Valentine’s for Nature Lovers



Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key © Florida Park Service

Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key © Florida Park Service

Florida Vacation Guide for Nature Lovers

If your sweetheart loves the open air, water and wildlife more than anything, guide your heart to these Florida options for you to explore, whether you’re on vacation or a local:

Star-crossed Lovers

See stars in each other’s eyes at Seminole State College’s Planetarium. A special interactive Valentine’s show features love stories told in the night sky. The  full-dome presentation will take both of you on a cosmic journey that may cause sparks to fly, planets to collide, galaxies to open up – you get the picture…

Moonlight birding

If you’re birders, dine overlooking Flamingo pond where each dish is paired with craft beers and honey wines. Afterward, learn about mating habits on your moonlight birding tour through the free-flight aviary at Flamingo Gardens. All proceeds benefit the gardens so it’s giving back to your sweetheart’s love of birding. The event goes from 5-7 p.m. so it still gives lovebirds a chance to celebrate afterward. Cost is $35/members (Flamingo Gardens & South Florida Audubon Society); $45/non-members.

Valentine’s Canoe and Campfire

Extend your Valentine’s into the coming weekend with a naturalist guided canoe trip to Coral Reef Park on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4:30-8 p.m. The guided trip starts at Bill Sadowski Park and you’ll return with the setting sun and can snuggle up around a campfire. Bring a picnic supper to share. Cost: $33/person and reservations are required (305-255-4767).

Valentine’s Everglades Bike and Picnic

If your sweetheart is more into cycling, this Everglades National Park outing claims to deliver you to the most romantic spot in the park. Participants meet at the Ernest Coe Visitors Center at 3:30 p.m. and from there, the guided bike trip route is a mystery! The trip wraps up at 7 p.m. with a romantic picnic on the shores of Pine Glades Lake with the setting sun. The Fruit & Spice Park’s Mango Café provides a choice of wraps for the picnic but you should pack wine, a blanket and anything else to keep romance alive. Cost is $85/person and reservations are required (305-255-4767).

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