Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Discovery Cove amp up date night
Planning a fun date night isn't always as easy as it sounds. It can be especially hard when you feel like you've been there and done that for just about everything in your town. So whether you're looking for a chance to do something new and exciting, or to spice up the relationship, these ideas will surely deliver a fantastic time.
For the daredevil couple that wants an adrenaline rush on their date, there is always skydiving.
Jump out of a plane on a morning jump, watch the sun rise over the east coast on the water and see the Kennedy Space Center a few miles away at SkyDive Space Center.
Senior accounting major Jessica Ganas took her boyfriend skydiving after he had mentioned wanting to go skydiving to check it off his bucket list.
Even better than just being a thrilling ride, skydiving, Ganas said, can bring couples closer together.
"After you jump and make it down safely, you feel even more excited to see that person again," Ganas said. "You both technically just survived jumping out of an airplane and that's something you don't normally do with just anyone except someone special."
For the couple that loves animals, swim with dolphins at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove.
There is also an aviary, exotic bird feeding and an otter exhibit to keep you occupied before getting into the water with the dolphins and snorkeling with rays and tropical fish.
Senior hospitality management major Lindsey Garrison and her boyfriend celebrated their anniversary at Discovery Cove with the Dolphin Swim Experience in March.
"Discovery Cove is a good place for a fun, alternative date experience because it is such a one-of-a-kind attraction. Discovery Cove definitely creates a romantic vibe because the park is very small and exclusive, so you avoid that typical theme-park feeling," Garrison said.
Even though you are with a small group of other people, you do get some opportunities to break off with just your party and the dolphin.
"Spending time with your special person and a dolphin is, for lack of a better word, magical. Dolphins are incredible animals that you interact with and leave feeling like you have built a bond with them, making your day that much more memorable," Garrison said.
If you and your significant other enjoy trying exotic food and drinks, go to Epcot's annual Food and Wine Festival to taste your way around the world. With more than 25 global marketplaces, you are bound to try something tantalizing to your taste buds.
UCF alumna Kelly Potter and her boyfriend decided to visit Epcot's Food and Wine Festival because they thought it would be a fun Sunday outing.
"It is definitely a bonding place. It's romantic, comfortable and easygoing," Potter said. "You can be playful there and act like a kid while discussing different cultures and personal experiences."
For the couple that wants a more casual, old-school date night, skate to classic and modern roller-skate music at Universal Entertainment and Skating Center on Central Florida's largest maple-wood floor, or bowl to a live DJ at Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center.
Universal Entertainment and Skating Center has four public skate days a week. Wednesdays are "Budget Night" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $5 to rent skates, but if you bring your own skates it's $4. The night also features $1 snack-bar specials. "Friday Night Skate," which features a mix of today's hit music, is 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $7. 'Saturday & Sunday Afternoon Matinee' is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $6, with a mix of today's hit music and select standard pop. "Saturday Night Skate" is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $6 with a more mature mix of recent and classic skate sounds.
Or check out Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center, which was voted "Best Overall" new bowling center in the Bowlers Journal International 24th annual Architecture & Design Awards competition.
Firkin & Kegler features 32 bowling lanes integrated with modern bowling lounges. Shoe rentals cost $3.50 and if you forget your socks, socks are $3. Firkin & Kegler has specials on bowling, food and drinks every day of the week.
Firkin & Kegler is also a pub so after bowling for a few rounds, quench your thirst with some brewskies and some yummy bar food.
SkyDive Space Center:
Location: 476 N. Williams Ave., Titusville
Prices: Present your student ID and receive $10 off your ticket. The "World's Cheapest Jump" is $99 and the 11,000-foot jump is $159
Location: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando
Prices: The Dolphin Swim Experience package for Florida Residents is $219. Included in the ticket price is freshly prepared breakfast and lunch, with unlimited snacks and drinks — including alcohol, and unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica for 14 days.
Epcot's Food and Wine Festival (ends Nov. 10)
Location: 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
Prices: Tickets start at $99 but are $73 at the SGA Ticket Center.
Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center
Location: 12850 Waterford Lakes Parkway, Orlando
Prices: Friday and Saturday bowling games are $5.75 per game from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are $7.50 per game from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to close feature a DJ with music videos streaming on 22-inch HD TVs.