Need a charming place to take your partner? South Florida is full of them! Whether you’re dining at a waterfront restaurant, sipping on bubbly at a wine bar, or enjoying a gondola ride, these cute dates are guaranteed to impress!
HAVE A SUNSET PICNIC AT SOUTH POINTE
1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
South Pointe Park is a 17-acre county urban park that is arguably the most romantic park in SoFlo! Opt for a trip around sunset—the panoramic views of the of the SoBe shoreline, PortMiami’s cruise ships, and Downtown Miami’s skyline are unforgettable. You can watch the sky change colors while sitting atop the jetties, on the sand at the adjacent beach, or while dining at the park’s Smith & Wollensky restaurant. There’s also the popular 450-foot pier that juts out into the ocean. Peer over the ledge with your significant other and feel the breeze on your face. Now that’s romantic!
WALK AMONGST PRETTY FLOWERS AT FAIRCHILD
10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a Miami gem. Bring your love here to flourish like the flowers and plants around you. This 83-acre botanic garden has plenty of gorgeous sights to wow your date like a butterfly garden, an arid and succulent garden, aquatic exhibits, and The Tropical Flowering Tree Arboretum, a 12-acre display of 740 species of tropical flowering trees, shrubs, and vines, collected from tropical regions of the world. For the most romantic part of the day, head to the Allée and Overlook. Both areas allow you to get striking panoramic views of the garden’s lowlands and lakes.
DRINK AT KAIDO’S SECRET BAR
223 N.W. 23rd St., Miami
What’s better than going to a bar with your hubby/wifey? Going to a secret bar! KAIDO, located in the Miami Design District, is a Japanese-inspired restaurant and cocktail lounge by Chef Bradley Kilgore. Its sexy gold and blue interior makes for a charming night on its own, but reserve a table at Ama and the night will get even better. Ama is a speakeasy and secret dining room, which can be accessed behind an inconspicuous wall. There are only eight diners allowed inside Ama, and once seated, you and your date will be treated to a 16-course tasting journey and delicious cocktails!
FEEL LIKE ROYALTY AT VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS
3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Vizcaya is one of the most breathtaking sites in all of South Florida, so it’s only right to enjoy it with someone who equally takes your breath away! This massive Gilded Age mansion was built as a winter villa for businessman James Deering in the early 1900s and today includes the original furnishings, decorations, and art from the time period, with the collection spanning from the 15th to the 19th century. While the colossal home is impressive, don’t miss the elegant Italian Renaissance gardens that really steal the show. The ten-acre garden is truly a sight to see—and the view of Biscayne Bay, even more so.
MARVEL AT ART AT PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The Pérez Art Museum Miami is a waterfront contemporary art museum in Downtown Miami. It’s the perfect date spot for the intellectual art-loving couple. Discuss the meanings of the art works as you stroll the many halls and enter the many quiet rooms. Plenty of interesting exhibits are displayed here, covering topics from feminism to the digital age and more. After, be sure to head out to the back of PAMM, where you can sit on the steps and stare out at the water and the MacArthur Causeway Bridge, which is adorned with purple lights at night!
SIP ON SOME VINO AT LAGNIAPPE
3425 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami
It doesn’t get more romantic than wine and a night in Miami! At Lagniappe, a cool Wynwood wine bar, you can sit with your partner in the “outside listening yard,” under a maze of twinkling lights. Nightly live music is played here (typically jazz) and it makes for a laid back date where you can chat and sip on some good wine! Speaking of wine, there’s 150-plus options here, as well as beer for those who prefer their booze in other ways. Another pro of Lagniappe? There’s a bunch of adorable stray cats wandering around! How could you resist?
ROW DOWN THE “VENICE OF AMERICA”
S.E. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America.” The 300 miles of waterways have awarded the city this reputation, which is good news for couples looking for a local but special date night. Book a sunset or night light romantic cruise with Las Olas Gondola and bring whatever food and beverages you desire such as wine, champagne, and charcuterie boards. The staff then provides you with glasses, ice, plates, and utensils. The gondolier is in the rear, giving you and your boo a private cabin in the center with a cocktail table. The 75-minute-long ride will include views of dazzling mansions and romantic music to set the mood.
TAKE A TRIP TO JAPAN AT MORIKAMI
4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach
This one technically isn’t Broward, but it’s pretty close and well worth the extra drive! Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens allows you and your s/o to experience a piece of Japan with 16 acres of expansive gardens and a museum that includes more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts. The gardens are an absolute pleasure to stroll through, with koi ponds, panoramic views of the lake, a world-class collection of bonsais, and rock gardens throughout. If you need that perfect Valentine’s Day picture, this is definitely the place to take it!
SEE THE FULL MOON AT HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Stargazing while cruising through a piece of the Everglades? Doesn’t get better than that! Start the car and make sure your honey remembers to pack a swimsuit, towels, water shoes or sandals, and waterproof bags and phone cases. Then, head over to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. On the Full Moon Kayak Tour, you and your s/o will follow a tour guide on a 45-minute, one-mile-long cruise through an ancient and fresh water Coastal Dune Lake. The moonlight will be bright and beautiful but glow sticks are also provided for extra visibility. Afterwards, enjoy the yummy s’mores by a campfire near the water!
SAVOR BRUNCH WITH AN OCEAN VIEW
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Inside the beachfront Pelican Grand Beach Resort lies a gem perfect for brunchin’: OCEAN2000. Make sure to request outdoor seating with your reservation to impress your other half with the spectacular ocean views! The menu will also have them blown away with delicious dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Blue Crab Cake Benedict, Mahi Tacos, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Avocado Toast. The drink offerings are fantastic as well with Bottomless Prosecco Cocktails for $29 and “Bottomless Bloodies” for $31. When you’re all full, you can take the steps down to the sand to get a closer view of the ocean.
BOOK A WEEKEND AT HARD ROCK HOTEL
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
It’s no secret that the newly renovated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is gorgeous. With fresh restaurants, bars, lounges, and entertainment, there’s a plethora of activities to keep you and your lover occupied. The hotel makes for a romantic environment, especially when it comes to their pool area. Rent one of their cabanas (if you’re extra lucrative, their Bora Bora ones), which come with luxe amenities like butler service, flat screen TVs, towel service, and a stocked fridge. Enjoy their 4.5- acre lagoon-style heated pool retreat, their fun Hard Rock Pool Mountain slide, and their water sports section, where you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, and pedal boats.
DINE UNDER STARS AT ETARU
111 S Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach
ETARU Hallandale is one of the best waterfront restaurants to book for a special occasion—there’s delectable food, incredible cocktails, a lovely view from their rooftop seating area, and the music is always on point. Book a dinner reservation for two to enjoy all of these pros and more. If you’re unsure what to order, you can’t go wrong with their Panko-breaded fried prawns, Japanese fried chicken, grilled octopus, Black cod—and anything else the waiter recommends! Also, you won’t want to skip dessert here: ETARU goes all out. With rotating dessert options, what lands upon your plate will be a delightful surprise!
By Aaliyah Pasols