There are more ways than one to create a memorable and romantic weekend together for Valentine’s Day or even a special outing to celebrate Galentine’s Day. With art, theater, music, movies, chocolate, wine, water and parks, the opportunities are plentiful and truly exciting. Get planning now because many will sell out.
- The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is hosting its 86th annual festival this month with concerts at Knowles Chapel at Rollins College. Enjoy the music from the comfort of home with a glass of wine, romantic dinner from one of Winter Park’s great restaurants via the Curbside To Go program (a list of participating restaurants can be found here), and a virtual Bach at Home ticket.
- Plan an idyllic Central Park picnic, with a great meal from your favorite Winter Park restaurant (get it to go), pick up a book of poetry or a love story from Writer’s Block Bookstore to read aloud during the date, and then enjoy a romantic stroll by the park’s fountains and rose garden, and continue down Park Avenue or New England Avenue to Hannibal Square for shopping and dessert.
- Catch a performance of “A Grand Night for Singing,” at the Winter Park Playhouse.
- Take in an art exhibit at one of the city’s world-class museums, followed by a lunch date or early dinner date on Park Avenue. Most restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating, and many are offering special menus for Valentine’s Day.
Charles Morse Museum of American Art
: Several ongoing exhibits, plus “Iridescence – A Celebration,” which opens Feb. 12, in addition to their permanent collection
Cornell Fine Arts Museum:
multiple exhibitions currently on view in addition to their permanent collection.
: Free admission on Valentine’s Day in honor of museum founder Albin Polasek’s 138th
birthday, which is Feb. 14. “Robert Reedy Revival” on exhibit now, in addition to their permanent collection and sculpture garden.
- Book a romantic staycation at the beautiful Alfond Inn or charming Park Plaza Hotel. The Alfond is offering several packages for Valentine’s Day weekend plus a special romantic four-course dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen.
- Our version of Venetian canals is no less scenic and captivating. Book a Scenic Boat Tour on Winter Park’s lovely lakes. Private tours are available to make it extra romantic, plus you can bring your own drinks and appetizers.
- Try a historic guided tour of Winter Park by Original Orlando Tours followed by a dinner date out in Winter Park.
- Valentine’s Day brunch and a movie at the Enzian theater, featuring “Notting Hill.”
- Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Mead Botanical Garden, (Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon) presented by the City of Winter Park’s Parks & Recreation Dept. This event is suitable for couples or families.
- Lace up the running shoes and do a heart-healthy run together at the AdventHealth/Track Shack Love Run
- Don’t forget girl time: FarmGal Flowers is having a Galentine’s Day Succulent Heart Workshop.
- A create your own wine and chocolate walking tour of Winter Park, sampling wines and sweets at Sixty Vines, Bulla Gastrobar and The Glass Knife on 17-92, or head to Park Avenue and Hannibal Square and try The Wine Room on Park Avenue, The Parkview, Boca, Prato, 310 Park South, blu on the avenue, Bovine Steakhouse, Chez Vincent, Kilwin’s, Choulala Fine Pastries, and Financier Patisserie.
- Book a brewstillery tour and stay for a tasting at the Bear and Peacock Brewing Company and Winter Park Distilling Company
- Dinner and a movie at The Ravenous Pig, featuring a three-course menu and a showing of “Ghost” in the beer garden.