Falling In Love: Outdoor Edition


Autumn is here, which means outdoor dates are now a comfortable option for lovers. Since Lake Mary is situated amongst a variety of natural landscapes, couples have endless opportunities to explore the outdoors while appreciating the cooler weather- together of course.

Lake Louisa State Park: Located in Clermont, Florida, this state park is perfect for couples looking to enjoy Florida’s wilderness. Whether you guys are into boating, fishing, kayaking, bicycling or horseback riding, this park has it all. Visitors also have the opportunity to witness white-tail deer, bald eagles, and bobcats, just a few of many species in the area. Don’t be surprised if you hear wedding bells either- Lake Louisa is a frequent venue for weddings. Chances are you won’t be looking to get married on your date, but at least you know the park has a naturally romantic vibe.

Flagler Beach at Palm Coast: If you’re trying to get in one more beach day with your significant other before it truly gets cold, head over to Palm Coast and visit Flagler Beach. No, this isn’t New Smyrna, but it’s a nice change: the beaches are cleaner and less crowded. Not to mention, this beach is dog friendly (in certain areas) which means you and your significant other can go dog watching while basking in the sea breeze. “Flagler is cool because I can bring my dog and I don’t have to worry about running into half of my school,” said sophomore Cody Monteith.

A Trip to Sarasota: In about three hours, you and your significant other can be at the beach- on the Gulf Coast. Sarasota is known for it’s pristine beaches, namely Siesta Key. Unlike New Smyrna and Daytona though, which are located on the Atlantic Coast, beach-goers can watch the sun set. This gorgeous scene can be complimented with a dinner on deck at one of the many restaurants in Siesta Key or a picnic on the beach. Keep your eye out for dolphins too, which can make an already stunning sunset picturesque.

Downtown Mount Dora: Want to enjoy the outdoors without being completely surrounded by nature? Head over to Downtown Mount Dora, which features a plethora of quaint shops and great restaurants. The city has a movie night every second Friday of the month, with their next movie event set for November 10. If your idea of a romantic date is a stroll around the Farmer’s Market, then the Mount Dora Village Market is the place for you and your significant other on Sunday. For more information on events in the area, visit http://www.whattodoinmtdora.com.

Friendly Competition at Sanlando: If you and your significant other are competitive, put your athletic skills to the test with some friendly competition at Sanlando Park, located in Altamonte Springs. Whether you want to take a swing at tennis or volleyball, the park has facilities for a variety of sports. The Cross Seminole Trail also runs near the park, so biking, rollerblading, and other leisure activities are also an option here.

The onset of Florida’s “winter” is the perfect opportunity for couples to get outside and explore, so take advantage of the weather- and nature- while it lasts.