Date
What’s better than a sweet treat with your sweetheart? Opting for a dessert date is the perfect way to get a quick bite and save a few bucks all in one go.
Orlando is filled with dessert destinations steps from the hotel. Cool down with a scoop from Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream on Sand Lake Road or fancy a cupcake from “Orlando’s favorite gourmet bakery,” Smallcakes on Universal Boulevard.
If you’re spending your Valentine’s Day near Universal Orlando, be sure to make a pit stop at CityWalk and grab a treat from Florida’s only Voodoo Doughnut. Find the most unique flavors from a peppermint cocoa cannolo to a bacon maple bar.
A dessert date is a simple yet effective way of spending quality time with your partner without balling out on an extravagant celebration of your love.
An Affordable Valentine’s Day Vacation at Rosen Inn International
It doesn’t cost a lot to make Valentine’s Day meaningful for that person special to you, and luckily, Rosen Inn International is conveniently located in Orlando’s prime date-night areas. With it perfectly fixed along the hustle and bustle of I-Drive and not too far from all the Disney fun, there isn’t a hotel with better value than any Rosen Inn International.