The annual long-awaited (or dreaded) day to plan and conquer your potential lover’s heart with a thoughtful activity is just around the corner. If you’re flirting with fresh ideas for this year’s outing, we’ve got a few favorite suggestions to try. From expensive and lavish to adventurous and free, here’s our guide to Valentine’s Day 2018 in Miami.
Hot air balloon over Miami skyline
Float above town on a hot air balloon for spectacular views of the Miami skyline. Soaring Sports offers day trips for two with views of Miami, the Florida Everglades, and the Florida Keys. (Just make sure you don’t lose the ring from way up there!)
Stroll the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Enter the sweet-smelling tropical oasis of the Botanical Garden, enchanting with its fragrant roses and brilliant butterfly conservatory. If you’re looking for a peaceful outing with your date, the gardens here offer plenty of lush greenery and bird-watching so that you can enjoy a romantic stroll through the grounds.
Attend the Andrea Bocelli concert
Let you and your date be serenaded by one of the most beloved singers of the day. The Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli is in Miami for his annual concert just in time for Valentine’s Day. Book seats for a romantic evening at the AmericanAirlines Arena on February 11th, and bring some tissues for those tear-jerking arias.
AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, USA, +1 786 777 1000
Watch Casablanca at Miami Beach SoundScape
What’s more romantic than watching a film noir under the stars? SoundScape at the New World Center is playing the classic favorite Casablanca on February 14th. So bring a blanket, pillows, popcorn and cozy up to your date out on the lawn while you watch the romantic flick on the giant wall of the New World Center. And don’t worry about the ticket—SoundScape is always free!
SoundScape, 400 17th St, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 673 3330
Eat at a romantic restaurant
Miami’s teeming with romantic restaurants with rooftop views of the scenic skyline or candlelit interiors. Book a dinner for two at any of these romantic restaurants.
Swim with dolphins
While in Miami, why not opt for a swim with a pair of bottlenose dolphins? At the Miami Seaquarium on Key Biscayne, you can kiss and swim with these friendly fish, making for everlasting memories.
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 361 5705
Get a couples’ massage
It may pass for slightly unoriginal, but a massage at The Standard Spa is anything but. Spend the day being pampered and rubbed and toasting to champagne with glamorous views of the Miami sunset. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you—and so will your other half!
The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 673 1717
Picnic on the beach at Matheson Hammock Park
Bring a blanket, wine, cheese, and pastry delicacies from Chocolate Fashion and settle down on the beach at Matheson. The park boasts 360-degree views of the Miami skyline, glittering bay, and even has a man-made pool to plunge in while you soak up the last of the cotton candy skies at dusk.
Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL, USA, +1 305 665 5475
Kayak at Crandon Marina
Rent a kayak and paddle through the water at the Crandon Marina for views of the Brickell skyline and open blue-green waters. Just off Key Biscayne, this scenic route is a romantic place to enjoy one-on-one time with your special someone and nature.
Sightseeing flight over Miami with champagne
See Miami from up high with a Moon Over Miami sightseeing flight. The 60-minute tour on a small plane gives you jaw-dropping aerial views of the shoreline and the skyline of Downtown, South Beach, and Star Island. Watch as the sun sets behind the Everglades while you enjoy a glass of champagne. Cheers!
Scuba-diving trip to the Florida Keys
Surprise your loved one with a day trip to Key Largo and go scuba-diving through the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park; it’s home to the underwater 4,000-ton statue of Christ of the Abyss. You’ll catch sights of the colorful fish that live in the Florida Reef—the third largest coral barrier reef in the world.
Sail on a yacht with dinner for two
Take your sweetheart sailing on a private sailing cruise for two through the Miami waters. Available for a day sail with lunch or a sunset sail with dinner, the charter departs from Miami Beach or Coconut Grove and cruises through Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and Biscayne Bay. The views of Downtown Miami’s glittering city lights by night is a perfect way to end the evening—or a prologue to a passionate night ahead!