Five Things to Do in Orlando Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and if you're in the area and making last-minute plans you're in luck. Orlando is for Lovers. Your options are boundless. Whether you're a traditionalist or more receptive to trying something outside the "tried and true" you're bound to find something that will work its magic. You will need to make your reservations soon- as you can imagine the demand.
Here are 5 easy ideas to get you thinking and hopefully planning.
The Melting Pot is a staple found in many cities and fashions itself as a place where "interactive fun meets casually upscale dining". What does this mean? Fondue. Sitting around a large pot of bubbling cheese, or chocolate, savory or sweet morsels to skewer and "take the plunge". The first course is a pot of their signature cheese fondue of your choice, followed by one of their signature salads. Choose one of their aptly named Valentine's Day menu items: the Cupid's Feast (filet mignon, scallops, garlic & herb chicken, Key West shrimp, chicken potstickers and teriyaki-marinated sirloin), and the Lover's Delight (cold water lobster tail, filet mignon, garlic & herb chicken, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, Key West shrimp & wild mushroom sacchetti). End your sumptuous meal on a sweet note with their amazing chocolate fondue. Vegetarian? They will accommodate. To make things a little more romantic you can pay a little extra for candles and rose petals.
Valentine's Day seems to be biased against those whom might be single during the holiday. There are options available, however, which reveals that it can be a little more inclusive. Speed dating might not be for everyone but it can be an interesting and inviting experience for the bold. This is the way they describe it "Our speed dating experience will bring together attractive, intelligent, successful, like-minded Orlando singles in one unforgettable night." So drink specials, briefly meeting new people (though there is a mini date option), and an email with Exclusive Matches, and Dating Feedback, so you will know how well things turned out.
You will have a chance to win tickets for you and your lucky date to ride the Orlando Eye.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to involve sitting and talking. Love is an action word and for some, that might involve a nice run contributing to a worthy cause. The Running Heart is a virtual event (you can run wherever you like) that is celebrating its second anniversary. The $20 entrance fee covers the cost of a custom medal set and two bibs for you and your running partner. You will be running for love while raising money (15% of the proceeds) towards Heart to Heart International an organization that "strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development, and administering crisis relief worldwide".
Share the beauty of the natural world with your date as you sit and relax under the stars by a warm fire. Before dinner, take a stroll around the wild and wonderful trails of Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and talk with their guest wildlife ambassadors. Be comforted by the soft ambient lighting and decor as you listen to live violin music played by local musician Brianna Shirin. Enjoy specialty hors d'ouevres and a gourmet buffet by Local Chef Catering.
The Great Escape Room is a huge departure from your typical Valentine's Day routine and will certainly create an experience that will leave a lasting impression. Part scavenger hunt and part problem-solving challenge, you will hone your deductive reasoning and your teamwork abilities while making your way through one of three themed rooms based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery series.