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This central Florida hotspot is much more than a family vacation destination.
Although Orlando is celebrated around the world for family-friendly vacations at its many theme parks, this central Florida city has much to offer couples seeking a memorable romantic getaway. The truth is, it has grown-up adventure, music, food and magic at every turn. To start, Walt Disney World Resort is as romantic as it is magical, from the relaxation of private couples’ massages to the thrill of watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. Savor an intimate lunch at Tony’s Town Square restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, sharing spaghetti and meatballs like Lady and the Tramp; play Cinderella and Prince Charming for the afternoon during a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Sassagoula River; or take a ferry to Disney Springs to indulge in its internationally recognized array of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
Couples aren’t overlooked at Universal Orlando Resort. Rent poolside cabanas by day, enjoy the City Walk nighttime entertainment complex after sunset, and relax in romantic Italian elegance at the Loews Portofino Resort. Plus, Universal is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, including famous chef and television personality, Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril’s Orlando and the Palm Restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel. Then there’s International Drive, which is home to every possible attraction, from helicopter tours, indoor skydiving, adventure golf and waterparks to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, a Titanic artifact exhibition and the Orlando Eye. Be sure to try the 400-foot Ferris wheel’s Champagne Experience, which includes bubbly and personal service.
In downtown Orlando, tour Lake Eola in a swan boat, and joy live music and a wine and beer garden at the Sunday farmers market, and sample the sophisticated dining, live entertainment and historic architecture (including the 1889 Church Street Station) in the city’s famed Church Street District. Finally, at the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens just north of downtown, bring a picnic basket and wine for a Friday night date to remember.