21 cheap summer date ideas for the broke Orlandoan

Even if you're a penniless ragamuffin, Orlando has plenty of great options for you to get out on the town and entertain your significant other. So, if tonight is date night, here's a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Orlando on the cheap this summer.

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The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, 407-708-2360 
Nothing beats stargazing with your significant other, except perhaps seeing the stars with the comforts of air-conditioning. The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State college holds free events all the time that’ll have you and your date spending hours looking at all the wonders the universe has to offer. 
Photo via Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College/Facebook
The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, 407-708-2360

Nothing beats stargazing with your significant other, except perhaps seeing the stars with the comforts of air-conditioning. The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State college holds free events all the time that’ll have you and your date spending hours looking at all the wonders the universe has to offer.
Photo via Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College/Facebook
Browse for fresh goodies
Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-3397
Every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the historic train depot fills up with fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and more. Smells are free!
Photo Winter Park Farmers Market/Facebook
Browse for fresh goodies
Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-3397
Every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the historic train depot fills up with fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and more. Smells are free!

Photo Winter Park Farmers Market/Facebook
Treasure hunting at Renniger’s Outdoor Antique Mall
20651 US-441, Mt Dora, (352) 383-8393
It’s a guarantee there’ll be something at Renninger’s to catch your eye. And it may be an unorthodox to buy a gift here, but who knows? One man’s trash may end up being your date’s treasure. This place is also one of the best spots for Instagram classics.  
Photo via mschrim/Instagram
Treasure hunting at Renniger’s Outdoor Antique Mall
20651 US-441, Mt Dora, (352) 383-8393
It’s a guarantee there’ll be something at Renninger’s to catch your eye. And it may be an unorthodox to buy a gift here, but who knows? One man’s trash may end up being your date’s treasure. This place is also one of the best spots for Instagram classics.

Photo via mschrim/Instagram
Catch a free flick at the Enzian's Popcorn Flicks in Park
Central Park, Winter Park, (407) 629-1088 
Check out indie flicks and cult favorites for free out on the grass in Central Park! 
Photo via Enzian Theater
Catch a free flick at the Enzian's Popcorn Flicks in Park
Central Park, Winter Park, (407) 629-1088
Check out indie flicks and cult favorites for free out on the grass in Central Park!

Photo via Enzian Theater
Develop new tastes at the Quantum Leap winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, 407-730-3082
Be connoisseurs on the cheap at Quantum Leap. With a $5 tasting flight that includes three wines, you and your date can’t go wrong. 
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Develop new tastes at the Quantum Leap winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, 407-730-3082
Be connoisseurs on the cheap at Quantum Leap. With a $5 tasting flight that includes three wines, you and your date can’t go wrong.

Photo via tastecooksip/Instagram
Explore a new beach at one of the many hidden beaches near Orlando
Various locations 
There’s nothing wrong with Cocoa beach or New Smyrna, but taking your date to a hidden-away beach is something special. Click here to see a variety of locals to choose from. The ocean is free, and nothing beats free. 
Photo via adamt_jones/Instagram
Explore a new beach at one of the many hidden beaches near Orlando
Various locations
There’s nothing wrong with Cocoa beach or New Smyrna, but taking your date to a hidden-away beach is something special. Click here to see a variety of locals to choose from. The ocean is free, and nothing beats free.

Photo via adamt_jones/Instagram
Bike around Lake Baldwin Park
2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL, 407-599-3334
This park is perfect spot for you and your date to relax and enjoy a lazy weekend. Plus, it’s dog-friendly.
Photo via fischapryce_1354/Instagram
Bike around Lake Baldwin Park
2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL, 407-599-3334
This park is perfect spot for you and your date to relax and enjoy a lazy weekend. Plus, it’s dog-friendly.

Photo via fischapryce_1354/Instagram
Brave the wilderness at the Twin Oaks Conservation Area (or any of these nearby hiking trails)
Various locations
Nothing says devotion like going for a multi-mile hike with your date. Now serving as a 399-acre conservation area in Osceola County, this area consists of trails that are open for both hikers and equestrians. Click the link above to see more places you can hike.
Photo via lorax89/Instagram
Brave the wilderness at the Twin Oaks Conservation Area (or any of these nearby hiking trails)
Various locations
Nothing says devotion like going for a multi-mile hike with your date. Now serving as a 399-acre conservation area in Osceola County, this area consists of trails that are open for both hikers and equestrians. Click the link above to see more places you can hike.

Photo via lorax89/Instagram
Be patrons of the arts at the Baldwin Park First Friday Festival & Art Stroll
Baldwin Park, 407-740-5838 
Make a Friday date night to see over 60 artisans and small businesses showing their wares in Baldwin Park. There’s a festival every first Friday. 
Photo via Baldwin Park First Friday Festival/Facebook
Be patrons of the arts at the Baldwin Park First Friday Festival & Art Stroll
Baldwin Park, 407-740-5838
Make a Friday date night to see over 60 artisans and small businesses showing their wares in Baldwin Park. There’s a festival every first Friday.

Photo via Baldwin Park First Friday Festival/Facebook
Get lost in a blueberry field at Tom West Blueberries
324 E. Orlando Ave., Ocoee, 407-656-3223
This farm has four different blueberry varieties ranging in size and taste. Tom West provides the blueberry buckets and packaging, all you and your date have to do is fill ‘em with berries. Picking berries will only run you $4 a pound and they provide the pickin' bucket. 
Photo via tomwestblueberries/Instagram
Get lost in a blueberry field at Tom West Blueberries
324 E. Orlando Ave., Ocoee, 407-656-3223
This farm has four different blueberry varieties ranging in size and taste. Tom West provides the blueberry buckets and packaging, all you and your date have to do is fill ‘em with berries. Picking berries will only run you $4 a pound and they provide the pickin' bucket.

Photo via tomwestblueberries/Instagram