Grownup Getaways: Rekindle Romance in the Heart of Florida

For daytime sun and nighttime fun, Kissimmee’s not just a destination to enjoy with your family. It’s one very big playground – for adults.

No matter what your activity level, or your budget, pack up your sweetie and head to Central Florida for a grown-up getaway.

Early risers

Lake Tohopekaliga is an 18,800-acre lake with waters that are clear and views that are inspiring. Pack a picnic (or bring a dozen Hot Now Krispy Kreme doughnuts), and watch the sunrise.

Need for speed

Want to see Lake Tohopekaliga from a completely different perspective? Get off the shore and get onboard an airboat. Hold hands as you glide across the water at speeds of nearly 50 mph.

Sun worshippers

No need to leave Central Florida to find a beach, there’s one right here at the St. Cloud Lakefront. Lie in the clean white sand, relax in a lounge chair by the water or bike along the shores. Rekindle that flame, and share a dream for every different species of bird you see (and you’ll see plenty).

Nighttime thrills

What’s better than zipping a half-mile across the treetops, 55 feet off the ground? Doing it in the dark. At Forever Florida, you’ll see more stars than you ever imagined as you zip in the darkness. Feeling really brave? Gatorland takes zip lining to new heights with its Screamin' Gator Zip Line. Whiz right above  jumping Cuban crocodiles!

Need more thrills and chills? Try a nighttime airboat adventure. With eyes that glow red in the dark, you can easily spot alligators – everywhere. Green eyes are deer. Hold on tight!

Foodies rejoice

Central Florida is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Toast your good fortune at Charley’s Steakhouse, rated one of the top ten Prime Time steakhouses in America. Their beef is aged onsite four to six weeks, seasoned to perfection for 30 hours, then grilled over a 1200- degree open pit filled with oak and Florida citrus wood. You’ll find them in Kissimmee, right across from Celebration, on US192.

Another great option is the Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms. Here you'll find handcrafted cheeses, a superb menu and an extensive winelist. Also at Gaylord Palms, there are several fine restaurants in the most romantic settings, like Sunset Sam’s. Step aboard a 60-foot sailboat, anchored in a beautiful lagoon, all underneath a four-acre atrium.

Got a hankering for something different, and delicious? The Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest and most honored Spanish restaurant, serving authentic cuisine since 1905. Their Celebration location overlooks the lake and serves up traditional favorites like tapas and Paella a la Valencia.

For a delightful after-dinner treat, stroll along the shops of Downtown Celebration, stopping at Kilwin’s for homemade ice cream and chocolates. And just when you thought you couldn’t possibly earn any more brownie points for being romantic, along comes your horse-drawn carriage. Friday through Sunday evenings, from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m., enjoy the soothing sounds of the clippity clop as the horses make their way up Celebration Avenue. You’ll definitely fall in love, with Kissimmee.

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