Pristine beaches, five-star hotels, fine dining destinations and the city’s natural charm already provide the perfect setting for an unforgettably romantic date. So whether you’re up for a scrumptious feast, an outdoor adventure, live music or a luxurious mini vacation, Fort Lauderdale has got your Valentine’s date covered.
Tour Fort Lauderdale on a Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise or Gondola Ride
Explore the beauty of Fort Lauderdale with your significant other while on a riverboat. Set sail down the historic New River and through the Millionaire's Row where you can spot the homes of the rich and famous, as well as Mega Yachts cruising by. You can choose between the morning, afternoon or dinner cruise (which includes a dinner buffet and a variety show).
Since you are after all, in the Venice of America, why not take a romantic slow cruise through the city’s intricate waterways? The 75-minute gondola ride includes a private cabin, champagne and finger foods, music and a sweet message in a bottle as a keepsake.
A Day at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Rent a canoe, kayak or paddlboard and paddle along the freshwater lagoon. Or if you prefer more pulse-racing activities, go hiking, biking or skating around the park. A pedestrian tunnel gives you access to the beach, while picnic areas overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway provide the ideal ambience for al-fresco dining for two.
A Cultural Tour at the NSU Art Museum
Spend a day at the NSU Art museum and together, you can admire the collection of more than 6,000 artworks from romantic 19th-century American oil paintings, to contemporary Cuban pop art and travelling exhibitions.
Catch a Show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
If you two share a love for music, an evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts –Fort Lauderdale’s theater and entertainment complex that boasts more than 3,000 seats across two theaters –should be fun and romantic. During the love month you can catch performances by Kristin Chenoweth (Feb 14), Piano Guys (Feb 15) and Matthew Morrison: Broadway Concert Series (Feb 17) to serenade you on your date.
A Day At The Beach
Take advantage of the Fort Lauderdale coast by exploring its many beaches. Take a leisurely stroll of Harbor Beach and watch the cruise ships enter Port Everglades at the inlet. Watch the sunrise near the Pompano Beach Lighthouse or rent a Hobie cat and sail across the ocean.
You can also take advantage of the beautiful surroundings while savoring a delicious meal. Experience delightful dining at Sea Level, an oceanfront restaurant located in the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, or at the Casablanca Café –a charming eatery that serves Mediterranean-American plates with beautiful ocean views on the side.
Dining at the 3030 Ocean
An intimate dinner never goes out of style on Valentine’s Day. Lit candles, an ocean view and delicious food will make for a memorable evening. 3030 Ocean serves Modern American seafood –savor the clean and bright flavors of farm-to-table dishes such as Green Coconut Ceviche, Seared Yellowfin Tuna or Whole Roasted Local Snapper. A Chef’s Five-Course Tasting Menu is also available, along with wine pairings.
Romantic Getaway at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Instead of just a date, why not make it a couple’s staycation? Sitting right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort blends Old-Key West décor with luxurious resort amenities. Enjoy your beach escape with the room’s island vibe –whirling ceiling fans, rattan furniture and verandas with rocking chairs –provide the intimacy of a bed and breakfast, but with the splendor of a resort hotel. Go for a swim in the zero entry pool or enjoy a couple’s massage at the rooftop spa. For a unique and ultimately sweet dining experience, head to the Emporium –an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Treat yourselves to an ice cream cone, gourmet bakery items, coffee confections or simply get a milkshake with two straws.