Even when money is tight, surely you’ve got ten bucks to spare in the name of romance. Check out these date night and date day ideas and you’ll soon seen that even penny pinchers can have a good time.
1. Maitland Art Center + Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Spend a few hours wandering through the gardens and galleries at Maitland Art Center, where Southern and Mayan architecture blend to create an idyllic respite from the busy world beyond. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11pm – 4pm and admission is $3 per person. Afterward, drive over to Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, just two minutes away, and split a colorful and creamy gelati ($4).
2. Friday Nights at the Morse + French Pastries
From November through April, this Park Avenue museum offers free admission every Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Not only do guests get to view the world’s most comprehensive Tiffany collection, but the event boasts live music as well. Once the museum closes, be sure to wander over to Le Macron, just a little south on Park Avenue. Here you and your sweetie can select a treat from the dozens of colorful, two-bite French pastries
3. Popcorn Flicks + Ice Cream
Spread out your blanket, open your picnic basket and enjoy a free screening on the lawn at Central Park, the charming green space adjacent Park Avenue. Presented by Enzian Theater, Popcorn Flicks shows a classic film on the second Thursday of each month beginning at sunset. As you watch, the aromas of waffle cones baking at Kilwins Ice Cream Shop might tempt you to wander across the street for a scoop or two.
4. Free Leu Gardens + East End Market
Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando’s 50-acre botanical garden, offers free daytime admission on the first Monday of each month. Make a pitstop at nearby East End Market to snag a fresh stick of French bread and some artesian cheese and head to Leu for a chic picnic under the shade of a Live Oak.
5. Wednesday Night Pitcher Show
Drink specials and Jell-o shot movie trivia up the revelry at this free weekly movie shown on the big screen outside at Enzian Theater’s Eden Bar. Films, which typically begin at 8pm, are usually fun cult classics such as Dirty Dancing, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23.
6. Lake Lily or Winter Park Farmer’s Market
From warm kettle corn to cold, freshly squeezed lemonades, a weekend farmer’s market is a wonderful date day idea for couples on a budget. Dozens of vendors set up shop at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 7am-1pm and also at the Maitland Farmer’s Market at Lake Lily every Sunday from 9am – 2pm. Highlights include artisanal ice pops, fresh crepes, and gourmet cheese.
7. The Picture Show at Altamonte + Crane’s Roost
You just can’t beat the $1.75 ticket price at this no-frills theater where they don’t gouge moviegoers on the concession prices either. Most movies are not new releases, but that’s a minor detail when you consider how much you’re saving. Those looking to add a little extra to the evening might consider taking a starlit stroll along the walking trail at Cranes Roost Park, Uptown Altamonte, which is less than a mile away.
8. Picnic At the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
With a picnic basket packed with provisions from your kitchen, head to this amazing lakeside locale where $5/person admission gives you access to the indoor gallery and charming outdoor sculpture gardens. A spot of grass shaded by a Live Oak tree perched on the shores of Lake Osceola is the perfect place to spread out your blanket and enjoy this little slice of Central Florida heaven. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm, and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.
9. Third Thursday Gallery Hop + 2 Beers 310 Lakeside
Spend a few hours wandering through Orlando’s Downtown Arts District during the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop when galleries and shops showcase artists from 6pm to 9pm and local restaurants and bars offer drink specials. Expect also street artists and musicians to add to the celebrations. When you’re ready to imbibe, slip into the patio at 310 Lakeside for a beer each and enjoy the Lake Eola views.
About this Blogger
Kristen Manieri is the editor and founder of the Orlando Date Night Guide, which houses 600+ ideas and recommendations for sharing fun and meaningful quality time together in Orlando. From cooking classes to hidden gem restaurants to unique and exciting things to do, you’ll find the best of Orlando’s date night offerings inside the pages of this comprehensive online resource.