11 Free and Cheap Date Ideas to Try in Miami

Photo of Karina Castrillo
23 August 2017

Miami is known as the playground of the rich, so naturally it can get pretty expensive. But it’s also a huge city with plenty to do so worry not, you don’t need money to buy you love. Here’s some inspiration on where to take your love interest without blowing up your wallet.

Watch an indie film at the Cosford Cinema

Show your date that you’re not so “basic” by taking them to see a film noir! The Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami showcases some indie and foreign films and offers a combo of popcorn and soda for $5. Also cheap is the Coral Gables Cinema – every Saturday night after 11pm, indie films are only five bucks.

See a classic film at the Cosford Cinema

Stroll along Miracle Mile

The pedestrian-friendly street of Miracle Mile is a quaint spot in the suburbs of Coral Gables with plenty to do. Browse Books & Books just around the corner, or stop for lattes in a cute coffee shop, like Crema. The European-style streets in the vicinity have a relaxed vibe to walk and talk and get to know your potential partner.

Swim at Matheson Hammock Park

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Matheson Hammock Park
Matheson Hammock Park | Courtesy of Wikipedia
This hidden gem has a jaw-dropping view of the city and a very unique feature – a man-made atoll pool which is flushed naturally with the tidal waves of Biscayne Bay. Enjoy a swim, or go kayaking along the bay or in the mangroves. Entrance to Matheson Hammock Park is just $5 per vehicle, but you can bike through for no charge and enjoy the trails!

Check our a free concert

Nothing says romance like listening to an orchestra. The New World Symphony offers free concerts once a month so you and your date can delight in some talented playing. If you’re more into jazz, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami holds jazz concerts every last Friday of the month where admission requires a small donation.

Discover street food in Wynwood

Munch on some funky foods while you take in the art scene at Wynwood. Every Tuesday, a mass of food trucks gather round so you can pick and choose from your favorites – all you need is about $20.

Play poker at Tea & Poets

Keep it light with a little poker game at the cute Tea & Poets. In the suburbs at Sunset Place, this store/tea room hosts events every evening from card readings to free movie screenings. Check out their calendar on Facebook to see what’s coming up.

Tea & Poets, 5701 Sunset Dr #126, South Miami, FL 33143, USA, +1 786 216 7201

Open mic night at Tea & Poets

Have drinks at Blackbird Ordinary

Blackbird Ordinary is a lounge bar with personality, handcrafted cocktails and an energetic vibe with an indoor dance floor and outdoor terrace playing a little bit of everything from ’90s hiphop to your favorite college mixtapes (think Jimmy Eat World and RHCP). Their Blackbird signature cocktail is a sweet (and strong!) mix of tea, vodka and lemonade topped with blackberry. Plus, ladies drink free on Tuesday nights until 1:30am.

Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130, USA, +1 305 671 3307

Impress your date with a sophisticated cocktail

Soak up culture at The Wolfsonian

Get some culture and go to the The Wolfsonian for a little dose of modern art and exhibitions from the Industrial Age to the Second World War. The museum and library is located in the Art Deco District in Miami Beach and has free entry every Friday night from 6pm to 9pm.

Visit Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery

Smooth into good conversation with a bit of a buzz by doing some wine-tasting at Schnebly’s. For just $9, you can sip five wines, and if you’re not into wine, you can try the beer. Alcohol is sure to ease the awkward moments at any rate!

Courtesy of Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery