Everyone knows that Cloud Nine is where the best connections are made. These aeronautic adventures will make your “date night” rise to the top. And by the way … it’s not too late to join the mile-high club.
Written by Kristen Manieri of Great Dates Orlando
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Topping our list for th emost rantic sky-high exploit is a champagne hot air balloon flight with ou rpartner. While this daybreak date will certainly have you missing a few ZZZs (balloons ascend at dawn), this tranquil trip with stunning sunrise views will be well worth it. Bob’s Balloons offers daily flights 365 days a year for $175 per person including nibbles and bubbly upon landing. For $475 you can book your own private basket for this hour-long jaunt over the picturesque landscape near Diseny. Be sure to book a sitter for an extra couple of hours so you have time to take a post-flight afternoon nap.
Orlando’s Largest Roller Coaster
Much like the “butterflies” you had when you first fell in love, roller coasters provide a glee that is both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. Play hookie with your spouse and take an impromptu ride on the Kraken at SeaWorld (sans the kids). This roller coaster will take you higher and faster than anywhere else in Orlando. There’s nothing like adrenaline and a theme park to make you two feel like kids again. Of course, if you’d rather save the jostling and bumping for when you get home, the 400-foot Skytower is a harmless alternative. C’mon, you have those yearly passes anyway.
Open-Air Biplane Ride
For something very unique try Fantasy of Flight’s vintage bi-plane rides complete with a cute hat and goggles. Up to 4 people of any age sit up front for the ride of their lives ($69/person). We recommend making an afternoon of it and having lunch at their air-side café, where you can enjoy a great view of the daily aerial demonstrations while noshing. Besides the world’s largest private collection of classic aircraft, guys will L-O-V-E the fighter jet simulators. Hang glider and hot air balloon simulators are super fun too. You will be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy this experience.
Treetop Zipline Excursion
Joining their Horseback and Eco-Safaris, the Zipline Safari is the newest and most exhilarating attraction at Forever Florida in St. Cloud. Safely strapped into your harness and snapped onto a fifty-foot-high, mile-long trail, this tree-top rendezvous will have you soaring at speeds as fast as 20 mph. Expect a bird’s eye view of the Florida wilderness including sightings of gators, bears and white tail deer. Amp up the romance by reserving a Moonlight Zipline Safari, scheduled on select evenings each month ($85/person). Watch out for that tree!
Adrenaline junkie couples know it takes a lot more heart-pounding action to take their breath away. Thse extremists head to Skydive Deland where tandem flights offer sixty seconds of freefall followed by a five-minute float. Technically, you and your honey will be strapped to someone else for your dive, but the heart-stopping thrill you’ll share together will be yours to remember forever. Set aside $179 per person and about three hours for instruction and flight time. On the fence about it? Go grab a bite at The Perfect Spot (the on-site restaurant), where burgers and cold beer are enjoyed along with excellent views of other divers making their landing right in front of you.
Even the faint of heart can experience the weightless thrill of skydiving without the risk, thanks to Sky Venture on I-Drive. This indoor simulator blasts wind up its tunnel with such force that divers are suspecded in air for a 40-second flight. This uber-realistic experience is used by professional divers looking to practive turns and spins without dropping form an airplane. Couples can opt for the “Two-fer” package which includes training and flight gear, two minutes of flight rotation, two DVD copies and two photo CDs for $124.95.
For those couples that prefer to glide through the sky rather than fall from it, sunrise and sunset hang gliding flights are a local alternative at Wallaby Ranch, south of Kissimmee. Once your instructor-piloted glider is released from the tug about 2,000 feet in the air, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking 15-20 minute free-fly before softly returning to the ground. This is probably the closest you will get to the feeling of actually flying on your own. You can enjoy the experience together, since couples can be in-flight at the same time (in separate gliders) at a cost of $120 per person.
Probably the most romantic way to “get high” is a helicopter tour like the Fireworks Flight offered by Orlando Helicenter. This ride soars about 1,000 feet in the air, boasting an unsurpassed view of Epcot’s nightly illuminations fireworks show. Orlando Helicenter offers a variety of chopper tours over theme parks and multi-million dollar neighborhoods starting at $20 per person, all of which can be taken at night for an extra $50. These flexible flyers will even let you bring your own champagne for a post-flight toast. Cheers to that!