Word has it that Cupid frowns upon the standard ‘dinner and a movie’ on Valentine’s Day. Thanks to an array of lovely themed events, you won’t miss a beat finding upgraded alternatives in celebration of this lover’s holiday while in Orlando. And did you know that experiences like these prove to be more memorable and foster better connections within relationships compared to splurging on just gifts? So, as our heartfelt present to you, here are romantic ways to cherish your love in The City Beautiful on Valentine’s Day.

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1. Valentine Date Night Cooking Classes

Truffles & Trifles | February 12-15, 2020

While there’s just something special about cooking together, most of us are nowhere near as skilled as Julia Child! But the Valentine’s Date Night cooking classes at Truffles & Trifles are sure to turn up the heat (and skills) between you and your partner, teaching you how to whip up a bevy of dishes while enjoying quality time together. Courses include carrot soufflé and squash gratin, beef braised in red wine with root vegetables, shrimp and scallops in shells and French vanilla ice cream and chocolate truffles. With multiple classes available surrounding Valentine’s Day ($150-160 per couple), choose one to feed your souls and your stomachs.

If you’d rather leave the cooking up to award-winning chefs, reserve a table at La Luce, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s signature Italian restaurant. The specialty Valentine’s Day menu features four gourmet courses.

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2. Jazz for Lovers – Songs from the Great American Song Book

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts | February 13-15, 2020

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Not only is jazz one of the most beautiful genres of music, but a date in downtown Orlando’s most marvelous concert venue is truly pitch perfect. The highly anticipated orchestra show Jazz for Lovers – Songs from the Great American Song Book features jazzy versions of popular artists, ensuring a harmonious Valentine’s Day. There are three scheduled performances, but shows tend to sell out quickly so obtain tickets well in advance.

3. Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center | February 13-16, 2020

Amplifying the movie date night, treat your leading lady or gentleman to the Love Your Shorts Film Festival. Now in its 10th year, this annual showcase celebrates the art of short films and is held at the historic 1923 Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, just 30 minutes north of Orlando. Love Your Shorts invites movie lovers to view flicks in different categories and also attend workshops, plus the Historic Downtown Sanford area is packed with great restaurants, breweries, and even a marshmallow café.

4. Nude Nite

Central Florida Fairgrounds | February 13-15, 2020

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Now in its 15th year, Nude Nite strips down artistic barriers to present a body-themed immersive pop-up art experience. This (adults-only) sexy and sensory event includes burlesque stage shows, world class body painting, interactive installations, performance artists, acrobats, stilt walkers, aerialists and more.

5. For the Love of Chocolate

Bok Tower Gardens | February 14, 2020

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Located about 90 minutes south of Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens in undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in Central Florida; and love is in full bloom here on Valentine’s Day with two blissful happenings. First, indulge your sweet tooth at For The Love of Chocolate ($17 per person) event. The sensory-evoking demonstration, from 1-2pm, includes samples of chocolates as well as instruction on how to make dark chocolate syrups infused with various flavors like brandy and herbs. Second, after wandering the gardens during the day, partake in Bok After Dark. During this special event ($15 per person), from 5-8:30pm, the gardens will flourish with live music on the terrace with AcousticDose, followed by a carillon concert with Geert D’hollander.

6. Valentine’s Day Show at Blue Man Group

Universal Orlando Resort | February 14, 2020

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Prepare to be tickled pink watching unforgettable entertainment by Blue Man Group. Offering a 6pm and 9pm show, performances at the Universal CityWalk venue are explosive and combine three elements: comedy, music and, of course, color. To complete your red hot night, feast on a Valentine’s Day dinner at one of the many restaurants at CityWalk such as Bigfire, the newest addition to Universal Orlando’s dining scene, which features an open fire cooking concept and dessert delights like tableside s’mores.

7. Valentine’s Day Concert & Picnic

Leu Gardens | February 14, 2020

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Does an alfresco meal under the stars in a botanical garden sound like music to your ears? It can be – literally – at the Valentine’s Day concert at Leu Gardens. Tune into each other with the help of live tunes by Dave Capp Project, Slickwood Mud and Rooster Blues from 7-10pm. Cuddle on a blanket or in chairs as you savor a picturesque BYO picnic (alcoholic beverages are permitted). If you need some picnic packing assistance, stop into the nearby East End Market to scope out local food purveyors, and/or Quantum Leap Winery to grab your favorite bottle of wine. Tip: Event space is limited. Ticket ($15 per person) sales begin on January 29 and sell out, so plan accordingly.

8. Valentine’s Masquerade Ball

The Floridabilt | February 14, 2020

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There’s been a murder and YOU are a suspect! The Valentine’s Masquerade Ball interactive murder mystery experience is unique way to enjoy the holiday with your one-and-only. In fact, your partnership is essential as you and your better half attempt to figure out who is guilty during this heart-pounding affair. The Floridabilt will turn into Bloodworth Falls as you wear a mask and dress in your finest attire. Hosted by Around Orlando Tours, cost to attend is $60 per person and includes food, drinks, music, dancing and your character assignment.

9. Run 4 a Good Time

Showalter East Fields | February 15, 2020

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After your Valentine’s Day indulgences, burn off those extra calories with your favorite workout partner.

Track Shack’s Run 4 a Good Time will empower you to embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle alongside the one that holds your heart. In addition to the four mile race, AdventHealth experts will be on hand to offer up wellness tips. And if you want to get the kids involved too, you can make this Valentine’s event a sweet family affair. All are welcome to participate in the costume contest. Registration fees start at $33 and increase as race day nears.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in more partying and less pacing opt for Cupid’s Undie Run, a “brief” mile-run, also scheduled for February 15th. This risqué race benefits Cupid’s Charity whose mission aims to cure neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 births.

10. Orlando Wine Festival

ICON Park | February 15, 2020

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You can give your love a night to remember while also giving back to a worthy cause. Hosted at ICON Park, the 3rd Annual Orlando Wine Festival will benefit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. The new event location on International Drive will allow for an even grander experience than ever before, complete with a food truck meet-up, over 100 wine varieties, live music, a local biergarten and more. There are three ticket options ($25-75), all of which include a spectacular ride on The Wheel. Sure, this event is technically a day after Valentine’s Day, but it’ll be worth the wait!

11. Stay in Love Staycation

Whether you’re seeking honeymoon vibes with your honey or a single night away with your single gal pal, the Celebration Package at Hilton Orlando fits the bill! It includes sparkling wine upon arrival, breakfast for two served to your room and late checkout. And the eforea Spa has a charming Valentine’s Day promotion that’ll take this staycation up notch. It’s a 50-minute couple’s relaxation massage for $179, which also includes one-day access to the pool, two poolside beverages, access to resort spa amenities (spa steam room, relaxation lounge and fitness center) and complimentary valet parking. To book this spa offer and obtain complete details, call (407) 313-8600 and reference ROMANCE20.

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