Photo Courtesy of Ben Hicks via the Gumbo Limbo Nature CenterSituated within Red Reef Park between the ocean and the Intracoastal, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a 20-acre nature preserve teeming with wildlife. Take a stroll along the boardwalk leading to a scenic lookout, relax in the butterfly garden, or observe sea turtles in the rehabilitation facility. With water views, lush landscaping and interesting wildlife, the preserve is a picturesque and laid-back date destination.
Photo Courtesy of Mizner ParkA visit to Mizner Park is a laid-back option for the indecisive couple. This expansive lifestyle center serves as the heart of activity in Boca, and there is no shortage of things to do here. Pop in and out of upscale boutiques and designer stores, stop for a bite to eat or a drink, admire artwork at a local gallery, and people watch all the while. While technically just up the road in Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a popular destination for Boca residents. This stunning cultural center embraces the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the Morikami Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors, all eager to explore the rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional gardens. Within these halls, you will find more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items. A visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens makes for a serene and beauty-filled date activity.
Photo Courtesy of Barrel of Monks BrewingBarrel of Monks proudly brews Belgian-inspired beers to bring the taste of the Old World a little closer to home. Visit and tour their state-of-the-art brewery in Boca to see the process up close and personal — and sample a few brews all the while. Barrel of Monks offers brewery tours on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., except during special events. There is no reservation necessary for the tours and Groupon tickets may be purchased here.
Photo Courtesy of Vino Wine BarWine tasting always makes for a romantic date night activity — especially if it's in a cozy and elegant atmosphere like Vino Wine Bar. Visit this intimate, centrally located wine bar to sample from their collection of over 250 wines by the glass. Their wine list includes a variety of regions, vintages, and varietals to keep your visit interesting. Enhance the experience with a bite to eat, live entertainment, and an overall sophisticated atmosphere. Vino Wine Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Photo Courtesy of Boca Raton Museum of ArtExperience the vibrant arts culture of the city with a visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. This beautiful museum in Mizner Park hosts a wide range of art in a myriad of styles and mediums, held in both permanent collections and rotating exhibits. Share your favorite pieces with your date as you stroll through the exhibits hand in hand. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays, and is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 12–5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, and free for members and children under 12.
Photo Courtesy of Flamingo GardensWhile technically located in Davie, Flamingo Gardens is a popular destination for those living in and visiting Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities. Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre botanical garden and everglade wildlife sanctuary. In fact, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida! The gardens feature over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. And the wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos. If you haven't yet visited Flamingo Gardens, this is a must-do for a leisurely yet awe-inspiring date activity.
Photo Courtesy of the Stranahan House, Inc.You're never too "local" for a historic tour of the city! The Historic Stranahan House Museum allows you to take a journey through time. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, who is considered the founding father of Fort Lauderdale, along with his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area's first school teacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in the county and has previously served in many capacities, including a trading post, a post office, a town hall, and home to the Stranahan family. Go on a guided tour through the museum, where you will learn about the birth of our beloved community. Tours are provided daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., lasting approximately 45–60 minutes.
Photo Courtesy of Sunrise PaddleboardsIf staying fit was part of your New Year's resolutions, an active date experience may be your answer. Sunrise Paddleboards invites people of all fitness levels to enjoy this unique and exciting exercise that works your abdominals, arms and legs while enhancing your balance and core strength. Their two-hour class is the perfect way to be introduced to the sport of stand up paddleboarding if you haven't already, work on your personal fitness, and laugh alongside your significant other as you both complete this challenging, fun and effective activity. Beachgoers rejoice! There are plenty of ways to workout on the beach in and around Fort Lauderdale.
Photo Courtesy of Gondolas WestExplore the "Venice of America" atop a modern-day gondola with Gondolas West, inspired by the renowned gondola rides in Venice, Italy. This boutique company emphasizes nature over noise, as each nearly silent boat holds a maximum of six people and travels through small and intimate canalways that larger boats cannot maneuver. Book your tour, varying in length and time of day, from a two-hour canal tour in the morning to a 1.5-hour sunset tour. Or opt for a private tour so you have the entire boat to yourselves! With Gondolas West, you will get an unprecedented picture of the Fort Lauderdale area, learn about where our city came from, where it is now, and get a glimpse of the future for the "Venice of America."
Photo Courtesy of Think Escape GamesStretch your imagination to solve a mystery together at Think Escape Games, an innovative escape room in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Live escape games are a relatively new concept that has been sweeping the nation as a popular activity for corporate team building, date nights, or simply an outing with family and friends. You will be locked in a room with other participants and will have to use elements within the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit from different scenarios. Think Escape Games has three separate games to choose from — an experiment gone wrong in Laboratory 51, a murder mystery in The Study, and a billiards challenge in The Shady Tavern. Work together and compete against the clock to escape before time runs out!
Photo Courtesy of 32 EastFor over 20 years, 32 East has been a popular date night destination along the vibrant Atlantic Avenue. Chef John Thomas creates an innovative menu that changes daily, featuring only the freshest seasonal ingredients from around the country. A full-service bar, award-winning wine list and the overall enchanting atmosphere of 32 East completes the dining experience. 42 Southeast 2nd Avenue Make a Reservation Just take one look at the gorgeous interior of Olio and you'll feel both inspired and welcomed. This combination restaurant, wine cellar and boutique serves an elevated, eclectic menu and an array of drink offerings, including fine wines, spirits and specialty cocktails. Their menus focus on Italian cuisine, but there is something to please every palate at Olio. 52 North Swinton Avenue Make a Reservation Feel at home at Dada, located in an offbeat house built in the 1920s. The eclectic interior and revolving artwork complement the creative cuisine, which is always sustainably sourced. Their menu is as unique and exciting as the beautiful atmosphere the restaurant has worked hard to create since they opened their doors in 2000. 50 South Ocean Boulevard Make a Reservation
Photo Courtesy of 50 OceanEnjoy a romantic lunch overlooking the ocean or a cozy night in the inviting space of 50 Ocean, located along the beach in Delray. The restaurant's panoramic second-level floor-to-ceiling windows provide an unmatched dining experience for guests. In addition to the remarkable views, 50 Ocean has an exceptional contemporary menu featuring fresh local seafood, tropical salads, and uniquely crafted desserts presented by a knowledgeable four-star staff. 821 Southeast 5th Avenue Make a Reservation Fifth Avenue Grill provides a classic, American steakhouse experience in a romantic and inviting atmosphere. This polished eatery offers select seafood and steak dishes in addition to a wonderful curated wine list with wines from all over the world, from Napa Valley to Spain. The interior of Fifth Avenue Grill is warm and inviting, creating the perfect setting to enjoy the company of your loved one. 119 East Atlantic Avenue Make a Reservation Tramonti provides the finest in luxury and sophistication, exceeding even the highest of expectations. The fine dining experts and professionals at Tramonti achieve this through carefully selecting sources and ingredients, creating culinary masterpieces, providing unparalleled service, and maintaining a gorgeous atmosphere in which to enjoy it all. Explore their Italian-focused menu to see what's in store at this renowned Delray eatery. 411 East Atlantic Avenue Make a Reservation
Photo Courtesy of Caffe MartierCaffe Martier is where classic meets eclectic. With European flair, Caffe Martier combines blends of traditional Mediterranean styles with New Age tastes. Their new dinner menu by award-winning chef Jovito Robledo was crafted to complement their award-winning cocktails. And of course, top the evening with coffee and desserts — something Caffe Martier is known for. Try their Tiramisu with a white mocha at the end of your romantic evening. 106 South Swinton Avenue Make a Reservation Step back in time with a visit to Sundy House, a historic Queen Anne-style home built in 1902 with a bed and breakfast, renowned restaurant, and lush gardens. The restaurant serves an amazing menu featuring a diverse yet simple collection of classic American dishes. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in the Atrium Bar, dine in the unique Fresco or Mediterranean rooms, and have dessert under a canopy of twinkling lights in the Taru Garden. Plus, you can make it a staycation by staying at the Sundy House bed and breakfast! 29 Southeast 2nd Avenue Make a Reservation Prime provides the ultimate environment for a swanky and romantic evening. The elegant interior features chandeliers, marble flooring, dazzling hand-painted murals, and upscale decor. This steakhouse prepares the best of land and sea, serving certified USDA prime beef, sushi and seafood of the highest quality. Relax in the luxe bar, dining room, an intimate indoor or outdoor private dining area, the tropical garden, or the lounge area with nightly live entertainment. 432 East Atlantic Avenue Make a Reservation
Photo Courtesy of Cut432For over five years in downtown Delray, Cut432 has put a modern twist on the beloved American steakhouse. In a contemporary and lively setting, cut into the perfect steak sourced from the country's top ranchers and artisanal producers. While Cut432 is known for their exceptional steaks, they also offer a raw bar, seafood specialties, and American classics, including chicken, pork chops, ribs and lamb. Whatever dish you choose, complement it with one of their small-production craft spirits, a glass of wine, or a craft beer. 187 Northeast 2nd Avenue Make a Reservation The Grove is an intimate eatery combining a refined yet soulful menu with a modern atmosphere and approach. You will discover a selection of creative and innovative dishes on their menus, which change almost entirely every two weeks, as evolution keeps them inspired and keeps locals excited to try new offerings. The wines represented are meant to complement the food at The Grove, which selects mostly small producers from around the world. 200 Northeast 2nd Avenue #107 Make a Reservation Wine aficionados will love going to Joseph's Wine Bar and Cafe, an elegant bistro in Pineapple Grove with a focus on wine. Their love for wine is especially obvious when you see the stunning walls lined with bottles sourced from all around the globe. Their collection features over 2,000 bottles you can choose from, in addition to an extensive wine selection by the glass. Complement your wine choice (or vice versa) with a bite to eat. Joseph's serves delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, from shareable bites like hummus to marinated chicken kebabs to enjoy as a full meal. 169 Northeast 2nd Avenue Make a Reservation
Photo Courtesy of Max's HarvestNestled in the artistic Pineapple Grove district, Max's Harvest employs a creative approach to dining, seen plainly in their thoughtfully crafted drinks, globally inspired cuisine, and beautiful atmosphere. Max's Harvest uses seasonal, locally grown ingredients from trusted farmers, ranchers, producers and purveyors. Their local focus, relaxing atmosphere and attention to detail makes them a wonderful date night spot. 522 East Atlantic Avenue Make a Reservation This bright and trendy pizzeria is a perfect option for a laid-back yet sophisticated date night experience. Scuola Vecchia, which means "old school" in Italian, is living up to its name by upholding timeless, age-old traditions. It is the only restaurant in South Florida certified by the Associazone Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, which oversees and maintains the highest standards in the art of making authentic Neapolitan pizza. Their delicious pizzas are cooked directly in a wood-burning oven on volcanic stone, giving them a distinct taste.