Orlando has long been pegged as the perfect destination for families. As the home of Walt Disney World, it’s hard to imagine a better place to bring the kids. But while Disney is great, Orlando is also home to some seriously fun spots more suitable for grown-ups.
If you’re headed to Orlando with your sweetie, don’t underestimate O-Town’s romance factor. Here’s why you’ll have just as much fun as the kiddies!
1.) There are plenty of adult-friendly amusement parks.
As the theme park capital of the world, Orlando has its share of fun attractions for all age groups. Take Universal’s Island of Adventure as an example. Couples can expect plenty of thrill rides designed for adults at this park. The Hulk roller coaster reaches 65 miles per hour, while the Jurassic Park ride has a drop of 84 feet. If you and your better half have a penchant for wildlife, check out Gatorland. Together, you can experience the park’s gator-inhabited marsh via a 1,200-foot zip line.
2.) There are spas for days.
Sometimes, the best way to spend a day with your significant other is by simply relaxing. Fortunately, many Orlando resorts are experts in that arena! For some serious relaxation, get a couple’s massage at the Ritz-Carlton Spa. This 40,000-square-foot sanctuary is the largest spa in Orlando. Those interested in exotic healing traditions should visit the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
3.) Orlando’s natural beauty is even better than its theme parks!
With so many man-made wonders in Orlando, it’s easy to forget how beautiful this Central Florida city can be. Case in point is Wekiwa Springs, a gorgeous 7,000-acre state park just north of Orlando. Here, couples can rent canoes and explore the spring and river. To experience some landscaped beauty, visit Harry P. Leu Gardens near Orlando’s downtown. A romantic stroll through this 50-acre botanical oasis can make for the perfect afternoon.
4.) The golf courses are perfect.
Even if you and your better half aren’t golf pros, Orlando’s golf courses will have you exploring your athletic sides! With pristine greens and azure ponds, O-Town is a premier destination for golfers. Don’t know your 9 iron from a pitching wedge? Disney’s 9-hole Oak Trail Golf Course is one of the best options for newbies. If you want to brush up on your skills first, hit the Bad Dog Driving Range or take some classes at the Brad Brewer Academy.
5.) The local thrill rides can take your relationship higher.
Nothing bonds two people quite like jumping out of a plane together. If you’re looking to take your relationship to the next level, book a jump with your significant other at the Skydive Space Center just west of Orlando. After being taken up in a plane over the NASA launch pads, you can experience an 18,000-foot tandem jump. For those who want to try something a little less extreme, experience the true free-fall conditions at iFLY Indoor Skydiving.
While Orlando may seem like a destination just for families with kids, nothing could be further from the truth—Orlando’s a great spot for couples. Which of these romantic O-Town activities are you adding your list? Let us know in the comments!