Romance will be in the air after arriving at Miami International Airport and spotting the “All You Need is Love” mural in Terminal D. If you’ve planned a romantic getaway in this “Magic City,” a box of chocolates and a dozen roses just won’t do. Follow our top 10 date ideas for how to spend a romantic anniversary, birthday or even Valentine’s Day with your sweetie.
The Port of Miami’s massive cruise ships are a sight to behold, now picture seeing them depart from a spectacular outdoor patio from the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Better known as PAMM, Downtown Miami’s world-class museum is a glorious architectural structure set along Biscayne Bay. Walk through the lush hanging garden, Museum Park or sit on the steps that descend onto the waterfront.
End the day with a romantic meal at Verde, the museum’s restaurant with a carefully crafted menu filled with a selection of pizzas, small plates, fresh salads and creative cocktails. Or stop at the museum’s new grab-and-go café, Cucuyo, a cool, cocoon-shaped mobile cafe made using 3D printing technology, for coffee, sandwiches and light bites.
Take your dream ride on horseback through some of Miami’s most scenic rural landscapes. Although a major metropolitan area, Miami has a slice of horse country in the southwest neighborhood of Miami known as Kendall. Check out the Miami Equestrian Club, 15 miles from Miami International Airport, Jesse Williams Ranch or Escudero Paso Fino Riding School, to start your equine adventure.
VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS
Lush, manicured colorful gardens surround this bayfront Mediterranean-style mansion. Stroll the expansive gardens of The Villa built by James Deering known as Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and marvel at this architectural gem from the wide terrace that descends towards the water. Inside, tour the first and second floors, climb the winding staircases for a glimpse at the antique, ornate furnishings.
BISCAYNE BAY BOAT CRUISE
Board the Island Queen yacht docked at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami for a romantic night on Miami’s waterways. Choose from daytime or sunset cruises aboard its air-conditioned multi-level vessel where the view is breathtaking and the unlimited beer, wine and champagne keep the spirits up. On Valentine’s Day their special cruise includes a chocolate fountain and DJ music. Cruises can also be booked for private events and special occasions.
DINE AT JUVIA
What’s so romantic about a restaurant in a parking garage? When it’s on South Beach and it’s Juvia in an ultramodern chic space atop a designer garage, overlooking Lincoln Road it sure is. A wall of greenery and glowing lights shining from within the reflecting pools set the tone. Striking skyline views complete with a menu of eclectic Asian, French and Peruvian dishes prepared in an open kitchen, complete the experience. Whether you dine indoors or al fresco, the scenery is undeniably Miami.
CANOE AND KAYAK TRIPS
Visit Oleta River State Park to canoe, kayak or paddle the calm waters of Biscayne Bay adjacent from the Haulover Inlet. Choose from several routes that stay on the open water or traverse the mangrove trails and the Oleta River. Once a month, the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center hosts moonlit kayak tours followed by a bonfire and s’mores.
One of Miami Beach’s newest outdoor spaces, SoundScape Park at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center campus, is where the New World Symphony performs. For a date on a budget, pack a picnic, spread a blanket on the grass and spend the afternoon or evening under the palm trees enjoying a symphonic concert performance or a movie projected onto the state-of-the-art, 7,000-square-foot projection wall.
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PICKING TIME
Take your sweetie and head down south to Homestead to explore a variety of pick-your-own farms and orchards growing fruits and vegetables not found in other parts of the country. From the popular fruit stand Robert is Here, just east of Everglades National Park, to Knauss Berry Farm, a delicious roadside stand where you can pick strawberries and tomatoes, or buy fresh out of the over cinammon rolls and other baked goods.
Find a piece of Napa Valley at a perennial Miami Beach favorite, Red, The Steakhouse. Housed within this stylish and classy restaurant is an impressive collection of more than 500 wines, including its own private blends and handmade signature cocktails that forms the focal point of the swanky dining room.
There’s always the beach—where the options are endless along the stretch of coastline—Miami Beach. Frolick in the sand or soak up the rays and ocean breezes. Nearby you can tour Miami Beach’s famed Art Deco Historic District or walk along the oceanfront boardwalk that begins at Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Ave, and continues south to 23rd Street.