Orlando is known for its family-friendly theme parks, but the city isn’t just for families with kids. Whether the little ones are staying behind at the resort with grandma and grandpa, or you’re enjoying a grown-up getaway with your partner, there’s plenty of magic happening outside the theme parks as the sun goes down.
Below are a few key spots about an hour drive or closer to many of Diamond’s spacious Orlando resorts.
Orlando’s stunning sunsets are an ideal backdrop for a romantic dinner, whether you want to dress up and dine on white tablecloths or enjoy the golden orb’s watery reflection at a lakeside picnic.
Lake Eola Park lies in the middle of downtown Orlando, just a short distance from some of the most beloved theme parks. Before you stroll hand-in-hand around its shoreline, grab a gyro, meal basket, sandwich or other picnic-friendly food at Relax Grill, and find a secluded spot to enjoy a lakeside spread. Romantic settings include a Japanese-style pagoda, a towering fountain, expansive floral gardens and other options guaranteed to set the stage for a memorable date night. Rent a pedal-powered swan boat to enjoy the sunset from the water, time your visit to enjoy a concert in the park’s bandstand or up the excitement by visiting during a festival.
On the other end of the casual-to-swanky spectrum, Enzo’s on the Lake won the title of Most Romantic Restaurant in America by OpenTable in 2018, and it’s a can’t-miss destination. With lake-view dining and cozy fireside tables, this Italian fine dining experience rolls out authentic Neapolitan cuisine and ambiance that will make it a night to remember.
Hillstone also provides carefully curated ambiance on the shores of Lake Killarney in Winter Park, a suburb that’s part of the Orlando metropolitan area. Make a reservation to watch the sun sink while enjoying house specialties such as “The Hawaiian” — a ribeye steak in a ginger-pineapple-soy marinade — freshly caught snapper or jumbo shrimp. Note the restaurant’s dress code and dining policies, which augment its peaceful waterside atmosphere.
Paddlefish, just a short drive from many Diamond properties as well as Orlando’s most notable theme parks, is located on the waterfront in Disney Springs. The restaurant, which embraces a re-imagined steamboat theme and features rooftop dining, is perfect for sunset-seekers. Fresh seafood is the restaurant’s specialty, with dishes that include both local favorites and recipes from across the nation. Save room for a brownie milkshake, sliced apple bread pudding or Key lime pie for dessert.
Orlando serves up lots of action after the sun sinks, so gear up for an activity-driven date to make lasting memories.
- Take in the view on the Orlando Eye at Icon Park. The 400-foot observation wheel gives unparalleled views of the city skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape. Glimpse Cape Canaveral in the distance on clear days. Don’t be afraid to reach out and hold your honey’s hand — the air-conditioned viewing capsule will help keep those sweaty palms under control.
- Rent a kayak on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Book a sunset kayak tour with Get Up and Go Kayaking, a local tour group. The completely clear kayaks give you an unobstructed view of creatures such as fish, turtles and diving birds. Paddle with your sweetie in a kayak built for two as you explore Venetian-style canals that connect the three lakes en route to a stunning lake sunset.
- Stop and smell the flowers as you enjoy an outdoor movie night the first Friday of each month at Leu Gardens. Bring a dinner picnic basket or grab a snack from a food truck or concession tent on-site. Bring a blanket or other choice of seating to snuggle with your sweetheart as you enjoy a blockbuster.
- Watch the action from the air when you book an evening helicopter flight with one of the area’s many helicopter companies. Get a bird’s-eye view as Orlando’s lakes glow with reflections of the setting sun and the theme parks come to life with twinkling lights.
- Get away from it all by hopping aboard an airboat and exploring the headwaters of the Everglades along the Kissimmee Waterway with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. Spend time at the park before your tour discovering the ancient way of life of the area’s first inhabitants, as demonstrated by descendants of the Jororo tribe. Grab a bite at an on-site barbecue restaurant, and then head out on your tour to watch the day’s end as you journey through swamps that look much the same as they have throughout the ages.
Orlando is a town of epic scenery, from its famed theme park attractions to its lesser-known romantic gems. Begin planning your Orlando getaway today by checking out the honeymoon suites and more available at Diamond’s properties.
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