Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Tampa Bay with Unique Experiences

Nuzzling giraffes at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Photo by Dave Parkinson

Nuzzling giraffes at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.  Photo by Dave Parkinson

Forget a boring Valentine’s Day this year! If you’re in the Tampa, Florida area, check out these unique offerings to have a memorable day on Valentine’s Day – or any date night!

  • Calling all lovebirds to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for the Wild at Heart event on Feb. 14 & 15 from 6:30-10 p.m.  Adults (ages 21 and up) are invited to a one-of-a-kind celebration with cocktails under the stars, delectable dinner, romantic settings, up-close animal encounters and tales of love in the animal kingdom.  Tickets are $75 per person and reservations are required.
  • Peruse the tokens of affection at the Henry B. Plant Museum, featuring a collection of antique Valentines from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Samples of this treasured paper ephemera will be on display from Feb. 1-28.  In addition, more than 200 Valentines from a private collection, including pictures of children and cherubs, cupids and arrows, forget-me-nots, and more – all intertwined with sentimental messages – will also be presented.

Valentine Plane

  • Experience the romantic charm of Tampa Bay aboard the Yacht Starship for a Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner cruise.  The two-hour lunch cruise departs at noon, while the evening cruises leave at 7 and 7:30 (VIP).  All feature an unforgettable prix-fixe menu and spectacular views, with DJ entertainment and other amenities on the evening excursions.
  • Celebrate love at the Saddlebrook Resort with the Valentine’s Sweetheart Special, which includes overnight accommodations with early check-in and late check-out, bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, continental breakfast in bed for two, spa and golf specials and more. The package starts at $99 per person per night.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset against the Tampa Bay skyline as you explore the open waters of the Hillsborough River with a two-hour couple’s Stand Up Paddle Board lesson with Urban Kai for $98 (regularly priced at $138).
  • Take your love to new heights at Florida’s largest jump center,  Boing Jump Center, where couples  buy one hour, get one hour free during open jump times on Valentine’s Day.
  • Parents can enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s Day night out while the kids have fun at AirHeads Trampoline Arena.  Drop-off begins at 5:45 p.m. and is $12.95 for the first child and $9.95 per additional.

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