August 18, 2022

The best cheap summer date ideas in Orlando

We all want to treat our significant other like the king or queen they are. But while some of us might be dating royalty, there's no getting around a pauper's budget.

Luckily, Orlando has quite a few cheap or free date ideas that are perfect for the warm and muggy summer months. Taking inspiration from this Reddit thread and our own archives, here are the 10 best date ideas to close out the season.
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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
2850 Lust Road, Apopka
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open on weekends (pretty sure that includes Fridays) during the day. I like to pick up lunch and milkshakes just before starting. Spend some time looking at gators and other animals, taking pictures, and snacking your way through the drive. Takes about an hour to get through with no stops and totally free - u/sashav
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

2850 Lust Road, Apopka

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open on weekends (pretty sure that includes Fridays) during the day. I like to pick up lunch and milkshakes just before starting. Spend some time looking at gators and other animals, taking pictures, and snacking your way through the drive. Takes about an hour to get through with no stops and totally free - u/sashav
Wekiva Island
1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood
Wekiva Island is a cool spot to enjoy the springs. I’ve always had free parking/entry on weekdays. It’s just $10 to launch your own vessel or you could rent one. Or you could just float in the water and have some drinks at the bar - u/sashav
photo by Rob Bartlett

Wekiva Island

1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood Wekiva Island is a cool spot to enjoy the springs. I’ve always had free parking/entry on weekdays. It’s just $10 to launch your own vessel or you could rent one. Or you could just float in the water and have some drinks at the bar - u/sashav
Take a magical ride on Disney’s monorail
Free 
Disney tickets can be expensive, but riding the inner monorail is not. In fact, you can ride the monorail through Disney’s Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts for free. This is the perfect date if you and your S/O want to experience the magic of Disney and experience the feeling of Magic Kingdom without damaging your wallet. More information here
Walt Disney World Resort

Take a magical ride on Disney’s monorail

Free
Disney tickets can be expensive, but riding the inner monorail is not. In fact, you can ride the monorail through Disney’s Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts for free. This is the perfect date if you and your S/O want to experience the magic of Disney and experience the feeling of Magic Kingdom without damaging your wallet. More information here
Catch a cult classic at Enzian Theater
1300 Orlando Ave, Maitland
Enzian Theater is known as the quirky movie and drink spot in Maitland. The single-screen cinema is perfect for a summer date night and prides itself in showing cult classics and indie films. Spend a summer night on the Enzian's Eden Bar patio with your special someone, drink in hand. The tickets are just $12 a pop. 
Full movie schedule here
Enzian Theater

Catch a cult classic at Enzian Theater

1300 Orlando Ave, Maitland
Enzian Theater is known as the quirky movie and drink spot in Maitland. The single-screen cinema is perfect for a summer date night and prides itself in showing cult classics and indie films. Spend a summer night on the Enzian's Eden Bar patio with your special someone, drink in hand. The tickets are just $12 a pop. Full movie schedule here
Play with the baby goats at Wildflower Farms
2218 Carrington Drive
Reddit user u/urchisilver suggested this cheap and fun date. The farm hosts adults-only pasture parties where guests can pet goats for just $15 a person.
Wildflower Farms

Play with the baby goats at Wildflower Farms

2218 Carrington Drive
Reddit user u/urchisilver suggested this cheap and fun date. The farm hosts adults-only pasture parties where guests can pet goats for just $15 a person.
Play a mean pinball at Oviedo's Pinball Lounge
376 E Broadway St., Oviedo
On Fridays, this pinball lounge offers $10 all-you-can-play passes from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Pinball Lounge/Facebook

Play a mean pinball at Oviedo's Pinball Lounge

376 E Broadway St., Oviedo
On Fridays, this pinball lounge offers $10 all-you-can-play passes from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Stroll Lake Eola
The swans have missed you. And walking is not only still honest, it's free!
Photo courtesy City of Orlando

Stroll Lake Eola

The swans have missed you. And walking is not only still honest, it's free!
Take a stroll through Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Avenue 
Admission into Harry P. Leu Gardens is free on the first Monday of every month. Take a walk through the 50-acre botanical gardens for the perfect summer date. More information here
Harry P. Leu Gardens/Facebook

Take a stroll through Harry P. Leu Gardens

1920 N. Forest Avenue
Admission into Harry P. Leu Gardens is free on the first Monday of every month. Take a walk through the 50-acre botanical gardens for the perfect summer date. More information here
Grab a 6-pack and head to the beach for the day
$10 for parking 
Orlando is conveniently located only about an hour away from several alcohol-friendly beaches, including Cocoa Beach and Smyrna Dunes Park. Spending some fun in the sun with your S/O at a local beach is a great way to make the most out of those summer days for cheap. You can also check out some of the local hot spots while you’re there, including the Cocoa Beach pier.
Photo via Adobe

Grab a 6-pack and head to the beach for the day

$10 for parking
Orlando is conveniently located only about an hour away from several alcohol-friendly beaches, including Cocoa Beach and Smyrna Dunes Park. Spending some fun in the sun with your S/O at a local beach is a great way to make the most out of those summer days for cheap. You can also check out some of the local hot spots while you’re there, including the Cocoa Beach pier.
Photo via Adobe
Spark your creativity at the Rollins Museum of Art
Free 
The Rollins Museum of Art in Winter Park is another great summer spot for any art-loving couple. Admission into the museum is free, and it offers tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. More information here
Rollins Museum of Art

Spark your creativity at the Rollins Museum of Art

Free
The Rollins Museum of Art in Winter Park is another great summer spot for any art-loving couple. Admission into the museum is free, and it offers tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. More information here