Rent a Swan Boat
Lake Eola is an urban park in the middle of Orlando, with a wandering sidewalk trail that's precisely nine-tenths of a mile long, which is a fine length for a romantic hand-held stroll. A farmers market is held here weekly, and a paddle-boat rental on the lake specializes in swan-shaped boats. What could be more romantic than hiding out between the wings of a giant swan? There are also live swans, ducks to feed and a sit-down cafe and grill at the park. Several old-growth oak trees, shaded seating areas and secluded benches make Lake Eola Park a romantic place in Orlando.
Lake Eola Park
195 N. Rosalind Ave.
Park: (407) 246-2827
Swan boat rental: (407) 232-0111
Intimate, romantic and elegant, the Venetian Room at the Caribe Royale Orlando has been given the AAA Four Diamond Award, and voted as the most romantic restaurant in Orlando, by the Orlando Sentinel, AOL City and other fine dining and best restaurant distinctions by Orlando publications. The menu is gourmet Italian, with seafood and steaks in rich sauces. One of its specialties is the lobster bisque soup.
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
If the Venetian room is a bit too pricey for your taste, try The Melting Pot. It serves four-course fondue meals, where diners dip bite-sized vegetables, breads and fruits into a variety of cheese sauces, chocolates and other sauces. It also serves mixed drinks and fine wines.
Melting Pot of Orlando
7549 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819-5109
Camping can be hard work, but Disney's pioneer resort offers guests secluded luxury cabin camping, with maid service and other amenities, just like a hotel. At night, roast marshmallows by the campfire and join in a "goofy" campfire sing-along with other campers. Dine on a down-home buffet at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, a nightly foot-stomping musical or choose Mickey's Backyard BBQ Dinner Show. The resort also features swimming pools, jogging and hiking trails, kayaking and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides. It has rates for visitors who choose to bring their own camper or tent but still want to enjoy the amenities.
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
3520 N. Fort Wilderness Trail
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830